Daily Bread Food Bank
  • Research
  • Policy Development
  • Volunteer Management / Coordination
  • Writing / Editorial / Translation
   Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
    Experienced (Non-  manager)     N/A     2019-11-01      2019-11-24

Daily Bread Food Bank’s mission is to collaborate with all to eliminate food insecurity, and advocate for solutions to end poverty. The Research & Policy Officer will play a vital role in conducting research to understand the root causes of food insecurity, developing engaging materials to educate the public, and contributing to advocacy and government relations to spark meaningful policy change.


  • Coordinates and conducts research, including the annual Who’s Hungry research initiative. Duties include: developing work plans, study designs and data collection tools; coordinating research committee meetings; recruiting, training, and scheduling volunteers; coordinating data collection logistics; conducting surveys, interviews and/or focus groups; cleaning data and maintaining data integrity; analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; drafting reports and other communication products.
  • Conducts literature reviews and analyzes data from databases, including Statistics Canada and Daily Bread’s client intake database.
  • Researches, analyzes and develops policy options and recommendations on topics relating to poverty reduction and access to food.
  • Monitors activities of government, including, but not limited to, proposed legislation, election platforms, and public consultations.
  • Develops policy briefs, consultation submissions, blog posts, social media posts, presentations and other knowledge translation products to educate the public, organizational partners, and/or government officials on key issues relating to poverty and food insecurity.
  • Supports the development of advocacy campaigns and materials to engage Daily Bread stakeholders and the public on policy issues.
  • Supports government relations initiatives, including preparing materials for meetings with government officials.
  • Acts as a representative of Daily Bread at meetings with external stakeholders, including but not limited to community partners, government staff, and elected representatives.
  • Contributes to writing grants to secure funding for departmental initiatives.
  • Assists other Daily Bread departments with conducting research, as needed.
  • Gathers and packages data to share with external partners.
  • Other position related tasks as needed.

Education/Experience (or equivalent)

  • Post-secondary degree (graduate level preferred) or professional experience equivalency in social policy research and analysis.
  • Experience influencing or developing policy, through policy advocacy and/or professional experience within government.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and execute research projects that adhere to research best practices.
  • Proficiency in SPSS or equivalent statistical program.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate research findings into policy recommendations and plain language products for audiences of diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience in managing projects from inception to completion including developing timelines, sequencing tasks and identifying and mitigating risks.
  • Experience working with large datasets is an asset.
  • Experience working in a community-based research setting is an asset.
  • Experience working with a volunteer workforce is an asset.

 Key Competencies and Skills

  • Strong political acuity and knowledge of social policy issues relating to poverty and food insecurity.
  • Strong understanding of research best practices to ensure a high level of rigour and data integrity.
  • Exceptional writing skills with the ability to make research accessible to readers of various backgrounds and interests.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and incorporate feedback from multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to analyze quantitative data (ability to analyze qualitative data is an asset).
  • Ability to oversee the work of volunteers, students, and other staff contributing to research projects.
  • Demonstrated good judgment and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Good keyboarding skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SPSS or equivalent statistical program (ability to use PowerBI is an asset).
  • Ability to manage multiple project concurrently and work under tight deadlines.
  • Strong motivation and commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Organized, resourceful and detail-oriented.


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