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Persons interested are invited to apply for the position of Senior Research Officer (Pensions), to work from the Research, Job Evaluation and Health and Safety Branch of the National Services Department at the CUPE National Office located in Ottawa, Ontario.  


The Senior Research Officer (Pensions) will be responsible for providing a broad range of technical support and assistance in the development of, bargaining for, and administration of pension plans, trust agreements and pension fund requirements and in promoting the goals of CUPE respecting the fundamental rights of CUPE members to pension plans.


  • Provide technical assistance and support by researching, analyzing, interpreting and drafting policy and other documents respecting the development and administration of multi-employer and single employer pension plans.
  • Monitor pension-related trends including evolving jurisprudence, analyze and interpret relevant legislation, identify, evaluate and propose recommendations to address policy irregularities or concerns affecting member pension plans.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to locals and National Representatives to achieve collective bargaining goals, and in the arbitration of pension related grievances.
  • Prepare policy statements, articles and speeches for CUPE elected leaders, staff and CUPE publications.
  • Prepare and present briefs to boards of arbitration, conciliation and other boards of enquiry, government committees and commissions.
  • Assist in the training of staff and members in all facets of the development and administration of pension plans and pension funds.
  • Act as a Trustee on Jointly Trusteed Plans.
  • Perform other duties as required.

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  • Community college or university graduate in a related field of study, or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience;
  • Thorough working knowledge and understanding of the bargaining and administration of pension plans and pension funds, including investments, pension benefit standards, indexing, use of surplus and benefit issues;
  • In-depth working knowledge and understanding of the Income Tax Act, federal and provincial pension legislation and regulations;
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the roles, policies and procedures of federal and provincial pension plan regulators;
  • Working knowledge and understanding, and ability to analyze Financial Statements, Actuarial and Solvency Valuations;
  • Working knowledge and understanding of public pension systems including Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement and how the public pension system is integrated with private pension plans;
  • Demonstrated ability in research skills;
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to analyze and communicate complex issues;
  • Thorough knowledge of the collective bargaining process;
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with CUPE staff, members, pension and other committees and assisting in the coordination of conferences, educational and public campaigns;
  • Effective written and oral communication skills and ability to write clear, orderly, well documented reports, briefs, correspondence, etc.;
  • Ability to function effectively in both official languages would be an asset;
  • Free to travel and work weekends and holidays as required.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT as set out in the collective agreement between CUPE and  
the Canadian Staff Union National Office Component. 

WEEKLY SALARY RANGE: $2,484.05 to $2,562.71 

Persons interested should send their application and an updated copy of their résumé, to the Human Resources Department at hr@cupe.ca

CUPE is committed to providing an inclusive, respectful, accessible, and healthy workplace environment that is equitable and fair at all levels of its organization. We are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population and communities in which we live and serve. CUPE encourages applications from qualified members of the five (5) designated equity groups: Women, Indigenous people, Black and Racialized people, Persons with Disabilities, and 2SLGBTQI+ people. Upon request and at any stage of the recruitment and/or selection process, we will provide reasonable accommodations for those who have a temporary or a permanent disability. Please contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation if needed at hr@cupe.ca.