• New Westminster, BC

STAND Canada is a national advocacy organization with chapters across the country that advocates to make preventing and ending genocide a cornerstone of Canadian domestic and foreign policy. We are dedicated to providing Canadians with the educational and advocacy tools that they need to take action toward a world without genocide.

The Role

STAND Canada has received funding to hire one political action researcher, who will be responsible for assisting in political outreach and advocacy efforts. The successful candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • be between 18 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment**; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

*The youth must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.

**International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible. As the objective of the Canada Summer Jobs program is to support youth entering the Canadian labour market, the temporary nature of an international student’s time in Canada does not allow for a long-term connection to the labour market.

The individual must be based in New Westminster, BC. This will be a remote role.

This position will start on July 6, 2021, and end on August 28, 2021. The successful candidate will work 35 hours per week and be paid $15.40 per hour.

Key Responsibilities

The Political Action Researcher will be expected to:

  • Assist management committee in conceptualizing, planning, coordination and implementation of STAND Canada’s political action. 
  • Conduct research on various political actors including Canadian political parties; elected officials at Federal and Provincial level; ministries and government departments; various committees in Senate and House of Commons; as it relates to STAND Canada’s mandate and advocacy efforts. 
  • Conduct research on various civil society actors including partner organizations; non-party political organizations; organizations representing marginalized groups; as it relates to STAND Canada’s mandate and advocacy efforts. 
  • Create resources for political action including a list of political and non-political contacts that may aid STAND Canada’s advocacy efforts. 
  • Work with the Managing Committee in creating political strategy in order to effectively implement the political action side of various campaigns undertaken by STAND Canada.  
  • Assist in drafting communications with various political and civil society organizations.
  • Facilitate in political communicating strategy and reach-out efforts with various political and civil society actors. 
  • Attend STAND Canada events and meetings as requested by the Management Committee. 
  • Other tasks as requested


In order to succeed in this role, you will need:

  • Demonstrated experience in political action and advocacy work
  • A good understanding of Canadian political and government landscape
  • Ability to look at at issues in non-partisan way and open-mindedness to accept opposing views
  • Proficiency in drafting various types of political communications especially formal E-mail and Letters
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of communicating sensitive topics such as human rights, social and gender justice, migration, and refugees
  • Maturity in communicating sensitive issues to political representatives 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information
  • Strong skills in writing, copywriting and editing
  • Knowledgeable of STAND and its work in anti-genocide and nonpartisan advocacy
  • Reliable, independent, with excellent time management skills – can work under deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Communicate effectively and in a timely manner (no more than 48 hours) with STAND members across Canada through the internet and by telephone.
  • Taken courses in political science; human rights; international relations; genocide studies is preferred
  • Experience of working in the office of elected official is strongly preferred

Why Work for STAND?

  • STAND is a nationally-recognized advocacy organization with chapters across Canada. Our work is often pitched to government officials.
  • You will receive a reference letter from a STAND Director following completion of your work
  • Professional development (ie: working effectively with a team that is geographically distributed).

If you are unsure of your schedule for the next year, we still encourage you to apply as we are happy to discuss your time commitment to STAND.

Work with STAND!

To apply, please fill out the application form. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as they are received and will close when we have filled the position.