Project Coordinator (full-time, two-year contract)

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization. Our mission is to promote, protect and improve the safety and health of working people by conducting actionable research that is valued by employers, workers and policy-makers.

IWH is currently seeking a qualified person to fill the position of Project Coordinator.

About the position

The successful candidate will work with the project's principal investigator and a multidisciplinary team of scientists, collaborators and knowledge transfer and exchange associates to support project activities related to managing occupational health and safety (OHS) in a linguistically and culturally diverse labour market and creating safe workplaces for newcomer workers. This is a full-time contract position for up to two years, starting in April 2023. The project is supported by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Core duties and responsibilities

  • Support a program of research that examines the experiences and needs of employers, newcomer workers and service providers related to OHS in linguistically and culturally diverse workplaces, as well as feasible and effective approaches to engage employers in understanding the unique OHS needs of newcomers and creating safe workplaces for them.
  • Assist in a rapid review to identify and synthesize evidence from the literature related to managing OHS in linguistically and culturally diverse work environments.
  • Lead primary data collection activities, including contacting study participants for participation in research, and scheduling and conducting one-on-one interviews and focus groups with diverse stakeholders, including representatives of employers, immigrant-serving organizations, community groups and newcomer workers.
  • Assist in the thematic analysis of the interview and focus group data.
  • Assist in organizing and facilitating meetings/workshops with a stakeholder committee to develop potential resources based on the synthesized evidence from the rapid review and qualitative data.
  • Contribute to knowledge transfer and exchange outputs, including summary reports, presentations and manuscripts.
  • Manage project activities, including setting goals, developing project timelines, coordinating communications with diverse researchers and team members, organizing team meetings and managing finances.

Education and experience

  • Master’s degree in public health or an equivalent
  • Two to five years of research experience
  • Strong qualitative research skills and experience (experience using NVivo software preferred)
  • Strong project management skills, as well as strong interpersonal and communications skills 
  • Sound knowledge of, and experience with, the Microsoft Window’s environment, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Excellent multi-tasking and time-management skills, with an ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Well-developed ability to work both in a team environment and independently
  • Demonstrated interest in linguistic and cultural diversity and their implications for safety, particularly the health and safety of immigrant and refugee workers

Salary range

Salary will depend on qualifications and experience, and will be in the range of $60,000 to $70,000 per year. Suitability for the position will be assessed at six months.

Application details

Applications will be accepted until March 17, 2023, or until the position is filled. 

If you are interested in this position, please submit an application containing a cover letter and resumé to:

D. Wills, Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services
400 University Avenue, Suite 1800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1S5

IWH is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values and promotes diversity. IWH encourages applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous people, women, LGBTQ2S+ persons, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact D. Wills, Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services, via e-mail at or by phone at 416-927-2027 ext. 2115 to communicate their accommodation needs.

We thank all applicants, but only those considered for the position will be contacted.

About IWH

IWH, guided by a Board of Directors and an international Scientific Advisory Committee, conducts research that examines primary prevention and interventions in the workplace; effective and efficient rehabilitation and safe, timely return to work for people with work-related injury and illness; labour market experiences and their health consequences; and disability compensation systems and their behavioural consequences. IWH supports an active knowledge transfer and exchange program, which implements interactive strategies to transfer research findings to key decision-makers. IWH also trains and mentors the next generation of work and health researchers.

IWH is committed to excellent working conditions, a cooperative team environment for its employees, and transparent, diverse and fair recruiting practices of staff and trainees.

IWH operates with the support of the Government of Ontario. For more information about our organization, visit our website at

Application deadline:

This opportunity is now closed.