POSITION SUMMARY In accordance with Letter of Understanding #3 – Research Projects, and under the direct supervision of the Manager, Student Services, the Research Assistant assists and supports the supervisor with research-related activities pertaining to the development of the health and wellness strategy (HWS) and within the supervisor’s research areas of interest and expertise.
FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
The Research Assistant will assist the supervisor by performing the following duties:
1. Assists with research for educational purposes.
2. Assists in identifying perspective subjects for research.
3. Assists in researching information for grants, research grants and research papers.
4. Searches literature sources pertaining to the relevant areas of research.
5. Assists in collecting, recording, compiling, summarizing data, and disseminating information.
6. Participates in research activities related to the subject area being investigated such as events, interviews, reading articles, listening to speakers.
7. Conduct a literature review of current research related to the correlation of health and wellbeing with successful learning and employee satisfaction (in general) and student academic success and student and employee recruitment, retention, and productivity (more specifically)
8. Provide an overview of comparable post-secondary institutions (PSIs) Wellness Strategies, outlining common processes, themes, and deliverables (e.g., document layout)
9. Transcribe meeting notes and focus group feedback into electronic documents
10. Gather OC student and stakeholder feedback as to effective messaging and media utilization to disseminate HWS information, foster awareness of the project, and elicit participation
11. Oversee planning, coordination, preparation and follow up of HWS student engagement initiatives (e.g., logo contest/”In Our Shoes” event)
12. Maintain currency of media information relating to OC’s HWS including webpage information, social media, resources and promotional material
13. Promotion of events related to the process and/or dissemination of OC’s HWS
14. Performs other duties as assigned
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Enrolled in a post-secondary program at Okanagan College Students enrolled in a health and social development program, and knowledge or training in mental health awareness or advocacy is preferred. Prior work experience is an asset.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Current knowledge in research methodology for educational purposes.
- Excellent research skills with the ability to synthesize data/information and develop/deliver findings and recommendations.
- Proficiency in the use of a variety of computer software applications.
- Works effectively both independently and as part of a team with an aptitude for working in a collegial and collaborative environment.
- Strong interpersonal, intercultural, and group communication skills
- Experience in event organization, program promotion, and public speaking
- Effective written and verbal communication skills
- Well-developed organizational skills.
- Collaboration & Collegiality
- Continuous Learning & Information Seeking
- Effective Interactive Communication
- Integrity & Accountability
- Student & Service Focus