Consultant (Product Manager Track)

A little bit about us

The Decision Lab is a socially-conscious applied research firm. We provide consulting services to some of the largest organizations in the world, carry out research in priority areas and run one of the largest publications in applied behavioral science. In the past, we have helped organizations such as the Gates Foundation, Capital One and the World Bank solve some of their thorniest problems using scientific thinking.

 

EXAMPLES OF THINGS WE DO

 

Why this role is important for TDL

We started The Decision Lab because we saw a fundamental gap between behavioral science theory and application. The Consultant (Product Management) is at the front line of bridging this gap. This means that we look for bright, capable and curious candidates with a strong grasp of behavioral science concepts (from the point of view of behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, etc.) who have a thirst for translating evidence (be it desk research, experiments or analytics) into product features.

As a Consultant (Product Management), you will have to understand the needs of users and orchestrate the delivery of impactful initiatives that help maximize our impact. You will interface directly with users and other stakeholders to understand their needs and translate that into a refined backlog of user stories. You will work closely with our cross-functional teams to deliver the best solution in an agile environment.

 

Why this role is great for you

The Decision Lab is a place where you can learn to use evidence-based approaches to solve diverse & complex challenges. You will work alongside intelligent & free-thinking colleagues who lead with optimism, pragmatism and empathy. Rather than reusing the same behavior change frameworks, TDL develops custom solutions – this means that in addition to being evidence-based, your role will be fundamentally creative and you will have the opportunity to evolve and express your thinking in the work you do. Our team members help and empower each other and we have a rich set of tools and frameworks that you will be exposed to, but you will ultimately be responsible for your work – past hires tell us they are surprised to what extent they are able to take intellectual ownership of the projects they work on.

 

What you will work on

An Consultant (Product Management) will play a key role on both client engagements and internal initiatives – supervising activities to ensure client needs are met, maintaining alignment of expectations, and furthering the development of our own digital platform and content goals. Responsibilities typically include:

  • Leverage behavioral science to define clear user stories and acceptance criteria around client user needs
  • Use tools such as Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD to translate product features into wireframes
  • Work with external designers to translate the wireframes into mockups, accompanied by functional specifications
  • Create and maintain product backlogs, based on product objectives, timeline constraints and user requirements.
  • Work with other stakeholders to understand strategic objectives and help develop the product roadmap.
  • Translate the strategic roadmap into clear product and sprint goals.
  • Make high quality product decisions by leveraging qualitative and quantitative feedback from users and working with the dev team to inform the best solution.
  • Build trust and work collaboratively with the scrum team to deliver on the sprint goal, helping manage the sprint backlog, making effective product decisions and interfacing with external dependencies as required.
  • Coordinate and prepare communication around major feature releases to ensure that our users are aware and engaged with new features being developed.
  • Form strong empathy for our users and become a product expert on the solutions we’re delivering in the market.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a candidate with interest in product management and consulting. Key attributes of the ideal candidate include:

  • Experience: you have 1+ years experience sitting at the intersection between strategy, design, UX, development and marketing aspects of digital products and have demonstrated repeated successes in connecting these worlds to launch successful products.
  • Communication: You’re a natural communicator who can interface directly with the customer and collaborate with a cross-functional team of developers, designers, QA, Customer Success, executive team, etc.
  • Design Thinking: you are able to move your ego aside and understand that the most successful solutions are not based on ideology but on a combination of empathy, pragmatism and evidence-based iteration.
  • Research Focus: you have an obsession with data – this means tapping into existing research (including resources such as peer-reviewed studies on Google Scholar) as well as setting up proper data instrumentation to track desired behaviors related to the product’s goals.
  • User Journey Focus: you have a deep understanding of user personas, customer journey mapping and applying behavioral science to make both of these more evidence-based
  • Engineering Mindset: you have an engineering mindset – focused on application rather than theory and eager to dive into tinkering, creating, testing and reiterating solutions.
  • Experimentation Rigor: you are keen on using rigorous testing to decide what the right course of action is rather than relying on intuition.
  • Deep Expertise: you bring deep expertise in various aspects of product management, with at least a few significant product launches under your belt.
  • Business Sense: you are a holistic, strategic thinker. You constantly connect the dots between ideas, problems, organizations – and how ethical & sustained impact can be achieved.
  • Culture: you are comfortable working in an ambiguous and dynamic environment and comfortable with non-hierarchical organizations.

