Senior Research Analyst

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Senior Research Analyst

Date Posted: 04/27/2021
Req ID:3947
Faculty/Division: Operations & Real Estate Partnerships
Department: Planning & Budget Office
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


Under the general and broad supervision of the Manager, Academic Planning & Analysis, the Senior Research Analyst will coordinate data analyses and research projects that inform the annual long range budget planning processes. The incumbent will design and develop complex analyses that will be used in the presentation of the Budget Report, Tuition Report, and Report on Student Financial Support to Governing Council and its Committees.

Working closely with the Financial Aid and Awards Office, the Senior Research Analyst has primary responsibility for maintaining databases of undergraduate student aid and graduate funding from all sources. The incumbent will be the primary contact for internal and external users of data on student financial support and will use high level analyses of those data to make recommendations on centrally funded student aid budgets. Reporting to the Manager, Academic Planning & Analysis with a dotted-line report to the Director, Financial Aid and Awards, the incumbent will develop and maintain a detailed projection model to forecast spending on undergraduate needs-based aid. The incumbent will also manage budget transactions and forecasting of spending for Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (OGSST).

The incumbent will maintain in-depth knowledge of the issues in higher education, particularly in the Ontario and Canadian contexts, and develop internal benchmarking data to inform the annual long range budget planning processes. The incumbent will also maintain in-depth knowledge of the various data sources available within the University, advising on data structures for business intelligence data warehouses and designing complex reports and statistical analyses to inform decision making by senior administrators. The Senior Research Analyst will assist in producing the annual Target Budget Letters for academic divisions, with a particular focus on student aid expense allocations.



Graduate degree in Economics, Statistics or another quantitative discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Minimum of 6 years’ related experience in a complex higher education environment at progressively responsible levels, or equivalent. Knowledge of relevant and complex university policies, budgetary and financial procedures, enrolment management, financial aid and research issues. Experience collaborating and interacting with senior administrators and providing advice and expertise.


    Knowledge of AMS systems: FIS and HRIS Knowledge of student system: ROSI
  • Expert knowledge of MS Office suite of products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint


    Excellent writing, oral and written communication and presentation skills Expert knowledge of research and statistical methodsAbility to work in conflict and pressure situationsIn-depth understanding of all aspects of University organization, inter-relationships, policies and procedures, particularly financial and enrolment mattersDetail-oriented, strong analytical and conceptual thinkingFamiliarity with business intelligence structures (relational or dimensional modeling) Commitment to diversity and equity

Closing Date: 05/18/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 4 -- Hiring Zone: $91,506 - $106,758 -- Broadband Salary Range: $91,506 - $152,510
Job Category: Finance/Budget/Planning/Audit

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/29/2021
Application Due: 7/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time