Research & Financial Analyst

The Opportunity:

The Rural Development Network is seeking a Research & Financial Analyst to join our Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) team and help complete pre-development work for affordable housing projects. This includes things like creating needs and demand assessments, business cases, doing research, critically analyzing data, creating financial models and analyzing financial feasibility, writing reports, and working on funding applications. The Research and Financial Analyst may also work as a technical writer and analyst for other initiatives at the RDN as and when necessary. The ideal candidate will have a background in business education as well as data analysis.

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.

Anticipated Start Date:  As soon as possible


●       Conduct research and collect data from both internal databases and third party sources with respect to market rental rates, comparable building transactions and general market knowledge;

●       Collect and analyze information regarding key government policies throughout Canada with respect to real estate development;

●       Write housing needs assessments, and business cases;

●       Determine the financial viability of affordable housing projects and produce pro-form as;

●       Participate in the planning and delivery of community engagement sessions;

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

●       Research and stay up to date with available datasets, and develop necessary processes to extract and use large datasets;

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

●       Manage and maintain client relationships;

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

●       Define scope and project methodology as needed and create proposals for new projects;

●       Assist staff and managers with funding application writing, research and development;

●       Assist staff and managers with project specific data collection and dissemination

●       Assist RDN staff with other projects and conduct cross-initiative research as needed.

●       Contribute knowledge on Canada’s affordable housing sector to SHI documents and reports.

Desired Skills and Experience:

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

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

●       Ability to work with large datasets;

●       Confidence in navigating project specific challenges which may arise;

●       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;

●       Excellent MS Office suite skills: Word, Powerpoint, Excel (PivotTables, VLOOKUP);

●       Experience using Adobe Creative Cloud Suite;

●       Experience working with survey data and survey methodology;

●       Familiarity with financial modelling and proformas;

●       Background in business finance would be an asset;

●       Background in statistics would be an asset but is not required;

●       Experience in grant-writing would be an asset but is not required;

●       Ability to manage their own project work through meeting both internal and external deadlines while ensuring that consistent and quality content is delivered


●       Undergraduate or master’s degree in Business, Economics, or a combination of related experience and 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 We recommend applying as soon as possible. Applications will still 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 and remote 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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