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Advisor/Associate Advisor (BIT Canada)

Are you looking for a new challenge and want to join a successful and growing organization dedicated to creating social impact? Do you have a passion for public policy and behavioural science? If so, we want to hear from you.

What does an Advisor (A) or Associate Advisor (AA) do?

Some of your typical daily tasks may include…

Developing interventions and trials

  • applying concepts from behavioural science to the design of communications, processes, programs, and policies
  • assisting in the design of field experiments, including power and sample size calculations, developing plans for data collection, cleaning, and analysis

Research and analysis

  • helping the team conduct field research and desk research
  • conducting statistical analysis
  • contributing to the synthesis of findings

Written and oral communication

  • drafting and editing client-facing notes, reports, and PowerPoint slides
  • preparing workshop materials
  • co-facilitating client workshops (Advisor only)

Client management support

  • drafting client emails, meeting agendas, and similar products
  • joining client meetings and calls

Work planning and project management

  • proactively keeping tabs on tasks and timelines and communicating about progress and challenges with project colleagues
  • contributing to work planning, progress tracking and reporting

Strategic and operational support

  • Contribute to proposals and policy notes
  • Actively engage in relevant policy agendas by reading widely, attending conferences and events

Note: For all tasks, Associate Advisors receive close supervision, guidance, and support. As an AA develops in the role, they will be expected to take more ownership of specific tasks within the project development process. This is true as well for Advisors, though more experience with these types of tasks is expected upon starting the role.

What makes a great Advisor at BIT?

We are looking for people who understand what we do, share our values, and are keen to learn and develop their expertise. We are looking for candidates with the skills listed below. We expect to provide training and development support in some of these areas, so you do not need to have all these characteristics to be hired.

  • Behavioural science: You understand and can explain and apply central concepts (e.g., defaults, loss aversion, and social norms)
  • Public policy: You can see both sides of an argument, and you think about what makes some policies, programs and services effective and others impractical.
  • Evaluation: You have a solid baseline understanding of causing, statistical inference and/or program evaluation. You can develop or contribute to the design of randomized controlled trials and other types of evaluation.
  • Clear and effective communications. You can explain complex topics in simple terms, both orally and in writing.
  • Managing and developing yourself at work. You demonstrate high self-awareness and regularly self-reflect. You are aware of the impact that your actions and words have on those around you. You are resilient and accept responsibility for decisions whether they achieve the desired outcome or not.
  • Work habits and project management. You can manage your own time to produce high quality work within a defined timeline and budget.
  • Supporting and developing others. You are supportive and energize people to perform at their best. You care about the success, development and wellbeing of others and can have meaningful (and sometimes difficult!) conversations.
  • Curiosity, comfort with ambiguity, commitment to social impact. You have wide interests and a willingness to take on a broad range of projects and project tasks. You are comfortable working for a small, new organization (BIT Canada) and have a relatively high tolerance for ambiguity / change. You are dedicated to achieving social impact through your work.
  • Professional fluency in French and/or Spanish is a plus.

Who are we and what can we offer you?

The Behavioural Insights Team is the world leader in applying behavioural science to public policy challenges in order to strengthen communities and improve lives.  We believe that if you understand how people make decisions in the real world, you can design and deliver better policies and services.

This belief means that we draw on the lessons from the behavioural sciences to design creative and scalable solutions in fields ranging from public health to employment services. We are also committed to using and generating evidence, so we test our interventions using techniques like randomized controlled trials (RCTs) before they are scaled.

We are looking for a passionate and imaginative individual who understands behavioural science and shares our thirst for evidence-based solutions to join our team.

BIT really is a great place to work!

We offer:

  • additional health, dental, and vision coverage;
  • $95 cell phone stipend per month;
  • $1,200/year professional development reimbursement fund;
  • 15 vacation days with the option to purchase an additional 10 days at the beginning of each year,
  • 7 sick days;
  • 9 public holidays per year;
  • 5% RRSP match with no waiting period;
  • life insurance;
  • discretionary annual bonus (dependent on company performance);
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave;
  • and an IT set up which allows for easy working from home options.
  • We have regular team lunches with inspirational guest speakers.
  • We’re a social bunch and have a variety of interest groups.

How to apply

We use a great platform called Applied to reduce bias in the recruitment process. You will need to answer a few work-based questions which will be anonymously marked by members of our team. Our selection is based on performance in these questions, rather than looking at your CV.

Candidates with the top scoring answers will be invited to a structured interview where you get to meet some of the team. At the interview stage you will be asked questions that reflect the role and also to complete a work-based task, so you have the chance to demonstrate your skills. It’s at this stage we first see your CV. We always give all applicants feedback, no matter what stage your application reaches.

Start your BIT journey here and apply now!

Please note:

If you do not already hold the right to work in Canada and/or require sponsorship in order to continue working here, you should think carefully before applying. This is because we will be unable to sponsor you unless there is no other suitably qualified Canadian worker available to fill the role or your current immigration status means that the resident labour market test will not apply in your case.

Some of the personal data you provide to Applied when you apply for a role with The Behavioural Insights Team will be passed on to The Behavioural Insights Team for the purposes of (a) reviewing your application; (b) inviting you for interview; and/or (c) offering you a job and getting you set up as an employee/contractor. For full details on how BIT collects and uses your personal data please visit our global recruitment privacy notice.

If your application is not successful, any personal data provided to us by Applied (including any personal data relating to equal opportunities monitoring as set out above) will be retained by The Behavioural Insights Team for no longer than 6 months after the application deadline has passed (other than in exceptional circumstances where we may need to retain your personal data for longer), at which point your personal data will be securely deleted. We only keep your information for that period in order to allow us to comply with relevant legal obligations.

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