Planning & Research Analyst, Affordable Housing

The Opportunity:

The Rural Development Network’s Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) is seeking an Planning & Research Analyst. This individual will report to the Director of Community Development, and will be conducting research, writing reports and strategic planning documents, and critically analyzing data and information to help support the development of affordable housing at various stages of the process. They will be responsible for managing their own project work, and ensuring the delivery of consistent and quality content for various SHI deliverables.

Location: We will consider applicants located anywhere in Canada who are willing and able to work remotely. RDN’s office is located in Edmonton, Alberta for candidates who prefer to work in person. Please indicate in your cover letter where you are located.

Salary Range: 55,000 - 63,600

Additional Benefits:

RDN has a 35hour work week. Staff have the option of working compressed work weeks, taking every second Friday off rather than working shorter days.

Flexible hours(daily start/end times), within RDN’s core hours.

Opportunity to work from home part time, or full time depending on location.


The primary role of the Planning and Research Analyst is to carry out pre-development planning and research work in the SHI at the RDN.

●       Conduct research and collect data regarding housing, such as demographic and market data, land use and amenities, and other relevant data sources;

●       Conduct accurate analyses and prepare reports using the latest best practices and data obtained from various internal / external sources and stakeholders, and writing these reports in business/non-technical language;

●       Collect and analyze information regarding key government policies in Canada and relevant provinces with respect to affordable housing, housing development and related topics;

●       Critically analyze data and make recommendations to address community needs;

●       Create needs and demand assessments, housing strategies, business cases, financial models, and conduct community consultations.

●       Manage and maintain client relationships;

●       Perform stakeholder engagement in various communities;

●       Explore new opportunities to support communities and improve our work;

●       Define scope and project methodologies, and create proposals;

●       Assist RDN staff with other projects as needed and where their skillset applies, and work as a technical writer and analyst for other projects at the RDN as and when necessary.


Desired Skills and Experience:

●       Subject matter knowledge in community development, housing policy, land use planning and community engagement;

●       Strong verbal and written communication skills, and strong attention to detail;

●       Ability to convey research and technical writing in plain language;

●       High proficiency with MSOffice: Word, Powerpoint, Excel (PivotTables, VLOOKUP);

●       Experience using either MS Publisher or Adobe InDesign;

●       Experience working with survey data and survey methodology, and be comfortable working with large datasets;

●       Familiarity with financial modelling and proformas would be an asset;

●       A positive, “can do” attitude and professional demeanor;

●       Self-motivated with a high degree of integrity, honesty, and ethics;

●       Ability to work independently and in a team; 

●       Experience using Adobe Suite, SketchUp, GIS and other design/planning tools would be an asset;

●       Full or candidate membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) or relevant provincial body would be an asset;

●       Experience living in or working in a rural community would be an asset.


●       Undergraduate or master’s degree in Urban Planning, or related experience or education.


COVID-19 & Vaccinations:

RDN is committed to the safety and health of our team and people we work with. Accordingly, it is our responsibility to promote the health and safety of all employees, contractors, clients, and communities we serve by reducing the risks of COVID-19 through vaccination as per AHS guidance. All RDN employees and interns are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, if they are able to.


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to . We recommend applying as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.

About the Rural Development Network:

RDN is a non-profit organization that supports the sustainability of rural communities. We collaborate to identify and bring focus to rural issues, build local capacity, and find innovative, rural-based solutions to unique issues. Some of the key things RDN does are: managing and delivering projects and initiatives, helping to identify and access funding to support projects, performing services on a cost-recovery basis, identifying, creating, and sharing tools, information and expertise, and partnering with other organizations on projects to compliment their skills& expertise, and boost their capacity.

RDN is a very entrepreneurial organization with a diverse team of over 35 staff, and a unique work environment. We have a team-oriented and inclusive culture, we strive to help our staff grow, and encourage team members to explore their interests and develop new opportunities. This position can offer the right candidate an excellent opportunity to take initiative and create something unique, enhance their profile, meet many amazing people and apply their skills to positive social change throughout Canada.

RDN is committed to and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. RDN is committed to ensuring an equitable workplace that welcomes and respects diversity amongst our staff, board members and volunteers. RDN works to ensure and promote inclusivity, recognizing and actively supporting the different needs of our diverse staff, clients, and stakeholders. RDN recognizes that diversity is and will always be a key component of rural Canada’s future success, and we strive to ensure that our staff is diverse. We are committed to removing barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups and encourage (but do not require) members of these groups to self-identify as such in their cover​​ letters.

To learn more about RDN, visit

About the Sustainable Housing Initiative:

In 2015, RDN created the Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) in direct response to rural communities expressing their need for support in addressing the critical lack of affordable housing. This issue has not received the same attention and resources as it has in urban centres, and comes with unique challenges requiring unique solutions. The SHI consults with communities to conduct research, data analysis, produces housing needs assessments, business plans, financial models and more. This lays the groundwork necessary for projects to access funding from governments, banks, and other sources, which is often the biggest hurdle to overcome.

To learn more about SHI, visit

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