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Senior Researcher (Temporary)

The Canadian Labour Congress has a vacancy in the position of Senior Researcher in the Social and Economic Policy Department (SEP) at CLC Headquarters in Ottawa. This is a temporary position for a period of two years.

The Senior Researcher will work under the direction of the National Director, 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.

Current priority policy areas for the CLC include public pensions and retirement security issues, labour market, training and skills development policies, labour laws and industrial relations systems, taxation and income security program, 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 taxation, federal-provincial fiscal arrangements and public services delivery.  The Senior Researcher will support research needs for our Municipalities Matter and Better Choice campaigns.

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; representing the CLC in meetings with affiliated unions and government representatives and in public forums.

Required qualifications for the job are:

  • 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.

Additional desirable characteristics of an applicant are:

  • 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;
  • a knowledge of techniques of quantitative analysis.

The salary for the position is $90,416.30 per annum plus additional benefits under the collective agreement (Unifor, Local CULR-1). This is a two-year contract with the possibility for an extension, depending on needs, resources and funding. Lesser qualified applicants may be appointed at the level of National Representative.

Applications for this position will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. On July 28, 2014. Refer to the above bulletin number in the subject line of your message and send your application to Human Resources, Canadian Labour Congress, 2841 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1V 8X7 or by email to hr@clc-ctc.ca. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

National Director, Communications

The Canadian Labour Congress has a vacancy for National Director, Communications. This is a challenging position leading a professional communications team in a national organization committed to social and economic justice.

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance the Canadian Labour Congress’ and the labour movement’s identity, broader awareness of its programs and priorities and increase the visibility of its activities with media, CLC affiliates, public opinion makers and the public;
  • develop and implement public relations strategies that facilitate the CLC leadership cultivating relationships with external audiences, including the media and key influencers;
  • direct and oversee the day-to-day operation and administration of the Communications Department including budgets, planning and staff development;
  • assign and supervise work of department staff;
  • oversee the management and maintenance of integrated communications databases;
  • oversee internal and membership communications, including bulletins, e-newsletters and mailing lists;
  • manage the Communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy throughout the CLC;
  • advise on day-to-day media responses and initiatives;
  • provide advice on strategic communications, media relations, public affairs, internet-based communications and new media;
  • oversee the development of innovative messaging, branding, graphic design, video and social media materials;
  • oversee and assist with design and implementation of CLC electronic communications strategies including website, new media and e-marketing;
  • provide ongoing analysis of the success of the Congress’ online and social media outreach strategies;
  • prioritize media opportunities and prepare talking points, presentations and other supporting materials for CLC Officers and staff;
  • assist in the development of speech materials, write and place news releases, opinion pieces and articles;
  • produce briefing notes and talking points for media appearances by CLC Officers and staff;
  • identify media opportunities and arrange interviews;
  • work cooperatively with other departments in support of CLC campaigns;
  • train and coach CLC representatives to respond effectively to media enquiries;
  • oversee the development of social media education and training programs, including program content and course materials;
  • conduct training webinars with affiliates, federations of labour and labour councils to enhance coordinated message delivery on labour movement issues;
  • expand opportunities for cooperative and collaborative projects with Canadian unions’ communications staff;
  • work with Canadian unions’ communications staff to provide communications materials that help them deliver CLC campaigns and programs within their unions.


The successful applicant will have:

  • completed post-secondary education in communications, journalism, public relations or other related field;
  • 10 or more years experience in organizational communications, working with the media and securing positive media coverage;
  • excellent writing and editing skills;
  • demonstrated experience driving innovative social media strategies to support campaigns;
  • demonstrated experience building, managing and maintaining membership, media and communications databases;
  • experience overseeing large-scale and targeted ad buys in radio, television, print, online and social media;
  • experience with graphic design, layout, photo manipulation and video editing software an asset;
  • demonstrated ability to effectively direct staff within a unionized work environment;
  • the capacity to fulfill speaking engagements and represent the CLC at meetings and with media representatives;
  • an understanding of national issues;
  • familiarity with contemporary and evolving communications technology;
  • experience in the labour movement in a staff or elected position;
  • a sound knowledge of the Canadian labour movement and its social and economic equity goals;
  • the ability to lead, direct and evaluate the work of the Department;
  • excellent organization, administrative and communications skills, strong coordinating skills, ability to meet deadlines;
  • the ability to integrate a feminist and anti-racist perspective into all aspects of the work;
  • good interpersonal skills;
  • excellent research, writing and presentation skills including the ability to operate in a clear language environment;
  • demonstrated budgeting and financial management skills;
  • the ability to supervise in a cooperative environment;
  • the ability to work in both French and English (written and oral) is an asset;
  • equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

The annual salary for this position is $100,005.62 (plus benefits) under the collective agreement (CEP(Unifor)/CULR-1).Applications for this position will be accepted until July 22, 2014. Refer to the above bulletin number in the subject line of your message and send applications to hr@clc-ctc.ca.