We're Hiring! Urban Research Associate

Do you know someone with a passion for urban issues research and engagement who has experience delivering projects on time and budget?


The Urban Research Associate will apply knowledge in urban issues research, analysis, mapping and communication to projects dealing with planning, policy and performance. Topics cover the intersections of urban land use and infrastructure – built, social, ecological and financial. The candidate will have built strong relationships with project stakeholders and have experience keeping team members up to date on projects.  She or he will support project teams with project delivery (on time, on budget and meeting quality requirements) and the pursuit of new opportunities. This position may involve some work on our international projects.


1. Perform research analysis and reporting on and including:

  • Benchmark research: analyze and report on technologies, policies and strategies that serve as best practice examples, to be incorporated to CUI’s work.
  • 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.

2. Provide advice on urban development, planning policy and environmental management:

  • Employ knowledge of planning and environmental management to provide professional advice in CUI’s projects.

3. Project Coordination:

  • Coordinate your tasks with various team members to meet project requirements (scope, budget, schedule, quality).
  • Oversee the logistical planning of meetings and events if required for projects (book venue, catering, AV, travel, etc.).
  • Keep up to date project records to support project manager (agreements, budgets, etc.).
  • Prepare invoices and track project budgets.

4. Communication:

  • Prepare concise and well-structured written documentation.
  • Evaluate proposal requirements and draft response materials for the proposal manager.
  • Interview sources from public and private sector organizations and effectively analyze and integrate information obtained into reports.

Position Qualifications Required:

  • A relevant degree (such as planning, engineering, environmental management, economic development etc.) and minimum of 2 years of work experience related to infrastructure planning, strategic planning, economic development, community development, urban planning or public engagement.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software suite. Experience with databases, desktop publishing, GIS and mapping and website development software is an asset.
  • Highly developed research skills, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
  • Well-developed ability to effectively communicate with diverse multi-cultural and cross-cultural audiences.
  • Fluency in French considered an asset.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Eligible to work in Canada.

Requirements for all employees:

  • Commitment to the Core Values and Mission the organization.
  • Compliance with shared knowledge initiatives and document filing systems.
  • An ability to work flexible hours from time to time and to travel.
  • An ability to successfully manage your contribution across multiple projects.

Email: jobs@canurb.org to refer a candidate.