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Program Head, Investor Research and Behavioural Insights: The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)
Client Organization: The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)
Position Title: Program Head, Investor Research and Behavioural Insights
Reports To: Director, Investor Office
Location: Downtown Toronto
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC or Commission) is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario’s capital markets. The Commission’s mandate is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper, or fraudulent practices, to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in capital markets, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk.
We offer a diverse, fair and flexible hybrid work environment and take pride in our challenging and rewarding work. As we believe in rewarding outstanding performance, we offer a highly attractive, competitive base salary, generous performance pay, a highly sought after defined benefit pension plan and a comprehensive range of benefits programs with premiums paid by the OSC.
The OSC is the only securities regulator in Canada to create a dedicated Investor Office with an aim to achieve better investor outcomes. The Investor Office sets the strategic direction and leads the OSC’s efforts in investor engagement, education, outreach and research. The Investor Office also brings investor perspectives to the organization and contributes to policy development. To support this work, the Investor Office uses research and behavioural science to test policy proposals and explore how emerging capital market trends are affecting retail investors.
The Program Head leads the Investor Office Research and Behavioural Insights Team (IORBIT). Through this high-impact team, the OSC applies behavioural science and other research methods and techniques to policy and operational activities. IORBIT uses quantitative and qualitative research methods (i.e., experimentation, testing, surveys, and more) to support evidence-based decision making throughout the OSC. Your work with IORBIT will be highly valued within and outside the organization. And as the only securities regulator in Canada in this space, we are at the cutting edge of capital markets and regulation.
- Oversee the development, prioritization and implementation of the investor and behavioural insights research portfolio aligned with OSC and Investor Office objectives.
- Lead and work with the Investor Office Research and Behavioural Insights Team (IORBIT) and external consultants to conduct investor research and behavioural insights project work.
- Provide guidance and mentorship to the team and oversee their day-to-day activities.
- Proactively seek out and identify areas where investor research, behavioural insights and testing would improve the OSC’s regulatory work.
- Oversee the design and implementation of experiments including randomized control trials in field and online environments.
- Provide leadership at the OSC to ensure that policy and operational decisions incorporate investor research and behavioural insights testing where appropriate.
- Oversee the development of position and research papers for public and internal audiences
- Present research results at conferences/events.
- Manage OSC relationships with behavioural insights stakeholders, including academics, in-house practitioners, and the broader community of practice.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with stakeholders including investors and investor advocates, market participants, academics, regulators, and other organizations and community groups.
- Assist the Director in the development and implementation of business planning, financial management, risk management, and management reporting.
EXPERIENCE & ABILITIES
- Ability to understand complex public policy problems and use social science research methods to inform responses to these challenges.
- Relevant experience applying behavioural insights and managing complex research projects.
- Strong research and analysis skills, with a demonstrated ability to integrate primary and secondary information to derive actionable insights.
- Strong quantitative capabilities. Knowledgeable of statistical analysis tools such as R, STATA or SPSS and data visualization tools such as Tableau.
- Experience analyzing experimental data using econometrics and other advance statistical techniques.
- Excellent writing skills and the ability to deliver effective presentations to audiences.
- High level of business acumen, decision-making and problem-solving ability.
- Works well with individuals at all levels and across sectors.
- In-depth knowledge of the operations of the capital markets in Ontario, Canada and globally
- Relevant experience in capital markets / securities / financial services is an asset.
- Master’s degree in behavioural science, economics, psychology or equivalent relevant field is an asset
- Successful completion of the Canadian Securities Course is an asset.
If you are interested in exploring this unique opportunity, please contact one of the following:
Co-Lead Partner: Jon Nagamatsu
Phone number: 416-928-4542
Email: [email protected]
Co-Lead Partner: Caroline McLean
Phone number: 416-928-4539
Email: [email protected]
Consultant: Matt Dyck
Phone number: 416-640-4315
Email: [email protected]
The OSC is committed to diversity and providing an inclusive workplace. It is their priority to ensure employment opportunities are visible and barrier-free to all under-represented groups including but not limited to, Indigenous, Black and racialized groups, people with disabilities, women and people from the LGBTQ2S community, to achieve an employee demographic profile reflective of the demographic profile of Ontarians.
