Research and Policy Analyst Opportunity - OUSA

Please see below for the Research and Policy Analyst job posting.



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 approximately 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 and Policy Analyst

DEADLINE: 5:00 PM on Monday, February 25th, 2019

HOURS OF WORK: Position is 40 hours per week with the requirement to work some evenings and weekends.

COMPENSATION: Annual salary starting at $43,000; including vacation time, professional development opportunities, and health and dental benefits.

START DATE: March 2019

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research and Policy Analyst is responsible for working with the remaining members of the research team to conduct and oversee 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; conducting data analysis and survey development; assisting student leaders with the creation of policy papers and statements; preparing government submissions and briefing notes; presenting and explaining policy to stakeholders and decision-makers; and building relationships in the post-secondary research community.

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • a university baccalaureate degree or above;
  • a command of Microsoft Word and Excel, and knowledge of data processing and statistical analysis software (SPSS, etc.);
  • excellent research, qualitative, and quantitative analysis skills;
  • strong organization skills;
  • strong written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to present and explain policy to a wide variety of audiences, including politicians, civil servants, student leaders and sector stakeholders;
  • familiarity with research methods, academic integrity, and proper citation;
  • background or relevant experience in the post-secondary education sector;
  • experience working directly with post-secondary students is considered an asset;
  • demonstrated public policy experience, and knowledge of Ontario politics;
  • experience and affinity for working in a collaborative team environment;
  • excellent personal initiative and strong work ethic;
  • ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure; and
  • familiarity with OUSA’s structure and operations.

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.

To Apply: In addition to providing a cover letter and resume that highlights how you meet the above qualifications, applicants must also complete and submit a one-page assignment that demonstrates their communication and analysis skills. The assignment can be found below.


Suppose you are the Research and Policy Analyst at OUSA and a Director of OUSA’s Board has asked for a briefing on the issue of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response. The board member is meeting with a local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) who is very interested in the topic and would like to know about OUSA’s stance on the topic. Your task is to help prepare OUSA’s board member with enough background information and research they need to be successful in the meeting.

  • Your brief should be one page (single-spaced) in length
  • Your brief should be clearly laid out and organized
  • It should include as much or as little background on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response as you think is needed
  • It should outline OUSA’s stance on the topic, highlight relevant policy recommendations, and provide updated information where necessary

Policy Paper: Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

More information and resources can be found at

Candidates selected for an interview will be notified no later than Wednesday, February 27th. Interviews will be held on Tuesday, March 5th. Interviews will be available during and after business hours, as well as by videoconference on request.

Please send cover letter, resume, and completed assignment via e-mail to:
Eddy Avila, Executive Director