Research Analyst 1
City of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Are you a passionate researcher with strong mixed-methods research analysis skills who is interested in supporting planning in one of the City of Toronto's largest divisions?

Reporting to the Manager, Business Intelligence and Performance Measurement, the Research Analyst 1 in the Policy and Strategic Planning Branch's Business Intelligence and Performance Measurement team will work across the PF&R Division with a dynamic group that dives into research and data analysis.

Integrating geospatial, statistical, and qualitative data to create knowledge and evidence to support decision-makers, the ideal candidate is a strong visual, written, and verbal communicator. They are experienced with researching the intersection of social capital and ecology, and comfortable working with a wide range of stakeholders and functional teams.

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Major Responsibilities:
Conduct literature reviews, and synthesize social, economic and quantitative research related to life skills development, youth employability, social capital, participation, ecosystem service and well-being.
Attend and facilitate meetings with internal and external stakeholders to understand business needs driving social and ecological outcomes within the Division; networks with other Divisions using evidence to support problem solving, decision-making and planning.
Identify and evaluate appropriate internal and external demographic, geospatial, qualitative data sources needed to respond to research questions.
Collect, synthesize, and/or disaggregate data from internal and external sources including other levels of government, City divisions, academic institutions and community agencies.
Develop, test, and administer survey questionnaires for the Division's programs, rooted in an understanding of sampling and population representativeness.
Conduct empirical mixed-methods research and data analysis (including a solid foundation in statistical methods as well as grounded theory) on topics including life skills, employability, social capital, and well-being.
Use geographical mapping, statistical and data analysis software such as ArcGIS/QGIS, SPSS/R/STATA, NVivo/Atlas.ti, Adobe Illustrator to analyze data, generate reporting, and create data visualizations technologies.
Perform analysis of tabular data with geospatial data to produce maps and geo-located visualizations.
Write analytic reports, contribute to policy documents, and briefing notes; prepare geospatial as well as data visualizations to support the clear and legible communication of analysis, recommendations and concepts as part of jurisdictional scans, research projects, policy documents, reports and surveys.
Communicate and present analysis products in the form of presentation decks to internal and external audiences.
Use systematic data management techniques to maintain, organize, structure, store, index information for ease of use and searching.
Provide assistance and responds to inquiries from various stakeholders.
Travel within the city to differing City office and field locations.

Key Qualifications:
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

Postsecondary education in a discipline pertinent to the job function such as Social Sciences, Economics, Ecology, Applied Sciences, Statistics, Geography, Public Policy OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Considerable experience working on research projects involving qualitative and quantitative data analysis focused on social, economic or geographic topics.
Considerable experience using mapping, statistical and qualitative data analysis software such as ArcGIS, SPSS, NVivo or an equivalent system to conduct and analyze research, query databases using SQL, and produce data.
Considerable experience in qualitative research methods and qualitative data survey design, implementation and analysis based in Grounded Theory.
Considerable experience using Microsoft Office Software including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and design software such as Adobe Design Suite tools (i.e. Illustrator, InDesign).

You must also have:
Excellent written, oral and visual communication skills
Excellent critical thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
Ability to develop and build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders including City staff and the public
Excellent political acuity
Ability to create and effectively present information and facilitate discussions with various audiences
Ability to produce reports, memos, briefing notes, correspondence, mapping and data visualizations
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Ability to travel to various locations

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
The City of Toronto is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the public and the communities in which we live and serve.

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