This project is part of OCAD U’s activities to support the Women’s* Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), and is led by OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD). The project has two foci: support the Good w/ Food – WEKH dinner project, a food and art methodology research project that explores how sharing meals can foster and build community among creative women; and supporting the larger program initiatives around understanding the ecosystem for creative women entrepreneurs as it relates to the WEKH activities.
The work will involve both desk and field research to better understand the needs of creative women entrepreneurs. It will also involve contributing to the synthesis and communication of research findings to WEKH and other stakeholders.
The main activities of the project:
Coordinate and assist in conducting all interviews related to the Good w/ Food – WEKH dinner research project, including transcription, synthesis and follow up.
Assist in the environmental scan of the ecosystem for creative women entrepreneurs, including contributing to the design of the scan, coordinating and conducting the scan of practitioners, and synthesizing insights to share with the wider WEKH network.
Contribute to the synthesis and dissemination of all related research findings, including research papers, reports, and presentations that capture the research activities.
Led by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and the Ted Rogers School of Management with over 75 partner organizations, the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) is a nation-wide network of researchers, business support organizations, and key stakeholders aiming to reduce barriers and grow women’s entrepreneurship in Canada. The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub is funded by the Government of Canada. OCAD U is focused on creative women entrepreneurs and one of nine-regional hubs across Canada. The activities of the OCAD U hub is coordinated by the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.
- Our use of the term “women” is inclusive, including cis women, trans women, Two Spirit, genderqueer, gender fluid, and non-binary folks.
Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr Alia Weston, Associate Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Centre of Emerging Artists and Designers in support of the project’s research goals and objectives
Assisting with data collection, literature searches, interviews, data compilation, transcription, processing, entry and analysis
Assisting with supervision of research and scan activities in the CEAD and within the field
Assisting with the promotion of research and scan activities
Assisting with project coordination, administration of research and scan activities, including scheduling interviews and any necessary follow up
Working with Technicians and other research personnel, where relevant, by ensuring the appropriate and safe use of materials, equipment and/or facilities
Participating in the provision of safe and secure environment for all members of the University community and its facilities
Other duties as assigned
A research interest or practical experience in creative entrepreneurship
Completion of a relevant graduate degree or current enrollment in a relevant graduate program and/or equivalent training and professional experience
Where relevant, strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communications and problem solving skills
Where relevant, sound knowledge of, and commitment to, healthy and safe work practices
Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity and experience promoting a respectful work and learning environment for students, staff and faculty
Hours of Work:
The expected duration of this contract is February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020. The opportunity is for one Research Assistant, for a maximum of 200 hours over the contract duration, however, two Research Assistants may be selected for a maximum of 100 hours per contract, subject to availability and scheduling. Please specify your availability within your cover letter.
114 McCaul, 3rd Floor, Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers
$31.05 per hour, subject to qualifications, plus 6% in lieu of benefits plus vacation pay, as applicable, per the provisions of the Employment Standards Act
Please note the following:
This appointment is conditional upon funding of the Project by OCAD U’s external funding partner(s)
Full-time graduate students may not accept research assistantships or other university-related employment in excess of 10 hours per week (or 130 hours per semester), as mandated by the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies (OCGS). Exceptions will be considered subject to Office of Graduate Studies approval
Applications should include:
a one-page covering letter explaining the candidate’s interest and availability, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three (3) referees.
Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence addressed to Dr Alia Weston, Associate Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies online by clicking the “Apply Now” button below.
The review of applications will begin on Friday, January 24, 2020 and will continue until the position has been filled.
As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.
We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire.
OCAD U is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities
All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.