Research & Policy Associate — 12-month term

Job No: 155343
Location: Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta

  • Great opportunity to use your health and social sciences research experience in a challenging role! 
  • Don’t miss this exciting role that inspires change and action for improving the lives of people!
  • Enjoy a competitive remuneration package, PLUS a great host of benefits!

About Us

PolicyWise is a charitable, non-profit corporation established in 2003 to support the development of effective policies, programs, and services to benefit the well-being of children, families, and communities. We have a reputation for collaboration, inclusion, and broad stakeholder engagement approaches and strategies.

Our research and policy team has an in-depth understanding of the domains of well-being, the child and youth serving sector, provincial and local service delivery contexts, and the application of knowledge across these sectors and systems.

Our Vision 
Children, youth, and families thrive in respectful, safe, and supportive environments shaped by wise decisions.

Our Mission 
To inform, identify, and promote effective social policy and practice to improve the well-being of children & youth, families, and communities.

For more information about our work, please visit our website:

About the Opportunity

PolicyWise currently has an exciting opportunity for a Research & Policy Associate to join our team on a full-time basis in either Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta. This is a 12-month temporary contract with the possibility of renewal or extension. 

Reporting to a Research & Policy Manager, you will contribute to ongoing research and evaluation projects conducted by PolicyWise. 

PolicyWise is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and recognizes that those ideals are embedded in governance and organizational performance. As an essential element of their culture, PolicyWise welcomes the unique contributions that candidates can bring in terms of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, and encourages applications that represent the diversity of the community they serve.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting design, development, and implementation of data collection strategies, stakeholder engagement plans, and communication plans
  • Conducting literature reviews and environmental scans
  • Collecting and analyzing qualitative data such as interview, focus groups, and open ended survey responses
  • Employing strategies to optimize data quality such as data cleaning, recoding, and validation
  • Applying basic and advanced statistical methods to support internal and external researchers in data analysis
  • Preparing tables, graphs, or presentations
  • Drafting interim and final reports as well as other ad-hoc reporting in order to inform policy and decision-making
  • Engaging with key stakeholders such as the evaluation team, advisory committee members, and government partners in order to contextualize the evaluation, implement preliminary results, and make recommendations

More About You

In order to qualify for this role, you will have a Master’s degree or PhD in health, social science or other related disciplines (e.g., social work or public health) with at least 2 years of related work experience.

You must also have a good understanding of research and evaluation processes and methods and of research ethics, along with specialized experience and understanding of policy and practice areas related to child, family and community well-being.

You will also possess:

  • Strong organizational skills with high attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • The ability to prioritize and adapt to changing tasks and requirements throughout the day.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A strong work ethic and sense of accountability.
  • Knowledge and experience with policy development, analysis, and implementation. 
  • A good understanding of research and evaluation processes and methods. 
  • Experience with mixed methods. 
  • A good understanding of research ethics. 
  • The ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated general computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Experience working with multi-stakeholder groups and providing support services.

For the safety and well-being of our clients and employees, we require proof of COVID-19 vaccination before commencing employment. Accommodations will be made for those exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination, based on grounds protected by relevant human rights law.

About the Benefits 

In exchange for your hard work and dedication, you will receive a highly competitive annual salary plus a great host of benefits, including:

  • 50% employer-paid extended medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • $200 reimbursement for parking or transit
  • Work from home / remote work hybrid until further notice
  • $500 allowance to set up home office at the start of hire
  • 3 weeks vacation
  • Holiday break during Christmas and New Year on top of vacation time

And that's not all! You will be welcomed into a supportive and highly collaborative environment. If you think you've got the skills to take on this rewarding and challenging role, apply today! 

Please note that the closing of this role will be the 29th of June, 2022.

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