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Research Manager, Community Social Planning Council of Toronto

The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto is an independent
social planning organization committed to democratic, community-based
social policy and civic participation.

The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto is looking for a full time Research Manager.

The work of the Council includes conducting research, analyzing public
policy as it affects Toronto, and developing social reports in order to
inform policy positions and strategies on major social issues affecting
Toronto and its local communities.  The Council conducts
community-based, action-oriented research on a variety of social
issues.  This research supports and promotes community
mobilization on social issues.

The policy work of the CSPC-T analyzes, synthesizes, interprets and
disseminates government policy and legislation, particularly at the
municipal level.  

The Research Manager will provide creative, innovative, strategic, and
dynamic leadership to the CSPC-T in developing and implementing its
research agenda.  He/She will share responsibility for the overall
planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Council's
research agenda, in collaboration with the program staff, Executive Director, Board, and Research Advisory Committee.

Key skills required

  • Strong writing skills and effective communication skills, including the ability to produce clear language reports
  • Participatory research background
  • Strong planning, implementation and evaluation skills
  • Strong proposal writing skills
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Data analysis skills
  • Strong supervisory skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with diverse communities
  • Ability to manage multiple initiatives

Qualifications required

  • Graduate degree or equivalent in social policy or related field
  • 10 years experience as a researcher
  • Experience planning, implementing, and evaluating programs
  • Experience with both primary and secondary research
  • Experience designing and implementing quantitative or qualitative
    research projects, including survey and questionnaire design; focus
    group design, in a community-based setting
  • Experience managing staff, preferably within a unionized environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working under pressure and to deadline
  • Experience working with different levels of government
  • Experience with community-based research
  • Experience and commitment to equity issues, including the ability to integrate class, race, and gender analysis
  • Experience writing funding proposals and related reports

Key Assets include

  • A command of a second or third language would be an asset
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector
  • Experience or knowledge of Toronto and its diverse communities
  • Experience or knowledge of current and potential funding sources
  • Experience or knowledge of the community sector in Toronto
  • Experience or knowledge of the academic sector in Toronto

This position reports to the Executive Director and is part of the Management Team.

The CSPC-T is committed to employment equity, and welcomes applicants from the full diversity of its community.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and covering letter outlining how they meet the above criteria to

Research Manager Hiring Committee
1001-2 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON  M5B 1J3

Completed applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2006.

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