About the role

  • Type: Both permanent and contractual positions available
  • Salary: $45K – $85K CAD (including performance bonus)
  • Work will take place on-site at our sunny Saint-Henri office – we’re located 5 minutes from downtown, overlooking a canal, have the best coffee in the city & access to kayak & bike paths
  • Possibility of remote work until Covid-19 situation is resolved
  • Candidate must be able to work in Canada (Canadian citizens, or have or are able to obtain a work permit to work in Canada – e.g. management consultants with US citizenship can obtain a TN visa)

Applications Instructions

Do you feel like this role is right for you? If so, please send us your CV, cover letter and an example of a past project you are proud of that clearly demonstrates at least 3 of the attributes in the “What we are looking for section”. You can send your application to careers@thedecisionlab.com.

 

More About The Decision Lab

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Decision Lab is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable law.

OUR VALUES

As a social enterprise, we have a deep-rooted belief that better decisions make a better world. However, improving decisions is a messy and difficult thing. For this reason, we have laid out a clear set of criteria for what constitutes good work. Our approach is inspired by many of the organizations and individuals we use as role models.

We believe that a good approach to creating social impact is SPICE: Socially conscious, Pragmatic, Inventive, Catalytic and Evidence based. We use these criteria to evaluate ourselves, our work, the clients we choose to take on and the people we make part of our team. Read more about SPICE below:

Socially conscious

We create positive and fair outcomes for individuals, organizations and societies.

The outcomes that societies want to achieve are constantly being discussed and revised, always a work in progress. They are not defined from the outset or from the outside. For these outcomes to be sustainable, they must integrate societal, environmental and economic dimensions.

Pragmatic

We develop solutions that are practical, effective and attainable.

We are deeply committed to bringing our ideals to life. To do so, we let the problem be the guide for our attention. We are agnostic regarding approaches and dispassionate in our assessment of candidate solutions. This unwavering focus on the problem allows us to employ the full range of tools at our disposal, deploying the right ones for each context.

Inventive

We develop solutions that are not constrained by the current reality.

When no existing solution is adequate to the problem at hand, we must move from curation to creation. Success in these contexts requires a commitment to exploration and an openness to inspiration.

Catalytic

We develop solutions that spark rapid transition to a new paradigm.

When we reach a tipping point, a small nudge sparks a change from one equilibrium state to another. By starting small and iterating quickly, we manage the change in a deliberate and responsible manner, ensuring that the catalytic reaction is positive when unleashed at scale. We can also help manage the journey to the tipping point, creating pre-conditions for catalytic projects to take off.

Evidence-based

We develop solutions that use evidence as a compass.

We are deeply committed to using evidence to guide our actions. We build evidence in-house through robust experimentation, and integrate our findings into a wider body of knowledge, coming from many people and many places. This cohesive landscape of insights allows us to triangulate the best course of action.

Editorial Internship

A little bit about us

The Decision Lab is a socially-conscious applied research firm. We provide consulting services to some of the largest organizations in the world, carry out research in priority areas, and run one of the largest publications in applied behavioral science. In the past, we have helped organizations such as the Gates Foundation, Capital One, and the World Bank solve some of their thorniest problems using scientific thinking.

 

EXAMPLES OF THINGS WE DO

 

Why this role is important for TDL

We started The Decision Lab because we saw a fundamental gap between behavioral science theory and application. Our editorial staff is at the front line of bridging this gap. Qualified individuals will play a critical role in democratizing behavioral science by producing accessible, engaging, and thought-provoking written work. An ideal candidate is an excellent writer, preferably with some editorial experience.

We are looking for bright, capable and curious candidates with a good grasp of behavioral science (from points of view that may include behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, ethnography, etc.) who are eager to communicate scientific evidence as practical and digestible content, and to translate behavioral theory into applied interventions that create better outcomes for real people.

