December  3, 2020
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Research Associate (6-month contract)

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Research Associate (6-month contract) REF#: JG31171
Lancaster House
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posted: November 20, 2020
Deadline: December 4, 2020


Lancaster House is seeking temporary assistance with the administration and research required for event speaker recruitment over the next six months.

The primary role of the Research Associate is to identify, assess, invite and liaise with speakers to all Lancaster House conferences, workshops, skills training sessions and audio conferences. The Research Associate also researches and identifies important developments and topics of interest for conference panels and workshops, edits marketing materials, and analyzes competing conferences.

Reports to:
  • Legal Director, Conferences
Duties and responsibilities:
  • Identifies, interviews, assesses, invites and liaises with speakers to all Lancaster House conferences (audio and live, in-person and virtual), workshops and Skills Training Sessions
  • Builds and maintains relationships with experts, speakers and potential speakers, and leading organizations in relevant areas
  • Researches and identifies important developments and topics of interest for conference panels and workshops
  • Develops ideas for conference programs and topics, based on existing knowledge and additional research of mainstream and trade/academic media, case law, and legislative developments
  • Writes scenarios for workshops and audio conferences based on existing knowledge and additional research of case law and legislation
  • Writes promotional material for keynote speakers
  • Provides insights into descriptions and titles for conference panels, workshops and skills training sessions
  • Proofreads marketing material aimed at a professional audience
  • Reviews and analyzes competing conferences
  • Researches ways to make conferences more interactive
  • Attends Lancaster House live conferences, monitors sessions to ensure conference is running smoothly, thanks speakers, discusses any problems with co-chairs, etc. 
  • Leads planning conference calls with speakers when conference director is unavailable
  • Maintains a database of speakers 


  • A degree in journalism, communications, or social science field
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must demonstrate critical thinking and project management skills
  • Outstanding interviewing and research skills
  • Must demonstrate good judgment and persistence
  • Ability to adapt to shifting priorities and revised timelines, redirecting energy quickly, without losing sight of daily priorities
  • Strong work ethic
  • Knowledge of labour law or labour relations will be considered an asset
  • Demonstrates an interest in labour, employment and human rights law
  • Possesses the ability to identify and analyze current trends and developments, and to interview leading practitioners and experts in the field
  • Displays strong verbal/phone and written communication skills
  • Enjoys work that is creative as well as analytical
  • Exhibits, to a marked degree, energy and empathy
  • Can work quickly and accurately while maintaining a sense of humour.

Lancaster House is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports and values diversity in the workplace. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and individuals from equity-seeking groups are encouraged to apply. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Please send your cover letter - stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board - and resume by Dec. 4 to:

Christen Thomas, director of operations
Lancaster House
200-1881 Yonge Street
Toronto , ON
M4S 3C4 , Canada
Tel: (416) 977-6618

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