Now Hiring: Chinatown Community Researcher

JOB POSTING:  Chinatown Community Researcher

Posting date:  May 27, 2022

Deadline for applications:  June 6th, 2022 at 5 pm PST

About Us:

The SRO Collaborative is a non-profit organization that works to improve habitability, affordability, health and sense of belonging for 4,000 tenants living in Vancouver’s privately-owned Single Room Occupancy hotels (SROs). Tenants who live in this niche of the last market housing before homelessness are living in the worst housing conditions in Vancouver with shared bathrooms and no kitchens. Established in 2015, the SRO-C has grown to operate multiple tenant-based initiatives in fifty hotels, including ten in Chinatown, around immunization, food, harm reduction, maintenance, culture and tenant committees. These initiatives are supported by 15 staff members, over 100 peer workers, as well as dozens of funders and community partners. Our goal is to create a large, long-term network of tenants who can grow to support each other, address collective needs and plug into a stronger community. Through this network, tenants are part of longer term efforts to redevelop the SRO housing that they currently live in, into decent, affordable, self-contained housing. 

About 150 of these tenants are seniors who live in Chinatown Hotels with an average of 15 units in each building. These seniors speak mostly in multilingual Chinese dialects and some speak Vietnamese. All of these seniors face enormous social and economic systemic barriers to good health care, housing and other social support. 
The Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) was established in 1966 and is recognized as a leader in community planning, program evaluation, applied social policy research and community development and capacity building. Our mission is to work with communities to build a more just and healthy society for all.  Our work aligns with the values of social justice, inclusion, integrity, and learning. SPARC BC is a registered non‐profit society and a federally registered charity. We are governed by a Board of Directors that is representative of the social, economic, and geographic diversity of B.C.

About the position:

The SRO Collaborative and SPARC BC are completing an evaluation for the Multi-Dialect Chinatown COVID-19 Vaccination Education Campaign. The Project aims to engage Chinese Seniors who live in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and (i) improve their knowledge about the importance of vaccination; (ii) build their confidence in vaccines and (ii) address the barriers they face to accessing vaccination services. The successful candidate will have knowledge of anti-racism and health equity, experience conducting community-based research and the ability to write Chinese and speak in one or more Cantonese dialects.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Research and Evaluation

  • Carry out interdisciplinary research to develop a literature review on community organizing approaches that successfully improve health equity or access to healthcare
  • Conduct key informant interviews and focus groups with community partners, healthcare staff, and Chinese SRO tenants that conform to ethics and community-based research standards
  • Administer and collect questionnaires from Chinese SRO tenants
  • Support the analysis and theming of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Translate evaluation tools into Chinese dialects and findings into English as needed
  • Contribute research, editorial, and translation support to the final evaluation report and other project-related deliverables



  • A university degree related to public health, community development, or related field
  • A minimum of one year of community-based or interdisciplinary research
  • Completion of the Tri-Council Policy course on research ethics
  • Previous application of anti-racist and equity principles to research


  • Excellent research skills, organization, and attention to detail
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Chinese
  • Strong comprehension skills of Cantonese dialects.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Sound judgment to navigate diverse perspectives and sensitive relationships
  • Willingness to think creatively about research and evaluation

Compensation and Contract details:

  • The position is a part-time contract position at 10-15 hours per week from early June until mid August 2022.
  • The position offers a flexible working schedule and remote work options
  • The wage is $27-$30 per hour depending on experience
  • The position will work with SRO Collaborative’s Chinatown Team and SPARC researcher
  • The position reports to the SRO Collaborative Executive Director

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter that clearly documents how you meet the requirements outlined in this job posting to by June 6th at 5 pm PST.

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