What you will work on

This internship is an opportunity to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, with elements of editorial and consulting work. As an intern, you will not be taking coffee orders or making photocopies (and that’s not just because our office is currently closed due to COVID-19). Rather, you will be an essential part of our team on both sides of the business: content creation and consulting work. The exact balance of these two aspects of your job will depend on your particular skill set and professional goals, as well as on project demands at the time of your employment.

On the content side, you will play a key role in our efforts to communicate cutting-edge behavioral science content to our vast audience through various channels. Your job will consist of working with TDL’s editorial team on a wide array of projects, with the goal of communicating challenging ideas in behavioral science to a wide audience.

On the consulting side, you will assist senior members of the team in their work with clients across a diverse range of industries, helping organizations to incorporate behavioral insights into their everyday work. You may be tapped to assist with everything from desk research and literature reviews, to original research, to contributing to final deliverables.

Baseline qualifications include:

  • Native-level fluency in English
  • Familiarity with behavioral economics concepts (biases, heuristics, frameworks)
  • Academic and/or work experience within the domain of behavioral science, economics, psychology, philosophy, or other related fields
  • Exceptional copywriting, editorial and communication skills

Please note that the editorial intern position is funded by the Federal Government’s Canada Summer Jobs program, and is subject to certain eligibility criteria. Specifically, candidates must:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment (tentatively scheduled to start by July 1, 2021);
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or granted refugee protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment; and
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

Specific duties may include:

  • Writing & editing website content
  • Developing & launching new forms of content
  • Assisting with social media & other marketing efforts
  • Copyediting & proofreading internal and client-facing documents
  • Conducting desk research (e.g. literature reviews)
  • Assisting with original research, including data collection and analysis
  • Supporting product development, testing, and iteration

About the role

  • Fully remote
  • 40 hrs/week, for 10–12 weeks
  • $15 CAD/hr on a contractual basis

Application Instructions

Do you feel like this role is right for you? If so, please send us your CV, a cover letter and an example of a past project you are proud of. The project should demonstrate your familiarity with behavioral science, your writing ability, or your editorial experience. Please send your application directlytoeditor@thedecisionlab.com.

 

More About The Decision Lab

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Decision Lab is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable law.

OUR VALUES

As a social enterprise, we have a deep-rooted belief that better decisions make a better world. However, improving decisions is a messy and difficult thing. For this reason, we have laid out a clear set of criteria for what constitutes good work. Our approach is inspired by many of the organizations and individuals we use as role models.

We believe that a good approach to creating social impact is SPICE: Socially conscious, Pragmatic, Inventive, Catalytic and Evidence-based. We use these criteria to evaluate ourselves, our work, the clients we choose to take on and the people we make part of our team. Read more about SPICE below:

Socially conscious

We create positive and fair outcomes for individuals, organizations and societies.

The outcomes that societies want to achieve are constantly being discussed and revised, always a work in progress. They are not defined from the outset or from the outside. For these outcomes to be sustainable, they must integrate societal, environmental and economic dimensions.

Pragmatic

We develop solutions that are practical, effective and attainable.

We are deeply committed to bringing our ideals to life. To do so, we let the problem be the guide for our attention. We are agnostic regarding approaches and dispassionate in our assessment of candidate solutions. This unwavering focus on the problem allows us to employ the full range of tools at our disposal, deploying the right ones for each context.

Inventive

We develop solutions that are not constrained by the current reality.

When no existing solution is adequate to the problem at hand, we must move from curation to creation. Success in these contexts requires a commitment to exploration and an openness to inspiration.

Catalytic

We develop solutions that spark rapid transition to a new paradigm.

When we reach a tipping point, a small nudge sparks a change from one equilibrium state to another. By starting small and iterating quickly, we manage the change in a deliberate and responsible manner, ensuring that the catalytic reaction is positive when unleashed at scale. We can also help manage the journey to the tipping point, creating pre-conditions for catalytic projects to take off.

Evidence-based

We develop solutions that use evidence as a compass.

We are deeply committed to using evidence to guide our actions. We build evidence in-house through robust experimentation, and integrate our findings into a wider body of knowledge, coming from many people and many places. This cohesive landscape of insights allows us to triangulate the best course of action.