The OSC is a proud partner with the following organizations: BlackNorth Initiative, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, and Pride at Work Canada. If you require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
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Behavioural Scientist for Climate Change: Earthcare Foundation
August 31, 2022
Behavioural Scientist for Climate Change
Do you aspire to be a Climate Champion and apply your expertise in behavioural science to scale climate solutions? If so, here is a unique opportunity for you!
Earthcare Foundation is looking for a behavioural science expert to join our deeply dedicated team – we seek to combat the climate crisis while also improving people’s lives.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, Earthcare Foundation has been funding environmental projects since 2003. Currently, we are working closely with NGOs in SE Asia to help millions of farmers to adopt climate smart farming and waste management practices that reduce super climate pollutants while also improving their health and livelihoods. To ensure that our evidence-based approach is grounded in sound climate, agricultural and behavioural sciences, we have our own in-house regenerative farming expert and collaborate with a leading behavioural scientist consultancy from the UK.
To help us develop more climate-focused projects and attract other co-funders and NGOs to join our cause, we are looking to develop in-house behavioural science capacities.
Your key responsibilities
- Work closely with the ECF project team and local partners on the application of behavioural science to turn sound climate solutions into viable behaviourally informed opportunities that appeal to our target beneficiaries. You will be involved in every aspect of project implementation from strategy formulation, programme design, training and promotional material development, design of motivational systems for local teams and communities, to policy lobbying with local and national authorities.
- Work in tandem with the Management team to
- develop and shape co-funding strategy, communication materials, funding collaterals and proposals to attract more philanthropic capital to fund climate mitigation projects; and
- develop a strategy to attract other NGOs to integrate behaviourally informed climate solutions into their programmes.
- Collaborate with our behavioural science consultants – on all projects the behavioural science components of which have been contracted out to our behavioural science partners from the UK.
- Conduct Behavioral and Psychological Research – both primary and secondary research for new and existing projects
- Develop Tools – including motivational materials, toolkits, survey guidelines, training modules and guidelines that can be adapted and used by local partners across projects
The valuable skills and experience that you will have:
- Behavioural Science Expertise
- Expert-level knowledge of applied behavioural science or behavioural economics, covering foundational as well as recent research
- At least 5 years of experience and exceptional talent in analysing real-world problems and designing behaviourally informed interventions to solve them
- Ability to communicate research findings and behavioural recommendations in clear tangible ways, demonstrating their applicability to a lay audience including co-funders and grantees;
- Research Capabilities
- Proficiency in conducting primary and secondary research including experimental and quasi-experimental research to inform strategies, test interventions and evaluate project impact
- Ability to analyse research data and synthesise findings for a non-expert audience.
- People Skills
- A team player who can support and learn from others
- Ability to thrive in cross-functional team environments to build effective working relationships across geographical distances and cultures
- Communication Skills
- Ability to write clearly and concisely in English
- Ability to speak compellingly to different audiences
- Excellent listening skills with an ability to understand and interpret key questions
- Other Traits
- With initiative and can work well both independently and in groups
- Analytical thinking
- Attention to detail
- Ability to handle multiple projects at a time while maintaining a high standard
- An openness to learn and adapt
- Climate Change
- Commitment to addressing climate change is a must.
- A basic understanding of basic climate science and trends (Climate science knowledge is not required. You will be given the space to acquire the knowledge necessary to perform your role well)
This is a full-time remote role (except when you are travelling to project sites) and you must be able to work in an Asian time zone (GMT +07/08)
How to apply
Please send the following to [email protected] by 31 August 2022. Please include “Behavioural Scientist Role” in the email subject.
□ Curriculum Vitae
□ Your response to a short task that can be downloaded by clicking this link (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZE-aVceDhw2UIiF6fHI3F4-7-DdLW5Xa/view). This is an opportunity for you to experience the kind of work that we do and for us to understand your approach too.
□ Current and expected salaries
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- We arrange consultation services with the BSPA membership base – comprised of leading behavioral scientists with an expertise in government, corporate and non-profit settings
- We provide access to the most current, insights-driven behavioral policy recommendations and implementation of behavioral insights and interventions via articles, white papers, abstracts, essays
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- We sustain a forum for consultation with policy influencers and practitioners interested in testing and applying rigorous research to real issues
- We support the cultivation of relationships, collaborative efforts and opportunities with fellow behavioral science experts
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