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Evaluation and Research Coordinator

Department: Administrative - Research and Evaluation
Location: Calgary/YYC

Position Summary:

The Indigenous Justice Centre is a pro-bono law firm located in Calgary, also known as Moh-kíns-tsis (Blackfoot)/Wincheesh-pah (Stoney)/Kootsisáw (Tsuut’ina/Dene) and Otos-kwunee(Cree). The IJC is committed to providing service and access to justice to the Indigenous population within Calgary and the surrounding regions. The IJC is committed to providing a supportive and collegial team environment where staff works together to provide excellent and holistic legal services to our clients.

Ideal candidates are those looking for a challenge and an opportunity to play a role in the implementation of an innovative organization focused on reducing the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the justice system and in restorative justice. Additionally, those interested in being on the front-line working in a fast-paced litigation-based office environment.


The Evaluation and Research Coordinator position supports research and the evaluation needs of the IJC. This includes proposal development, ethics and literature reviews/scans, methodology development, data collection, data analysis and dissemination.

The Evaluation and Research Coordinator will support the IJC in the preparation of reports, publications and presentations and will work closely with the Directors of the IJC. The Evaluation and Research Coordinator will have a strong understanding of research and evaluation methodologies, project management and knowledge mobilization.

Key Outcomes:

  1. Targets and outcomes are successfully achieved

  2. Analysis of data informs direction of the IJC

  3. Research supports and strengthens restorative practices

  4. Continual quality improvements are achieved through evidence-based results

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop monitoring and evaluation tools, including surveys, interview and discussion guides and other data gathering methods.

  • Participate in data collection activities including administration of surveys, interviews, observations, focus groups and other methods.

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analyses.

  • Record, manage and preserve data in a safe and accessible way.

  • Regularly monitor data quality standards. This includes providing regular feedback and support on data verification, data entry and data quality issues.

  • Provide assistance in the interpretation of quantitative and qualitative results and in the presentation of results.

  • Assist in the writing of technical reports, journal articles, and other necessary documents.

  • Distill research findings into plain language documents that are easily accessible to a non-academic audience

  • Prepare content for publication, including researching, writing, editing, reports, toolkits, case studies, executive summaries, policy and media relations documents, etc.

  • Aid in the development of comprehensive and strategic evaluation activities on justice related issues

  • Conduct background research (e.g., reviewing, analyzing and summarizing literature in the development of comprehensive literature reviews).

  • Develop evaluation plans in response to Request For Proposals: propose approaches, objectives, goals, timelines, etc.

  • Aid in the development, preparation and submission of ethics review and protocol development.

  • Maintain awareness of best practices pertaining to program development and community-based research and evaluation.

  • Assist in the monitoring of day-to-day research and evaluation activities

Knowledge and Skills:

Exhibited Skill Sets:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills;

  • Effective problem solving and interpersonal skills;

  • Strong skills in qualitative and quantitative methodologies;

  • Experience in research project development, data collection, data analysis, data Interpretation and knowledge mobilization;

  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience conducting community-based research and evaluation projects.

  • Ability to think strategically;

  • Effective time management skills;

  • Ability to take direction and achieve quality results;

  • Self motivated with the ability to work independently, and proactively as a team player;

  • Strong commitment to the vision and values of the Indigenous Justice Centre;

  • Strong knowledge of the structure and procedures of Canada’s Criminal Justice System, including the Gladue principle and applicable case law.


  • A strong understanding of Indigenous issues, social justice advocacy, diversity and anti-oppressive practice;

  • Understanding of Indigenous restorative justice approaches;

  • Knowledge of the structure of the Calgary Indigenous Court (asset not required)

  • Strong cultural knowledge and/or understanding of traditional and ceremonial teachings (particularly regarding local Indigenous peoples and diverse Indigenous populations);

  • Understanding of how to work effectively with Elders, Sacred Teachers and Knowledge Holders and follow traditional protocols;

  • Ability to speak an Indigenous language (asset not required);

  • Understanding of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

Formal Education:

  • Graduate degree preferred (e.g., M.A., MSW, or Bachelors with honours and 3+ years experience (Justice related discipline preferred particularly those with experience in restorative justice).

Applicable Experience and Requirements:

  • 2-3 years of recent related experience in applied research and evaluation, preferably in an academic or non-profit environment.

  • Vulnerable Sector Check required

Salary and Benefits:

Term Position – Full Time
Base Annual Salary Range – $52,750 -55,025 annually

Weekly Hours – 40 hours per week
Benefits – 65% of benefits package includes dental, health, insurance, long term disability
Pension – 3% RRSP employer contribution – with minimum 1.5% employee contribution to RRSP or TFSP
Vacation – 3 weeks annual vacation
Cultural Days – 4 per year
Paid Time off – Annual sick days, Stat holidays as outlined by policy
*Benefits available after 6 months of continuous employment.

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