Operational Researcher at Bootcamps for Change

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Position Title: Operational Researcher Location: Remote

Duration and Hours Required: 100% Flexible, Short or Long Term Depending on Your Interests! 

Position Summary: We are looking for a researcher to join our team! As a researcher, you will be responsible for researching and sourcing opportunities to help improve our programming and stakeholder engagement for our scholarship program and in-shelter fitness programs. Depending on which stakeholder research project you are assigned to, you will identify prospective candidates we can engage using a variety of channels including google research and Instagram. You will perform research to find the appropriate point of contact and summarize the mission statements for various businesses, fitness instructors, and community groups in different cities in Canada.


About Bootcamps for Change: #SweatierForTheBetter: Over 1200 Youth Impacted!

Since August 2017, “Bootcamps for Change” has facilitated and organized weekly in-shelter health & fitness programs for youth experiencing homelessness in Toronto: Horizons for Youth, Eva's Initiatives & Yonge Street Mission. We have also branched out to Thunder Bay, Ontario with John Howard Society. Our programs allow youth to improve their physical health, mental health, and resilience. After seeing first-hand the natural athletic ability of youth we were meeting, we started the “#SweatierForTheBetter” scholarship. This funds fitness certification for homeless youth, in addition to providing any career or mentorship resources they may need. The recipients are subsequently paid by us to facilitate fitness programs to their peers in shelters, in addition to being connected with local mentorship and job opportunities. All scholarship recipients we have certified in Toronto are currently in full-time positions at LA and Goodlife Fitness in Toronto, exiting the shelter system.


Health and fitness is THE vehicle driving our ultimate goal; removing barriers for prosperous, healthy and employable youth development. We want to prevent youth in the system from becoming adults in the system. 

You will be responsible for one of the following research projects. All projects have a 1-month timeframe, with a 2 week scheduled check-in with the founder. If more support is required, we are more than willing to provide it.


Research Project 1: Research on Homelessness for Impact Gaps Canvas Canada: This project can be done based on your own experience, online research, and interviews conducted with homeless frontline workers/advocates/organizations, etc.

I. Challenge Mapping: What's happening, what's the impact of the challenge, and what's holding the challenge in place?

II. Impact Gaps: What is missing that could close the gap between the challenge and the current solutions, where are opportunities for greater collective impact, and what are the key lessons learned?

III. Solutions Mapping: What models are already being tried, what's working, what's not, and what resources are currently available? 

This ‘Impact Gaps Canvas’ was designed by Skoll Centre Deputy Director, Daniela Papi-Thornton, as part of her research for the Clore Social Leadership Programme. This canvas is a tool to help you ask the questions you might want to consider in creating your entry for the Challenge. By asking questions related to the challenge landscape (questions about the problem and its impact as well as what might be holding the current status quo in place) and the solutions landscape (what is already being tried and what has or hasn’t worked) you can then identify gaps where the solutions are failing to meet the problems.

Research Project 2: Fitness influencer research: Canada

- To create awareness about the #SweatierForTheBetter programs, we will be working with fitness influencers. You’d assist us by researching fitness influencers in an assigned city (such as Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, or Kingston) including their names, where they are located, their social media links, contact information, and a brief summary about what specific fitness certification(s) they hold, if any. 

Research Project 3: Partnership Research: Homelessness Agencies Canada

- To create the best programs for youth, we will be working with other agencies that provide support to at-risk or homeless youth: including resume editing, cover letter writing, interview clothing, financial literacy training, etc. You’d assist us by finding providers of these services for at-risk youth in Canada, including their names, where they are located, their social media links, contact information, and a brief summary about what services they provide.

Research Project 4: Partnership Research: Fitness Professionals

- To recruit fitness professionals to implement our #SweatierForTheBetter programs and perform market research, we work with a range of fitness professionals (yoga instructors, personal trainers, group fitness instructors, boxing coaches, meditation teachers, etc). You’d assist us by researching fitness professionals in an assigned city (such as Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kingston or Toronto), organized by what type of fitness professional they are, their names, social media links, contact information, and a brief summary about what specific fitness certification(s) they hold.

