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RESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYST

(Full-time, Contract until March 31, 2021)

Who we are

Workforce WindsorEssex is a workforce and community development board whose mission is to lead regional employment and community planning for the development of a strong and sustainable workforce in Windsor-Essex, Ontario.

By collaborating with local and regional governments, employers, the education sector, and other community partners, we produce tools, research, guides, and events that promote the betterment of our labour market, our local workforce, and our community as a whole.

Workforce WindsorEssex is committed to building a team that reflects and embraces the diversity of the community we work in. All qualified applicants, regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender identity, sexuality, beliefs, age, or disability are encouraged to apply and will be given equal consideration in the hiring process.

Job Summary

We are looking for a Research and Policy Analyst who will play a key role on our research team, reporting to the Manager of Projects & Research.

With funding from the Ontario government, our research team is preparing to lead a regional partnership to develop post-COVID-19 scenario-based labour market action plans throughout Southwestern Ontario. You will play an important role in coordinating the research efforts of workforce planning boards across the region, collecting and analyzing relevant data and information, reporting on findings, liaising with project partners, tracking and reporting on project progress, developing policy recommendations, and mobilizing their early implementation. You will also be involved in other research and information-sharing work to support our organization’s objectives under the provincial workforce planning board program by supporting the development of a local labour market plan for Windsor-Essex (to be published in January 2021).

This position involves a high level of stakeholder engagement, data analysis, and presentation of information. With support from your supervisor, you will develop questionnaires and surveys, organize and facilitate focus groups and group consultations, apply thoughtful analysis to data and statistics, interpret a broad range of information on regional social policy issues, and present complex information to a wide variety of audiences.

Our ideal candidate is someone who can meet professional standards in social policy research, employ reliably good judgement, view social and economic issues through a systems thinking lens, consistently apply critical and unbiased thinking, build strong relationships with a diversity of stakeholders, and act in the best interest of our organization. The ideal candidate is also highly organized, self-motivated, adaptable, enjoyable to work with, and committed to lifelong learning and having a positive impact on our community. If this sounds like you, we look forward to hearing from you!

For now, this is a position with the option to work from home, in the office, or both. Eventually, you may be required to locate to Windsor-Essex, if you are not already located here, depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • With the Manager of Projects & Research, oversee project reporting, evaluation, and the coordinated execution of Post Pandemic Scenario-Based Workforce Planning in Southwestern Ontario, including but not limited to the following:
    • Chairing and organizing a project-wide steering committee, a researcher working group, and a local-level scenario planning roundtable
    • Establishing and maintain methodology and data collection standards in collaboration with labour market researchers across Southwestern Ontario
    • Combining the information collected across Southwestern Ontario, developing a cumulative Scenario-based Labour Market Action Plan
    • Developing a Windsor-Essex Scenario-Based Labour Market Action Plan
  • Undertake primary and secondary research for assigned projects, including but not limited to the following:
    • Conducting environmental scans of labour market issues and best practices
    • Designing and carrying out focus groups, consultations, and surveys
    • Designing and adhering to methodology
    • Analyzing raw data from primary and secondary sources
    • Generating data visualizations
    • Interpreting findings, generating policy recommendations, and communicating them in the forms of reports and presentations
    • Undertake a high level of stakeholder engagement and community outreach, including but not limited to developing strong working relationships with project partners and liaising with government officials, employment service providers, educational institutions, and other community organizations.
  • Represent Workforce WindsorEssex professionally on local committees and working groups, while also sharing local labour market information, results, resources and products to a diverse range of audiences virtually, in person, in writing, and through infographics, public displays and social media.
  • Support the discovery, development, submission and execution of existing and new grants that align with Workforce WindsorEssex’s mission.
  • Working with the Manager of Projects & Research to ensure that organizational research standards and practices are continually satisfied, that project deliverables and deadlines are met, and that performance measures and expected outcomes are achieved for assigned projects.
  • Performing other duties as required.

Qualifications and requirements

  • A university degree in public policy, political science, business, economics, geography, urban planning, data science, or another related field, plus some professional experience applying qualitative and quantitative research skills, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Strong orientation to detail
  • Fluency in MS Office software, including but not limited to Excel and Word
  • A willingness to continually learn new skills
  • Eligibility to work in Canada
  • If not already located in Windsor-Essex, must be readily able to relocate and secure a private mode of transportation for off-site meetings.

Assets

  • Professional experience coordinating a research team
  • Experience in public survey design
  • Experience applying design thinking
  • Experience facilitating public consultations
  • Experience with specialized software for data collection, analysis, and visualisation, including but not limited to Survey Monkey, Stata, SAS, R, QGIS, and Tableau
  • Familiarity with coding languages applicable to data analysis and visualization, including but not limited to Python, SQL and HTML
  • Experience working with large statistical socio-economic datasets, including but not limited to Statistics Canada data
  • Knowledge of the policy landscape applicable to workforce, economic, and social development in Southwestern Ontario.
  • Knowledge of the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19
  • Fluency in French

What we offer

The wage range for the Research and Policy Analyst will be $18-33/hour based on education and experience. A health and dental plan is available to all employees, however, employees pay 100% of the premiums. Workforce WindsorEssex offers a flexible and positive working environment.

For the foreseeable future, our staff has the option to work remotely or in our office, located in Windsor, Ontario. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

Renewal of this contract beyond March 31, 2021, is dependent on available funding.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on Indeed by 5:00 pm EST on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020.

Application deadline: 2020-08-05

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $18.00 – $33.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Life Insurance
  • On-site Parking

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Our office is closed to non-staff. For the foreseeable future, our staff has the option to work remotely or in our office, located in Windsor, Ontario. We are providing masks, hand sanitizer, and regular cleaning to high touch surfaces.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Required)

Work remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19