Research Analyst, Strategic Initiatives And External Relations

College Scarborough Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology
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Title Research Analyst, Strategic Initiatives and External Relations
Competition Number 18-S-149
Job ID 18-S-149
Campus/Site Progress Campus
Position Summary
The Office of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations (SIER)  
(This position is initially open to full time, bargaining unit employees of the college)
Centennial College is immediately hiring a collaborative and experienced Research Analyst to support all research activities to promote the work of SIER including investigating and analyzing government policy, industry trends, and best practices. The incumbent will be required to make recommendations to further advance the College’s strategic initiatives that are aligned with government priorities and policy directions. Reporting to the Manager of Grants and External Relations, the Analyst will interact with stakeholders and play a critical role in researching and analyzing data to support a wide range of research projects that include: authoring project documentation such as applications, timelines, analyzing project requirements and other assessments required to meet project objectives.
The position is responsible for supporting SIER initiatives including, but not limited to:
  • Conducting comprehensive research/analysis on topics related to strategic initiatives taken on or proposed by SIER (such as enhancing industry engagement with the advanced manufacturing sector, development of a clean technology facility as well as the Downsview Aerosapce Hub, etc.). The incumbent prepares/presents a variety of reports and materials as well as summaries of findings with recommendations based on research.
  • Conducting comprehensive research using a variety of tools (such as literature searches (internet/library search), data collection, and data analysis), which may require field site visits. The incumbent will also be required to develop and implement departmental research processes and procedures.
  • Preparing research reports to support business case development for new initiatives, for example conducting sector-based research to inform the feasibility of a proposed initiative as well as to inform the potential impact and alignment with College priorities, industry trends, and government policy.
  • Providing support to all of SIERs pillars of activity by researching, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data to help enhance effectiveness of these pillars. The incumbent will assist the Communications and External Relations Officer by providing data analysis results to be included in SIER report.
  • Research and investigate changing government policies and strategic directions to provide recommendations for SIER and College-wide initiatives to ensure alignment with government priorities
  • Conduct primary and secondary research in areas such as industry best practices and current legislation to help identify and prioritize department initiatives
  • Conduct comparative research on strategic initiatives to identify best practices and assess competitive initiatives
  • Develop conclusions and provide actionable recommendations supported by analysis, and presented in a visually compelling, clear, objective framework for business decisions • Conduct statistical analyses to identify alignment between government policy/programs and project outcomes, impact, and effectiveness of proposed strategic initiatives
  • Support the Manager in tracking and enhancing effectiveness of SIER’s pillars through statistical analysis
  • Liaise with staff at all levels across the organization to access common data to support the development of new initiatives/opportunities
  • Track usage and produce productivity reports related to the College’s industry outreach service called Solv.
  • Develop and conduct surveys for quantitative and qualitative research to assess and analyze support for new initiatives
  • Provide support for SIER in developing presentations, etc.
  • Deliver presentations at internal meetings and workshops
  • Investigate best practices to enhance departmental processes and procedures
  • Promotion of department activities on social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Four (4) year University degree in the area of public administration, public and/or regulatory policy, sociology, political science, or communications or a related field
  • Completion of an undergraduate thesis or major research paper including the completion of an ethical review process
  • Minimum of three (3) years progressive experience in research including: designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative methodologies, data collection, review of processes and procedures, data analysis and professional writing
  • Knowledge and experience in qualitative data analysis, including narrative analysis to sort and organize large data sets and thematic coding to organize themes and concepts for analytical interpretation
  • Demonstrated experience planning, coordinating and managing multiple projects within timelines and budgets
  • Practical experience facilitating meetings/workshops with diverse groups
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and deliver high quality results in a deadline driven environment
  • Ability to produce clear and concise reports
  • Proven computer and technical proficiency (i.e. Raiser’s Edge or related databases, graphic tools, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience of building, and sustaining collaborative partnerships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven analytical, problem solving and decision making skills
  • Experience working in a highly diverse and open environment
  • Must be comfortable working in an open, shared office environment with little privacy (communal workspace)
Classification Permanent - Support
Hours of Work 35 Hours
Posting Date 12/5/2018
Closing Date 12/14/2018
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"Proof of credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post-secondary institutions and/or their foreign equivalents will be required at the time of job offer." 


When applying, your cover letter and résumé must include examples that reflect all of the requested skills and qualifications and must be submitted online by December 14, 2018 at 4:30 PM.  Please quote Competition #18-S-149.  Misrepresentation of applicant information will be grounds for your exclusion from the competition or for dismissal should you subsequently be hired for the position.  We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Salary Range $31.06 to $36.06 per hour (pay band H)
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