Research Assistant – Sexual Violence (Hybrid/Remote Option)

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is hiring a Research Assistant – Sexual Violence (Hybrid/Remote Option)! For more information about this LEAP job posting, check out the details below!

**Indigenous Women are encouraged to apply. First preference will be given to all qualified Indigenous applicants.**

Why make ONWA your career choice?

Make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples by supporting and advocating for positive change. ONWA prides itself on providing all employees with a total rewards package that is generous and supports our workforce and their family members:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous paid vacation time
  • Paid time off at Christmas above paid vacation time
  • Additional paid stat and civic holidays
  • 35-hour work week
  • Comprehensive benefits program including health, paramedical, dental, vision, and EAP. All premiums are covered by the employer.
  • Healthcare Spending Account and Lifestyle Spending Account
  • Competitive Retirement Savings Plan up to 16% with organization match the pending position
  • Paid sick days
  • Paid cultural/personal wellness days
  • Flexible scheduling to support work-life balance
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • Possible reimbursement on a portion of cell phone and internet expenses
  • Remote/hybrid work offered for various positions


At the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), we celebrate and honour the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community, provincially, nationally, and internationally for generations to come.


The Research Assistant will provide overall support and assistance to ONWA’s Policy and Research Portfolio.  The Research Assistant will assist with community-based research and engagements and will conduct analyses of local, provincial, and national policies, programs, initiatives, and economic trends that affect Indigenous women and their families in Ontario.  The Research Assistant will collaborate with Policy Analysts and Researchers to prepare information packages, briefing notes, tool kits, policy position papers, and research reports.  The Research Assistant will participate in working groups on pertinent issues impacting Indigenous women and their families in Ontario.  They will bring to the attention of the Policy and Research Manager current developments in provincial and federal policies that affect Indigenous women and their families.

Employer Name: Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)
City: Kenora
Province: Ontario (Remote Work)
Postal Code: ON
Application Deadline: March 22nd, 2023
Hours of Work: Full-Time
Job Type: Full-Time
Wages: $49,500 - $60,778 DOE

Duties of this LEAP Job Posting:
  • Monitor factors (including political, social, economic, and cultural) influencing Indigenous women and their families including violence against women
  • Assist with conducting research, community engagements, interviews, focus groups, and compiling statistical information, in accordance with Indigenous methodologies.
  • Prepare position papers, recommendations, briefing notes, reports, and other documents.
  • Write up community reports; assist in writing proposals and preparing papers for publication.
  • Review and write critical summaries of research literature, data, and/or public policy.
  • Maintain up-to-date resources and bibliographies as they relate to policy and research on issues affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Understanding and awareness of ONWA’s Strategic Plan and Resolutions.
  • Undertake as requested, administrative and clerical tasks associated with the Policy, Research, and Evaluation Portfolio.
  • Other duties as assigned
Qualifications for this LEAP Job Posting:
  • A post-secondary diploma/degree and a minimum of 3 years of work experience in the area of Political, Social Science (s) or Women’s/Indigenous Studies, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Proven work experience related to research.
  • Knowledge of the corporate nature, government systems, and administration and the ability to interact with other government departments, Indigenous organizations, and communities.
  • Knowledge of and experience working for Not-For-Profit Organizations.
  • Demonstrated organizational, time management, and presentation skills with the ability to follow through on assigned duties independently within strict deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, with emphasis on keen listening and the ability to effectively interpret verbal communications and the needs of prospective community members.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office; competency working with other databases.
  • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples, knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current issues facing Indigenous Women and their families, including gender-based violence and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)
  • Demonstrated familiarity with gender-based analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication, with emphasis on keen listening and the ability to effectively interpret verbal communications and the needs of prospective community members.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples, knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions.
  • The ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • A cellular phone and internet access are required within this position
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible working-from-home arrangement if required. This may include a combination of virtual remote work in your home and in-office arrangements.  This will be based on operational needs and will be determined by the ONWA.
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction, and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
  • Cultural competency:
    • Experience working with Indigenous organizations is an asset
    • Experience working with Indigenous communities with a working knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions.
  • ONWA is committed to implementing measures to protect its community members, staff, and other stakeholders from COVID-19. As a result, ONWA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Exemptions will be made for those with a valid medical exemption; proof of the exemption will be required


  • Inter-cultural Competency Informed – Understands to incorporate a personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness, and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables.
  • Indigenous Gender-Based Analysis Informed – Understands to incorporate an intersectional approach to gender, race, and discrimination and subsequent intergenerational impacts affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Trauma-Based Practice Informed – Understands to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and the necessity of supporting Indigenous women in a culture of tradition and safety in their healing journey.
  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Understands to incorporate the Four Agreements within daily responsibilities and combined with ONWA’s cultural teachings contribute to the empowerment and leadership of Indigenous women within their communities.
How To Apply to this LEAP Job Posting:

Please apply online:

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

As Indigenous leaders, ONWA is continuing full operations including hiring, while working from home, as supporting our community members is a priority.  ONWA is scheduling all interviews, and providing all training, onboarding, and orientation for new employees, through the use of virtual tools.  We will continue to accommodate remote and home-based work arrangements in an effort to keep our ONWA employees healthy and safe.

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