Temporary Senior Researcher – Maternity/Parental Leave

July 28, 2021

Bulletin No. 2021-04
Temporary Senior Researcher
Maternity/Parental Leave to Approx. January 2023

 Deadline: August 25, 2021

The Canadian Labour Congress has a temporary vacancy for a Senior Researcher within the Social and Economic Policy (SEP) department. This positon is based at our Headquarters office in Ottawa, Ontario; however, due to COVID-19, this work will be performed remotely until further notice.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of SEP and will have broad responsibilities for monitoring and analysis of social and public policy issues, and for supporting the development and articulation of CLC positions on social and economic policies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Current priority policy areas for the CLC include public pensions and retirement security issues, labour market, training and skills development policies, labour law and employment standards reform, taxation and income security programs, federal-provincial fiscal arrangements, infrastructure spending and public services such as, health care, education, child care and early learning.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop broad familiarities with these areas, and more specifically expertise in the areas of labour-market analysis, inequality, corporate accountability and the regulation of global supply chains. The Senior Researcher will support research needs for the CLC’s engagement on national and international corporate accountability issues.

In addition to undertaking research and analysis, the duties of the Senior Researcher include:

  • briefing CLC officers;
  • preparing briefs, research and policy papers;
  • preparing education materials; and
  • representing the CLC in meetings with affiliated unions and government representatives and in public forums.


The successful applicant will have:

  • a graduate degree in a field directly related to the research topics, or significant research and policy analysis experience and a publication record which demonstrates a similar level of knowledge and expertise;
  • a sound knowledge of the labour movement, working class issues and the role of unions in our workplaces, communities, country and international solidarity;
  • a demonstrated understanding of social policy and public services issues;
  • knowledge of the social policy process and of the part played by the labour movement in that process;
  • an ability to communicate analysis and issues clearly in written form to a range of audiences, including public officials and policy-makers, the social policy community, and union activists;
  • an ability to produce clear written work on complex issues to meet deadlines, and to work cooperatively with colleagues;
  • work in close co-operation with staff from Social and Economic Policy and other CLC departments, researchers from affiliated unions, and researchers and advocates from the progressive policy community on several issues;
  • the ability to integrate a feminist and anti-racist perspective into union work;
  • the ability to travel.


  • Experience as a researcher in a political party/analyst in a union and/or a social policy organization;
  • Ability to work in both English and French; and
  • Knowledge of techniques of quantitative analysis and familiarity with statistical analysis software.

The salary for this position is $101,670.18 annually (plus benefits) under the collective agreement of the IAMAW Local Lodge 3111 CULR.

Please submit your application to the attention of Lori McCarthy, Director of Human Resources, via email: hr@clcctc.ca, by August 25, 2021.

The Canadian Labour Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Members of equity seeking groups are encouraged to self-identify. Women, workers of colour, workers with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and Indigenous workers are encouraged to apply for this position.