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Social Innovation Research Associate

  • Posted:Feb 21, 2018
  • Apply by:Jun 01, 2018
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Experienced (non manager)
  • Location
  • Pickering, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Social Justice
  • Impact Category
  • Social Good
  • Company Type
  • Mission driven

About this position


Position: Social Innovation Research Associate
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Office Location: Pickering, ON
Travel: 20% to client meetings in the GTA

General Duties:
As a Research Associate you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively and be instrumental in conducting research activities on social innovation/enterprise projects with some of Canada’s most successful social impact initiatives and organizations.  Your work will make a difference in our communities.  The incumbent will report directly to the Project Leader and be accountable for ensuring project deliverables are completed on time, project teams are well-coordinated and clients are satisfied.  To be successful in this position the candidate will need to be a confident leader and possess excellent communication skills since they will be coordinating and conducting research.  The position will require the candidate to have excellent qualitative and quantitative research skills, ability to analyze large data sets and above average writing skills to synthesize information in research reports and learning summaries.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Write evaluati0n reports, feasibility studies, business plans, research analysis and other research summary documents
  • C0nduct qualitative and quantitative research as per project parameters
  • Assist in designing data collection tools and research methodology
  • C0-facilitate meetings with the project lead and other project team members
  • Coordinate teams of associates, support staff, researchers and interns on project and research related activities
  • Coach and develop support staff, providing skills training, as well as developing processes and procedures for streamlining research processes
  • Pr0vide regular progress updates through continuous communication on each project with the President/Project Leader and other staff
  • Liaise with Clients via phone and email and facilitate regular check-ins to keep them updated on project progress
  • Act as a liaise with other in-house research team members, consultants and independent contractors
  • Ensure high quality deliverables
  • Proposal writing, editing and formatting
  • Other duties as necessary

Ideal Skills and Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in a related field or equivalent level of experience
Research Skills
  • Proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Ability to consolidate and analyze data
  • Grasp complex concepts and systems
Project Management
  • Proven experience in coordinating and conducting projects
  • Excellent understanding of staying within budget and workplan timelines
  • Must be a self-starter and able to prioritize tasks efficiently and appropriately
  • Exceptional planning, organizing and multitasking skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively to meet deadlines; be flexible and adaptable
  • Leadership and facilitation skills
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, show initiative, be proactive and decisive
  • Ability to determine priorities and work accordingly
  • Ability to be innovative and think outside the box
Commitment to Results
  • Action focused and results oriented
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Motivated to do the best job they can
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver high quality deliverables
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Mature and highly organized
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Proficient and skilled at report writing
  • High standards of ethics and confidentiality to handle sensitive information
  • Highly proficient at MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Outlook
  • Eager to learn and advance in role and responsibility
  • Positive in nature and contribute to an affirmative corporate culture

Ideal Candidate:
  • Post-grad with a minimum of 2 years experience in conducting research for consulting contracts (at least 1 year of direct experience in coordinating research teams is preferred)
  • Must have successfully conducted research and coordinated/supported the successful completion of consulting projects
  • Must have experience in and intimate knowledge of the community benefit, social change, and social economy sectors
  • Experience working on multi-stakeholder collaborative projects considered an asset

  • Performance evaluations will be conducted on a semi-annual basis and reviewed with the President.  Quarterly less formal check-ins will also be scheduled to monitor and support employee progress

Unique Requirements:
  • Some project work may be required outside of regular office hours to support critical time lines and/or critical deliverables
  • Some daytime travel may be required for client meetings


About us

Eco-Ethonomics Inc. is a groundbreaking consulting firm that leverages cross-sector expertise to provide strategic advice, foster collaboration and facilitate cultural change in order to combine social, environmental and business objectives. The firm and its dynamic team bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the areas of corporate social responsibility, ethical governance, organizational development, program and evaluation planning, and social enterprise development. We exist to maximize value for all stakeholders and promote the success, health and prosperity of businesses, organizations and communities.

What makes us different is that we combine business acumen with expertise in community/culture building and an authentic commitment to ‘social, economic and environmental impact’. We are committed to galvanizing community action and change around what people value most.

Eco-Ethonomics' core services focus on the following areas:
1. Social enterprise development
2. Organizational and collaborative development
3. Evaluation and impact assessment
4. Community-based research and policy development
5. Corporate social responsibility review and sustainability planning

We offer hard working, driven professionals unique professional development opportunities and can guarantee exposure to a breadth of rewarding opportunities and experiences by helping organizations and doing work that solves problems that have a direct impact on our communities, diverse organizations and our environment.

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