Job Posting: Research and Policy Analyst

Deadline to Apply: July 9, 2021 (but applicants encouraged to apply sooner)
Cover letters and resumes can be submitted to


About Canadian Urban Institute

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) was established in 1990. As Canada’s Urban Institute, we are the national platform that houses the best in Canadian city building — where policymakers, urban professionals, civic and business leaders, community activists, and academics can learn, share, and collaborate with one another from coast to coast to coast. Through research, engagement, and storytelling, our mission is to ensure Canada builds vibrant, equitable, livable, and resilient cities.

Role Description

CUI is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to join our team. The Research and Policy Analyst will work on a range of applied research projects. The candidate should have experience coordinating complex policy and research assignments and initiatives. The candidate will be joining a dynamic, growing, and cross-Canada organization.

Responsibilities will include 

Project management

  • Develop and execute project work plans, from project design to implementation.
  • Write project proposals, manage project budgets, and organize project resources to ensure deliverables meet scope, schedule, and quality requirements.
  • Lead and manage cross-disciplinary teams that include multiple sub-consultants and stakeholder groups.
  • Work with communications staff to develop and design communication and outreach materials such as newsletters, websites, posters, press releases, and social media content.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with local partners and stakeholders.

Research, analysis, and reporting

  • Investigate, analyze, and identify solutions to complex urban issues.
  • Develop plans, strategies, and frameworks that build the capacity of local partners on a wide range of issue areas, such as main streets/downtowns, community development, housing, and placemaking.
  • Lead data collection processes and analyze demographic, geographic, and economic data collected in research using qualitative research methods such as interviews, surveys and focus groups.
  • Integrate information obtained through research into concise, well-structured, easily understood reports, memos, and other tools.

Stakeholder engagement

  • Design and implement engagement activities with public and stakeholder organizations such as through workshops, advisory groups, and working groups.
  • Lead, facilitate, and oversee the planning and execution of meetings and public and stakeholder engagement activities.
  • Prepare and give presentations to partners, communities, and stakeholders.


  • Graduate degree in urban planning, public policy, urban studies, geography, sociology, community development, or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience managing and delivering complex research projects.
  • Highly developed organizational, analytical, investigative, problem-solving, report writing, communication, presentation, and public speaking skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including advanced communication skills and effective management of diverse key stakeholder relationships.
  • Considerable experience with Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Experience working in the non-profit or not-for-profit sector preferred.
  • Maintains an informed, anti-racist and anti-oppressive orientation in personal and professional affairs.
  • Ability to build positive working relationships, work effectively in teams, and identify organizational opportunities and new ideas.
  • Oral and written fluency in English required, in French, highly desired.

Other Details

All CUI Employees have:

  • A keen interest in urban issues
  • A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workplace and in our programs
  • Interest in working across multiple projects
  • Interest in building relationships and working collaboratively with team members and external partners
  • Well-developed ability to effectively communicate with diverse and cross-sector audiences
  • Capacity and willingness to work digitally in a highly collaborative work environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours from time to time
  • Excellent judgement, strong initiative, and the ability to work independently


The Canadian Urban Institute is committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture, where people from all backgrounds can thrive. We place high value in diversity and encourage applications from all equity seeking groups. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange accommodation.


Salary range $65,000 to $75,000. CUI offers a competitive benefits package and is committed to excellence.

Apply today!

We would like to speak with you if you meet the above-mentioned requirements. Please email a cover letter and resume to with your full name and “Research and Policy Analyst” in the subject line by 5:00 p.m. ET on July 9, 2021. Your cover letter should outline your essential skills and tell us why you should be the Research and Policy Analyst at CUI. Please include where you found this posting.

No telephone inquiries please. CUI thanks all applicants for their interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about CUI visit