The Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) is an independent association comprising Alberta’s 69 counties and municipal districts. Since 1909, the RMA has helped rural municipalities achieve strong, effective, local government. The RMA provides advocacy and business services for its membership.
As part of the External Relations and Advocacy Department and reporting to the Manager of Policy and Advocacy, this position supports RMA’s advocacy efforts by providing ongoing research, data collection, and analysis on a wide range of policy issues as identified by the Manager of Policy and Advocacy and the team of two policy advisors.
This is a full-time, permanent position. The position will be working directly from the RMA offices in Nisku, AB.
Information on salary range is available upon request.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Conducting qualitative and quantitative research, including the following:
Municipal financial data analysis
Legislative research and analysis
Reviews of secondary and primary documents (media articles, municipal plans and bylaws, provincial strategies, political platforms, academic articles, and others).
Developing and administering member surveys on a variety of topics.
Summarizing research and highlighting key conclusions relevant to advocacy/policy issue.
Presenting research in a variety of forms, including informally through email or verbally, or formally through briefing notes, formal reports, presentations, or other means.
Listening and responding to colleague requests for research support.
Understanding and integrating the rural municipal perspective into research activities.
Other duties as required.
A post-secondary degree in political science, public policy/administration, sociology, economics, or a related field.
Demonstrated professional or academic research experience.
Proficient in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Familiar with survey design and analysis tools and techniques.
Comfortable in a Microsoft Windows working environment.
Excellent English written and oral communication skills.
Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills.
Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
Personable and able to build and maintain professional relationships.
Able to work in a team environment, including keeping others appropriately informed.
Able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced and changing environment.
Able to work with minimal supervision; self-motivated and self-directed.
Some knowledge and appreciation of rural issues would be an asset.
The RMA is an equal opportunity employer. Any applicant that meets the qualifications above is encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to those already legally entitled to work in Canada.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter in PDF format outlining how you meet the above qualification requirements to the attention of Wyatt Skovron, Manager of Policy and Advocacy, at shannan@RMAlberta.com by 11:59 pm MDT on Thursday, September 23, 2021.
We thank all applicants, but due to the high volume of responses expected, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.