Research director, social policy
Research director, economic policy

The Institute for Research on Public Policy, one of Canada’s most trusted and influential think tanks, is growing! The IRPP is seeking two full-time research directors to lead research programs on social and economic policy issues.

The IRPP is known for its high-quality in-depth analysis, drawing on top experts from across Canada. Its role as an independent institution supporting evidence-based policy-making and inclusive dialogue is critical as Canada faces multiple intersecting challenges, including an aging population, workforce transformation, global geopolitical and market shifts, slower projected economic growth, climate change, growing challenges to affordability, and the imperative to advance Indigenous rights and reconciliation.

Roles and responsibilities

Research directors are responsible for identifying research priorities, recruiting authors and contributors, writing shorter research briefings and articles, engaging with government and other external representatives, as well as developing research projects and overseeing their execution, completion, and dissemination of results.

Reporting to the Vice President, Research, research directors collaborate with IRPP staff and external partners to produce high quality research and mobilize knowledge to inform public debate and government policy decisions.

Skills and Experience

  • Graduate degree in social science (e.g., economics, sociology, political science), or graduate degree in another discipline combined with equivalent experience in research on social or economic policy.
  • At least five years of experience undertaking policy research to inform social and/or economic policy decisions.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to convey detailed research findings in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences (e.g., government, industry, media).
  • Keen interest in Canadian policy issues and debates, actively following current developments.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with significant attention to detail.
  • Organized project manager, able to lead multiple concurrent research projects to meet deadlines.
  • Energetic and entrepreneurial, actively seeking out new opportunities.
  • Collaborative team player, with a track record of building strong internal and external working relationships.
  • Understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion considerations both within the workplace, and in policy research.
  • Ability to read and understand English and French; fluent bilingualism is a significant asset.
  • Experience in data analysis using a variety of tools and methods is an asset.
  • Experience using social media to convey research findings is an asset.

Working at the IRPP

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, and a collegial work culture that is rooted in creativity, inclusivity, and flexibility. Members of our team work on a fascinating range of different initiatives across our operations and have the opportunity to develop their own projects. We thrive on the exchange of ideas, both internally and with external partners.

The IRPP is based in downtown Montreal, but remote or hybrid working arrangements are negotiable.

The IRPP is committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse staff. We encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and other racialized persons; 2SLGBTQIA+ persons; and Canadians living with disabilities. Candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

The position is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae by e-mail to, no later than Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET. Please state whether you are interested in social policy, economic policy, or both in your e-mail.

The salary range for these positions will be disclosed to candidates whose applications have been retained for an interview. Interviews will be conducted virtually.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Contact to schedule interviews will be made the first week of June.