The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is looking to hire a:

Policy and Research Analyst


Position: Policy and Research Analyst
Reporting to: Executive Director
Organization Status: Full-time, under contract
Compensation: $45,000.00 (37.5-44 hours) + Benefits (Health, Dental and RRSP matching)
Posted: September 7th, 2017
Closing: September 21st, 2017
Start date: October 2017
Applications must include: Cover letter, resume, writing sample (max 3 pages)
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Position Profile:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Policy and Research Analyst will manage numerous research projects ranging from political issue briefs to comprehensive reports.  The position will require regular research and writing for internal and external audiences. The researcher is responsible for gathering and interpreting information relating to post-secondary education in Canada at both the federal and interprovincial level, and the management and drafting of research documents as directed by the CASA membership. The Policy and Research Analyst will also be tasked with assisting CASA’s membership in drafting policy and research papers on a variety of topics in post-secondary education. 


Essential Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong academic background in public policy, political science, social sciences or a relevant subject
  • A degree from a college, university, technical institute, or equivalent combination of education and/or work experience;
  • Excellent writing, analytic, and organizational skills;
  • Excellent understanding of research quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • A keen interest in education related issues
  • An understanding of Canadian federalism and the role of the federal government in post-secondary education
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Office and PowerPoint
  • Ability to use both Mac OS and Windows
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team member and on his/her own initiative when the situation demands.
  • Demonstrated initiative and project management skills, time-management skills; ability to work effectively under pressure; proven ability to work in a dynamic team environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel across Canada for conferences, presentations and meetings.


Asset Qualifications:

  • A strong background or relevant experience in the post-secondary education sector;
  • Experience writing policy briefs
  • Past involvement in student government and knowledge of how student governments operate
  • Experience with government or policymakers at the federal or provincial levels
  • Experience using statistical analysis software (example: SPSS)    
  • Experience using online Content Management Systems (Wordpress and/or Nation Builder)
  • Ability to speak/present in French





  • Gathers, reads, analyzes and interprets topical federal and inter-provincial (as well as provincial and international) post-secondary education research, studies, and policy documents.
  • Provides research support to members and responds to information requests from other researchers as needed
  • Develops, coordinates and manages CASA research initiatives based upon strategic direction given by the CASA membership through the Executive Director
  • Suggests and initiates research projects based on developing issues in post-secondary education.


Position and Policy Papers / Submissions

  • Reviews and develops policies and position statements/papers for CASA based upon direction set by the CASA membership through the Executive Director
  • Provides information support for presentations, government briefing packages, public relations materials, and other CASA publications
  • Provides policy development training to CASA’s membership


Committee Support

  • Prepares background documents, briefs, fact sheets, etc. on relevant topical post-secondary education issues for CASA committees as assigned by the Executive Director
  • Assists and advises CASA committees as assigned by the Executive Director in research activities and policy development
  • Assists with scheduling and organization of committees, and supports committee chairs and secretaries with knowledge of meeting procedures. 


Office Support

  • Develops, maintains, and expands CASA’s resource base through a research library/archive of PSE relevant materials
  • Supports the maintenance and organization of CASA’s policy position files.


External Meetings, Conferences and Relations

  • Liaises with post-secondary education stakeholders, government agencies, CASA members and others in the pursuit of building positive relations, as well as collaborating on research and sharing information on issues in post-secondary education.
  • Looks for opportunities to collaborate with external stakeholder organizations and other groups in the post-secondary field.
  • Uses contact management database to record and share topics and outcomes of meetings, and track follow-up.


Additional Responsibilities

  • Assist in the preparation of presentations, government briefings packages, public relations materials, and other CASA publications.
  • Participating in conference planning including session design and facilitation.
  • In collaboration with Head Office and CASA members, plans, coordinates and implements CASA meeting/conference vision and goals
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.


CASA is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered persons to self-identify.

All applications to be submitted electronically by: September 21, 2017

Your application must include: 

Cover letter
A short writing sample (maximum three pages)