Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Job Opening: Researcher and Policy Analyst

Here's an employment opportunity in Toronto, Canada. Details can be found at

Position Opening for Researcher & Policy Analyst
Application deadline is November 28th

The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto is a non-profit community organization committed to independent social planning at the local and city-wide levels. We work to improve the quality of life for all people in Toronto through community capacity building, community education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting.

The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto is accepting applications for a full time research & policy analyst (35 hours per week).

The general responsibilities of the position are to conduct research, analyze public policy as it affects Toronto, and develop social reports in order to inform policy positions and strategies on major social issues affecting Toronto and its local communities. The Council conducts community-based, action-oriented research on a variety of social issues. This research supports and promotes community mobilization on social issues.

The policy work of the CSPC-T involves the analysis, the syntheses, and interpretation of government policy and legislation, particularly at the municipal level. This posting seeks a candidate who can provide research and analysis for the Council’s education/human development policy portfolio.

Key skills required:
  • Strong writing skills and effective communication skills, including the ability to produce clear language reports
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Data analysis skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with diverse communities

Qualifications required:

  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience in education/human development field
  • At least 3 years experience as a researcher
  • Experience with both primary and secondary research
  • Experience designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research projects, including survey and questionnaire design; focus group design, in a community-based setting
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working under pressure and to deadline
  • Some knowledge of different levels of government
  • Experience with community-based research
  • Awareness of and commitment to equity issues
  • Understanding of the non-profit sector
  • A command of a second or third language would be an asset
  • Knowledge and experience with standard statistical and/or qualitative research software (such as SPSS, SAS, NU*DIST)
  • Educational policy experience, budget analysis experience and GIS mapping skills/ experience would be an asset

The CSPC-T is committed to employment equity, and welcomes applicants from the full diversity of the community.

The successful candidate will become a CUPE 1777 member. Salary range $42,500 to $58,250 plus benefits.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the above criteria.

Please submit applications to:

Maria Serrano
Director of Operations
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3
Fax: (416) 351-0107

The deadline for applications is November 28th, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.


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