Job Opportunities

The Urban Policy Lab has several part-time employment opportunities available for University of Toronto students during the 2021-2022 academic year. Brief job descriptions, required qualifications, and application instructions are listed below.

Note: All postings close September 10, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. Interviews will take place the week of Sept. 13th.

Submit applications here

If you are applying for more than one position, you may submit a single application package. But be sure to specify the positions you are applying for and tailor your application accordingly. If you have any questions, email urbanpolicylab@utoronto.ca, or make an appointment to speak with Prof. Gabriel Eidelman directly.

Administrative Positions

Communications and Social Media Coordinator

The Lab is seeking a work-study student to manage and produce content for the Lab’s website, blog, newsletter, and social media accounts.

  • Number of positions: 2
  • Workload: up to 60 hours (avg. 3 hrs/week)
  • Rate: $20/hr
  • Start/End Dates: Sept 2021-Mar 2022
  • Responsibilities:
    • curate, develop, and maintain the Lab’s presence across all relevant social media platforms, including writing engaging content and promoting/reporting on Lab events and activities
    • produce an overall communications and social media strategy to promote and help the Urban Policy Lab reach professional and public audiences
    • track and evaluate ongoing communications activities (e.g. social media engagement, followers, story views, readership, etc.)
  • Qualifications:
    • avid user of social media with an in-depth knowledge of different platforms (particularly Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram)
    • demonstrated professionalism in online communications
    • excellent written and oral communication skills
    • superb design skills with ability to produce creative written, graphic, audio, and video content
    • dependable, details-oriented, and self-directed
    • Preference will be given to students in the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy and Master of Global Affairs programs. That said, students in Public Policy/Political Science, Urban/City Studies, Urban Innovation, Geography and Planning, and Media/Visual Studies are also welcome to apply.
  • Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resumé using the link at the top of the page. Be sure to highlight examples of your past work, and creative ideas you hope to contribute to the Lab’s communications.
  • Closing Date:  September 10, 2021, 11:59pm ET

Research Positions

Research Assistant – Canadian Municipal Barometer project

The Canadian Municipal Barometer is a partnership between five universities, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Samara Centre for Democracy, to generate high-quality data and rigorous analysis of Canadian municipal democracy and public policy. The Urban Policy Lab directs the Ontario portion of the project. Further details are available on the CMB project website.

  • Number of positions: 1
  • Workload: 160 hours (avg. 8 hrs/week, 20 weeks)
  • Rate: $25/hr
  • Start/End Dates: Sept 2021-Mar 2022
  • Responsibilities:
    • conduct documentary research and collect background information on Ontario municipalities (e.g., census data, election results, council structures)
    • administer survey to municipal mayors and councillors, coordinate follow-ups
    • project management, including communicating with partner research teams
    • produce policy briefs and explainers for online publication
  • Qualifications:
    • currently enrolled in Munk MPP or MGA program
    • dependable, details-oriented, and self-directed
    • superb written and oral communication skills
  • Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resumé using the link at the top of the page. Your cover letter should specify your particular strengths and skills/experiences you believe will positively contribute to the project.
  • Closing Date:  September 10, 2021, 11:59pm ET

Research Assistant – Who Does What project

The “Who Does What” research series is a joint initiative between the Munk School’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and the Urban Policy Lab. Each paper in the series will set out the current role municipalities play in a particular policy domain, relative to provincial and federal governments, and feature brief essays from a mix of academics and practitioners proposing changes to current intergovernmental arrangements. Twelve papers will be published over two years, covering various topics, including climate change, housing, economic development, transportation, policing, child care, immigration, and public health.

  • No. of Positions Available: 3
  • Workload: 80 hours
  • Rate: $25/hr
  • Start/End Dates: Sept 2021-Mar 2022
  • Responsibilities:
    • conduct documentary research on the role of municipalities in two of the following policy areas: climate change, housing, economic development, transportation, policing, and public health.
    • produce policy backgrounders as the basis for written contributions from outside experts
    • assist with general project management
  • Qualifications:
    • currently enrolled in Munk MPP or MGA program
    • demonstrated interest in urban policy, municipal governance, and intergovernmental relations
    • dependable, details-oriented, and self-directed
    • superb research and written communication skills
  • Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resumé using the link at the top of the page. Your cover letter should specify your particular strengths, skills, and experience you believe will positively contribute to the project.
  • Closing Date: September 10, 2021, 11:59pm