Senior Policy Advisor – Waters 

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Resources Development and Planning Policy Branch 

Closing Date September 15, 2020 Location Peterborough, East Region  Work Type 2 Permanent
Salary Range $72,675 to $107,093 per year Experience Level  - Job ID 152383

Job Description
The Job 

Do you have a solid policy background with a track record of success in working with diverse groups of stakeholders to achieve agreement? If so, consider bringing your skills to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Resources Planning and Development Policy Branch, where you will provide leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of provincial legislation, policies, inter-jurisdictional agreements, and programs for the protection, conservation and management of Ontario's water resources.

The Ministry 

The purpose of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is to provide opportunities for resource development and outdoor recreation for the continuous economic and social benefit of the people of Ontario; and to administer, protect, and conserve public lands and waters. The ministry's programs are concerned with the use of the physical resources such as land, water, trees, fish, animals and certain minerals for resource utilization and recreation.
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The Branch 

Resources Development and Planning Policy Branch provides leadership in policy, legislation and regulation development and program design for protected area management, natural heritage management, water management and resource development (aggregates, petroleum and renewable energy).

Why work for the Ontario Public Service?

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment. 

We offer: 
• A defined benefit pension plan 
• Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits which includes adoptive parents 
• Comprehensive Health Plan 
• Life and Disability insurance 
• Flexible work arrangements 
• Collegial and professional work culture 
• Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas 
• On-the-job training to support your success in the role.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this job, you will:
• Provide leadership for policy and program development including participation in the negotiation of inter- jurisdictional water management agreements and the development of legislation
• Conduct research and analysis and environmental scans
• Lead and coordinate consultation sessions with stakeholder groups
• Evaluate the adequacy, effectiveness and relevance of existing programs, policies, compliance initiatives and plans on an ongoing basis
• Lead or coordinate the development of strategic program implementation plans
• Provide strategic advice and scientific, technical and/or operational guidance and interpretation
• Lead and/or participate in projects and initiatives

Location: Peterborough

How do I qualify?

Policy Development Experience

• You have experience interpreting and applying international, federal, provincial and/or ministry legislation, treaties and agreements to propose amendments, ensure compliance and provide advice.
• You can apply knowledge of relevant mandates, priorities, programs, projects and policies to ensure that organizational direction and objectives are given due consideration in the development of policy and program initiatives.
• You can apply fiscal planning, policy development and decision-making/approvals processes to advise on approaches, obtain approvals for recommendations and business cases.

Research and Analytical Skills

• You have experience applying research and analytical methods and techniques to conduct research, environmental scans and perform policy analysis to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of existing programs, policies, procedures and legislation.
• You can apply risk management and assessment principles and methodologies to make recommendations regarding complex, sensitive issues, develop business cases and establish program priorities.

Communication and Relationship Management Skills

• You have experience applying effective written communication techniques to prepare and edit a variety of strategy/policy and planning documents, reports, draft legislation and a variety of correspondence.
• You can make high level presentations and briefings and well as chair committees, task teams and working groups.
• You can provide advice, consult and collaborate on policy and program development, and develop solutions to related issues.
• You are proficient with computer applications including planning-related software, spreadsheet, word processing, data analysis/management, modelling and presentation software.
• You can use effective negotiation, consensus-building and influencing skills and can represent the ministry/Ontario in the development of inter-jurisdictional agreements and conduct public consultations, where multi-stakeholder groups have diverse and sometimes conflicting interests.
• You can develop and maintain effective working relationships/partnerships.

Project Management and Leadership Skills

• You can apply project planning and management methodologies, guidelines, standards and processes to successfully lead and manage multiple medium- to large-sized projects.
• You have proven leadership skills to lead and direct the work of staff assigned to projects and other initiatives and to chair/lead working groups and task teams.
• You can apply financial and accounting methods and processes to develop, control and maintain project expenditures.

Salary Range: $72,675 - $107,093 per year

Additional information:
2 Permanent, 300 Water St, Peterborough, East Region


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How to Apply

Please apply online, only, by Tuesday, September 15, 2020, by visiting and entering Job ID 152383 in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

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