Research Specialist
BC Water & Waste Association - Vancouver, BC

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Are you looking to make a meaningful difference with an organization committed to protecting public health and the environment? Are you a passionate researcher who can bring together people and ideas, and find the meaning behind the numbers?

The BC Water & Waste Association has a newly created role for a Research Specialist to develop a comprehensive research program that supports the Association's advocacy and external communications efforts, informs content for training, conference and events, and positions the BCWWA as the "go to" source of industry information for members, media and government.

About the role:

Develop and maintain a comprehensive research program to gather and analyze data and information regarding the water sector in British Columbia, producing a comprehensive industry sector profile that informs the Association's marketing, communications and advocacy work.

Carry out market research to support the Association's strategies for training and events, and measure progress toward achieving the Association's goals.

Monitor industry trends and emerging issues; work with BCWWA staff and technical advisory committees to facilitate the exchange of knowledge about industry trends and emerging issues among water sector practitioners in BC.

Build and maintain excellent relationships with technical advisory committees, other subject matter experts and relevant external organizations.

Provide administrative support for BCWWA's technical advisory committees, including preparing agendas and minutes, maintaining committee contact lists, and creating annual work plans.

Draft "issues analysis papers" and position statements, synthesizing input from technical advisory committees and external partner organizations.

Manage special projects, including defining project objectives, scope, deliverables, milestones, and resource requirements. Identify project funding sources and draft funding proposals, including budgets.

Prepare information-based content to support BCWWA's communications strategy, including articles for Watermark magazine and content for the BCWWA website.

About you:

Earned a university degree in a relevant discipline.
5+ years of related experience.
Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods; familiar with primary and secondary research sources for the water sector.
Excellent research skills - you leave no stone unturned to find needed information, and you assess the accuracy and relevance of data.
Exceptional analytical abilities - you pull together disparate facts and uncover the meaning behind the numbers.
Excellent facilitation skills - you are able to lead group discussions of complex issues, and determine a path forward.
Strong project management skills - you guide projects from inception to completion.
Highly organized with a strong attention to detail - you anticipate what is needed, and strive to get it "right".
Excellent writing skills - you translate complex information into easy-to-understand, engaging content.

About us:

The BCWWA is the industry association for water sector practitioners in BC - the people responsible for ensuring safe, sustainable and secure water systems in our province. We have over 4,500 members from a broad cross-section of the industry, including operators, engineers, utility managers, plumbers, and manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and technology.

We have a bright and engaged team, and we are looking to change the world (or at least our corner of it!).

Our offices are presently based in Burnaby, and will be relocating to downtown Vancouver soon.

We offer a competitive compensation package including an excellent benefits plan, and generous vacation and flex time.

Interested? Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining how your experience matches our role.


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