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Director, Research | Canadian Media Producers Association

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Director, Research

Director, Research

(Full Time, Ottawa or Toronto)



Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Policy, the Director of Research’s main role is to plan, carry out and/or manage socio-economic research in support of the organization’s strategic goals, including analyzing, interpreting and providing high-level strategic advice and/or preparing reports on research results.

Core responsibilities

  • Providing strategic advice on research priorities;
  • Developing an annual Research Plan in consultation with the senior CMPA staff.  Such a Plan will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the identification of priority research projects to be accomplished throughout the year, the estimated cost for each project as well as the proposed means for carrying them out (e.g., undertaking them in-house, contracting an outside firm and/or working in partnership with other stakeholders);
  • Recommending methodologies required to collect, analyze, synthesize and produce knowledge and information; conducting research pursuant to the Research Plan, including the design and execution of surveys; and, initiating and participating in research partnerships and collaborations;
  • Analyzing, synthesizing and interpreting research data gathered from internal and external sources;
  • Developing and maintaining an inventory and database of relevant research reports, from both domestic and foreign sources, organized in a meaningful fashion and easily searchable and accessible by CMPA staff;
  • Preparing briefing memos and statistical reports, as well as correspondence and research papers; preparing presentations to support senior management decision-making and/or to present to the Board of Directors;
  • Establishing and maintaining research contacts within industry organizations and relevant federal and provincial government departments; attending meetings to discuss research and analysis methodologies, coordinate research efforts and share key information;
  • Such other duties, generally consistent with the job description, as may from time to time be required and assigned or as may be mutually agreed.

Skills and Capabilities

Project Planning, Research and Analysis:

  • Project planning and management skills are required to develop and carry out the annual Research Plan;
  • Research and analytical skills are required to manipulate and analyze data from internal and external sources; evaluate key issues; prepare research papers; study and report on emerging trends and their impact; incorporate findings into information products; and, make research recommendations and prepare briefings that will support the organization’s strategic priorities;
  • Review, analyze and summarize research papers, reports, studies, proposals and other documents such as relevant literature and journals to identify and report on key trends and issues that may have an impact on the film, television and digital media industries and/or the organization’s strategic priorities.


  • Excellent verbal communications skills are required to:
    • discuss research goals and objectives internally, and with industry organizations and relevant federal and provincial government departments, and collaborate in research partnerships; and
    • participate in meetings with internal and external stakeholders to discuss research issues and results, to provide/obtain information and to present often complex or technical concepts to a diverse group of people some of whom may not be knowledgeable in the field;
    • Excellent writing skills are required to:
      • summarize research findings and outline interpretations of research results; and prepare reports, briefing notes, correspondence, and research papers; and
      • develop presentations and convey complex data in products such as graphs, tables, overheads or other visual expressions for use by senior CMPA staff and/or presentation to the CMPA Board or other organizations.

Specialized Research Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the concepts, theories, principles and practices of the economic and social sciences, and/or other related domain of expertise, including research methodology, business studies, industrial relations, demography, government, politics and public policy is required in order to conduct research and analyses;
  • This knowledge includes, but is not limited to, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and techniques. This knowledge is used to gather and validate information; collect, synthesize and disseminate research results; prepare research reports and policy discussions papers; recommend and contribute to the development of research methodologies;
  • Knowledge of the capabilities and uses of data entry, electronic search and retrieval systems, and a variety of automated systems (e.g. socio-economic and public opinion databases, reference research libraries) and software (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, browsers, search engines, database management systems, statistical software, and mathematical and econometric modeling software) is required to enter, retrieve and manipulate text and data; conduct quantitative and/or qualitative research studies; conduct statistical analysis; and prepare reports, briefing packages, decks, memoranda, and presentations.

Contextual Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the business of producing film, television and digital media content, and the related industries for delivering that content to consumers particularly in Canada would be an asset in order to plan and execute on research initiatives that will further the strategic objectives of the organization and to identify key trends that may facilitate or hinder in this regard;
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Media Production Association’s mandate and organization, and the organization’s connection to other industry associations and relevant government departments and Crown Corporations and/or agencies would be an asset  in order to undertake research activities in support of the CMPA’s strategic objectives; and establish working relationships throughout the industry and with government organizations in order to maintain effective liaison with various colleagues;

Other Skills and Capabilities:

  • An excellent ability to think strategically;
  • Exceptionally good judgment;
  • Strong aptitude for initiating and leading projects;
  • Superior ability to prioritize, organize and manage a multitude of projects concurrently;
  • The capability to focus and pay attention to detail;
  • Proficiency with standard office computer software such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

 The successful candidate will:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in the discipline of mathematics/statistics, economics, sociology, business and/or management studies;
  • Possess at least 5 years of professional experience in a research capacity;
  • Demonstrate an ability and aptitude to perform the responsibilities outlined herein, and possess the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully meet the challenges of this position;
  • Have a proven track record of building and maintaining effective working relationships with various industry stakeholders and staff;
  • Have successfully managed the work of external firms and consultants;
  • Exhibit a propensity to excel in a fast-paced, collegial and collaborative environment;  demonstrate initiative and ability to perform duties while paying high attention to detail and with relatively little supervision; and,
  • Be willing and able to travel as required, and possess a valid drivers’ license.


  • Proficiency with the English language at a very high professional level (i.e., verbal, written and comprehension) is considered a minimum qualification;
  • Working knowledge of the French language (i.e., verbal, written and comprehension) will be considered an asset.

Please send your cover letter and C.V. to: sandy.dobson(at)

The CMPA will contact those candidates who have been selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.