Formed in 1992, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a non-profit advocacy organization that strives to effectively and responsibly represent Ontario’s full and part-time undergraduate students to lobby for an affordable, accessible, accountable and high-quality higher education system. In order to achieve these goals, OUSA provides research and policy solutions to government, organizes campaigns, communicates their priorities, and develops partnerships with post-secondary education sector stakeholders. With a membership of more than 150,000 undergraduate, professional full and part-time students, OUSA is one of the largest and most respected student organizations in the country.
POSITION: Research Analyst
DEADLINE: 5:00PM on Tuesday May 15th, 2012
HOURS OF WORK: Position is 40 hours per week with the requirement to work some evening and weekends.
COMPENSATION: Annual salary starting at $35,000; including vacation time, professional development opportunities, and health and dental benefits.
START DATE: Late May; the successful candidate will be provided with a transition period and will assume full responsibility for the position effective June 18th, 2012.
The Research Analyst is responsible for assisting the Director of Research in conducting and overseeing the research and policy activities of the organization. This includes conducting primary and secondary research on issues of importance to students and the higher education sector; assisting student leaders with the creation of policy papers and statements; preparing government submissions and briefing notes; and building relationships in the post-secondary research community.
The ideal candidate should possess:
• a university baccalaureate degree;
• a command of Microsoft Word and Excel;
• excellent research, qualitative and quantitative analysis skills;
• strong organization skills;
• ability to communicate and present policy positions to a variety of audiences;
• familiarity with research methods, academic integrity, and proper citation;
• background or relevant experience in the post-secondary education sector;
• ability to work independently and within a team environment;
• excellent personal initiative and strong work ethic;
• ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure;
• familiarity with OUSA’s structure and operations; and
• knowledge of data processing and statistical analysis software would be considered an asset.
While OUSA is a professional organization, it is intimately connected with university students. This youthful attitude transfers into a highly charged and passionate workplace that creates a unique opportunity for both satisfying and creative work. OUSA makes every effort to reward employees with both a relaxing and exciting environment and a job that gives them the chance to build and develop their skills.