Research Project 5: Fitness Brands (equipment)

- To fundraise and get equipment donated for our programs, we will be working with brands that manufacture fitness equipment. You’d assist us by finding the names of fitness equipment companies in Canada, including their names, where they are located, their social media links, contact information for their founder and marketing manager(s), and a brief summary about what fitness equipment they manufacture.  

Research Project 6: Run Clubs in Canada

- To fundraise and create awareness for our programs, we will be engaging run clubs in Canada. You’d assist us by finding the names of run clubs, including their names, where they are located, their social media links, contact information for their “leader”, and a brief summary about the “vibe” or demographic of the run club - younger, older, healthy or do they grab a beer or donut after their run? 

Research Project 7: Canadian Fitness Brands (clothing)

- To fundraise and get clothing donated for our programs, we will be working with Canadian fitness brands. A lot of these can be found on Instagram. You’d assist us by finding the names of fitness clothing companies in Canada, including their names, where they are based/founded, their social media links, contact information for their founder and marketing manager(s), and a brief summary about what type of clothing they create.

Research Project 8: Fitness Brands (rehabilitation supplies/equipment)

- To fundraise and get equipment donated for our programs, we will be working with Canadian rehab supplies (i.e. https://www.performancehealth.ca/sports-medicine/rehab-equipment-supplies/rehab-supplies). A lot of these can be found on Instagram. You’d assist us by finding the names of these Canadian companies, including their names, where they are based/founded, their social media links, contact information for their founder and marketing manager(s), and a brief summary about what type of supplies they manufacture.

Research Project 9: Research into how we could make an environmentally friendly, branded resistance band

- As we are exploring alternative revenue streams, we are curious about the costs associated with and the process of how we could create and manufacture Bootcamps for Change branded resistance band.

Research Project 10: Social Entrepreneur Research: Canada

- As we would love to engage other social entrepreneurs to learn about their experiences, learnings and lessons on the way, we’d like to connect with them and potentially onboard them as consultants on our programs down the line. You’d research names of Social Entrepreneurs in Canada (probably best to use LinkedIn for this one), including their names, where they are based, their social media links (including LinkedIn/Instagram), contact information, and a brief summary about what type of social enterprise they founded in the following focus areas:

  • Youth
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty 
  • Health
  • Recreation

Research Project 11: Social Enterprise Support Research: Canada

- As we would love to learn more about social enterprise, and engage other players in the social entrepreneurship space, we’d like to research organizations in Canada that write about social enterprise/support social enterprise/social entrepreneurship, etc. You’d research names of these organizations in Canada (probably best to use LinkedIn for this one), including their names, where they are based, their social media links (including LinkedIn/Instagram), contact information (executive director or founder of the organization), and a brief summary about what they do specifically in this space.

Research Project 12: Partnership Research: Homelessness Advocates Canada

- As we would love to engage homelessness advocates to learn about their experiences, learnings and lessons on the way, in addition to engaging them to review our programs and share our mission, we’d like to connect with them. You’d research names of those who advocate for the homeless in Canada (probably best to use LinkedIn for this one), including their names, where they are based, their social media links (including LinkedIn/Instagram), contact information, and a brief summary about their advocacy work. 

Research Project 13: Partnership Research: Social Workers Canada

- As we would love to engage social workers to learn about their experiences, learnings and lessons on the way, in addition to engaging them to review our programs and share our mission, we’d like to connect with them. You’d research names of social workers in certain cities in Canada (probably best to use LinkedIn for this one), including their names, where they are based, their social media links (including LinkedIn/Instagram), contact information, and a brief summary about their educational background...i.e. MSW, BSW, addiction specialist, etc?. 

