Research and Policy Analyst - HEU

The Hospital Employees’ Union is looking for a generalist researcher with experience in both quantitative and qualitative methods. The Research and Policy Analyst supports the union’s collective bargaining efforts, policy work, and campaigns. The position is based in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The Role
You will conduct research on workplace issues, health policy and on other matters relevant to the interests of the union and its members. You will produce economic and statistical analyses related to collective bargaining and prepare research reports, briefing documents, and policy submissions.


Qualifications and Experience

  • You have a good understanding of how different experiences, social locations, and power dynamics affect workers, and how to incorporate workers’ perspectives into your analyses and research design. You are skilled in presenting and explaining complex information to diverse groups.
  • You will represent the union on provincial-level policy and research committees organized by employers, government, educators, and community partner organizations.
  • The position requires familiarity with statistical methods and working with data sets, as well as with the use of interviews and focus groups to collect data.
  • Experience with unions is also an asset, as is good knowledge of the current political, economic and social conditions that impact the health system and the union’s collective bargaining strategies.
  • It is beneficial to have knowledge of how health care work is currently organized at a regional and provincial level, and to understand the impact of changes in work organization and privatization. You have experience working with marginalized groups and community organizations, and a
  • commitment to progressive social change.
  • Although this job is not an academic job, you are able to interact and collaborate with academic researchers. You have excellent written and oral communications skills, and a demonstrated ability to provide accurate work under tight deadlines.
  • You can adapt quickly to the union’s policy and research needs as they unfold and evolve. You are capable of exercising considerable independence of judgement within the parameters of the union’s research program.
  • Collaboration and teamwork within the union’s research department and with union members and staff is an essential aspect of this role.
  • Candidates must have a graduate degree in the social sciences with course work in research methods or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


This is a unionized position and terms and conditions of employment are set out in a collective agreement. The normal work week is 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, on a nine-day fortnight, with a competitive salary, generous leave provisions, and a defined benefit pension plan. The Research Analyst may be required to work evenings and weekends and must have the ability to travel occasionally. A valid driver’s license and access to use of a vehicle are requirements for the role.

About HEU
HEU is the oldest and largest health care union in British Columbia, with a 75-year history of advocacy for universal public health care and a strong commitment to social justice. We represent more than 50,000 members employed by public, non-profit and private sector employers. Our members work in all areas of health care in all areas of the province – acute care hospitals, residential care facilities, community group homes, outpatient clinics and medical labs, community social services, and First Nations health agencies – and provide both direct care and support services.

HEU is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to being a union and a workplace that is free of discrimination, values diversity, and is representative of the members and communities we serve.

Interested? Send a resume and cover letter to us by July 5, 2019.

Research & Policy Analyst Job Posting
Hospital Employees’ Union
5000 North Fraser Way
Burnaby, B.C. V5J 5M3
ATTN: Human Resources
via email at: (subject line: Research Analyst, Your Name)

Closing date: 

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 13:15


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