Research Assistant

Date Posted: Dec 21, 2018
Application Deadline: Jan 14, 2018
Start Date: Jan 07, 2019

Salary: 50 days x 7 hours x $18/hour = $7,000 + $500 maximum for expenses = $7,500
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
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Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Entry level/ intern

Organization Description

Coalition for Music Education in Canada
The Coalition for Music Education was founded in 1992 when representatives of more than 20 music education organizations came together to share ideas to improve the state of music education in Canada. The Coalition quickly began working with parents and other concerned citizens to address concerns about music in schools.

We envision Canada as a country where the lives of all children are enriched by quality school music programs, and where their active participation in music is valued and supported in our communities.

Our mission is to raise the awareness and understanding of the role that music education plays in Canadian culture, and to promote the benefits that music education brings to young people.

The Coalition focuses its activities in four key areas to encourage and support individuals and organizations to advocate for quality music programs as a pillar of a well-rounded education:

  • Public Awareness
    Creating a context that appreciates the value of music education. through projects like Music Monday and our Champions for Music Education

  • Resources
    The provision of cost-free tools, pamphlets and information to empower parents, teachers and citizens to take action.

  • Research
    The Coalition is the only organization in Canada conducting national research about the status of music education in our schools, as well as gathering other relevant research.  Results from our most recent study will be released in the fall of 2010.

  • Community Connectivity
    The Coalition plays an important role by bringing together a variety of interested parties to strengthen the cause through the National Effort, Music Monday and more.

We believe that music is key in learning and in life and it is our goal to see that all children have a quality program in music through their schools.

Job Description

Call for a Research Assistant

The Coalition for Music Education is seeking a Research Assistant from the Greater Toronto Area who will be responsible for the dissemination of surveys as required by funders.  The Coalition is a national not-for-profit advocacy organization that promotes the benefits of quality music education for all students in all schools across Canada.  Reporting to the Programs Coordinator, the Research Assistant has experience and training in research methodology, excellent communication skills, and is able to work with the Coalition team in an independent environment.  The term of the contract is January 14 – May 31 and the expectation is that the Research Assistant will work on this task for the equivalent of 2.5 days per week.

Scope of Work

The Research Assistant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Administer pre-surveys and post-surveys as required by the Ontario Trillium Foundation for Youth4Music events and Music Monday activities.
  • Communicate with and support teachers as they encourage their students to complete the surveys in a timely manner.
  • Communicate with the Programs Coordinator a minimum of once per week to update her on the status of surveys.
  • Collaborate with the team in the office to design a survey(s) that will yield demographic information to inform reports for all funders.
  • Other duties related to survey administration as assigned by the Programs Coordinator.

The overall goal of these tasks is to ensure that as many surveys as possible are completed in a timely manner and forwarded to appropriate sources.


Based on 2.5 days per week for a total of 20 weeks (50 seven-hour days) @ $20/hour, the remuneration will be $7,000 dollars plus a maximum of 500 for approved expenses

    50 days x 7 hours x $18/hour = $7,000 + $500 maximum for expenses = $7,500


  • Experience and training in research methodology
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to work with the Coalition team in an independent environment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following via to Patricia Valenteyn, Managing Director, before January 7, 2019:

  • Letter of Introduction indicating the level of training and experience in research methodology
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Names of two references who are aware of your competency with research