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City of Toronto

Toronto Urban Fellow Research Associate


2263904 X-1504738

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Toronto Urban Fellow Research Associate



Requisition #                           2263904 X

Division                                   Human Resources

Section                                    Strategic Recruitment & Employment Services

Work Location                         VARIOUS - SEE BELOW

Job Location                           Canada-Ontario-Toronto

Job Stream                              Policy, Planning & Research

Job Type                                 Temporary, Full-Time

Temporary Duration                12 months

Salary/Rate                              $73,892.00 / Year

Hours of Work (bi-weekly)      70.00

Shift Information                     Monday to Friday, 35 Hours Per Week

Affiliation                                Non-Union

Number of Positions Open      14

Posting Date                            03-Apr-2017

Expiry date                              18-Apr-2017

Job Description

Job Summary:

To provide research, analysis and project support related to social, economic or public policy, urban affairs and government services as part of the Toronto Urban Fellows program.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assists senior staff in analyzing corporate and/or operational policy issues, formulating research objectives and designing and developing research projects from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Evaluates alternative models and approaches.
  • Applies an understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Provides research support and conducts project research in a number of areas including corporate policy development, intergovernmental relations, government practices and procedures, civic engagement, and performance monitoring systems.
  • Develops and implements data collection instruments and research methods.
  • Reviews and analyzes statistical data, external reports and research studies, and existing and proposed policies.
  • Assists senior staff in identifying options, assessing implications and developing implementation strategies on project work.
  • Conducts analysis and assesses impacts of government policy, legislative and budgetary proposals, from all orders of government.
  • Prepares written comments, reports and summaries on research topics.
  • Prepares background studies and briefing notes for projects and assignments, as required.
  • Provides support as required in the preparation of reports, briefing material and presentations.
  • Liaises with program staff and external organizations in the course of research and analysis.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:

  1. Recently completed graduate level education (within the past three years, not earlier than January 2014), at a Master’s level or greater, including LLB/JD.
  2. Minimum one year work experience in social, economic or public policy, urban affairs, government services and/or the management of complex organizations.
  3. Experience utilizing project management skills and implementing complex projects.
  4. Experience facilitating project related public consultation meetings and/or supporting stakeholder engagement processes.
  5. Experience in research, analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data.
  6. Experience with preparing detailed documents, such as project plans, research proposals, reports or policies.
  7. Academic and/or work experience in areas such as Finance, Accounting or Information and Technology is considered an asset.
  8. Excellent strategic thinking skills.
  9. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a variety of community and sector organizations, all City service areas, residents, representatives from various levels of government, elected officials and other related stakeholders.
  10. Sound judgement and ability to handle matters of a confidential/sensitive nature.
  11. Must be legally entitled to work in Canada and have a valid work permit that allows you to work for the City of Toronto.

Cover Letter Requirements:

  • Your cover letter (maximum 500 words) should demonstrate why you are an exceptional candidate for the Toronto Urban Fellows program.
  • Please organize your cover letter into the three sections indicated below and include the requested information.

Section 1: My Contribution and Expectations

  • With reference to your education, experience and professional goals, indicate what you expect to contribute to and gain from the Toronto Urban Fellows program, if selected.

Section 2: My Interest

  • Describe your interest in and/or engagement with urban issues, public service and/or the City of Toronto.

Section 3: Significant Achievements/Accomplishments

  • Describe relevant educational, professional, and/or community service achievements and awards (e.g. scholarships, research grants, publications, leadership positions, etc.).

Work for the City you love

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture, and are proud to be the Host City for the 2017 Invictus Games. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as a Toronto Urban Fellow Research Associate within our Human Resources Division.

How to Apply:

For more information on these and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting File #2263904 X, by April 18, 2017.

Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set up their Candidate Profile if applying on TalentFlow. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce that is representative of the citizens we serve. We will provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment.  In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of the City's hiring process.

If you are invited to participate in an assessment process, kindly provide your accommodation needs in advance. Please be advised that you may be requested to provide medical/other documentation to Human Resources to ensure that appropriate accommodation is provided to you throughout the hiring process.

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Posting Date: 04-Apr-2017Research Contract, Full-Time 12.00  Months Open 14 ASAP
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