We're hiring a Research Associate

APPLICATIONS CLOSE on December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (ET)

About the Role

As Research Associate, you will primarily work on provincial energy efficiency policy and program tracking and evaluation as part of the team that produces the annual provincial energy efficiency Scorecard. Your research and writing will be connected to Efficiency Canada’s communications, advocacy organizing, and efficiency sector engagement activities. You should be comfortable adapting to complex and volatile policy environments, motivated to get into the details of what is required to achieve a zero-emission and inclusive future in Canada, and committed to building on research to influence political change.

Specific Duties

Alongside the Senior Research Associate and Assistant Policy Research Analyst, you will be responsible for:

  • Participating in strategic planning and discussion of priority areas for policy tracking and methods for analysis and evaluation
  • Updating Efficiency Canada records of utility demand-side management reporting
  • Designing and administering a nation-wide information request to efficiency program administrators and provincial governments
  • Collecting, collating, and analyzing information from a variety of sources, and presenting and communicating results in a transparent and accessible manner
  • Writing reports, policy database entries, and shorter blog postings to convey research findings, including large portions of Efficiency Canada’s annual Scorecard
  • Liaising with external contributors and project participants, and coordinating and implementing report feedback and revisions
  • Participating in final report outreach and communication activities

Essential Qualifications

  • Familiarity with energy efficiency governance and policy, and program administration and implementation
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as public policy, economics, environmental studies, engineering and/or a background in policy analysis demonstrated through work experience
  • Comfortable working with both quantitative and qualitative information, with intermediate spreadsheet and word processing skills
  • Ability to work with collaborative tools such as Google Workspace, Dropbox, Microsoft Office, and Slack
  • General interest and experience in policy advocacy and political change.
  • Proven writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to organize work to meet deadlines.
  • Proven experience with relationship management of internal and external partners and peers.

Nice to have:

  • Written and spoken fluency in French
  • Experience working with databases and/or CMS (content management systems)

Working at Efficiency Canada

Efficiency Canada is made up of a small group of mission-driven and passionate advocates for a better world. Our core values of sustainability, inclusivity, resourcefulness, and people have created a strong work culture that enables us to achieve our mission. We invest in our employees, empowering them to make decisions and contribute meaningfully. And we’re a fun place to work!

We are housed within Carleton University; however, our team works in a remote, online environment. This position is open to anyone living and working within Canada. Access to a reliable computer and internet connection is required. Device access accommodations can be made available. Efficiency Canada encourages and supports a flexible work environment, through employing virtual office tools (e.g., Google, Slack, Zoom) to advance our mission.

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary for this position is $60,000.


Enjoy a rewarding career by working with a passionate team. Join colleagues who come to work every day with a smile, because you’re having fun while doing purposeful work. Highlighted below are just a few of the benefits we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Flexible and remote working arrangements
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Four weeks’ vacation
  • Extra long weekends during the summer, plus annual winter holiday shutdown
  • Training and development budget to support your professional goals

Application deadline

The deadline for application is December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Applicants are encouraged to apply earlier and up until the deadline. The ideal start date for the successful applicant is January 2022.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume through this application form.

Please include a cover letter and resume as a single PDF file following the file naming convention ‘Last Name, First Name’. Please outline your pronouns (optional) and availability in your cover letter.

If you require accommodations during the application and interview process, please do not hesitate to reach out to Erica Chan Glueck, Operations Lead at erica.glueck@efficiencycanada.org.

    We thank all applicants in advance for their application but be advised that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Carleton University’s Employment Equity Program

    Carleton University is committed to equity in all aspects of employment. The University is dedicated to the elimination of discrimination and harassment; the removal of systemic barriers and the promotion of employment equity. This commitment is clearly articulated in the University’s Human Rights Policies and Procedures. Carleton University is a federal contractor and complies with the Federal Contractors Program, the purpose of which is “to achieve equality in the workplace so that no person shall be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability and, in the fulfilment of that goal, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by (the four designated groups) women, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities by giving effect to the principle that employment equity means more than treating persons in the same way but also requires special measures and the accommodation of differences.

    About Efficiency Canada

    Efficiency Canada is the national voice for an energy efficient economy. We envision a future where Canada uses energy efficiency to its fullest potential. This means maximizing the benefits of energy efficiency resulting in a sustainable environment, a productive economy, and a just and equitable society.

    Efficiency Canada is housed at Carleton University’s Sustainable Energy Research Centre, which is located on the traditional unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.


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