Current Opportunities

Urban Research Analyst 

(1 year contract, with possibility of extension)

CUI is hiring an Urban Research Analyst, who will be involved in research, writing and project coordination on projects aligned with CUI’s mandate of achieving healthy urban development. This position will start as a 1-year maternity cover, with the potential for an extension, depending on CUI workload. The role will include a combination of the following activities:

1.    Research, analysis and reporting:

Benchmarks: analyze best practice examples for technologies, policies and strategies related to specific project needs.

  • Stakeholder Input: Engage participants from public and private sector organizations through workshops, surveys, interviews, etc to obtain feedback and information; organize and analyze information obtained.
  • Statistical analysis: employ statistical methodologies to analyze demographic, geographic & economic data collected in research.
  • Planning analysis: source and analyze official plan, employment and population projections as well as materials produced by developers and consultants.
  • Reporting: integrate information obtained into concise, well-structured, easily understood presentations of results

2.    Project Coordination:

  • Coordinate tasks with various team members to meet project requirements (scope, budget, schedule, quality)
  • Oversee the logistical planning of meetings and events as required for projects (book venue, catering, AV, travel, etc.)
  • Keep up to date project records to support project manager (electronic and paper project files, time and expenses recording as required for project billing, etc.)

3.    Funding Submissions:

  • Research funding opportunities and programs
  • Assist with preparing applications and proposals

You will work with various project managers in the delivery of projects and engage with the Managing Director in a career coaching process. 

Who we are looking for:

1.      Interests: You have a keen interest in urban issues. You enjoy working on multiple projects at the same time, building relationships with stakeholders and doing what it takes to achieve project outcomes. 

2.    Experience: exposure to research, analysis, communicating ideas and team-based work.  Experience in some of the following areas we work in: housing affordability, sustainable and resilient communities, complete communities, transportation and innovation.

3.    Relevant Qualifications:

  • A post-secondary degree with applicable analytical and quantitative work involved (such as planning, engineering, environmental management, economic development etc.).
  • Practical experience related to urban planning, public engagement, infrastructure planning and/or design or economic development.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software suite. Experience with databases, desktop publishing, GIS and mapping and/or website development software would be considered assets.
  • Proven research skills, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and curious.
  • Fluency in French considered an asset.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Eligible to work in Canada.

4.    Requirements for all employees:

  • Commitment to CUI’s mandate and following CUI practices and policies
  • Ability to work flexible hours from time to time and occasional travel
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to successfully manage your contribution across multiple projects

ABOUT US: The Canadian Urban Institute is an applied research enterprise established in 1990. We are dedicated to helping the public and private sectors achieve healthy urban development. Our focus is on solutions for the built environment that balance human, ecological and economic impacts. We generally work as the manager or partner on project teams. The capabilities we apply include:

1.      Research, Analysis and Communications. We carry out research to help communities identify needs and opportunities. We collect and analyze relevant data from disparate sources to help understand local context. To develop benchmarks, we analyze best practices and real-world lessons from community experiences. We are experts at organizing information to uncover and communicate patterns and relationships.

2.      Problem Solving. To develop practical solutions to issues confronting communities, we lead cross-disciplinary teams assembled from our staff and network of associates. By bringing diverse interests and expertise together, we seek to inspire holistic problem solving. We design our work to provide communities and stakeholders with a clear path forward.

3.      Facilitation & Education. Through community consultations, focus groups and interviews, we engage directly with stakeholders to resolve growth and development challenges. We create and manage partnerships to transform industry practices. And we convene events to share expert thinking, build capacity and promote discussion on a variety of urban policy issues.

CUI is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. CUI encourages applications from all qualified individuals and will accommodate applicants' disability-related needs, up to the point of undue hardship, throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact the recruitment team by email.


Application Deadline: Friday, July 6, 2018

Submit Applications To:

Please include your full name and “Urban Research Analyst Application” in the subject line.