The Conference Board of Canada is the nation’s largest independent applied research organization offering unbiased, evidence-based information and analysis to both industry and federal/provincial governments. We have one of the country’s largest private economic analysis and forecasting teams and are widely recognized for expert economic forecasting, modeling, and leading analysis. Simply put, we deliver insights that help leaders cut through the noise and make informed decisions.
We are currently seeking a dynamic and experienced Associated Director to lead our Immigration Knowledge Area. The Conference Board of Canada is the country’s immigration research hub. We produce evidence-based research to help strengthen Canada’s immigration system and host events to engage immigration leaders, with a mandate to provide actionable insights, inform program and policy development, and support executive level decisions making.
Our Ideal Candidate… will bring deep experience in immigration-related areas, especially the nexus between immigration, the workplace and the economy. You will apply your experience in economic analysis and research in a variety of topics impacting Canada’s immigration system and its influence on labour markets and the economy. We are looking for someone with effective leadership capabilities and project management skills as this role will provide direction to a team who work on a variety of client-based as well as collaboartive research projects. Our ideal candidate is someone who can build relationships with key leaders in both the public and private sectors within the Immigration ecosystem and identify and deliver on new opportunities. The successful candidate will demonstrate foresight and mature judgement, analytical and advanced writing skills, as well as energy, passion and commitment.
We are a virtual organization and as a remote worker you must be comfortable and able to work 100 per cent of the time from a home office in Canada. To be successful as a remote worker you need to have a self-starter attitude, possess strong organizational and time management skills and be a proactive communicator. Having a home office environment that provides for a productive, professional, and safe work environment during regular working/business hours is a requirement of this role.
About the Role
- Work closely with the Executive Director and knowledge area’s research team in providing vision and leadership in advancing and growing immigration related research and programs.
- Oversee and lead research projects varying in size, scope and complexity.
- Successfully execute on strategy to achieve goals.
- Oversee the day-to-day operations of the team.
- Provide leadership to immigration center members and facilitate dialogue among executives from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
- Collaborate with the stakeholders to identify and secure new business opportunities.
- Contribute to the Board's body of knowledge by publishing briefings and reports.
- Communicate effectively with senior leaders across the organization.
- Function as the lead subject matter expert and embrace the role of spokesperson for the Board speaking with authority and credibility at conferences, seminars, roundtables and media interviews related to immigration research.
- Anticipate customer needs and develop new products.
- Commitment to producing high quality work and demonstrating professional values in all aspects of work and interactions with colleagues and stakeholders.
- Demonstrate sound business acumen and people management.
- Secure funding for new research and products.
- Manage an annual budget and actively participate in the business planning process.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- A solid understanding of Canadian immigration system with a comprehensive understating of the issues and opportunities in both the private and public sectors.
- A minimum of six years of similar experience in a consulting or professional, customer focused environment.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
- Proven success at business development including the capacity to identify and implement new growth opportunities.
- Proven success at managing a team of professional staff.
- Ability to write clearly, concisely and quickly - advanced writing skills are essential and published work would be a definite asset.
- Demonstrated success at the development and delivery of strategic goals and objectives.
- An extensive network of contacts with thought leaders and key national and international peer organizations.
- Demonstrated understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
- Ability to communicate research findings to senior executives
- Experience with leading complex projects from inception to completion.
- Proficiency in the use of computers in an MS Office environment.
- Availability to travel within in Canada and ability for occasional international travel is required.
- Bilingualism would be a definite asset.
- Having a home office environment that provides for a productive, professional, and safe work environment during regular working hours is a requirement of this role.
At CBoC, we believe that putting People First is key to our success and attracting the best people. We are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive work environment where everyone can thrive and we are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
- Virtual First – work from home anywhere across Canada with a budget to set up your home office
- Healthcare benefits from Day One to support your physical and mental wellbeing, including a $2,500 benefit for Psychologist, Social Worker or Psychotherapist services
- Work/Life Balance: In addition to 20 days annual vacation, we close between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, observe 13 holidays per year and offer Friday afternoon closures during the summer months
- A modern, defined benefit (DB) pension plan: We care about your future and offer a pension plan with a 5% match from Day One
- Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP): We understand that life can be unpredictable and challenging and EFAP supports you and your family during difficult times.
- Maternity and parental leave top-up plan
We value the unique skills, experiences, and insights that each employee brings to The Conference Board of Canada. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible work environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and supported and welcome members of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. If you require an accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, please email [email protected] and we will work with you to meet your needs.
We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in The Conference Board of Canada. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.