Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC)


Full time

Scientific Research

Jul 28

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About the job

The OFIFC is an award winning leader in culture-based management providing innovative research, policy, training, and community development to 29 Friendship Centres and other urban Indigenous service providers across Ontario. Located in downtown Toronto, the OFIFC engages all levels of government and mainstream agencies.


OFIFC is a purpose-driven organisation which offers unique and challenging work. A rewarding and enriching career awaits if you are skilled at critical thinking, building relationships, take personal accountability for getting things done and enjoy working as part of a team to collaboratively solve problems.


To advance the OFIFC’s research agenda, aimed at building Friendship Centres’ self- sufficiency and self – determination in research, through strategic planning, designing and conducting research projects in accordance with the USAI (Utility, Self-Voicing, Access, Inter-relationality) Research Framework.

Job Description is below.

Indigenous persons are encouraged to apply.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island in the context of Indigenous and mainstream research;
  • Ability to extract, collect, analyse and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Exceptional abilities to build and foster relationships with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, urban Indigenous communities, academic institutions, scholars, governments, research agencies, funders and students;
  • Extensive experience in research, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous research paradigms, with strong and demonstrated skills to formulate research plans, design research conduct, and apply appropriate methods;
  • Proficiency in NVivo, STATA, SPSS and other research-related software and analytic programs;
  • Proficiency in data recording programs, software and devices;
  • Completion of post-secondary education relevant to social research; social sciences graduate preferred;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities and/or agencies in a research capacity;
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience undertaking research projects; and
  • Criminal Reference Clearance (CPIC) and Vulnerable Sector Clearance are requirements of the employment offer.

Job Description:


Employed by the OFIFC, responsible to the policies and directions as determined by the Board of Directors and under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, or designate. Daily supervision is designated to the Research Director.


Core Competencies:

  • Culture Takes personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of OFIFC’s Neha (bundle) including foundational teachings and organisational practices in both professional conduct and work-related
  • Accountability - Takes personal ownership and responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work
  • Critical Thinking - Applies systematic, logical reasoning when addressing problems or situations in order to arrive at an appropriate solution or
  • Building Relationships and Strategic Partnerships - Builds, develops and sustains business relationships / strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial, reciprocal and grounded in trust and It is recognising we are all interdependent and working towards the common good of the organisation.
  • Results Orientation - Accomplishes established goals, delivers the outcomes required and achieves the It includes the efficient and effective use of all resources (time, financial, people and technology).
  • Teamwork and Collaboration - Works collaboratively with others and addresses conflict in a win-win productive This includes a mindset of sharing with others whether it is knowledge, recognition, information and skills. Working towards a common purpose for the good of OFIFC and the communities of people it serves.
  • Communication - Effectively delivers information in a transparent, honest and clear It includes actively listening, comprehending and responding appropriately when interacting with people. It is about being respectful when expressing opinions and points of view.

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Strong applied Analytical Thinking
  • Creative/Innovative
  • Time Management
  • Planning and Organising
  • Collaborative Team Player 


Work Environment:

Works in a safe and suitable office environment performing multiple tasks with simultaneous deadlines. Works within a team setting.


Working Hours:

Works a regular 40 hour work week. The job may require regular long distance and/or frequent local travel. Travel may be urgent and/or on short notice.




To plan, design and conduct research that is aligned with OFIFC’s long-range strategic plan, ensuring adherence to USAI principles and meeting the needs of Friendship Centre communities.


Key Contacts/Relationships:


Communicates and collaborates with other workgroups for the purpose of exchanging and sharing information, integrating and collaborating. Works closely with the Research Director and Research workgroup.


Communicates with academic institutions and students to ensure the adherence to USAI principles, research procedures and the ethics review process. Builds relationships and communicates with governments, funders, and other stakeholders for collaboration and dissemination of research findings. Creates and fosters relationships with collaborators and consultants to ensure deliverables are on track and fall within the scope of research projects. Communicates and works closely with Friendship Centres, local communities and researchers, building local research capacity. Provides support, advice and training to other workgroups in research and evaluation capacity.

Key Responsibilities:

Research Planning, Conduct and Analysis (65%):

  • Promotes recognition of Indigenous research, ensuring all research projects are grounded in the USAI Research Framework and pass the OFIFC’s ethics
  • Supports strategic research advocacy efforts, maintaining and developing relationships with research government agencies, academic institutions, funders, NGOs, and Indigenous research institutions to advance the OFIFC’s research
  • Designs and uses USAI- appropriate methods and culturally – grounded research tools to plan for, organise and conduct research
  • Collects, extracts, organises, codes and analyses data to report on
  • Develops and produces innovative multi- media to report on findings promote OFIFC’s
  • Prepares research – related publications for public
  • Gathers, classifies and assesses studies, reports and recommendations that are consistent with OFIFC’s research priorities;
  • Develops new research grant proposals, including proposed research conduct, methods of engagement, data collection methods and
  • Prepares and participates in the delivery of research – related training and workshops for both internal and external
  • Participates on committees, networks, tables and working group academic institutions, governments, collaborators and


Field Support (30%):

  • Provides full and comprehensive research support, including research training as needed to Friendship Centres, local communities, local youth and researchers, collaborating with them on the ground;
  • Collects and analyses information on Friendship Centres’ research needs and priorities;
  • Provides research and evaluation support to all other workgroups
  • Maintains correspondence and communication related to research;

Other (5%):

  • Develops, maintains and protects a comprehensive and accurate database of both paper and electronic records, meeting the objectives of the OFIFC research vision and according to the OFIFC’s Research
  • Keeps abreast of useful information, resources, tools, academic and technological development in related fields to ensure research capacity is up-to-date;
  • Maintains and upgrades professional skills;
  • Promotes a healthy, safe work environment; and
  • Performs other duties, related to the position, as assigned by the Executive Director or designate

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