Job Posting 75067

Data and Research Officer
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Ottawa area
closed 38 days ago (Wed, 15 Sep)
full time  •  Salary Band: $63,650 - $80,150

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal government. It fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.


Position:                      Data and Research Officer

Department:                Policy & Public Affairs

Classification:             Level 4

Salary Band:                $63,650 - $80,150

Languages:                  Preference will be given to bilingual (English and French) candidates

Positions:                    2

Term 1:                        Permanent 

Term 2:                        Contract until March 2022



FCM’s Policy and Public Affairs department provides policy, advocacy and communications support to FCM’s National Board of Directors, Standing Committees and Forums, including the Big City Mayors’ Caucus and FCM’s Rural and Northern and Remote Forums, and develops national advocacy and engagement strategies with internal and external partners including FCM member municipalities. The team operates in real-time, responding to fast moving political events and policy opportunities. Our influence and relevancy is built on the quality and depth of our work, but also how deeply it is informed by our members who represent over 90% of the Canadian population.


The Policy and Research team works with a larger team of experts in municipal-federal policy making, intergovernmental relations, member engagement and communications to provide rigorous and innovative policy analysis in support of FCM’s advocacy priorities as identified by the National Board of Directors and senior management. Key issue areas include: climate and environment; community well-being; housing and homelessness; infrastructure; municipal finance and intergovernmental arrangements; rural economic development; social inclusion and equity; transportation; and telecommunications. Collectively, team members build and continually develop the issue-based technical expertise and networks needed to support proactive engagement with federal departments and advance data-driven and member-informed strategies that empower local governments to drive better outcomes for Canadians and the communities where they live.


Overview and Major Purpose:

Are you passionate about cutting-edge public policy analysis? Do you thrive in using quantitative tools and techniques to support big picture ideas? Do you have a knack for digging into the details and explaining complex ideas to non-experts? If you answered “Yes!” to these questions, we are looking for you.


As a member of the Policy & Research team, the Data & Research Officer will provide research and quantitative analysis to support FCM in advancing policy proposals on the national stage. Reporting to the Manager, Policy & Research, the Data & Research Officer will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of emerging questions in public policy from the perspective of public finance. With a focus on tracking, compiling and analyzing municipal finance data, the Data & Research Officer will also support the Manager of Policy and Research on a range of FCM issue areas that require quantitative data analysis, including, for instance, broadband connectivity and telecommunications policy.    

The Data & Research Officer has three core responsibilities:

Monitoring & Analysis of Municipal Finance

  • On a regular basis, monitors federal, provincial and territorial spending related to local governments.
  • On a regular basis, monitors municipal budgets and municipal and provincial/territorial financial reports to assess municipal revenue and expenditures.
  • Supports the Manager of Policy and Research to monitor initiatives, trends and issues that pertain to municipal finance and build networks of relevant municipal finance experts from across the country.
  • Undertakes quantitative analysis of municipal revenue, capital and operating spending, and annual reports from municipal, provincial, and federal bodies to support real-time understanding of trends in municipal finance.


Data Analysis

  • Collects, organizes and analyzes data on key issues in municipal finance such as federal investments in infrastructure, municipal revenue tools and spending, and intergovernmental transfers related to municipal priorities.
  • Collects data from primary and secondary sources, then reorganizes said data in a format that is useful and intelligible to decision-makers.
  • Uses statistical tools to interpret data sets, paying particular attention to trends and patterns that could be valuable for diagnostic and predictive analytics efforts.
  • Uses data analysis to support specific policy positions or recommendations, including carrying out costing of public programs or investments.
  • Prepares reports for decision makers that effectively communicate trends, patterns, and predictions using relevant data.
  • Support the Manager, Policy & Research to identify opportunities for improvement with respect to policy-related data storage, analysis, and organization.


Policy Analysis

  • Provides the empirical basis to enable the Policy & Research team to develop substantive, leading-edge policy analysis, recommendations, reports, and submissions to government, FCM management and FCM’s National Board of Directors.
  • Supports the Manager of Policy and Research to undertake special research and outreach projects, including working horizontally across FCM and with outside partners and consultants.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Post-secondary degree in statistics, accounting, quantitative analysis or economics, or a combination of experience and education that would be considered equivalent.
  • 2-4 years of work experience where applied skills in statistics, accounting, quantitative analysis or economics were demonstrated.
  • Experience using research, statistical and data science software (e.g. SPSS, R, Power Bi, Tableau, NVivo).
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and adapt in a quickly changing, fast-paced and multicultural environment.
  • Ability to compile and present data to a lay audience.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment and independently.
  • Effective communication skills including verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, public sector accounting, and in particular municipal government accounting, is considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, one or more of FCM’s priority issue areas is considered an asset.


Language Requirements:

  • The ability to work fluently in French and in English (both written and spoken) is considered a strong asset.


The benefits of joining the FCM team include summer hours (Fridays off between July 1st and Labour Day); office facilities located in the ByWard Market; FCM’s commitment to employee development and a competitive range of employee benefits and services.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FCM is currently under a temporary work from home protocol until further notice. The successful candidate must have the ability to work from home during this period.


For additional information on this posting, or for further information on FCM, access our website at Visit the careers section of our website to apply. Deadline for applications is September 15, 2021.



We thank all candidates for their interest; however, we will only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept on file for six months following the hiring.


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