Project Leader

A little bit about us

The Decision Lab is a socially-conscious applied research firm. We’re on a mission to help some of the world’s largest organizations – for-profits, NGOs & governments – solve some of society’s thorniest problems using scientific thinking. We believe that people have good intentions and that designing systems that allow them to align those intentions with their decisions will improve the world. Our work has helped organizations such as the Gates Foundation, Capital One, Facebook and IDEO.org improve the lives of millions.

To maximize our impact, we run one of the largest behavioral science publications in the world, with millions of words of content published, media features in places such as Bloomber, Vox, New York Times, Forbes, etc. and a podcast with guests such as Paul Dolan and Cass Sunstein.

We’ve grown immensely in the past few years and our newest projects are our most impactful yet. To support them, we’re looking for a world-class Project Leader who is naive enough to want to change the world and pragmatic enough to get it done.

 

EXAMPLES OF THINGS WE’VE DONE

  • We designed the curriculum for all financial planners in Canada
  • We helped Health Canada design, build and launch the first-ever country-wide service for remote mental health support
  • We helped Capital One understand how stress changes financial decisions, and our work was featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, NBC, etc.
  • Our insights – we are one of the largest publications in applied behavioral science
  • Our biases – we provide resources for organizations to learn about how behavioral science works

Why this role is important for TDL

We started The Decision Lab because we saw a fundamental gap between behavioral science theory and application – our Project Leaders are at the front line of bridging this gap. As a PL, you will play a critical role in bringing forward-thinking solutions to our clients. Ideal candidates will have management consulting and project management experience as well as demonstrated leadership in growing client relationships.

We look for bright, capable and curious candidates with excellent ability to solve solutions using lateral thinking across various fields, an interest in behavioral science concepts, and a thirst for translating evidence into practical and valuable solutions.

 

Why this role is great for you

The Decision Lab is a place where you can learn to use evidence-based approaches to solve diverse & complex challenges. You will work alongside intelligent & free-thinking colleagues who lead with optimism, pragmatism and empathy. Rather than reusing the same behavior change frameworks, TDL develops custom solutions – this means that in addition to being evidence-based, your role will be fundamentally creative and you will have the opportunity to evolve and express your thinking in the work you do. Our team members help and empower each other and we have a rich set of tools and frameworks that you will be exposed to, but you will ultimately be responsible for your work – past hires tell us they are surprised to what extent they are able to take intellectual ownership of the projects they work on.

 

What you will work on

Project Leaders play a key role on client engagements – ensuring client needs are clearly defined, supervising activities throughout to ensure these needs are met, and ultimately being responsible for the final output that is delivered. Responsibilities typically include:

  • Leading the day-to-day execution of a client project while guiding and developing individual team members (Associates and/or Consultants)
  • Managing the client relationship and team work progress
  • Taking ownership of the overall project and its end outputs / deliverables
  • Overseeing the formulation of hypotheses for research and investigation
  • Uncovering and challenging client assumptions, intuitions and prior knowledge
  • Structuring research / experimentation plans and advanced analysis of data (though the actual analysis may be performed / supported by our data scientists)
  • Applying knowledge of behavioral / decision science and business principles
  • Developing realistic and actionable recommendations
  • Preparing and delivering client presentations / reports that highlight key insights in user-friendly ways
  • Providing status reports to senior TDL leadership, and overseeing project budget
  • Playing a key role in the development and maintenance of high-level client relationships
  • As needed, performing some of the tasks typically assigned to Associates / Consultants (e.g. analyzing and synthesizing qualitative and quantitative findings; conducting stakeholder interviews; etc.)
  • Participating in project pitches
  • Doing all of the above in varied project contexts that may include topics ranging from relatively isolated research questions to cultural diagnostics, pricing optimization or behavioral product development
  • Possibility of collaborating with the content team to support publication efforts

 

What we are looking for

We are looking for a candidate with professional experience in management consulting, behavioral science or psychology, including demonstrated ability leading a project or team. Key attributes of the ideal candidate include:

