Employment opportunity: Permanent, Full-Time
Reports to: Vice President
Location: remote work arrangement within Canada
We are currently seeking a dynamic Associate Director to lead our fast paced and growing Economic Forecasting practice. The Conference Board of Canada is the foremost applied research organization in Canada. We deliver insights that help leaders cut through the noise and make informed decisions.
We are a virtual organization and as a remote worker you must be comfortable and able to work 100 per cent of the time from a home office. To be successful as a remote worker you need to have a self-starter attitude, possess strong organizational and time management skills and be a proactive communicator.
About the Economic Forecasting practice…
The Economic Forecasting practice is the country’s largest private economic analysis and forecasting unit, widely recognized for expert economic forecasting, modeling, research and leading analysis. Our teams produce economic publications focusing on all areas of the Canadian economy. These include flagship reports on the Canadian and provincial economies. We also produce economic outlooks for metropolitan areas, key Canadian industries, and the U.S. and World economies. In addition to economic outlooks, we produce summaries of current economic data, and conduct consumer and business confidence surveys. We strive to be the source for the most comprehensive, timely and accurate economic forecast data and analysis.
Our ideal candidate is… a passionate leader who wants to lead a team of established experts. This person is current and conversant with the most critical issues facing the Canadian economy. They are intellectually curious and on the leading edge of emerging trends. This candidate is an initiator of creative approaches to help solve complex problems and capture new opportunities. They are energized when working in a highly collaborative professional team environment.
About the Role
Some of the things you will do every day:
Work closely with Executive Team lead, Chief Economist, and other senior leaders in providing vision and leadership in advancing and growing the portfolio.
Oversee day-to-day operations of the business unit.
Anticipate and articulate the emerging trends and critical challenges leaders face regarding the Canadian economy.
Identify and develop short, medium, and long-term opportunities to evolve the practice area.
Coach and mentor team members.
Demonstrate the values of the organization in all interactions with employees, internal and external stakeholders.
Function as a senior subject matter expert.
Embrace the role of spokesperson for the Board speaking with authority and credibility at conferences, seminars, roundtables, and media interviews related to economic impact analysis.
Oversee projects varying in size, scope and complexity focusing on high quality, impact, and results.
Identify new opportunities and approaches to disseminate insights (e.g. shorter reports, faster turn-around, easily digestible content).
Increase publication of current analysis.
Contribute to the Board's body of knowledge by publishing briefings and reports.
Collaborate with senior leaders across the organization.
Achieve annual business objectives, operating and stakeholder impact targets.
Demonstrate sound financial management.
Meet team’s annual revenue and operating targets.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
Master’s degree and/or PhD in economics or a related discipline.
Minimum of six years of similar experience in a professional, customer focused environment.
Strong understanding of economics and high-level issues in both the private and public sectors.
Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
Proven success at managing a team of professional staff.
Ability to communicate research findings to senior executives.
Proven success at identifying and implementing new growth opportunities.
Demonstrated success at the development and delivery of strategic goals and objectives.
Ability to write clearly, concisely, and quickly - advanced writing skills are essential.
Experience with leading complex projects from inception to completion.
Proficiency in the use of computers in an MS Office environment.
Having a home office environment that provides for a productive, professional, and safe work environment during regular working hours is a requirement of this role.
Bilingualism would be a definite asset.
We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Please let us know if you require a specific accommodation because of a disability, or a medical need, in order to participate in any aspect of the selection process.
No phone calls, please. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in The Conference Board of Canada. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.