Advocacy & Research Officer

Website The Ontario Library Association

Advocacy & Research Officer Toronto , ON


The Ontario Library Association is looking for an Advocacy & Research Officer which supports OLA’s advocacy and government relations’ plan and evaluation initiatives. Working closely with the Executive Director, this position is comfortable with a fast-paced environment, works well independently, and is flexible and responsive to change. As a nimble thinker, this position is proactive in issue identification and problem solving while working in a team environment. Capabilities include analytical skills, superior computer literacy skills, comfortable working in virtual environments, versed in social media strategies, excellent written and verbal communications, and facilitation skills.

We are a remote team of 13 staff and work with approximately 400 volunteers annually across our board, councils, committees, and event planning teams. This role reports into the Executive Director. Small but mighty, we organize virtual professional conferences, run Canada’s most extensive reading program, run an online store, and publish several industry publications.

If you obsess about research, thrive in a remote team environment, hold yourself up to high standards, love data and checking off to-do lists and want to work with library people, then OLA is the place for you.


Advocacy and Government Relations: Approximately 55% of the job mandate.

The advocacy and government relations’ role supports a variety of initiatives identified by the board and divisional councils (examples below) and aligned with OLA’s strategic plan.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support for OLA’s advocacy and government relations plan.
  • Providing leadership and structure to key committees and projects by managing timelines, scheduling meetings, capturing minutes/actions of meetings, creating reports, evaluating KPI’s, and working in an advisory capacity.

Research: Approximately 45% of the job mandate.

The research role works collaboratively with OLA staff, board, councils and committees to identify research priorities, The research portfolio includes Identifying research partners and funders and steward research projects to completion.


  • University Degree in the areas of policy, research, and/or library science is preferred.
  • Policy development and government relations.
  • Research and data analysis.
  • Fluency in French is desired.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to complete detailed analytics and reports and lead committee discussions.
  • Ability and willingness to stay abreast of social media and communication technology developments and commitment to professional development.
  • Critical thinking and discernment to assess and scope areas for improvement and an ability to offer creative solutions.
  • Applies attention to detail to routine tasks and takes initiative to ensure that outcomes meet internal and external requirements.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills, including managing multiple competing priorities and an ability to adapt quickly to emerging priorities, leveraging an organized and effective personal work environment.
  • Well-developed research, presentation, and public speaking skills in both creating and delivering presentations and reports.
  • Ability to perform duties in a professional and courteous manner and produce high quality work while meeting deadlines.
  • Familiar with the issues and trends that are relevant to the library community.

Ontario Library Association provides a supportive work environment where they value a strong work life balance with flexible remote work options, summer hours, work from home stipends, great perks and benefits, RRSP matching programs and more.

The employees of OLA are permanently working full time remote.

How to Apply

Please forward your resume and covering letter to by September 30, 2022, to be considered for this opportunity. If you have questions, please contact Staffworks.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Ontario Library Association is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation, if required, will be provided by (Staff Works/OLA) throughout the hiring process in accordance with the Human Rights Code.

Compensation: Remote, $60,000-68,000

Closes: 30 September, 2022
The Ontario Library Association
Toronto , ON

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