Manager, Research and Advocacy

Posted 12 December 2022

Manager, Research and Advocacy at WCM

Research Full-time Vancouver

Experience: Mid-Level
Education Required: Master's Degree
Salary Range: Not Specified

Close date: 03 January 2023

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Position Description

Our mission is to accelerate diversity, inclusion and equity in Canada’s financial industry. Join a creative, collaborative and engaged team dedicated to making an impact and advocating for equitable workplaces. 

As Manager of Research and Advocacy, you’ll work closely with the Senior Director of Research and Advocacy to develop and execute research projects that align with WCM’s strategic goals. WCM does its own in-house research, collaborates with other organizations on research projects, and also contracts out research design and implementation to third party vendors. As Manager, you will be tasked with supporting all three aspects of WCM’s research portfolio. You will also be responsible for many of the hands-on activities related to both qualitative and quantitative research, including survey design, interviewing, data analysis, secondary research, and others. 

Advocacy is a central focus of the Manager role. One of the key responsibilities for this role will be to develop WCM’s strategic messaging around its research and diverse topics related to ED&I. In collaboration with the Director and Marketing/Communications team, you will develop reports, key messages, speeches, social media posts, op-eds, and other pieces of communications publicizing our research and our broader vision as it pertains to equity, diversity and inclusion in Canadian finance, and workplaces more generally. 


WCM is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. We execute our mission through:

1.Building equity literacy

2.Amplifying diverse talent

3.Uniting Canada’s finance industry

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. Our community of 3,500 professional and student members makes WCM the largest network of professionals in Canadian finance who have come together to vote for increased equity, diversity and inclusion.

Required Skill / Experience

  • Master’s Degree in the social sciences (specialization in gender-related topics an asset)
  • Knowledge and expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple research projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to write research proposals and reports 
  • 5 years’ experience designing, carrying out, and overseeing in-house research projects and/or those undertaken by external vendors
  • Ability to think strategically about WCM’s research portfolio
  • Knowledge and expertise in equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Familiarity with survey design software (e.g. Qualtrics)
  • Experience writing successful grant proposals
  • Excellent and demonstrable written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to write speaking notes, speeches, and other pieces of communications/messaging


  • Understanding of systemic and structural barriers to equity
  • Knowledge of the Canadian finance industry
  • Previous experience working in equity, diversity, and inclusion or related fields
  • Ability to think strategically about WCM’s key messaging 
  • Bilingual (working proficiency in french, english) 


  • You are very attentive to detail. You’re creative and innovative, and recognize the importance of research in achieving WCM’s strategic mission;
  • 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 (remote, hybrid, and flexible schedule options);
  • We value time off (in addition to vacation, we offer additional days off throughout the year).

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