Grant-Paid Job Description

About the Research
A Black People’s History of Canada (BPHC) is a three-year project designed to fill the gap in African Canadian History education. It responds to the nation-wide call to make available to elementary and secondary schools a body of accurate, up-to-date, and engaging curricula and instructional media about our country’s rich African Canadian heritage. BPHC aims to create classroom-ready curricula in subject areas ranging from social studies to STEM. These are to be based on new research and include both instructional and digital storytelling media that meet curriculum priorities and requirements in each province and territory.

Job purpose
Reporting to the Principal Investigator with day-to-day duties assigned by the Project & Finance Manager, the Researcher & Outreach Co-Ordinator will work in collaboration with the project team, and is responsible for research, the development of project curricula and instructional media. This includes ongoing liaison with government agencies responsible for education in each province and territory, and with both internal and external stakeholders.

Duties and responsibilities
• Conduct new research as assigned by the Principal Investigator and the project team, including supervision of graduate students assigned to the project.

• Assist the Principal Investigator develop and carry out the ongoing research program into the history of African-descended peoples in Canada.

• Establish and maintain relationships with government agencies responsible for education in each province and territory.

• Liaise with African Canadian organizations, archives, libraries, museums historical societies and other possible repositories of relevant documentary and other data.

• Collect copies of primary research materials from repositories located from coast-to-coast to contribute to the digital archive for A Black People’s History of Canada.

• Assist with writing grant applications, as needed.

• Prepare, conduct and supervise oral history interviews.

• Liaise with educators, educational authorities, African Canadian organizations and both external and internal stakeholders.

• Assisting the Principal Investigator with arranging workshops, symposia and other stakeholder meetings.

 An undergraduate in Bachelor of Arts with up to five years of experience in history and heritage will be considered.

Strong research skills and experience are mandatory.

Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to multitask.

Studies leading to a PhD in Canadian History would be a major asset.

Demonstrated advanced skills in Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and databases.

Master's Degree in History Education, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience related to African Canadian history, is an asset.

Working conditions
Due to operational requirements, the successful applicant is required to work in-person on campus.

Principal Investigator, A Black People’s History of Canada with day-to-day duties assigned by Project & Finance Manager.

Dalhousie University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive institution. As such applications from Equity-Deserving groups are welcome

Applications close September 30, 2023.