Job Posting 88241

Policy and Research Specialist
Calgary area
525 28 ST SE
closes in 17 days (Sun, 23 Oct)
full time


Want to do work that makes a difference?

You know you want to work at a place you’re proud to tell others about. Join our team as we work to change lives and build a more inclusive economy in Calgary!


Momentum Staff are non-judgmental and receptive, approachable, and reflect genuine respect for and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, Truth and Reconciliation. We’re serious about our work but we don’t take ourselves too seriously and love to celebrate and have fun along the way.  


The Organization:

Momentum is an award winning and nationally recognized community economic development organization utilizing innovative approaches to poverty reduction. We use financial literacy, skills training, and small business development as tools to empower people as they exit poverty. We also work to address the root causes of poverty and build strong and inclusive local economies.


Momentum became certified as a Great Place to Work in Canada in June 2021. Great Place to Work is a global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. We provide competitive compensation and benefits with an unparalleled work environment. An environment that is professional and diverse, so you’ll find a range of people and backgrounds working here: from MBAs, artists, facilitators, social workers, and everything in between. We have high standards within a supportive setting that allows us to achieve a lot and have meaningful impact in the community. We’re good corporate citizens with sustainability being one of our values and we take care to reduce our environmental footprint. 


If this sounds like a place where you would want to work, please review the position below to see if there’s a fit with your skills and experience.


Momentum is an equal opportunity employer. Diverse and unique candidates are encouraged to apply.


What you’ll be doing:

The Policy and Research Specialist conducts public policy research and writing on behalf of Momentum and its partner networks, data and policy analysis, and communication coordination for the public policy team. This position reports to the Manager of Public Policy, Research, and Evaluation.


Key areas of responsibility

  • Public Policy Research, Writing, and Support
  • Community Engagement
  • Communications
  • Administrative Coordination
  • Organization & Community Involvement


Major Responsibilities:

This position will provide input and coordination to the Public Policy program in the following areas:

  • Effective public policy research, writing, and reporting.
  • Well-coordinated activities, events, meetings, and documentation.
  • Public policy and community engagement organization and coordination, meaning support for a cause or point of view, including calls to action, coalition building, and communications on government policy.
  • High level of community and emerging issue awareness and engagement.
  • Up-to-date, professional, and credible communications.
  • Administrative support to the Public Policy Advisory Group and team through agenda development, minutes, and regular updates on the activities of the Public Policy program.
  • Grant funding applications, internal and external reports, and progress updates for review by Manager of Public Policy.
  • Coordinate and support media and social media relations/communications.


Who we’re looking for:

At a glance, you are someone who:

  • Crafts compelling research papers and policy briefs. You can write and communicate in a way that stands out, is persuasive, and causes people to stop and listen.
  • Is passionate about creating an inclusive economy and ending poverty. This work clearly lines up with your values and the contribution you want to make to the world. 
  • Can stay on top of multiple projects at a time. You organize your time well and can deftly switch between a variety of projects and tasks.
  • Remains laser focused on results. You strive for clarity of goals, and you align your efforts, energy, and focus to achieve them.
  • Is self-motivated. You are internally motivated to deliver your best work to benefit the mission.
  • Is a great team player. You care about cultivating a healthy team. You are willing to collaborate with others and assist team members when possible.


What you will need to do the job well:

  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced learning in public policy, writing, and/or research.
  • Advanced skills at writing research papers, public policy briefs, internal and funder reports
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship-building, facilitation, and communication skills.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to present research and public policy clearly and concisely.
  • A willingness to dig deep for information, to pick up the phone to make connections, to seek new ideas and solutions from other jurisdictions
  • A willingness to analyze lengthy regulation and legislation to identify greatness or gaps
  • Experience collecting, managing, and analyzing research, including writing literature reviews.
  • Capable of working in a self-directed manner and collaborating in a team environment.
  • Excellent computer skills including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and Microsoft analytical programs.
  • Superior organizational, analytical, problem-solving abilities. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines, prioritize, and take initiative.
  • Community based research experience especially with marginalized or barriered individuals, diverse ethno-cultural groups and Indigenous persons and ways of knowing is an asset.
  • Community engagement and stakeholder engagement experience is an asset.
  • Knowledge of poverty reduction and community economic development (CED) is an asset.
  • A Master’s degree is considered an asset.


To apply:


Please forward resume with cover letter:


Via e-mail to:


State competition number in subject line of email.


Attention: Hiring Committee


Competition Number: MOM0902


Closing Date:  Until a suitable candidate is found.


Applicants must state salary expectations in their cover letter.


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


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