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KCWA Family and Social Services is a non-profit organization established in 1985 by a group of women who were concerned with women and family issues and serves women, men, senior and youth all of them.
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POSITION Research Assistant


START DATE Immediately

DURATION 6 months, with possibility for renewal

HOURS Part-time, approximately 5-10 hours/week

RATE Commensurate with education and experience


Two Research Assistants (RAs) who are fluent in both English and Korean is needed to support

the work of a SSHRC-funded project: Developing a comprehensive understanding of elder abuse

prevention in immigrant communities. This study aims to identify the key risk factors for elder

abuse and develop strategies to address these.

Under the direction of Dr. Sepali Guruge at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, the RAs

will be integral part in ensuring that the research team successfully completes data collection

among Korean-immigrant seniors and relevant stakeholders (i.e. families) in a timely manner,

using structured group interviews and surveys.


Work closely with the research team in nurturing connections and partnerships with local

community agencies supporting Korean-speaking immigrant seniors

Translate participant-facing materials into Korean

Lead participant recruitment for discussion groups regarding risk factors for elder abuse

Administer questionnaires

Facilitate focus groups in either Korean or English

Translate participant survey data into English

Translate and transcribe recordings of the interviews into English

Assist the research team in analysing the transcripts of the interviews

Report to the supervisor on matters of project delivery and results

Liaise with research team members to effectively manage and accomplish goals and targets

Prepare computerized statistical summaries and reports as required

Other duties as assigned


Post-secondary education in the human services field (i.e. social work, community work,

  mental health, immigration, health promotion) with training or equivalent education and

  experience in the non-profit sector

Experience in community-based research, and/or other related fields or disciplines

  considered a strong asset

Experience working with the Korean-speaking community in the Greater Toronto Area

Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills in both English and


Excellent stakeholder engagement and group facilitation skills

Ability to convey important/sensitive information positively and professionally

Excellent organizational, administrative and time management skills

Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment

Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook software

Demonstrated ability to meet timelines and achieve project objectives and targets

Application Process:

Please send (1) cover letter, (2) resume/CV, and (3) 3 referees in one document via email:

To: mia.hershkowitz@ryerson.ca

Subject: Elder Abuse Korean RA Position

We thank everyone who is interested in applying for the position, however, only candidates

short-listed for interviews will be contacted. Please do not make phone inquiries.

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