Employment opportunity: Permanent, Full-time
Reports: Executive Director
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
While there’s no shortage of policies and practices aimed at tackling barriers to organizational Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, there’s very little empirical support for what works—and what doesn’t—when it comes to behaviour change. This means that we might be designing things that don’t matter at all, or at worst, investing in things that have the opposite effect of what we intended. In other words, workplace inclusion demands a great deal more evidence-based research.
The Associate Director will lead our inclusive workplace portfolio. The Associate Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of this Knowledge Area—bringing financial and people management skills, business development and solid research and communications with energy, passion and commitment.
Our Ideal Candidate…the ability to oversee multiple research projects and shape our future research plans, delivering ground-breaking new research in areas such as women in leadership, gender earnings gap, and communicating insights and findings to Canadian business leaders. The successful candidate will draw on a deep understanding of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity as it relates to the workplace and extensive experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
As the Associate Director, you will demonstrate creativity, foresight and mature judgment in independently anticipating and solving problems. You will work closely with internal and external stakeholders as well as with customers to develop new business. With the support of the Director, you will manage researchers in order to deliver high quality research and related programs.
Now about the job…
About the Role
Some of the things you will do every day:
Work closely with the Director and knowledge area’s research team in providing vision and leadership in advancing and growing inclusion related research and programs.
Oversee and lead research projects varying in size, scope and complexity.
Successfully execute on strategy to achieve goals.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the team.
Provide leadership and oversight to our Inclusion convening initiatives (councils and conferences) and facilitate dialogue among executives from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
Collaborate with the stakeholders to identify and secure new business opportunities.
Contribute to the Board's body of knowledge by publishing briefings and reports.
Communicate effectively with senior executives.
Anticipate customer needs and develop new products.
Commitment to producing high quality work and demonstrating professional values in all aspects of work and interactions with colleagues and stakeholders.
Demonstrate sound business acumen and people management.
Secure funding for new research and products.
Manage an annual budget and actively participate in the business planning process.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
A Master’s degree or higher in a related discipline.
A minimum of 6 years of management experience in a consulting or professional, customer focused environment, including people management and leading projects.
Proven success managing a team of professional staff.
A solid understanding of workplace inclusion picture in Canada, including challenges and issues facing Canada and related stakeholders.
An extensive network of contacts with thought leaders and key peer organizations and evidence of business development experience
Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
Demonstrated understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Ability to write clearly, concisely and quickly - advanced writing skills are essential and published work would be a definite asset.
Demonstrated success at the development and delivery of strategic goals and objectives as well as leveraging financial resources to meet goals and objectives.
Proven success at business development including the capacity not only to maintain but to grow a successful business.
Ability to communicate research findings to audiences of senior practitioners along with the capability of providing specialized advisory services.
Experience with managing complex projects from inception to completion.
Proficiency in the use of computers in an MS Office environment.
Familiarity with the needs and issues of the private and public sector community.
Availability to travel within Canada is required.
Bilingualism would be a definite asset.
How to Apply
Applications may be submitted through our Careers’ page.
We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Please let us know if you require a specific accommodation because of a disability, or a medical need, in order to participate in any aspect of the selection process.
No phone calls please. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in The Conference Board of Canada. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.