Research and Policy Analyst Opportunity - OUSA

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



POSITION: Research and Policy Analyst
DEADLINE: 5:00 PM on Friday, September 21st, 2018.
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: October 2018

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; 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) considered a strong asset;
  • 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;
  • 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: Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to be considered. An additional assignment will be required for applicants that receive an interview.

Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to:
Sophie Helpard, Executive Director

Candidates selected for an interview will be notified no later than Monday, September 24th. Interviews will be held on Friday, September 28th. Interviews will be available during and after business hours, as well as by video conference on request.

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 140,000 undergraduate, professional full and part-time students, OUSA is one of the largest and most respected student organizations in the country.