MoveUP Job Posting: Research Officer – Part time, Temporary (12 months)

August 28, 2023

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POSITION:                                      Research Officer – Part time, Temporary (12 months)
 SALARY:                                         $52.53/hour
HOURS OF WORK:                  Minimum of 3 days a week required.
                                                              8:30am to 4:30pm, primarily Monday to Friday (occasional evening or weekend work might apply)

Position summary:

MoveUP’s members include employees of BC Hydro and the FortisBC gas and electric utilities. They are profoundly affected by evolving federal, provincial and municipal climate policy and regulations.  As a result, key responsibilities of the part-time, temporary Research Officer position are to provide in-house research on issues arising from the interface between climate policy and trade unionism, advise the officers and staff of the union on updates and progress, participate in consultative processes and work with outside legal counsel in regulatory and other forums.  Key objectives include identifying issues to explore and gathering information through various means, as well as presenting information or advancing the unions policy needs in a public realm. This Research Officer will also assist in analysis, writing up results, delivering reports and briefings, and circulating information (written and oral) within and outside the union.

Salary and benefits will be in accordance with the MoveUP/USW2009 collective agreement. Additionally, some occasional travel within B.C. and Canada may be needed, as required.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Using qualitative and quantitative methodologies, conduct research and analysis necessary to meet the political and socio-economic needs of our members, and the union’s engagement on public policy.
  • In the area of public policy, this involves supporting the union particularly in the area of energy and regulatory policy which can include other agencies such as ICBC that report to the BC Utilities Commission (but not limited to only these areas). This can include engagement with members, governments, other organizations or with gathering or creating information through various forms of active research. Analyse policy initiatives, legislation and other developments on a range of policy issues.
  • In the area of Corporate, Government and Sectoral Research and Analysis, this involves researching and producing reports on the ownership, assets, finances, performance, and strategy of private and public corporations and various forms of government agencies in various sectors, as well as reports analysing performance and prospects in various economic sectors.
  • Additional tasks include, preparing and reporting on government policies, wages, working conditions and benefits in various employment sectors as well as preparing briefs policy statements, and other communications or educational materials.
  • Additional tasks include identifying the need for, craft, submit and track Freedom of Information requests to governments and crown corporations.
  • Represent MoveUP in meetings with government, opposition and employer representatives and build working relationships with MoveUP activists, community groups, unions and labour councils.
  • Additional duties may include attending and presenting at various functions, as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in social sciences, engineering or climate-related fields of study OR equivalent lived and/or work experience
  • A solid grounding in trade union principles. Strong communications background is an asset as is a labour or social justice background, campaigns experience, as well as political networking is an asset.
  • A commitment to progressive solutions to the climate crisis
  • A general understanding of energy and climate issues and policy as well as an inquisitive and creative outlook on these issues
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively with volunteers, diverse cultural communities, 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, union members, politicians, union leaders, non-profits and community groups on a range of issues.
  • Excellent project management, and multitasking skills, including time management, organizing, and scheduling.
  • Ideal candidates would have some experience in investigative research and report writing,
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated superior oral and written communication skills, and excellent interpersonal communication skills that are clearly evident both in person and over the phone.
  • Have demonstrated ability to be proactive and self-starting and work in a team-based environment.
  • Ability to take direction and work under pressure.

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a creative and vibrant office environment.  We offer a competitive salary, and excellent benefits.

We value workforce diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

If you are interested in this rewarding opportunity and to become part of the MoveUP team, please send your application directly to Ram Atwal in Human Resources at ratwal@moveuptogether.ca by September 4, 2023.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, only those shortlisted will be contacted for an interview.

Ram Atwal
Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development

MoveUP represents more than 12,000 union members at public and private sector companies in Western Canada.

We are Local 378 of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE/SEPB), which represents over 30,000 members, and we are affiliated with the BC Federation of Labour, the Canadian Labour Congress, and provincial labour councils. We are also affiliated with UNI Global Union and IndustriALL Global Union through our national union.  For more information, please visit www.moveuptogether.ca.


MoveUP unites professionals to champion and advance the rights, dignity, and respect of all workers.


By organizing and mobilizing workers to strengthen their rights and pursue social justice, MoveUP is the union of choice.


As a progressive union, we provide a supportive and respectful workplace that enables the best performance of each staff member so that together we can:

  • Activate our members
  • Protect workers
  • Promote solidarity
  • Build a more just society
  • Remove barriers to inclusivity

File Number: 23-MOVEUP-COMM-BLTN-PTT Research Officer Aug 28
Union Label: mm:usw2009


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