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Senior Analyst - Data Policy & Technology

About Open North

Founded in 2011, Open North is Canada’s leading not-for-profit organization specialized in data governance, open data and open government, community engagement, and open smart cities. Our mission is to drive research, capacity-building and network collaboration across and within sectors to advance the responsible and effective use of data & technology. With a multidisciplinary team of 15 staff (+ expert advisors) and an annual budget of $1M+, we work with the most innovative and connected communities in Canada and internationally. Through our service offering, we are called upon to support our partners to develop and implement data governance models, lead collaborative data sharing initiatives, develop strategic plans and operational roadmaps, and train communities on a range of open smart city topics (eg. data management, open procurement, digital inclusion, and ethical AI). As an established international leader, our research and practitioners networks extend across the country and globally.

The Opportunity

Open North is seeking an exceptional individual, inclined towards both theory and practice, to fill a new Senior Analyst position.

The Senior Analyst will assume a hands-on role and be responsible for supporting and delivering a variety of research and capacity building projects related to Open North’s key areas of expertise, in particular data governance, open data, open smart cities, open government, and AI ethics. They will apply their domain knowledge through a variety of supports such as strategy development, public policy, public engagement and data literacy as well as data standardization. Projects are both local and international.

The Senior Analyst will interact with and learn from other disciplines, keep up with the latest developments in a number of domains, and make connections to domains outside of their work at Open North. This is accomplished through a commitment to ongoing learning as an important aspect of the Senior Analyst role. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct desk research on key domain areas and principles, synthesizing academic and non-academic literature, maintaining and strengthening high-quality research standards;

  • Document and analyze organisational and governance practices, workflows, mechanisms to support capacity-building, change management and data and tech literacy;

  • Track innovative trends related to data use and management, technology, data policy, and legal frameworks;

  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data stemming from online surveys and interviews to support informed decision-making and Open North’s understanding of community and partner needs;

  • Evaluate and document needs, make appropriate diagnostics and draft action plans for select communities and organizations;

  • Document and analyze data/IT platforms, workflows, policies, and documentation to assess issues pertaining to open smart cities, data governance and management, open government, data-sharing partnerships, digital inclusion, open procurement and AI ethics;

  • Create quality content and tools to guide cities and organizations on key open, smart city issues, including data governance, delivered through: written guides, workshops, webinars and more;

  • Lead event preparation and coordination (both content and logistics) such as: conference presentations, speaking engagements and workshops;

  • Assist in the preparation of meetings with clients and partners, as well as active note taking and participation at meetings;

  • Participate in regular staff meetings and any other meetings as required ;

  • Contribute to monitoring projects’ progress, evaluating results, and to program-wide reporting;

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

The most competitive candidates will also demonstrate one or more of the following skills:

  • Problem-solver, oriented towards results and focused on quality;

  • Work both independently and as a strong team player with an aptitude for co-creation, working in a collaborative environment, and proactively sharing information and resources within the team;

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;

  • Comfortable working in ambiguous environments (where the outcome or result of a project is not predefined, and materializes gradually as work is conducted); 

  • Comfortable dealing with creative tension, and taking the best from different ideas and processes to identify the best possible solutions;

  • Curiosity and willingness to learn about different perspectives, epistemologies, and ways of thinking or doing;

  • Creative, innovative, and critical thinker;

  • Ability to work professionally in French & English (a majority of the work and deliverables will be conducted in French);

  • A strong understanding and interest for key concepts such as smart cities, data governance, data policy, technology, and AI. 

Work conditions

  • Open North is a remote working environment with staff having access to a co-working space. For Montreal-based staff, Open North has a membership at Montreal Co-Work on rue St-Denis;

  • Full-time position (37.5 hours per week), open-ended contract;

  • Group health insurance (medical and dental, after 3 months); 

  • Telecommunications allowance (after 3 months);

  • Option to participate in Group RRSP Plan (after 3 months);

  • Employee fulfillment and engagement policy, adjusted annually;

  • A great team of smart and dedicated people!

Salary considerations

  • Salary scale for this position is: $60 000 - $70 000

Send your resume and a cover letter to jobs@opennorth.ca

Interviews will begin in November. Projected start date for this position is as soon as possible.

Not sure if you are qualified for this position? Open North wants to hear from you. Research suggests that women are unlikely to apply for a new role unless they meet 100% of the stated job qualifications. Men, in contrast, are willing to put their name forward when they meet about 50-60% of the requirements. If this position and Open North's mission interest you, please apply.  

Open North is committed to achieving equitable participation in the workforce. We recruit, employ, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, disability, age and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

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