  • Experience: 3+ years of consulting experience (incl. 1+ years as a team lead) in a top management consulting firm or in a boutique firm at the intersection between strategy, psychology & consulting with demonstrated repeated successes in connecting these worlds; familiarity with behavioral science concepts is a plus
  • Client Engagement: You have proven ability to manage client engagements & relationships and are often seen as a thought leader; you own responsibility for the quality of engagements; and your strong management and communication skills give you the ability to bring together stakeholders and persuade action
  • Analytic Rigor: You have a high capacity for conceptual thinking and an ability to develop leading edge frameworks for analysis that incorporate a variety of disciplines, but are also able to communicate complex ideas effectively; good grasp of qualitative and quantitative methods, experimental design and statistics is a plus
  • Design Thinking Mindset: You are able to move your ego aside and understand that the most successful solutions are not based on ideology but on a combination of empathy, pragmatism and evidence-based iteration
  • Business Sense: You are a holistic, strategic thinker who constantly connects the dots between ideas, problems, organizations, and how ethical & sustained impact can be achieved; strong verbal & written skills are a must
  • Culture: You are an independent thinker comfortable working in an often ambiguous and dynamic environment; you are eager to take initiative and to break new ground

About the role

  • Salary: $90K – $130K CAD
  • Work generally takes place on-site at our sunny Saint-Henri office – we’re located 5 minutes from downtown Montreal, overlooking a canal, have the best coffee in the city and access to kayak & bike paths
  • Possibility of remote work until COVID-19 situation is resolved (or on a permanent basis if required for the right candidate)

 

Applications Instructions

Do you feel like this role is right for you? If so, please send us your CV, cover letter and a descriptions of the two hardest problems you have solved and exactly how you solved them – to help us understand why this would be a good fit. You can send your application to careers@thedecisionlab.com.

 

More About The Decision Lab

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Decision Lab is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable law.

OUR VALUES

As a social enterprise, we have a deep-rooted belief that better decisions make a better world. However, improving decisions is a messy and difficult thing. For this reason, we have laid out a clear set of criteria for what constitutes good work. Our approach is inspired by many of the organizations and individuals we use as role models.

We believe that a good approach to creating social impact is SPICE: Socially conscious, Pragmatic, Inventive, Catalytic and Evidence based. We use these criteria to evaluate ourselves, our work, the clients we choose to take on and the people we make part of our team. Read more about SPICE below:

Socially conscious

We create positive and fair outcomes for individuals, organizations and societies.

The outcomes that societies want to achieve are constantly being discussed and revised, always a work in progress. They are not defined from the outset or from the outside. For these outcomes to be sustainable, they must integrate societal, environmental and economic dimensions.

Pragmatic

We develop solutions that are practical, effective and attainable.

We are deeply committed to bringing our ideals to life. To do so, we let the problem be the guide for our attention. We are agnostic regarding approaches and dispassionate in our assessment of candidate solutions. This unwavering focus on the problem allows us to employ the full range of tools at our disposal, deploying the right ones for each context.

Inventive

We develop solutions that are not constrained by the current reality.

When no existing solution is adequate to the problem at hand, we must move from curation to creation. Success in these contexts requires a commitment to exploration and an openness to inspiration.

Catalytic

We develop solutions that spark rapid transition to a new paradigm.

When we reach a tipping point, a small nudge sparks a change from one equilibrium state to another. By starting small and iterating quickly, we manage the change in a deliberate and responsible manner, ensuring that the catalytic reaction is positive when unleashed at scale. We can also help manage the journey to the tipping point, creating pre-conditions for catalytic projects to take off.

Evidence-based

We develop solutions that use evidence as a compass.

We are deeply committed to using evidence to guide our actions. We build evidence in-house through robust experimentation, and integrate our findings into a wider body of knowledge, coming from many people and many places. This cohesive landscape of insights allows us to triangulate the best course of action.

Remote Content Creator

Join us on our mission to change the world through better decisions

 

A little bit about us

The Decision Lab is a behavioral science consultancy dedicated to creating social good by helping individuals, organizations and governments make better decisions. With over 1,000,000 online engagements per year, 12,000 newsletter subscribers, and over 60 contributors and staff writers, our audience is composed of thought leaders from a variety of industries and functions. Through research, analysis, and product design, we help organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Capital One and the World Bank solve thorny problems and build impactful evidence-based digital products. We believe that democratizing the availability of and access to content that can be used by industry practitioners is a critical part of this mission because it equips researchers and practitioners with the tools to apply evidence-driven insights.

