Vice-President, Research

The Institute for Research on Public Policy is seeking an exceptional researcher, knowledge mobilizer, connector, and leader as its next Vice-President, Research.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022, the IRPP works to improve public policy in Canada by producing independent, peer-reviewed research of the highest standard; convening policy discussions; and collaborating with a wide variety of external experts.

Automation, job displacement and migration, disinformation, aging populations, income inequality and climate change are just some of the trends that Canadian decision-makers are grappling with today. Equipping them with evidence-based insight and analysis is a key part of your role as VP Research.

Reporting to the President & CEO, you will lead and support the development of the IRPP’s overall research agenda and strategy. With a commitment to mentorship, collaboration, and inclusion, you will lead a talented team of researchers. You will ensure that research published by the IRPP meets the highest standards of quality and rigorous methodological approach, incorporating diverse voices and perspectives on public policy. In addition to overseeing the team’s work, you will pursue your own research initiatives and contribute to shaping the national discourse around key public policy challenges. You will actively generate and maintain partnerships and facilitate research collaborations. With the President, you will brief Canadian decision-makers and others in the country’s policy community and amplify the IRPP’s work in the media and the wider public sphere.

As the ideal candidate, you are a skilled and experienced researcher and knowledge translator. You are passionate about mobilizing research so that it can have a meaningful impact on the lives of Canadians. You have superb writing skills and can synthesize and simplify complex material. In the places where you have worked, you have made a measurable difference by bringing forward ideas and leading initiatives, all while working in collaboration with colleagues and across organizations. Empathetic, collegial, and inclusive, you thrive in environments where colleagues feel free to share and debate ideas. You are comfortable speaking about your work to the media and at public events, and you are curious about what others are working on across the research landscape. You pay close attention to Canadian current affairs, and understand how social, economic, and political trends can affect how research is received. You can review and evaluate complex texts in French and English – IRPP will give preference if you are bilingual, or if you are committed to improving your proficiency in English and/or French.

The IRPP is headquartered in the heart of vibrant downtown Montréal. The VP Research can choose between dedicated office space there, or to work remotely with regular visits to Montréal to meet with the IRPP’s dynamic team.

This is a great opportunity to join the IRPP at an exciting time of change. If interested, or to learn more, please email Michael Naufal, Mike Young and Alain Pescador ( The IRPP invites applications from all qualified individuals.

The IRPP is strongly committed to employment equity, inclusion and diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from BIPOC individuals, women, and 2SLGBTQIA+ persons. We will actively work to accommodate persons with disabilities at every step of the process.