Economic Policy Research Analyst
Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA)
“The Voice of Canada’s Residential Construction Industry Since 1943”
Position Type: Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with Education & Experience
Job Location: National Office - 141 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
Are you passionate about having a job that makes a difference? Do you like working with the big economic picture and then breaking it down to inform national policy? Are you interested in being part of a team that strives to effect change on a national scale regarding key housing issues and helping Canadians attain their housing dreams? CHBA’s mission is to support our members and their ability to meet the aspirations of Canadians for housing affordability, quality, and choice. To do that, we keep our pulse on economic and demographic issues that directly impact housing in Canada, with the goal making a better country for everyone. Whether it’s ensuring we have a strong building code that keeps housing affordability a priority, developing smart climate change policies, moving to Net Zero levels of energy performance on a voluntary basis, or addressing housing supply challenges so there are more homes that people can afford, our association is part of positive progress for Canadians, and economic insights from our association help guide national policy to achieve these important goals.
If the above sounds appealing to you, come join a dynamic team at CHBA’s national office. We are currently seeking an economic policy research analyst to help advance policy, advocacy and research related to the residential construction sector. As a key member of the policy team, CHBA’s economic policy research analyst will deliver results-oriented analysis and products, monitor and assess key data releases and provide advice to inform CHBA policy, advocacy and members’ businesses.
ABOUT THE JOB
- Monitor and track relevant economic, industry, and demographic data and trends from a variety of sources
- Review data sets to track impacts on and trends in residential construction, and small business, home builders, developers, homeowners, home buyers and renters
- Lead the economic analysis for CHBA’s Housing Market Index
- Lead economic analysis for CHBA’s annual report on the economic performance of Canada’s residential construction industry
- In consultation with the Policy and Government Relations team, create reports, presentations, charts, tables, other data visualizations
- Co-develop and maintain key in-house databases
- Manage data subscriptions and research contracts as needed
- Respond to requests for information, data, or analysis from a variety of internal and external stakeholders
- Liaise with officials at Statistics Canada, CMHC, and other federal departments and agencies in matters related to data and research
ABOUT YOU, THE CANDIDATE
Minimum four (4) year undergraduate degree in Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, Data Science, Business Intelligence, Business Administration, Political Science or a related field
Asset: Master’s Degree in a related field
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience in the field of data, analytics or data-driven policy
- Experience in working with economic data, the application of data science techniques, and/or quantitative research
- Experience in writing research reports and developing analyses for both an internal and external audience
- Experience with statistics software tools (e.g., Stata) Microsoft Excel, and/or data visualization tools
Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
- Knowledge of key sources of data for economic modelling and analysis, ideally related to the housing industry
- Extensive experience and/or certification in Microsoft Excel
- Experience contributing to the development of databases
- Knowledge of research contracting and project management best practices
- Asset: Knowledge of emerging economic trends and policy related to the housing industry
- Asset: Knowledge of key government policies that affect the economics and financial aspects of housing and residential construction
Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to systematically track data and manage data
- Ability to undertake database management
- Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint and Outlook)
- Ability to prepare and deliver reports, products and presentations that are effective, accessible, and likely to influence the intended audience
- Ability to develop strong working relationships that encourage cooperation
- Ability and willingness to work in a highly collaborative team with shared accountabilities
- Ability to multi-task, advancing multiple projects and activities simultaneously
- Diplomacy: ability to conduct respectful and persuasive dialogue with others that may hold opposing views, while also considering their viewpoints
- Innovation: the ability to create new insights, devise new approaches and make innovative decisions through research and analysis
- Analytical and technical skills: strong problem-solving skills, including the ability to analyze complex economic and financial information using empirical and/or modelling skills
- Asset: highly skilled with data visualization tools such as Power BI
- Self-starter who thrives in an environment where he/she can be equally successful working independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Time management skills
- The ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and competing deadlines
- Enthusiastic desire to contribute to the overall success of the CHBA and its members
- Emotional intelligence: effective understanding of oneself and others and ability to relate well to other people
Hours of work: The hours of work are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, though some flexibility is available. There is a requirement to travel within Canada to attend meetings. The incumbent may be required to work overtime from time to time given the nature of the work.
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]. CHBA is looking to fill this position ASAP, and will assess applications as they are received. Accordingly, there is no closing date for this posting. The application process for this posting will close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applicants.
Accommodations will be provided at all stages of the hiring process. We ask applicants to make their needs known in advance.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.