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Research and Policy Advisor



Job Description

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Through Indspire’s K-12 Institute, resources are provided to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success for Indigenous youth. In 2016-17, Indspire awarded $11.6 million through 3,764 bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous youth, making it the largest funder of Indigenous education outside the federal government. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people that is broadcast nationally.

Never has there been a better time to join this national leader. In this newly created position as Research and Policy Advisor, you will report to the Vice-President Education and be responsible for conducting research, statistical/trends analysis and providing policy advice on successful practices and empirical evaluations of Indspire’s impact through its education initiatives and programs. You will ensure impact data from Indspire’s educational programs are readily available to fundraising opportunities and for presentation at conferences and other public forums to support the success of Indigenous students.
The position responsibilities of the Research and Policy Advisor include:

Key Duties

• Plans, manages and executes research, analysis and evaluation.
• Maintains current knowledge of educational best practices, monitors and reports on trends in the field of Indigenous education.
• Integrates findings on social, educational and economic environments into the formulation of policy/program recommendations.
• Provides data results that demonstrate impact and social return on investment for educational program delivered by Indspire.
• Evaluates broad social programs and policies and the impact of initiatives on Indigenous students and educators.
• Generates a range of options based on research results, assessing the implications and feasibility of these options and recommends viable solutions and implementation strategies.
• Supports strategic corporate initiatives as required.
• Provides strategic advice and support based on research findings.
• Provides research data as required to senior executives.
• Develops and applies appropriate conceptual and analytical frameworks in
research analysis and program development processes.
• Performs analysis of job-related information/facts, e.g. employment trends, and
documentation of employment needs and associated educational needs for
specific employment sectors.


• Completion of a Masters level university degree in Public Administration,
Education, Economics, Science or related discipline; or an equivalent
combination of education and expereince.
• Knowledge and participation in Indigenous social policy development contexts,
Indigenous research ethics and related research; and/or issues of equity and
systemic change, and experience working with community/Indigenous groups in
the formulation of social policy, analysis and/or research is considered an asset
• Knowledge of and experience in Indigenous education and related needs
• Progressive experience in research analysis and program evaluations typically
demonstrated through 5 or more years in the field
• Experience in developing creative solutions to complex evaluation problems and
operational policy
• Project management experience, managing complex assignments from inception
through to implementation with minimal direction
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
• Flexibility in learning new program areas or analytical techniques
• Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
• High level of communication skills with a particular emphasis on excellent writing
• Sound interpersonal skills, cross-cultural awareness and understanding, and
good judgement
• Excellent presentation skills
• Proficiency in research databases and other research-related software and
analytical programs; proficiency in data recording programs, software and
• Ability to extract, collect, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data
• Applies systematic, logical reasoning when addressing problems to arrive at
appropriate outcomes
• Proficiency in conducting database and web-based literature and data searches
• Travel between Six Nations and Toronto offices is required along with a
willingness to travel occasionally within Canada and work some evenings and
• Ability to work with sensitive information with complete confidentiality
• Ability to work in French is an asset

How to Apply

This is a full-time position and can be based at Indspire’s head office on Six Nations of
the Grand River Territory, or at the Toronto office. The salary range is competitive with
a great benefit package, including pension plan. We are an Indigenous organization
whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage
applications from qualified Indigenous persons and all others interested in the position.
Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. To learn more about
Indspire, visit

To apply, please forward your résumé, and cover letter to or to

inquire on a confidential basis, please call Donna Hall at 647-383-8792. All qualified
candidates will be contacted directly.
No agency calls please.

Deadline for Applications: October 23rd, 2017

Contact Information

Amanda Charles
Posting Date: 02-Oct-2017Research Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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