Position title: Senior Associate, Design Services

Location: Toronto, ON

Employment status: Full-time

Salary: Blueprint offers competitive salaries that are commensurate with candidates’ qualifications, as well as an employee benefits package.

Role Description

Blueprint is a non-profit, mission-driven research organization dedicated to improving the social and economic well-being of Canadians by helping our clients solve complex public policy challenges.

We are seeking a Senior Associate to support our Design Services work. The chosen candidate will team members to support the design and implementation of a wide variety of policies, programs and services designed to increase the social and economic well-being of Canadians.

You’ll have the opportunity to support the on-going evaluation of Future Skills Centre pilot projects, and other projects relating to workforce development, skills training, affordable housing, crime prevention, youth success, and other public policy areas affecting the social and economic well-being of Canadians.

Position responsibilities:

  • Develop design research plans and data analysis strategies
  • Conduct and lead field-work with users
  • Create meaningful and value-add insights from field work that can lead to actionable tactics and next steps for clients
  • Work with clients, partners, and end-of-line users to co-design and implement design thinking activities, including in-depth field work, continuous learning agendas, co-design activities, prototypes, and Minimum Viable Products
  • Prepare briefs, memos, and training materials to support effective communication with clients
  • Support development of reports, artefacts, and presentations for a range of technical and non-technical audiences to share findings and deliverables
  • Assist with project coordination activities including developing project work plans and monitoring completion of tasks


  • Master’s degree in a design related field (Design Research, Visual Design, Industrial Design Design-Thinking, etc.) strong preference for additional academic qualifications in public administration, sociology, psychology, economics, political science, or related field
  • Experience conducting design research/strategy in the public policy realm
  • Expertise in qualitative research methods with a focus on Design Research methods
  • Experience designing data collection instruments including surveys, cultural probes, mock-ups and walkthroughs, co-design workshops, and/or in-depth interview protocols
  • Technical skills in video editing, visual design, artefact production, wireframes and other visual assets
  • Outstanding organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail
  • Ability to set priorities and organize work flow under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of a team to accomplish project tasks and meet deadlines
  • Strong motivation and commitment to research excellence, generating new ideas, exchanging and mobilizing knowledge, and continuous improvement
  • Ability to make appropriate decisions in the face of complexity or uncertainty, identify and manage risks, and act to address issues when necessary
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite. Preference for proficiency in UI Applications such as Sketch, Figma, etc.


Application deadline: May 31st, 2020

How to apply: Please send your cover letter and resume or CV by email to careers@blueprint- ade.ca. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.