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Job Description

Indspire is an Indigenous national registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of improving educational outcomes for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students. Through Indspire’s education offerings, we provide resources to students, educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving success for Indigenous youth. In 2019-20, Indspire awarded over $17.8 million through more than 5,124 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth, making it the largest funder of Indigenous post-secondary education outside the federal government. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people that is broadcast nationally.

Never has there been a better time to join this national leader!

We are currently hiring for a Researcher to join our Programs & Student Success department. Reporting to the Manager, Research & Impact Unit, the Researcher is responsible for designing and conducting research projects that improve our understanding of the impact of Indspire’s programs. Your duties will include: building multi-year research projects in collaboration with internal and external experts, defining and examining causal links between our initiatives and Indigenous learners’ achievement, exploring the lived experiences of Indigenous post-secondary students, and working with early-career Indigenous researchers and analysts. This role is for someone who can work confidently with large datasets, build and create multi-year research projects and work as a part of a dynamic environment. You must enjoy problem solving and working from the ground up to collaboratively build solutions with a diverse team.

The position responsibilities of the Researcher include:

  • Manage research and evaluation activities including planning and executing research, data analysis, reporting, and improving and managing data quality;
  • Establish research programs and practices to increase efficiency of data production and use;
  • Professionalize research and evaluation activities using data science principles;
  • Support the development of new operational mechanisms for efficient and effective data gathering and data managements processes;
  • Develop and apply appropriate conceptual and analytical frameworks in research analysis and program development processes.
  • Provide advice and support based on both internal and external data sources and research;
  • Generate a range of options based on research results, assessing the implications and feasibility of these options and recommend viable solutions and implementation strategies for new research;
  • Report to Manager, Research and Impact Unit on the status of research, as well as the progress reported by project teams
  • Support cross-functional organizational initiatives as required;
  • Provide data and information as required to colleagues;
  • Collaborate with external researchers, evaluators and contractors.


  • Undergraduate Degree (four-year honours program with an emphasis in research) or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Progressive experience in research and program evaluations typically demonstrated through 5 or more years in the field
  • Proficiency in R, Python, or SPSS and other research-related software and analytical programs
  • Project management experience, managing complex research from inception through to implementation with minimal direction
  • Extensive experience working with Indigenous communities and people
  • Experience in developing creative solutions to complex research problems
  • Ability to collect, extract, analyze and interpret quantitative data
  • Apply systematic, logical reasoning when addressing problems to arrive at appropriate outcomes
  • Ability to work with sensitive information with complete confidentiality
  • Knowledge of and experience in Indigenous education and labour market research and related fields
  • Knowledge of Indigenous research and/or issues of equity and systemic change, and experience working with community/Indigenous groups in the formulation of social policy, analysis and/or research is considered an asset
  • Demonstrated openness to learning and willingness to engage in cultural competency training
  • Sound interpersonal skills, cross-cultural awareness and understanding, and good judgement
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Flexibility in learning new program areas or analytical techniques
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • High level of communication skills with an emphasis on excellent oral communication and writing ability

The duties within this job description can be amended from time to time. 

How to Apply

This is a full-time position that may be based at either Indspire’s Six Nations or Toronto office. Applicants should be local to those areas or willing to relocate. The salary range is competitive with a comprehensive benefits package, including pension plan.

We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people and all others interested in the position.

To apply, please forward your résumé and cover letter to All qualified candidates will be contacted directly. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No agency calls please.

Deadline for Applications: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis starting July 19, 2021.

Indspire is committed to ensuring an equal opportunity recruitment process. Accommodations are available to all applicants upon request. We are committed to providing any accommodations required to ensure a barrier-free process. Please contact us via email at, we will work with all applicants to accommodate any accessibility needs.