Job Posting Competition #76364Research Officer (Band 2)Location: Kelowna, B.C.Starting salary (firm): $72,160.26

Job Profile: Research Officer, Generalist

NOTE: This posting is to establish an eligibility list within the same geographical locations. This list will be used to fill vacancies in this role as they become available. The terms may be permanent or temporary depending upon the vacancy.

Are you an experienced researcher? Do you want to apply your qualitative and quantitative research and analysis skills in meaningful work promoting and protecting human rights in B.C.? Consider joining our team in this exciting role with BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner.

BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) exists to address the root causes of inequality, discrimination and injustice in B.C. by shifting laws, policies, practices and cultures. We do this work through education, research, advocacy, inquiry and monitoring.

Reporting to the Manager, Research, the Research Officer, Generalist, conducts quantitative and qualitative research using a variety of methodologies to support policy analysis and conduct ongoing monitoring, review and audit of programs and issues impacting human rights in the province. The Research Officer prepares written reports, briefing notes, presentations and other materials and provides technical and analytical support, including statistical and qualitative data analysis. The Research Officer identifies and reports on key human rights trends and indicators and contributes to recommendations regarding policy, practice, law and culture.


We are striving to build a diverse team that has lived experience with human rights. Strong preference will be given to applicants who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC); Peoples with diverse gender identities or expressions; and/or, People with disabilities.

It will greatly assist us with screening if you refer in your application to these stated preferences. Recognizing the impacts of discrimination, we ask for a brief statement only, to the degree you feel comfortable sharing. One of our guiding principles is to operate in a trauma-informed manner and thus, it is your choice whether to volunteer information. We will hold your application in strictest confidence, sharing it only with the hiring panel.

Indigenous identity statement: we recognize the impacts of colonization on Indigenous people and encourage applications from those who wish to self-identify.


As the BC Human Rights Commissioner is an independent Officer of the Legislature with the ability to hold inquiries into a broad range of human rights matters within B.C., successful candidates will need to avoid conflicts of interest. This could mean that successful candidates may not be permitted to sit on boards or engage in other activities that could result in an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest.

  • This posting is to establish an eligibility list within the same geographical location. This list will be used to fill vacancies in this role as they become available. The terms may be permanent or temporary depending upon the vacancy.
  • Travel to urban, rural and remote areas across the province may be required. However, due to the extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, this position may be performed virtually and work-related travel will be suspended until the Commissioner determines, based on information from the Provincial Health Officer, that conditions have been met for employees to safely return to the office and resume work-related travel.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada (i.e., Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or authorized in writing to work in Canada such as via a work permit). Employment is contingent upon continued eligibility to work in Canada.
  • The successful applicant requires a criminal record check. Existence of a criminal record will not result in immediate disqualification.
  • This position is excluded from union membership.

We will be hosting an informational webinar for those who are curious about this position and interested in learning more about BCOHRC.

If you would like to attend,  please complete the registration form in advance of this webinar.

  • When: Wednesday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. PDT
  • Questions: Due to a high volume of interest and limited time, we may not be able to answer all questions during the webinar. To assist us in providing the most helpful information during this time, we ask that as much as possible you submit these questions in advance via the registration form. We will also post an FAQ document on this posting, which will be available a few days after the session has concluded.
  • Recording: Should you be unable to attend or want to review after the session, the webinar will be recorded and linked in this posting a few days following the webinar.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities and a complete list of required and preferred qualifications, please refer to the job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact  


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  1. Submit a cover letter and resume detailing your relevant work experience and how you meet the stated qualifications
  2. Include the position title on the cover letter and in the email subject line
  3. Applications must be submitted by email to

NOTE: If you are applying for more than one location, an individual application must be submitted for each competition.

Please note that we have an auto reply on our application email, however it responds to the first email only.  If you are submitting more than one application and would like confirmation of receipt, please request it in your email.

  • Initial screening will be based on the education and experience qualifications specified in the job profile. Preference statements may be reviewed in initial screening.
  • Please ensure your resume and cover letter clearly specify how your education and experience meet the required job qualifications.
  • It is a good idea to carefully review the education and experience requirements and tailor your resume and cover letter to respond to them.
  • Be as clear and specific as possible in your resume, including the month and year(s) for each job in your employment history as well as the job-related responsibilities.
  • The content and/or format of your cover letter and resume may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
  • Please note that if the panel is not able to tell from your resume whether you meet the education and experience requirements for the position, we will not consider your application any further.

Due to a high volume of applications, we will not be able to accept incomplete or late applications.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the next stage of the hiring process, which may include the following:

  • Written Assignment
    • Interview

Only those applications submitted to BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner directly by email will be considered. Please DO NOT apply for this position by submitting your profile on the BC Government Hiring Centre website.

Your application must be received by 9:00 a.m. PDT, May 4, 2021.