Job Posting 77702

Research and Policy Analyst - Social Equity Focus
Urban Matters CCC
Work From Home, Alberta, British Columbia
closed 7 days ago (Mon, 29 Nov)
full time

About the Opportunity

At Urban Matters CCC, we believe that communities need supportive partners on their journey toward social development awareness, and we are developing a suite of processes, projects, and initiatives to help them in doing so.

To support this work, we are looking to find a Research and Policy Analyst who is early in their career and looking to support our team and clients growing our Social Health and Well-Being practice.


About the Work

Conduct Research and Analysis

  • Design & conduct social health and well-being research including literature reviews, situational analyses/environmental scans.
  • Facilitate community-driven research activities including designing surveys and questionnaires, leading focus groups, and applying participatory action research methodologies.
  • Research, collect, and distill information on community service issues and services.
  • Analyse and interpret a variety of qualitative and quantitative data to support understanding the complex and diverse social health and well-being status of communities.
  • Research, compile, and prepare reports using primary and secondary sources of information.
  • Co-design and conduct program need assessments.
  • Engage in ongoing learning to help continuously develop and implement research best practices which enhance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Writing and Communication

  • Support report writing or visual presentations of research findings.
  • Translate and present technical information in plain language formatted for various audiences.
  • Co-develop proposals and grant applications by gathering, and formatting information, writing drafts, and obtaining approvals.

Work Environment

Ideally, you’re located in Western Canada, with a focus on any of the following communities: Kamloops, Kelowna, Edmonton. You’re comfortable with being on the road and are willing to visit communities near and far from Vancouver Island to northern BC to central Alberta and beyond. While we have physical office locations, this job will be primarily done remotely. Because of this, you should be comfortable working independently - you’re a self-starter and take initiative to manage your time and priorities.

This is a permanent position:

  • 40-hour work week
  • Core work hours are 8:00am-5:00pm M-F
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required from time to time
  • Salary will be determined according to qualifications of the successful candidate.

About You

The work is diverse, fast paced, and engaging. With many projects on the go, our team is looking for someone to bring their skills conducting research, distilling the findings, and communicating with diverse audiences. We are looking for someone who has a background in social sciences to compliment our team.


  • A master’s degree or a combination of a bachelor’s degree with experience in the fields of human geography, sociology, public health, social planning, community development, or another related field.
  • Preferably has one to three years experience conducting research in the field, applying a variety of research methods (applied experience can be in either academic and/or professional settings).
  • Experience in cross-cultural settings related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Knowledge or experience with any of the following areas: Indigenous relations, mental health and substance use, public policy, multiculturalism, community economic development, grant writing, poverty reduction.
  • Experience working with sensitive information, vulnerable populations and understanding of trauma-informed practice is an asset.


  • Demonstrated independent self-starter who can work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate and build relationships with diverse people, including team members, collaborators, clients and partners, and community members.
  • Attention to detail when analyzing data from both qualitative and quantitative sources.
  • Ability to create and carry out research strategies appropriate to various projects.
  • Detailed understanding of the social determinants of health and equity in the context of today’s complex community issues.
  • Ability to work under tight timelines and manage multiple competing priorities.
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking skills.


  • Fluency in a non-English language is an asset.
  • A large portion of our work is in the areas of mental health and substance use, poverty, and equity. Lived experience is valued and considered an asset.

About Us

At Urban Matters, we focus on achieving real impact in communities and do so through advisory services that link to on-the-ground results and supporting/launching new social ventures. With the heart of a community organization and the ethos of a business, we act as an implementation partner with community groups to help make the big ideas happen.

Our specialized team of consultants bring together community development and social innovation competencies that include collective impact, change management, governance and social value capture, with technical expertise in professional disciplines such as engineering, community planning, and management consulting.

Our ambitions are to be impactful in the practical and applied sense. This is action-oriented­­, we use lots of verbs, we aspire to get things done and make change happen. We believe that great ideas that address many of our toughest issues are out there, and the challenge lies in scaling and implementation.

If this describes your background, your skills, and your natural talents, please visit our website and submit your resume and cover letter to by 4pm PST on Monday, November 29th.

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