Join the team: Research Associate

November 16, 2021

Job Title: Research Associate
Company: WCM
Position Type: Six-month contract with possibility to extend to full-time, permanent. Part-time is negotiable.
Start Date: January 2022 (flexible)
Location: Canada
Salary Range: $55,000 - $70,000 annually (full-time salary)  
Contact: Katie Squires-Thompson, CSO, WCM 

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Our mission is to accelerate equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in Canada’s financial industry. Join a creative, collaborative and engaged team dedicated to making an impact and improving E&I in the Canadian economy. As Research Associate, you’ll work closely with WCM’s Chief Strategy Officer to build on WCM’s established body of industry research, support the execution of industry-wide research initiatives, and the creation of reports, handbooks and other forms of thought-leadership. The ultimate goal of WCM’s research and advocacy work is to build the industry’s equity literacy and inspire and empower equity, diversity and inclusion practices. This is an opportunity to apply creative and innovative ideas, deepen your knowledge of ED&I, think strategically, build partnerships and networks and make a tangible impact. 

ABOUT WCM

WCM is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. Our mission is to accelerate equity, diversity and inclusion in Canada’s finance industry. We execute on our mission by building the industry’s equity literacy, amplifying diverse talent, and uniting the industry, through advocacy, research, programming, events and recruitment. WCM is the reflection of Canadian financial institutions joining together to collaboratively accelerate diversity and equality at an industry level, an approach that is unique to finance. Our partners include the major Canadian bank-owned dealers, independent and foreign dealers, asset managers, insurance firms, major pension plans, regulatory agencies, exchanges and advisory firms. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Support the development and execution of WCM’s multiple research projects to support WCM’s strategic objectives, including survey development and creation, data analysis, summarizing findings, and administrative and communication support.
  • Research ED&I best practices to inform thought-leadership, and identify influencers, speakers and coaches; and peer analysis;
  • Brainstorming, writing and editing written products.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Education, a bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated professional experience or educational background in equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Experience or training in survey design, using digital survey platforms, and analyzing and interpreting survey data
  • Experience conducting research
  • Excellent and demonstrable writing abilities
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated professionalism and strong communication skills 
  • Highly organized and proven ability to take initiative. 
WHAT WE’LL LOVE WHAT YOU’LL LOVE ABOUT US
  • You are very attentive to detail. You’re creative and innovative, but realistic;
  • You consistently deliver high-quality work, and are receptive to feedback;
  • You’re highly organized, great at managing multiple projects simultaneously, and responsible;
  • You’re collaborative, have a “can-do” attitude and are willing to lend a hand to team members when needed.
  • Rewarding and meaningful work that positively impacts our society;
  • Great company culture;
  • Flexibility (work from home options and flexible schedule options);
  • We value time off (in addition to vacation, we offer additional days off throughout the year).

Examples of previous WCM Research

HOW TO APPLY

Send the following to [email protected] by December 6, 2021 or sooner: 

  • Resume;
  • Cover letter outlining why you would be the best candidate for the role, as well as why this work and gender equality are important to you. 
  • Reflection questions (500 words or less per question):
    • In your opinion, what actions should WCM take to effectively achieve our mission?
    • Which immediate actions can WCM take to accomplish a cultural change in the financial sector to encourage more diversity in the industry? 

Only successful applicants will be contacted for a first round interview.

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