Canada Summer Job: Research Assistant

This position is being advertised under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) initiative. To be eligible for this positions, you must be between 15 and 30 years of age on the start date of the job. You also must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. You must also be legally entitled to work according to relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland provides supportive mentoring relationships to youth who may be facing challenges like bullying, isolation, poverty, abuse, social anxiety, low self-esteem, and more. Our experienced caseworkers carefully match Little Sisters with female adult mentors who help them reach their full potential, avoid risky behaviour, and make healthy choices.

We are looking for an energetic and positive person, with a strong commitment to our mission. This individual, reporting to the Manager, Planned Giving & Strategic Initiatives, will be responsible for assisting with research into historical trends of our Little Sister clients including specific barriers faced by the children and youth Big Sisters serves. Survey similar agencies to determine best practices for tracking, measuring and reporting impact of mentorship in the lives of youth. Work closely with the program and fundraising teams to implement and outcomes tracking system. 

This role will have the opportunity to work closely with both the program staff and management team.  By supporting the development of a comprehensive system to identify and track challenges faced by the Little Sisters, the organization will be better able to determine the most effective strategies of intervention and impact. 


Research Historical Client Trends:

  • Work with program staff to review historic data of youth served to identify key trends
  • Aggregate data and categorize adversities faced by our youth to help more accurately communicate need and impact of mentorship

Support Development of Tracking Framework:

  • Research best practices of outcomes tracking frameworks at similar youth-focused organizations including other Big Brother Big Sister agencies
  • Work with staff to assess our current tracking system’s effectiveness

Outcomes Tracking System Implementation:

  • Work with staff to review research and draft recommendation for adoption and implementation of outcomes tracking system


  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Good organization and time management skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, Dynamics and databases an asset

This Position

This position is a 35 hours per week for 8 weeks, completed on August 31, 2019. Hourly wage is $15.00. As per Canada Summer Jobs initiative, this position is open to youth 15 to 30 of age on the start date. Start date as soon as possible. 


Please confirm your interest by emailing your resume and cover letter to

Please use email Subject Line: Summer Job Research Assistant

Please note that applications will be reviewed as they are received so we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible

If you background and qualifications match the position requirements, we will contact you.

No phone calls, please