Position title: Senior Consultant, Future Skills Centre

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.

About Blueprint

Blueprint is a not-for-profit consulting organization dedicated to improving the social and economic well-being of Canadians by helping our clients solve complex public policy challenges. We work with our clients and partners to design, execute, and evaluate strategies to foster innovation, learn what works, and deliver evidence-informed solutions to pressing social and economic issues.

At Blueprint you’ll have an opportunity to work alongside an interdisciplinary team of high-calibre professionals who bring curiosity and deep commitment to learning what works and developing practical solutions that generate lasting impact.

Blueprint offers a collaborative and supportive work environment where we value diversity and people showing up as their whole selves. We are dedicated to building an organization that is geared toward continuous learning and growth and development of our practices, methodologies and people.

Role Description

We are seeking a Senior Consultant to support our Future Skills Centre (FSC) work. The FSC is a federally funded organization, with a ground-breaking mandate to fund and support innovations and build evidence on what works, for who, in what contexts, to  help  people living in Canada gain the    skills they need to adapt and succeed in a rapidly changing workforce. It is led by a partnership of the Conference Board of Canada, Ryerson University, and Blueprint, and  funded by Employment and  Social Development Canada (ESDC). With $225 million in funding over the first four years, the FSC represents a landmark Canadian investment to generate policy solutions for the future of work.

The chosen candidate will be the lead liaison on behalf of Blueprint for our role in FSC. They will work closely with senior Blueprint staff as well as senior FSC staff to coordinate, manage, and lead work on Blueprint’s contribution to FSC strategy, evidence generation,  granting  processes,  advisory committees, and deliverables.

The role draws deeply on diplomacy skills and confidence working within multi-stakeholder environments. You will be fostering a range of relationships across key actors, while at the same time, representing Blueprint’s expertise, point of view, and activities on a pan-Canadian stage.

Position responsibilities

  • Be the key liaison between Blueprint and FSC stakeholders
  • Lead and create content for FSC meetings, and attend all relevant FSC meetings
  • Support strategic direction for Blueprint’s evidence generation activities and contributions to FSC’s high-level work and strategy
  • Lead project coordination activities amongst Blueprint staff working on FSC strategy, including developing project work plans and monitoring completion of tasks
  • Prepare briefs, memos, and materials to support effective communication with FSC key stakeholder, and execution of FSC strategy

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in a field related to public policy (Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Economics)
  • Preference for experience in managing work that is executed in a multi-stakeholder model
  • Expertise in workforce development, and ‘Future of Work’
  • 5+ years work experience in a professional, client-focused environment
  • 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
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, with a strong ability to convey complex ideas and information to non-technical audiences
  • Strong motivation and commitment to research excellence, generating new ideas, exchanging and mobilizing knowledge, and continuous improvement
  • Passion for generating and using evidence to improve the social and economic well-being of Canadians
  • 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 Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed starting March 2, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

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.

Blueprint is strongly committed to equal opportunities in employment and reflecting the diverse communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from all minority group members, women, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in the selection process.