Research Project 14: Partnership Research: Physiotherapist Canada

- To recruit physiotherapists to implement our #SweatierForTheBetter programs and perform market research, you’d assist us by researching physiotherapists in an assigned city (such as Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kingston or Toronto), organized by what type of fitness professional they are, their names, social media links, contact information, and a brief summary about what specific fitness certification(s) they hold if applicable (a lot of physios have a background in strength and conditioning, for example), and what physiotherapy school they went to, in addition to the contact information for that physiotherapy school. 

Research Project 15: Partnership Research: Yoga Instructors Canada

- To recruit yoga instructors to implement our #SweatierForTheBetter programs and perform market research, you’d assist us by researching yoga teachers in an assigned city (such as Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kingston or Toronto), organized by their names, social media links, contact information, and a brief summary about what specific yoga + fitness certification(s) they hold.

Research Project 16: Partnership Research: Kinesiology/Physiotherapy/Social Work Schools in Canada

- To fundraise, recruit volunteers, and create awareness for our programs, we will be engaging with Kinesiology, Social Work and Physiotherapy schools in Canada. You’d assist us by finding the names of these schools in Canada, including their names of student engagement coordinator/student placement contact in these departments, what city they are located in, the schools’ social media links.

Research Project 17: Trauma-Focused Yoga Certification

- For market research, we’d like to look into how much the trauma-focused yoga certification(s) cost, what certifications exist, what the main curriculum themes are, and research on who holds this yoga certification in Canada and the USA.

Research Project 18: Partners within Fitness Certifications

We have had a researcher currently gather information about the mainstream fitness certifications, including their requirements, costs, renewal fees, CEC’s etc.


We’d like to research the partners of these existing fitness certifications and what benefits they provide to their certification holders: 

I.e. NASM: Apparel & Footwear, Training Equipment, SMR & Recovery, Branded Training, Other: https://www.nasm.org/lp/discountpartners

https://www.canfitpro.com/membership/ 

Research Project 19: Board of Directors/Contacts at Major Fitness Certification 

Finding names and contact information for the major fitness certification providers in Canada + USA 

Research Project 20: Resistance band production and manufacturing

Researching process on how we could create a branded resistance band, including costs of production and manufacturing, market size, etc. There is a shortage of latex and rubber, so we’d be making a cloth one.

Research Project 21: Filling in contact info for Canadian Athletes 

We have a great list of Canadian athletes and Olympians. Now, we just need help finding the appropriate contact information for them. 

Research Project 22: Market Research for Fitness Certification + Resistance Band

"Doing good is not enough" if quality and price are not also competitive. This research project would have you scheduling 15-minute calls with our network of fitness professionals and reaching out to new ones to ask them the following questions: 

Script: “We are considering creating a certification for professionals such as yourself to specifically work with at risk or homeless youth. We’re calling today to perform market research and ask you a few questions about your experience working in the fitness industry especially in the reality of COVID-19.”


Fitness professionals:

1. If relevant, How much do you spend yearly on your CECs (continuing education credits)?

2. What fitness certifications do you currently hold? 

3. Do you consider the fitness industry to be more competitive or collaborative?

4 How long have you been working in fitness?

5. Is fitness your part-time or full-time job?

6. How old are you?

7. What is your gender?

8. Do you work in a gym or work independently?

9. Would a certification for you to learn to engage at-risk youth through movement be a product you would want to learn more about?

10. At what price would you be willing to pay for something like this?

11. How has COVID-19 changed how you might pivot - does this make youth certification more attractive as you’d like to diversify?

12. What’s the most important factor you look at when choosing a fitness certification?

13. How much would you pay for a resistance band? 

That’s it! Thank you.

Requirements

Excellent organization skills and attention to detail 

Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as in a team 


Bootcamps for Change is committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible workplace. We welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who respect and reflect the diversity of service users. 

How to Apply / Contact 

Please contact Katie Heggtveit (Founder) at katie@bootcampsforchange.com with "Operational Researcher" in the subject line with your resume and interests attached. We can't wait to meet...or e-meet you!


Thank you! 


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