We're hiring an Policy Research Associate

APPLICATIONS CLOSE on August 2, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (ET)

About the Position

As Policy Research Associate you will work with our Senior Research Associate on provincial energy efficiency policy and federal-provincial interactions. You will be part of the team that produces the annual provincial energy efficiency scorecard. The position will involve deeper analysis of efficiency programs and policies in specific areas. Initial research priorities likely include low-income and Indigenous energy efficiency programs. Your research will be connected to Efficiency Canada’s communications, advocacy organizing, and efficiency sector engagement activities. You will manage your own projects and be comfortable adapting to complex and volatile policy environments. You should be motivated to get into the details of what is required to achieve a zero-emission and inclusive future in Canada with a desire to use research to influence political change.

Essential Qualifications

  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Background in policy analysis demonstrated through working experience and/or degree in areas such as public policy, economics, environmental studies, engineering
  • At ease with numbers. Experience with Microsoft Excel & database tools. Coding and data visualization skills (e.g., R ggplot2, Tableau) is an asset
  • Familiarity with energy efficiency program policy and implementation
  • Project management experience
  • Experience with stakeholder outreach and convening
  • Ability to strategize and work with groups to develop advocacy campaigns
  • Bilingualism is an asset

Working at Efficiency Canada

Efficiency Canada is a team of mission driven and passionate advocates, united in our efforts towards making a better world. This work is informed by several core values that we believe must characterize the transition toward an energy efficient economy, including a focus on sustainability, inclusivity, resourcefulness and people. We invest in our employees, empowering them to make decisions and contribute meaningfully. And we’re a fun place to work!

Efficiency Canada encourages and supports a flexible work environment, through employing a suite of virtual office tools (e.g., Google Workspace, Slack, Zoom) to advance our mission.


Efficiency Canada is a grant-based research organization of Carleton University. Carleton University offers its employees a competitive salary, generous vacation, and a full health benefits package. The annual salary for this position is $59,000.

Application deadline

The deadline for online application is August 2, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Applicants are encouraged to apply earlier and up until the deadline.

How to apply

If you would like to join our team, please submit a cover letter letting us know why you are interested in the position along with your resume to info@efficiencycanada.org following these instructions:

  • Use “Policy Research Associate (your name)” as the subject line
  • Your cover letter and resume must be submitted as PDF files and named in this format: LastName_FirstName_Cover and LastName_FirstName_Resume

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 fulfillment 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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