Job Posting: Senior Research Analyst

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Permanent, Regular, Full-Time Position (Policy Level B)
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2023

Working under the supervision of the Executive Director, the successful candidate for Senior Research Analyst will develop, guide, and maintain OCUFA’s sectoral and institutional research and databases on behalf of Ontario’s university faculty and academic librarians. The Senior Research Analyst will be part of a dynamic team of policy staff who work collaboratively to deliver the services required to meet OCUFA’s mandate, provide support for OCUFA’s member organizations, and assist in related advocacy initiatives.


Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 university faculty, academic librarians, and other academic professionals in 30 member organizations across Ontario. It is committed to enhancing the quality of higher education in Ontario and recognizing the outstanding contributions of its members toward creating a world-class university system. For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at

Areas of Responsibility

  • Initiating, developing, and maintaining databases and designing projects related to the research interests of OCUFA, in areas such as faculty hiring, faculty demographics, salaries, benefits and terms and conditions of employment, university financing and provincial funding, student enrolments, and accessibility;
  • Provide research support for government relations work, including annual provincial budget priorities and ongoing trend analysis in Ontario and Canadian post-secondary education;
  • Critically analyzing data within an advocacy framework, collective bargaining context, and in response to provincial and member organization priorities;
  • Economic analysis based on priorities and needs of OCUFA;
  • Preparing analytical quantitative reports, briefs, submissions, and other publications;
  • Liaising with faculty associations, individuals, institutions, and other organizations relevant to the research and data requirements of OCUFA;
  • Initiating and maintaining contact with senior staff in the civil service, coalition partnerships, and other organizations;
  • Representing OCUFA at meetings where appropriate;
  • May be required to co-ordinate and oversee the work of other policy staff on special projects;
  • Staff support to OCUFA Executive, Board, assigned committees, workshops, and conferences; and
  • Other duties as assigned from time to time to meet the changing needs of OCUFA.

Skills and Requirements

  • Superb written and oral communication skills;
  • A high level of demonstrated quantitative and qualitative analytical skills;
  • Extensive background in collective bargaining, higher education, economics and/or public policy research;
  • An in-depth understanding of the postsecondary sector and education policy in Ontario and Canada;
  • An in-depth understanding of advocacy research and critical policy analysis;
  • Ability to synthesize and filter a large amount of information in a succinct manner and write accessible quantitative research reports for a wide range of audiences;
  • Knowledge and experience with Ontario labour unions and the broader labour movement in Canada;
  • Project management skills and the ability to guide the work of others;
  • Ability to work on projects individually and in collaboration with other staff members independent of supervision;
  • A proficient level of computer literacy; and
  • A minimum of a graduate degree and ten years of experience in quantitative and qualitative policy research (or the equivalent combination of education and work experience); and
  • Ability to provide team leadership and coordination.

This is a permanent, regular, full-time position, classified as Policy Level B, as defined in the terms and conditions of employment governed by the Collective Agreement between OCUFA and CUPE Local 1281. The salary range for this position is $119,153.87 to $138,314.91. Full benefits are offered in accordance with the Collective Agreement. All OCUFA staff act under the direction and authority of the Executive Director.

Based at the OCUFA office in Toronto, Ontario, with the option of a weekly hybrid work arrangement as detailed in the Collective Agreement. Occasional travel will be required.

OCUFA is a unionized and equal-opportunity employer that is committed to the principle of employment equity and welcomes diversity in the workplace.

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and the names of three references, packaged in one PDF, to by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2023.

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