Research Director

Job Summary:

A position dedicated to the exploration and articulation of a Christian perspective on work, labour relations, economics, and public policy, all of which is considered from the context of CLAC’s role as a union that strives to positively impact the workplace, the work experience of its members, and society at large. The successful candidate must be capable of demonstrating, through rigorous research and thoughtful reflection and articulation, the connection between CLAC’s foundational principles as written in CLAC’s constitution and the pursuit of justice for workers in Canadian society and globally.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Direct Research Team staff, including hiring, staff evaluations, promotion, and discipline.
  • Create opportunities for CLAC staff professional development, in line with their evaluations.
  • Develop and implement an annual Research Team Budget.
  • Develop and execute a Research Team strategic plan that complements and advances CLAC’s strategic plan.
  • Evaluate the Research Team’s performance, adjusting its operation as necessary to ensure it meets CLAC’s research needs.
  • Keep up with relevant Christian literature to sharpen and maintain CLAC’s Christian vision. This literature, in the form of magazines and books, includes foundational as well as special interest material.
  • Keep up with trends in society through study and readings and keep informed about the specific area of labour unions and the workplace and economic and political activities that affect these areas of human activity.
  • Oversee the maintenance and updating of CLAC’s library, the storing and organization of research material, and the organizational record keeping of CLAC’s archives.
  • Articulate, in writing and orally for public and private uses, CLAC’s Christian perspective on work and related topics in a variety of formats and forums. The potential for this kind of participation in the public debate and the dissemination of information is virtually unlimited. The articulation must be in tune with audiences from various backgrounds and interests. More specifically, this includes writing for CLAC’s national magazine, the Guide, and public website, preparing and finalizing texts for other CLAC publications such as booklets and books, and contributing articles or material for publication by others.
  • Participate in, and possibly speak at, relevant conferences, including especially CLAC-sponsored conferences and events.
  • Network with others, nationally and internationally, who have Christian insight and interest in CLAC’s work.

  • Communicate with CLAC staff and the National Board on key items of fundamental importance.
  • Plan and deliver the educational portion of Staff Council meetings in collaboration with the executive director.
  • Prepare background material from research, contribute to public submissions, and provide specified general or detailed information on request from others in the organization.
  • Speak by invitation to schools and other organizations.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum five years’ experience in a management role
  • Masters or PhD degree in labour relations, economics, or a related field is required.
  • Demonstrated deep understanding of an integrated Christian perspective as it relates to matters of work, labour relations, the economy, and public discourse in Canadian society and internationally.
  • Capable of research and writing at a graduate school level.
  • Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in developing and managing budgets and hiring, training, developing, supervising, and appraising staff.
  • Experience overseeing the design, content, and production of government submissions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and SharePoint and online research tools.
  • Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams.
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and competing staff interests.
  • Out-of-town, overnight travel is required occasionally.

Reporting and Accountability:

The research reports to the executive director and regularly reports to Staff Council Executive.

To Apply:

To apply please submit your cover letter and resume to Danielle Emel at

Application Deadline: February 23, 2023

Approximate Start Date: April 2023

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

CLAC offers a competitive wage and excellent benefit package, as well as the opportunity to work in a dynamic, rewarding, and challenging workplace community.

CLAC is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation at any stage of the hiring process, we will work with you to meet your needs.