News release

Job Posting - Lead Researcher at Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

Job opportunity for a Lead Researcher in the field of work disability

Workplace: Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

(Toronto, July 19, 2019)

Job Title:            Lead Researcher

Start Date:         September 1, 2019 (Pending Final Project approval)

Location:            Toronto Preferred, TBD

Program:            Partners: National & Ontario Regional Contract, Saskatchewan Labour Market Services

Duration:            September 1, 2019 – March 31, 2021 

Salary Range:     $30.75 an hour based on approximately 10 hours a week (CCRW staff position)

Scope and Purpose:

CCRW is testing the idea that a balanced approach of services to both employers and job seekers with disabilities will result in an employment landscape that is more accessible. As a result of working with CCRW through this project, employers will report feeling more confident to hire employees with disabilities. CCRW will engage with local businesses to profile their staffing challenges and develop talent pipelines that respond to those issues. We will implement an ‘action research’ based approach engaging our local stakeholders through service delivery. Research questions will emerge throughout the lifespan of the project and will be articulated in our project reporting. We would like to engage a Research team throughout the lifespan of a 19-month project to determine the research parameters and activities we should be completing to measure the impact and effectiveness of our work. We want to be able to unpack the ‘journey’ of our services and articulate why our interventions work, or don’t work. We want to be able to pull out best practices based on data points identified collaboratively between CCRW and our Researcher. The Lead Researcher will work closely with a full-time Research Assistant in completing the research activities.

Who are you:

The Lead Researcher is well versed in areas of disability, employment inclusion and employment accessibility. The Lead Researcher has an in-depth understanding of the UNCRPD, DRPI, and other accessibility legislations and frameworks. The Lead Researcher works closely with the Program Manager and leads the research assistant in the execution of all project activities.

General Duties: 

  • Works collaboratively with the Program Manager to identify a detailed research framework and work plan
  • Able to collect and analyze data from a variety of approaches included quantitative analysis, and action-based research approaches
  • Design and conduct research projects, analyze results using statistical techniques, and generate polished client reports
  • Clearly explain actionable insights and recommendations to clients in both written and spoken communication
  • Work with management to continually refine research and reporting processes
  • Consult and identify research best practices and frameworks (DRPI Framework People’s Indicator as a foundation)
  • Develop and analyze survey questions that align with client objectives
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret patterns in complex datasets
  • Lead Research assistant in executing all areas of the research activity
  • Overseas the development of research products to be disseminated as a project outcome
  • Interest in occasional travel for qualitative data collection
  • Completes other duties as assigned by the Program Manager and/or CEO/CFO


  • 3+ years’ experience in disability and inclusion-based research
  • PhD or M.A/M.S in appropriate field
  • Experience with qualitative and user-centered design methods
  • Experience with quantitative research (design surveys and experiments, including sampling and execution of statistics analysis of data)
  • Strong verbal communication skills; adept at writing reports and explaining data analysis methods
  • Demonstrated experience in give-and-take collaboration with cross-functional stakeholders
  • Experience building relationships with stakeholders from non-profit, small business, and with candidates with disability

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and current resume in one document, clearly indicating how they qualify for the role, to: Please quote Job # 24.19

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CCRW is committed to workplace inclusion. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you require an accommodation at any point in the application process for this position, please email 

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