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Researcher - Summer Jobs Program - Canadian Parents for French - BC & Yukon Branch

May 17, 2024
Vancouver, British Columbia
We are:

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that represents thousands of members across Canada.

At CPF, we believe the ability to communicate in more than one language fosters creative, empathetic, and adaptable people who access far-reaching opportunities and enhance the social and economic prosperity of our country. Canada has an enviable capacity to ensure that upcoming generations develop this ability in both official languages. We work to ensure that all learners have the opportunity, support and motivation to learn and use French.

About the project:

For two decades, the BC & Yukon branch of Canadian Parents for French has been tracking enrolment in French second language programs in school districts throughout British Columbia and the Yukon. This important initiative allows stakeholders to identify trends and make informed decisions about the provision of educational programs. 

Information from previous years can be found on the website of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon at https://bc-yk.cpf.ca/en/enrolment-trends/.

About the role:

The Researcher’s responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to:
  • Downloading French-second-language student enrolment statistics from the BC and Yukon governments to assist targeted stakeholders make informed decisions about the provision of French second language educational programs in British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Analyzing, calculating, and publishing student enrolment statistics and trends. 
  • Liaising with individual school districts to fill any identified gaps in numbers. 
  • Preparing a report including an 'Executive Summary', including graphs and charts. 
  • Helping prepare media releases to share the results. 
  • Assisting with researching and compiling data for our newsletters.
  • Compiling a list of FI programs across BC & Yukon.
About You:
  • A hands-on self-starter who exhibits a proactive mindset with excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Relationship-building and influencing skills, and the ability to effectively manage through change and growth.
  • Strategic thinker and creative problem solver who thrives in environments that require flexibility and the ability to adapt quickly to change.
  • Strong organizational skills, able to take initiative, manage deadlines and work well independently and within a team.
  • Experience connecting with stakeholder groups, and ability to build rapport and credibility with staff and volunteers.
  • As this role is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program, you are required to be:
(a) between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
(b) a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act [S.C. 2001, c. 27]*; and
(c) legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.
*International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.

What you bring:
  • Educational background in Public Policy, Statistics, Research Methodology, Political Science, Education, or other related field is an asset;
  • Conventional media outreach and engagement experience.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel;
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Experience drafting reports including Executive Summaries.
  • Autonomous, positive disposition, well organized, & hard working.
  • Ability to speak both French and English is an asset but not required.
  • Knowledge of the BC and/or Yukon education system is an asset.
What’s in it for you:
  • Your work will help shape the French second language (FSL) opportunities that BC and Yukon students have.
  • This is a definite-term, eight-week position, covering 280 hours (35 hours a week) at a rate of $20 an hour.
  • The start date is flexible, but all work should be completed by August 31, 2024.
  • Hybrid work opportunity with office located in Vancouver BC.
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