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Research Associate - 12 Month Contract

Research Associate - 12 Month Contract

Join Imagine Canada as a Research Associate and be a part of a dynamic, talented team of people working to support the charitable and nonprofit sector. We are looking for an individual with experience managing and conducting qualitative research projects and a demonstrated ability to communicate research findings in creative ways to various audiences. 

About the project: As one of the partners of the federal government’s Investment Readiness Program 2.0, Imagine Canada will conduct a series of case studies that illustrate the ways in which social finance tools are or have been utilized by charities and nonprofits. 

Reporting to the Vice-President, Research & Strategic Relationships, the Research Associate will be responsible for executing this research and knowledge mobilization project, which is intended to inform charities and nonprofits about the social finance market: e.g., applicability as a resourcing tool; relationship to organizational operations and revenue profiles; measurement and communication of social impact and financial returns; clarity on barriers and how these can be overcome; applicability and use of different social finance instruments to varying contexts, organizational needs, and mission areas. 

The Research Associate will also carry out knowledge mobilization activities in broad support of the Investment & Readiness Program, working with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) other program partners to leverage their work and networks and expand their reach throughout the charitable and nonprofit sector.

The expected results of this project are greater understanding of how social finance mechanisms apply to charities and nonprofits and how these tools can lead to greater organizational independence, and sustainability. 

  • Conduct a literature review and environmental scan of recent scholarship and materials on social finance, particularly related to the charitable and nonprofit sector.
  • Conduct interviews and focus groups with social finance experts and representatives of charities and nonprofits that have pursued social financing and related tools or models.
  • Develop a report and other knowledge products (e.g., infographics, fact sheets, presentations) to share research results with various audiences including sector leaders, social finance professionals and government policymakers.
  • Develop an evaluation plan for the project, collect relevant data and prepare a final project report for ESDC.
  • Work collaboratively with ESDC and other program partners to communicate information about the Investment Readiness Program to charities and nonprofits. 
  • Represent Imagine Canada at convenings, events, webinar panels and media opportunities relating to this project. 
Skills, Knowledge & Experience
  • Experience with case study approaches, interviewing, focus groups and other qualitative research methods
  • Experience with transcription and qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVivo)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with knowledge mobilization/transfer strategies
  • Experience communicating research results to non-academic audiences
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit sector and/or social finance considered an asset 
  • Bilingualism (French and English) considered an asset


What We Offer 
  • Be part of a growing national organization in a collegial environment with a smart group of dedicated staff and volunteers
  • Attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary and generous benefits
  • Remote work environment
  • Flexible hours and approach to work, focused on simply getting the job done
  • Opportunity to learn leading practices and emerging trends in the charitable sector
  • Leadership is forward-thinking, entrepreneurial, and supportive, operating in an environment of integrity and collective commitment to achieving long-term goals


Employee Values

Imagine Canada offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in Canadian communities. We are currently actioning an anti-racism and anti-oppression roadmap that embeds equity into our processes, human resources, and mission area programs. We are committed to fostering a culture that exemplifies our employee values:

  • Accountability:  We are mindful of our responsibilities to each other, and make commitments and decisions grounded in trust, transparency, and integrity.
  • Care:  We cultivate a flexible and compassionate work environment that recognizes the whole personhood of each individual.
  • Courage:  We dare to ask challenging questions, to take risks in the spirit of creativity and innovation, and to be open to continuous learning, growth, and change.
  • Drive:  We are dedicated to, and find purpose in, producing high-quality work that positively impacts our sector and our communities.
  • Inclusivity:  We ground all aspects of our work in mutual respect, empathy, humility, and unshakable commitments to equity and anti-racism.
  • Teamwork:  We support, inspire, and celebrate each other through active collaboration, proactive communication, and expressions of fun and joy.
Terms & Conditions
  • Term of Employment: 12 month contract as an employee of Imagine Canada
  • Salary range: $70,000-82,500 
  • Location: Canada, location flexible. 
  • Working hours: Normally 35 hours per week. Flexible working hours to accommodate personal and family commitments.
  • Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Health Spending Account, Group RRSP, Employee Assistance Program. Generous vacation package, Paid PD time and tuition.
  • Deadline for Applications: June 30th 2022. 
How to Apply: 

If you are interested in being considered for this role, please send your resume and a brief statement expressing your interest in the role to using the subject line “Research Associate - Investment Readiness Project.” 

Imagine Canada, as a national organization representing a diverse sector, has embarked on an anti-racism organizational change process and is committed to diversifying its team. We particularly encourage applications from Black people, Indigenous people, other racialized people, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2+ community and those with varied areas of expertise and lived experiences. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.