Examples of the things we do

The position

TDL was created with the vision of bridging the gap between behavioral science research and application. A core part of our mission is to create content that highlights important and often unnoticed research and provides actionable and applied takeaways in the realm of behavioral science. Content creators will be responsible for locating, synthesizing, and creating content related to behavioral science, behavioral economics, and psychology. In particular, a successful content creator will be heavily focused on translating cutting edge scientific research into engaging, succinct, and lucid writing.

About the role

  • Part-time contractual position with output-based compensation
  • Fully remote and flexible working hours

How to Apply

Please email your CV, and a sample of your previous writing that best demonstrates your ability to write clear and engaging content (preferably an article from a journal or publication as opposed to an academic essay) to editor@thedecisionlab.com. Once we receive your application, instructions for a writing assignment will be sent to you if your application is successful.

Due to a high volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.

About The Decision Lab

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Decision Lab is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable law.

OUR VALUES

As a non-profit, we have a deep-rooted belief that better decisions make a better world. However, improving decisions is a messy and difficult thing. For this reason, we have laid out a clear set of criteria for what constitutes good work. Our approach is inspired by many of the organizations and individuals we use as role models.

We believe that a good approach to creating social impact is SPICE: Socially conscious, Pragmatic, Inventive, Catalytic and Evidence based. We use these criteria to evaluate ourselves, our work, the clients we choose to take on and the people we make part of our team. Read more about SPICE below:

Socially conscious

We create positive and fair outcomes for individuals, organizations, and societies.

The outcomes that societies want to achieve are constantly being discussed and revised, always a work in progress. They are not defined from the outset or from the outside. For these outcomes to be sustainable, they must integrate societal, environmental and economic dimensions.

Pragmatic

We develop solutions that are practical, effective and attainable.

We are deeply committed to bringing our ideals to life. To do so, we let the problem be the guide for our attention. We are agnostic regarding approaches and dispassionate in our assessment of candidate solutions. This unwavering focus on the problem allows us to employ the full range of tools at our disposal, deploying the right ones for each context.

Inventive

We develop solutions that are not constrained by the current reality.

When no existing solution is adequate to the problem at hand, we must move from curation to creation. Success in these contexts requires a commitment to exploration and an openness to inspiration.

Catalytic

We develop solutions that spark rapid transition to a new paradigm.

When we reach a tipping point, a small nudge sparks a change from one equilibrium state to another. By starting small and iterating quickly, we manage the change in a deliberate and responsible manner, ensuring that the catalytic reaction is positive when unleashed at scale. We can also help manage the journey to the tipping point, creating pre-conditions for catalytic projects to take off.

Evidence-based

We develop solutions that use evidence as a compass.

We are deeply committed to using evidence to guide our actions. We build evidence in-house through robust experimentation, and integrate our findings into a wider body of knowledge, coming from many people and many places. This cohesive landscape of insights allows us to triangulate the best course of action.

Consultant

A little bit about us

The Decision Lab is a socially-conscious applied research firm. We provide consulting services to some of the largest organizations in the world, carry out research in priority areas and run one of the largest publications in applied behavioral science. In the past, we have helped organizations such as the Gates Foundation, Capital One and the World Bank solve some of their thorniest problems using scientific thinking.

EXAMPLES OF THINGS WE DO

Why this role is important for TDL

We started The Decision Lab because we saw a fundamental gap between behavioral science theory and application. The Consultant role is at the front line of bridging this gap. This means that we look for bright, capable and curious candidates with a strong grasp of behavioral science concepts (from the point of view of behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, etc.) who have a thirst for translating evidence (be it desk research, experiments or analytics) into practical and valuable solutions and content for private clients or public consumption.

Why this role is great for you

The Decision Lab is a place where you can learn to use evidence-based approaches to solve diverse & complex challenges. You will work alongside intelligent & free-thinking colleagues who lead with optimism, pragmatism and empathy. Rather than reusing the same behavior change frameworks, TDL develops custom solutions – this means that in addition to being evidence-based, your role will be fundamentally creative and you will have the opportunity to evolve and express your thinking in the work you do. Our team members help and empower each other and we have a rich set of tools and frameworks that you will be exposed to, but you will ultimately be responsible for your work – past hires tell us they are surprised to what extent they are able to take intellectual ownership of the projects they work on.

