Coordinator, Research and Evaluation (Freelance)

  • 50 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 3A5, Canada
  • Contract

Company Description

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies, owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS), Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Toronto Marlies (AHL), Raptors 905 (NBA D-League), TFC II (USL) and Raptors Uprising Gaming Club, the Toronto Raptors Esports franchise in the NBA 2K League. Its charitable arm, MLSE Foundation, focuses on funding initiatives to support youth through sport and recreational programs. In 2017 MLSE Foundation, with support of community and corporate partners, built MLSE LaunchPad, a 42,000-sq. ft. space dedicated to programming that support its four Pillars: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Ready For School and Ready For Work.

MLSE also owns and operates Scotiabank Arena, Canada’s premier sports & entertainment venue hosting more than 200 events each year, as well as two digital channels (Leafs Nation Network and NBA TV Canada), and has a partnership with Live Nation (the biggest concert promoter in the world). MLSE has also invested in and operates five of Toronto's sports facilities – Coca-Cola Coliseum, BMO Field, BMO Training Grounds at Downsview Park, home of Toronto FC's Academy and the First Team's practice facility, the Toronto Raptors’ training facility and the Ford Performance Centre, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs and Marlies.

MLSE’s common purpose is to unite and empower employees to deliver extraordinary moments to our fans and each other.

About MLSE Foundation

Since launching in December 2009, MLSE Foundation has invested more than $45 million into Ontario communities. Using the power of sport as a unifying force, we're committed to helping youth reach their potential and creating more equal playing fields for all. We work to change lives through the spirit and power of sport and improve the lives of youth by building facilities, giving to sustainable programs, and empowering youth through sport and recreation. To learn more, visit

 About MLSE LaunchPad 

MLSE LaunchPad is the first facility of its kind in North America, built to provide sport and life skills programming for thousands of youth facing barriers living in the Greater Toronto Area. Equipped with multi-sport courts and classrooms, MLSE LaunchPad provides youth with access to a space where they can use sport to get moving, get inspired, and reach their full potential. To learn more, visit 

Job Description

You will be working on an energetic and dynamic Research & Evaluations team to organize and conduct the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data required for ongoing program evaluation, research studies, quality assessment and improvement, and to support data-driven decision-making. This team prides itself on conducting timely, efficient, and impactful research in the youth sport sector, and puts our ‘youth first, always’ value at the core of its work.

As a Research Coordinator, you will get the opportunity to advance the implementation of a comprehensive strategy for measuring the impact of multiple MLSE Foundation and MLSE LaunchPad programs and initiatives, including collaborative programs delivered with community and corporate partners. You will also support in evaluating data specific to our digital youth engagement platform as MLSE LaunchPad strives to develop best-in-class programs and research to enhance the use of sport for positive youth development.  

Lastly, you will have the opportunity to execute evaluation strategies using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies; social, community-based, and/or clinical research; process and outcomes measurement; and research writing, including scholarly manuscripts, industry reports, and grant applications.

If you are a driven, statistically curious self-starter who is able to find insights in data utilizing mixed research and evaluation methods, function effectively in a collaborative youth-focused programming environment, and work and communicate closely with various stakeholders (youth, parents, staff from other departments and partner organizations), you may be a strong fit for this Research Coordinator role.  

What you’ll be doing:

  • Coordinate the implementation of multiple research and evaluation processes in youth Sport For Development with a high degree of quality and efficiency.
  • Work effectively alongside administrators, coordinators, community partners, and corporate partners to organize streamlined processes related to program outputs and outcomes.
  • Prepare data visualizations of all relevant data, including participant, process, and program outcome data.
  • Manage a multifaceted data collection and analysis schedule in adherence with timelines.
  • Train internal and partner staff in data collection procedures as needed while monitoring for uniform data collection compliance and data quality.
  • Act as data custodian for physical and electronic data in adherence to privacy policy and ethical standards. 
  • Assist with planning, staff training, and utilization of a proprietary digital youth engagement platform that supports data collection objectives.
  • Create, edit and collate research-related documents, including manuscripts, reports, one-pagers, and grant applications.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations for internal and external stakeholders.  
  • Other duties as required.


You’re a great fit for this job if:

  • You have experience conducting and evaluating research.
    • You have the knowledge to conduct or support research and evaluate data.  You enjoy supporting staff in creating insight from data and turning results into actionable plans. You can navigate the research world, including publication and grants, research ethics, guidelines, and regulations. 
  • You are community-minded.
    • You have good understanding of the communities we serve and aspire to create equitable opportunities for participation. You have familiarity with applying anti-oppressive and anti-racist principles to your work and engage in continued learning in these areas.
  • You are a creative thinker.
    • You bring forward exciting ideas and insightful input to the work you do. You can imagine the multiple ways participants engage with a program and use data and research to support your thinking.
  • You are collaborative.
    • You work well in a highly collaborative environment. You are ready to lead and to pitch in. You’re excited to collaborate with partners and participants on program evaluation requirements both big and small.
  • You are well organized.
    • You create efficient systems that enable you to work quickly, solve problems proactively, and produce exceptional quality work. You are confident using tools like Microsoft Office and statistical programs like R, Python, and SPSS to support your productivity and data analysis. You are comfortable adapting to changing priorities as needed. You have strong attention to detail with the ability to prioritize among multiple projects and competing demands.
  • You are a clear, confident and thoughtful communicator.
    • You have strong verbal and written communication skills. You coach staff towards success, and are comfortable working across partners, participants and community members of varying ages, cultural backgrounds and lived experiences.

Extras that can support your application:


  • You can quickly learn and orient others to new software and digital applications. You are familiar with Sport For Development programming and research.
  • You speak a second language.

Additional Information

Apply by:  June 16, 2021

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Our organization is committed to deepening equity, diversity and inclusion in our workplace, and better representing the communities we serve. We encourage individuals who identify as Indigenous, Black, a person of colour, as having a disability and/or as a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities to apply.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in the job application process. If you have difficulty using our online application system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, please email [email protected] Please note this email is only for accommodation requests. Resumes sent to this email address will not be considered.

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