Job Category: Policy, Planning & Research
Division & Section: Strategic Partnerships,
Work Location: City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: $76,694.80-$90,126.40, wage grade 5.5
Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
Number of Positions Open: 1
Posting Period: 13-SEPT-2021 to 27-SEPT-2021
Created in 2004, the Strategic Partnerships Division in our City Manager’s Office (CMO) has an ambitious mandate: to advance City of Toronto goals, and public services and supports through strategic collaborations and partnerships with public and private sector organizations and institutions; leverage funds, expertise, influence and other resources to support City programs, policy and service provision; promote, support, advance and steward innovation; as well as build and support the infrastructure and capacity of the City and City staff to engage in strategic corporate partnerships.
As a Research Associate within the CMO, you’ll play a pivotal role in fulfilling this mandate by providing research, analysis and project support to senior staff on strategic public and private sector partnerships and innovation strategies. Leveraging your knowledge of public administration at the city government level, you’ll assist in analyzing corporate issues, formulating research objectives, identifying options, assessing implications, and designing and developing implementation strategies on project work.
Reporting to the Director, Strategic Partnerships, you’ll support the coordination and management of administrative partnership structures (i.e. Steering Committees, program committees, etc.) and processes involving senior executive staff from City divisions and key partners on priority partnership initiatives. You’ll monitor emerging issues and opportunities in order to support senior staff with strategic projects, policy, monitoring and reporting on key priority initiatives, including Council directions, as well as analyze, and assess the impacts of, internal and external policy, legislation and sector changes that influence the work of the Office.
Your strengths as a communicator will be evident as you liaise with program areas and partners to support cross-divisional collaboration and coordination on complex projects and initiatives. Comfortable working under pressure and meeting competing deadlines, you’ll provide research support and conduct project research in a number of areas, including partnership governance models, policy development, partner relations, and performance monitoring systems.
Skilled in research, analysis and using applicable software, you’re ready to support and carry out the preparation of background studies and briefing notes for projects and assignments, as well as reports and presentations, develop and implement data collection instruments and research methods, and review and analyze statistical data, external reports and research studies, as well as existing and proposed policies.
Among the strengths you bring to the role of Research Associate – CMO will be the following key qualifications:
Post-secondary education in law, business, political science, communications or public administration, or another discipline relevant to the job responsibilities, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Experience in developing and maintaining business and project tracking and reporting tools.
Experience undertaking independent research and analysis within defined objectives on assigned projects.
Experience with MS Office (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project) and programs which assist in the collection and management of electronic and non-electronic data.
An excellent strategic thinker and effective communicator, with proven interpersonal, research, analytical and organizational skills, you’re adept at liaising with other staff, external partners and community members and maintaining collaborative working relationships. Sound judgement and the ability to handle matters of a confidential and/or sensitive nature are essential in this key role.
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