What you’ll be working on

  • Uncovering and challenging client assumptions, intuitions and prior knowledge
  • Performing desk research, data analysis and stakeholder interviews to understand and document the project context
  • Finding and synthesizing relevant research across behavioral science-related fields
  • Leveraging established frameworks to better understand the precursors of the targeted behavior
  • Adapting proprietary and third-party data gathering instruments to uncover barriers associated with these precursors
  • Conducting randomly controlled trials in both laboratory and field settings
  • Generating hypotheses and validating them through targeted fieldwork
  • Analyzing and synthesizing qualitative and quantitative findings to answer core questions
  • Prioritizing findings and distilling key insights by collaborating with other consultants and directors to produce client-facing deliverables
  • Presenting findings to internal and client stakeholder groups
  • Producing reports that highlight key insights in user-friendly ways
  • Participating in project pitches, guiding Associates and others in performing the necessary research
  • Collaborating with the content team to support publication efforts

What we are looking for

We are looking for a candidate with professional experience in management consulting, behavioral science or psychology, or an MSc. in a related field. Key attributes of the ideal candidate include:

  • Experience: 2+ years experience in a top management consulting firm or in a boutique firm at the intersection between strategy, psychology and consulting and have demonstrated repeated successes in connecting these worlds; familiarity with behavioral economics concepts (biases, heuristics, frameworks) is a plus
  • Analytic Rigor: You have an obsession with data and are keen on using rigorous testing to decide what the right course of action is rather than relying on intuition; good grasp of qualitative and quantitative methods, experimental design and statistics is a plus
  • Design Thinking Mindset: You are able to move your ego aside and understand that the most successful solutions are not based on ideology but on a combination of empathy, pragmatism and evidence-based iteration
  • Business Sense: You are a holistic, strategic thinker who constantly connects the dots between ideas, problems, organizations, and how ethical & sustained impact can be achieved; strong verbal & written skills are a must
  • Culture: You are an independent thinker comfortable working in an often ambiguous and dynamic environment

About the role

  • Type: Both permanent and contractual positions available (6m)
  • Salary: $55K – $82.5K CAD (base salary of $55K CAD + performance bonus of up to 50%) plus additional compensation potential via participation in organizational success bonus
  • Work general takes place on-site at our sunny Saint-Henri office – we’re located 5 minutes from downtown, overlooking a canal, have the best coffee in the city and access to kayak & bike paths
  • Possibility of remote work until Covid-19 situation is resolved (or on a permanent basis if required for the right candidate)

Applications Instructions

Do you feel like this role is right for you? If so, please send us your CV, cover letter and an example of a past project you are proud of – to help us understand why this would be a good fit. You can send your application to careers@thedecisionlab.com.

Continue reading “Consultant”

Staff Writer

Join us on our mission to change the world through better decisions

 

A little bit about us

The Decision Lab is a behavioral science consultancy dedicated to creating social good by helping individuals, organizations and governments make better decisions. With over 1,000,000 online engagements per year, 12,000 newsletter subscribers, and over 60 contributors and staff writers, our audience is composed of thought leaders from a variety of industries and functions. Through research, analysis, and product design, we help organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Capital One and the World Bank solve thorny problems and build impactful evidence-based digital products.

We believe that democratizing the availability of and access to content that can be used by industry practitioners is a critical part of this mission because it equips researchers and practitioners with the tools to apply evidence-driven insights.

Examples of the things we do

The position

TDL was created with the vision of bridging the gap between behavioral science research and application. A core part of our mission is to create content that highlights important and often unnoticed research and provides actionable and applied takeaways. Staff writers are responsible for locating, synthesizing, and writing about new cutting edge research in behavioral science, behavioral economics, and psychology. In particular, a successful staff writer will be heavily focused on the application of this research in the sectors where it can be most impactful.

Why this role is important for TDL

We started The Decision Lab because we saw a fundamental gap between behavioral science theory and application. The staff writer role is at the front line of bridging this gap. This means that we look for bright, capable, and curious candidates who possess a strong grasp of behavioral science concepts (from the point of view of behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, etc.) and have a thirst for translating evidence (be it academic papers, experiments, or analytics) into applied insights.

