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Research Associate - 18 Month Contract

Research Associate - 18 Month Contract

Join Imagine Canada as a Research Associate and be a part of a dynamic, talented team of people working to support the charitable & nonprofit sector. We are looking for a detail-oriented and highly organized researcher with experience managing qualitative research projects, and can communicate research findings in creative ways to various audiences including policymakers and sector leaders. 

About the project: As one of the partners of the federal government’s Investment Readiness Program 2.0, Imagine Canada will conduct a series of case studies that illustrate the ways in which social finance tools are or have been utilized by a sample of charities and nonprofits. 

The Research Associate will develop and execute this project, which includes a knowledge mobilization plan that draws on the findings of this research and is designed to inform charities and nonprofits about the social finance market: its applicability as a resourcing tool; its relationship to organizational operations and revenue profiles; measurement and communication of social impact and financial returns; clarity on barriers and how these are overcome; the applicability and use of different social finance instruments to varying contexts, organizational needs, and mission areas. A variety of knowledge products and platforms will be utilized to reach different audience segments and maximize the potential for knowledge synthesis across as many areas of the nonprofit sector as possible. 

The Research Associate will also carry out knowledge mobilization activities in broad support of the Investment & Readiness Program, working with other partners in leveraging their work, networks, and expanding their reach throughout the nonprofit and charitable sector to organizations that are not yet familiar with the social finance market.

The expected results of this project will be greater tangible understanding of how social finance mechanisms apply to organizations in the nonprofit sector, and how these tools lead to greater efficacy in organizational resourcing, independence, and sustainability. 
The successful candidate will work with members of the Public Policy and Research Team, reporting to the Vice-President, Research & Strategic Relationships. 

  • Conduct a literature review and environmental scan.
  • Work collaboratively with program partners, including department staff at Employment and Social Development Canada. 
  • Conduct exploratory and descriptive case studies, focus groups and qualitative interviews.
  • Undertake quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Prepare reports, fact sheets, infographics, presentations and other materials to share research results with target audiences.
  • Collaborate on the preparation of funding proposals and reports.
  • Collaborate on the production and dissemination of research products.
  • Represent Imagine Canada at IRP-related convenings, events, webinar panels and media opportunities. 
Skills, Knowledge & Experience
  • Familiarity with a range of case study approaches; experience with exploratory and descriptive methods
  • Experience with transcription, qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVivo), and drafting written reports
  • Experience with knowledge mobilization/transfer strategies
  • Experience communicating research results to non-academic audiences
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit sector, social finance mechanisms considered an asset. 
  • Bilingualism (French and English) considered an asset
Terms & Conditions
  • Term of employment: 18 month contract as an employee of Imagine Canada. Contract extension subject to funding availability. 
  • Generous benefits package (extended health, dental, health spending account, group RRSP, employee assistance program) and generous vacation. 
  • Annual Salary Range: $70,000 - $82,500
  • Location: role can be performed remotely, with option to secure desk in a collaborative workspace. Flexible working hours to accommodate personal and family commitments.


Imagine Canada, as a national organization representing a diverse sector, has embarked on an anti-racism organizational change process and is committed to diversifying its team. We particularly encourage applications from Black people, Indigenous people, other racialized people, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2+ community and those with varied areas of expertise and lived experiences. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

How to Apply: 
  • We invite you to send us your resume and a brief statement expressing your interest in the role to
  • Close date: May 9, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.