Research Associate

  • Posted:Jan 20, 2019
  • Apply by:Feb 28, 2019
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Experienced (non manager)
  • Location
  • Pickering, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Social Justice
  • Impact Category
  • Social Enterprise
  • Company Type
  • Mission driven

About this position

General Duties:
Work collaboratively to plan, coordinate and conduct research activities for all projects.  The incumbent will report directly to the President and will be accountable for ensuring deliverables are met on time, project teams are well-coordinated and clients are satisfied.  To be successful in this position the candidate will need to have the leadership and communication skills to work in a dynamic team, which may include researchers, associate consultants, interns and support staff.  The position will also require that candidates are critical thinkers who have above average quantitative and qualitative research skills as well as the ability to analyze data and write research reports and learning summaries.  

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Write evaluation reports, feasibility studies, business plans, research analysis and other research summary documents
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research as per project parameters
  • Design data collection tools, research methodologies and work plans
  • Assist in planning and co-facilitating meetings, workshops, webinars, and sessions 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 staff team
  • Provide regular progress updates through continuous communication on each project with the President and other staff
  • Liaise with clients and facilitate regular check-ins to keep them updated on project progress
  • Supprt in business development including searching and responding to relevant RFP’s
  • Proposal writing, editing and formatting
  • Act as a liaise with clients 
  • Prepare relevant meeting documents (ie agendas, handouts, facilitation guides)
  • Ensure high quality deliverables
  • Other duties as necessary


Ideal Skills and Qualifications:

Education
  • A Master’s degree in a related field or equivalent level of experience

Research Skills
  • Proficiency and above average skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Ability to design data collection tools and research methodologies
  • Ability to consolidate and analyze data
  • Grasp complex concepts and systems

Project Management
  • Proven experience in coordinating and conducting projects
  • Ability to take initiative, work collaboratively and support clients (and staff) in a respectful and inclusive way
Self-Management
  • Must be a self-starter and able to prioritize tasks efficiently/appropriately
  • Exceptional planning, organizing and multitasking skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively to meet deadlines; be flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to use the calendar to manage and schedule time for busy executive

Independence
  • 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

Commitment to Results
  • Action focused and results oriented
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver high quality deliverables

Skills
  • Mature and highly organized
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Resourceful and an independent thinker
  • Excellent command of the English language both oral and written
  • Proficient and above average skills at report writing (including excellent grammar, formatting, proof reading, copywriting and editing skills)
  • Creative and can think outside the box
  • “Need to know” person who takes great pride in doing an excellent job
  • High standards of ethics and confidentiality to handle sensitive information
  • Highly proficient at MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Outlook

Attitude
  • Eager to learn and advance in role and responsibility
  • Positive in nature and contribute to an affirmative corporate culture
  • Willingness to help out other team members
  • Possesses a “can do, will do” attitude


Ideal Candidate:
  • Post-grad with a minimum of 1-2 years experience in conducting research for consulting contracts (at least 1 year of experience in coordinating research teams is preferred)
  • Must have successfully conducted quantitative and qualitative 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 and ability to speak with clients and build positive relationships
  • Experience working on multi-stakeholder collaborative projects considered an asset
  • Business development experience is an asset


Evaluation:
  • Performance evaluations will be conducted after a 3-month trial and 6-month probationary period and thereafter on an annual basis and reviewed with the President and/or Project Manager


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 (we usually travel together as a team)

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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