Why this role is great for you

The Decision Lab is a place where you can learn to apply evidence-based approaches to solving diverse & complex challenges in the realm of behavioral science. You will be a part of a team of intelligent & free-thinking colleagues who lead with optimism, pragmatism, and empathy. You will have the opportunity to research and disseminate the latest behavioral science insights to a wide audience of academics, business leaders, and public sector individuals.

Qualifications

TDL’s publication is looking for an experienced, engaging staff writer who is looking to demonstrate thought leadership in the field of applied behavioral science.

Beyond that, we are looking for someone who is creative in their approach to applying old research to new and emerging problems in a wide variety of sectors.
  • Academic and/or work experience related to applying research within the domain of behavioral science
  • Exceptional writing ability
  • The ability to translate academic research in the field of behavioral science into clear and engaging articles for a wide audience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Independent thinking and ability to work within a rigorous, deadline-driven structure
  • Familiarity with behavioral economics concepts (biases, heuristics, framework)
  • Demonstrated interest in empirical behavioral research

About the role

  • Part-time, volunteer-based position
  • A commitment of approximately 10 hours per week (minimum of 2 articles per month at a minimum of 600 words per article)
  • Fully remote and flexible working hours

How to apply

Please email your CV, an article pitch, and any sample of your previous writing that best demonstrates your ability to write clear and engaging content (preferably an article from a journal or publication as opposed to an academic essay) to editor@thedecisionlab.com.

Your pitch must include the following:

1. A proposed headline. Essentially, how would you distill your proposed article topic into one line?

2. 100-200 words explaining:

    • What area of research your topic is related to
    • What new insights you’ll be providing or synthesizing
    • Why someone would want to read about this topic (here’s your chance to explain why this article is important from an applied perspective)

3. At least two sources of academic research that you’re planning on basing your article around. Include these with proper citations (APA preferred).

Please note that due to a high volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.

If you are interested in writing for us on a less formal basis, please check out our content submissions page for more information on how to submit a single article.

About The Decision Lab

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Decision Lab is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable law.

 

OUR VALUES

As a social enterprise, we have a deep-rooted belief that better decisions make a better world. However, improving decisions is a messy and difficult thing. For this reason, we have laid out a clear set of criteria for what constitutes good work. Our approach is inspired by many of the organizations and individuals we use as role models.

We believe that a good approach to creating social impact is SPICE: Socially conscious, Pragmatic, Inventive, Catalytic and Evidence based. We use these criteria to evaluate ourselves, our work, the clients we choose to take on and the people we make part of our team. Read more about SPICE below:

 

Socially conscious

We create positive and fair outcomes for individuals, organizations and societies.

The outcomes that societies want to achieve are constantly being discussed and revised, always a work in progress. They are not defined from the outset or from the outside. For these outcomes to be sustainable, they must integrate societal, environmental and economic dimensions.

 

Pragmatic

We develop solutions that are practical, effective and attainable.

We are deeply committed to bringing our ideals to life. To do so, we let the problem be the guide for our attention. We are agnostic regarding approaches and dispassionate in our assessment of candidate solutions. This unwavering focus on the problem allows us to employ the full range of tools at our disposal, deploying the right ones for each context.

 

Inventive

We develop solutions that are not constrained by the current reality.

When no existing solution is adequate to the problem at hand, we must move from curation to creation. Success in these contexts requires a commitment to exploration and an openness to inspiration.

 

Catalytic

We develop solutions that spark rapid transition to a new paradigm.

When we reach a tipping point, a small nudge sparks a change from one equilibrium state to another. By starting small and iterating quickly, we manage the change in a deliberate and responsible manner, ensuring that the catalytic reaction is positive when unleashed at scale. We can also help manage the journey to the tipping point, creating pre-conditions for catalytic projects to take off.

 

Evidence-based

We develop solutions that use evidence as a compass.

We are deeply committed to using evidence to guide our actions. We build evidence in-house through robust experimentation, and integrate our findings into a wider body of knowledge, coming from many people and many places. This cohesive landscape of insights allows us to triangulate the best course of action.