Careers

Our continued success depends on our commitment to the recruitment, retention and development of a talented and diverse team. Northern Policy Institute is eager to connect with individuals who can make valuable contributions to our increasingly dynamic and innovative organization.  

 

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Staff Openings

Research Analyst - Measurement and Performance

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Research Analyst for a 2-year contract (with a possibility of renewal) in Kirkland Lake, ON.

The Research Analyst is part of the Measurement and Performance team at NPI. That team includes two analysts/economists and up to three project specific research interns at any given time, as well as summer placements and co-op students. Masters level social scientists with a bent for quantitative and qualitative analysis and public policy debate should apply as should bachelors level applicants with some applied experience.

Solid analytical and writing skills are a must. In addition to descriptive statistics, the analyst will be expected to assess and explore potential policy implications and apply comparative evidence to support proposed policy changes, solutions, or directions. A special knowledge of Northern Ontario would also be an asset. 

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Policy Analyst – Regional Self-Sufficiency

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Policy Analyst for a 2-year contract (with a possibility of renewal) in Kirkland Lake, ON.

The Policy Analyst is part of the Regional Self-Sufficiency Team at NPI. That team includes two analysts and up to three project specific research interns at any given time, as well as summer placements and co-op students. Masters level social scientists with a bent for quantitative and qualitative analysis and public policy debate should apply as should bachelors level applicants with some applied experience.

Solid analytical and writing skills are a must. In addition to descriptive statistics, the analyst will be expected to assess and explore potential policy implications and apply comparative evidence to support proposed policy changes, solutions, or directions. A special knowledge of Northern Ontario would also be an asset.

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Internships

These positions are ideal for those seeking their first position post-graduation or looking to bring their knowledge and experience to Northern Ontario.

 

Research Analyst – Big Data

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Research Analyst for a 12 month internship in Kirkland Lake, ON.

Finding accurate, local, and timely data on communities in Northern Ontario’s many regions is a significant challenge. This Research Analyst will identify private and public sources of "big-data" that could inform policy decisions impacting Ontario's Central, Western, and Northern Regions. Areas of focus will include, but not necessarily be limited to training and education, skills enhancement, and skills assessment.

Solid analytical and writing skills are a must. In addition to descriptive statistics, the intern will be expected to assess and explore potential policy implications and apply comparative evidence to support proposed policy changes, solutions, or directions. University or college students (with some practical experience) are preferred. A special knowledge of Northern Ontario would be an asset.

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Policy Analyst – Digital Society

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Policy Analyst for a 12 month internship in Sudbury, ON. 

This Policy Analyst will be responsible for exploring the available evidence about effective interventions to assist businesses and the general public to maximize their participation in, and return from, a truly digital society. Laying the foundation for, and monitoring the progress of, such interventions here in Ontario’s central, western, and northern regions.

Solid analytical and writing skills are a must. In addition to descriptive statistics, the intern will be expected to assess and explore potential policy implications and apply comparative evidence to support proposed policy changes, solutions, or directions. University or college students (with some practical experience) are preferred. Bilingualism would be an advantage. Multilingualism, or a special knowledge of Northern Ontario would also be assets.

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Finance & Budget Officer

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Finance & Budget Officer for a 1-year internship in Thunder Bay, ON.

The Finance Officer will work closely with the Finance and Operations Manager to support the processing of accounting activities at Northern Policy Institute. They will assist with monthly forecasting and budgeting for the organization to ensure smooth fiscal operations. The Finance Officer will be involved with processing accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Desired knowledge or skills include a thorough understanding of accounting principles, flexibility, attention to detail, and time management skills. The ability to generate cheque run reports, reconcile transactions and payments, and use accounting software is desired. Fiscal and inventory reporting, expenditure and operations monitoring, organization skills and financial coding capacity would be of great benefit. University or college students (with some practical experience) are preferred. Bilingualism would be an advantage. Multilingualism, or a special knowledge of Northern Ontario would also be assets.

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Experience North - Summer 2022

Northern Policy Institute makes available up to ten four-month placements across Northern Ontario. Usually housed with a partner organization in one of Ontario’s Central, Western or Northern Regions, the placements learn first-hand about the cut and thrust of public policy debate, building human capital and experience in the North. For more information, visit our Experience North page.

These positions are ideal for those seeking to build firsthand experience about real world policy research. How it is done, how it is crafted, and to whom and how it is communicated. The added benefit is a chance to expand your knowledge and understanding of Northern Ontario.

 

Research Analyst, State of the North

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Research Analyst, State of the North, for a 16-week position in Timmins, ON.

The Research Analyst will be an active member of NPI’s Measurement and Performance team. Roll up your sleeves and be ready to do real analysis on the actual social, economic, and environmental state of Ontario’s diverse northern regions. Are we making progress against where we were in previous years? Are we closing the gap (or widening our lead) with/over the rest of the world?

Economics, public administration, and political science students may find this position especially rewarding. But anyone interested in measuring the strengths and weaknesses of a rural or remote community should apply. Join an amazing team and learn to make an evidence-based case on making good policy decisions that affect the lives of real people.

