The Researcher/Policy Analyst position is a unique opportunity for an experienced and ambitious policy professional with strong research skills to effect a real and lasting impact through the development of policy work to support an Indigeneous Framework for Innovation and Technology (IFIT) for British Columbia. This position reports directly to the CEO to provide the research foundation and policy analysis to shape this vital, complex, multi-faceted and multi-jurisdictional framework. The initial major deliverable is a policy paper on Technological Access and Advancement in British Columbia. This is a 6 week full-time contract with the possibility of extension dependent on outcomes for the organization.
This position requires an exceptional critical thinker with a strong research background and the ability to synthesize a large amount of knowledge and articulate complex technologicial information into strategic form, while being guided by Indigenous values, methodologies and worldviews. The position also requires the ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research and perform data analysis to produce evidence-based recommendations. This also calls for strong communication and presentation skills, both written and oral, and the ability to be in conversation and ask pertinent focus questions.
This is an outstanding opportunity for an dynamic policy professional looking to make real changes in the digital landscape for the socio-economic well being of Indigneous people, to advance reconciliation, and to ensure that Indigenous people experience digital equity with connectivity becoming a basic human right.
About the First Nations Technology Council
The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led organization that serves all 203 First Nations communities across British Columbia, working to ensure that Indigenous peoples have full and equitable access to the tools, training and support to maximize the opportunities presented by technology and innovation. The Technology Council sees the strengthening of local Indigenous economies and the empowering of Indigenous innovators as contributing to Indigenous self-determination and nationhood.
• Lead research activities that include an environmental scan, literature review and in depth analysis
• Create and conduct qualitative and quantitive interviews and surveys as neccessary
• Compile data and present findings in a clear and comprehensive format
• Prepare all written documents, with a focus on the development of a policy paper.
• Other written documents may include briefing notes, decision notes, concept papers, research studies, and formal reports for investors.
• Strong research skills.
• Strong critical analysis skills.
• Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present findings.
• Ability to take direction and work independently.
• Understanding of First Nations history, cultures, structures, communities, and organizations, and ability to communicate in a culturally competent and respectful manner.
• Knowledge of the technology sector is an asset.
• Minimum Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences, Communications, or related field.
• Minimum 3 years research experience.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, expert level Excel is an asset.
• Proficiency or an ability to learn online collaborative tools such as Slack, Monday, Zoom etc.
• This position reports directly to the Chief Execuitive Officer.
• This position is located at the First Nations Technology Council headquarters in North Vancouver, B.C.
• During the covid-19 pandemic, this position will follow our temporary Work From Home policy.