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Research Analyst, Regional Planning

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Research Analyst, Regional Planning, for a 16-week position in Timmins, ON.

The Research Analyst will be an active member of NPI’s Measurement and Performance team. Roll up your sleeves and be ready to do real analysis on the alignment, effectiveness, and clarity of strategic and regional plans across Ontario’s diverse northern regions. What are our plans? Are they working? How do we know if they are?

Planning, public administration, and economic development students may find this position especially rewarding. But anyone interested in building, monitoring and implementing effective regional and community strategic plans should apply. Join an amazing team and learn to make an evidence-based case on making good policy decisions that affect the lives of real people.

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Office/Operations Assistant

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Office/Operations Assistant for a 16-week position in Thunder Bay, ON.

The Operations Assistant will get hands on experience managing the day-to-day activities of a complex, multi-site research institute. Deal with suppliers, contractors, and internal operations. Monitor, update, or draft internal policies and procedures. Track inventory, order supplies, manage travel and accommodation. Everything up to and including keeping the lights on and the internet running.

Business administration, commerce, and management students may find this position especially rewarding. But anyone interested in learning how to run a small business, not-for-profit, or charity should apply. Join an amazing team and learn to handle the pressure of real responsibility for key operational choices.

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Communications Officer

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Communications Officer for a 16-week position in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

The Communications Officer will be an active member of NPI’s Communications team. Roll up your sleeves and be ready to do press releases, media relations, website design, social media communications, and impact monitoring. Participate in community engagement, public and government relations.

Communications, public relations, and marketing students may find this position especially rewarding. But anyone interested in learning the realities of getting your message in front of the right people at the right time should apply. Join an amazing team and learn to handle the pressure of getting the message, and the timing, just right.

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Policy Analyst, Supply Chains

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Policy Analyst, Supply Chains in Rural and Remote Communities, for a 16-week position in North Bay, ON.

The Policy Analyst will be an active member of NPI’s Regional Self-Sufficiency team. Roll up your sleeves and be ready to do real analysis on the challenges and opportunities in shortening the supply chains in rural and remote communities. Explore global experience and use those lessons to identify opportunities here at home. Bring real world evidence to bear on what can, or can’t, be done in the context of the supply chains that feed Ontario’s varied northern regions.

Economics, logistics, or business students may find this position especially rewarding. But anyone interested in building profitable self-reliant businesses should apply. Join an amazing team and learn to make an evidence-based case on making good policy decisions that affect the lives of real people.

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Policy Analyst, Rural and Remote Child Care

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Policy Analyst, Child Care in Rural and Remote Communities, for a 16-week position in North Bay, ON.

The Policy Analyst will be an active member of NPI’s Regional Self-Sufficiency team. Roll up your sleeves and be ready to do real analysis on the challenges and opportunities in delivering childcare to rural and remote communities. Explore global experience and use those lessons to improve access and affordability of childcare here at home. Bring real world evidence to bear on what will, or won’t, work in the context of Ontario’s varied northern regions.

Public administration, political science, or early childhood education students may find this position especially rewarding. But anyone interested in improving childcare in rural and remote communities should apply. Join an amazing team and learn to make an evidence-based case on making good policy decisions that affect the lives of real people.

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Policy Analyst, Welcoming Communities

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Policy Analyst, Welcoming Communities, for a 16-week position in Kenora, ON.

The Policy Analyst will be an active member of NPI’s Community Capacity team. Roll up your sleeves and be ready to do real analysis on how welcoming the communities of Ontario’s diverse northern regions really are. What can we learn from others?  What can they learn from us? Help these communities make their welcoming stories the best they can be.

Public administration, political science and international studies students may find this position especially rewarding. But anyone interested in helping local communities support everyone in visiting, staying, working, and raising a family in rural and remote communities should apply. Join an amazing team and learn to make an evidence-based case on making good policy decisions that affect the lives of real people.

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Policy Analyst, E-Vehicles

Northern Policy Institute is seeking a full-time Policy Analyst, E-Vehicles in Rural and Remote Communities, for a 16-week position in Kenora, ON. 

The Policy Analyst will be an active member of NPI’s Community Capacity team. Roll up your sleeves and be ready to do real analysis on the challenges and opportunities of e-vehicles in rural and remote communities. Explore global experience and use those lessons to improve access and affordability of e-vehicles at home. Are range concerns overblown? How many charging centres are realistically needed? What demands might be placed on the grid?

Public administration, political science, or environment students may find this position especially rewarding. But anyone interested in green technology and its implications for rural and remote communities should apply. Join an amazing team and learn to make an evidence-based case on making good policy decisions that affect the lives of real people.

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Other Student Opportunities

Looking for a co-op placement, a summer job, or that first position after graduation? Look no further!

Northern Policy Institute (NPI) has multiple opportunities for communications, marketing, business administration, office administration, finance, political science, public administration, economics, and law students.

But don’t self-select!

NPI has hired librarians, historians, community developers, planners, and geographers. If you are in the social sciences and interested in public policy or not for profits, you may be a fit with us. For more information, follow this link to Student and Recent Graduate Employment Opportunities