Senior Policy Advisor

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Toronto, ON.

Closing Date August 25, 2022 Location Toronto, ON Work Type 3 Temporary, duration up to 18 months (with possible of extension
Salary Range $74,877 - $110,338 per year Experience Level  - Job ID 184402
Job Description

At the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, we do policy with a heart, with a heart for good policymaking! Are you strategically-minded with strong project leadership and modern policy development skills? Do you have a natural intellectual curiosity and drive to support evidence-informed policy change? If this sounds like you, consider these opportunities to support meaningful and evidence-informed policy change.

(i) Developmental Services (including DS Reform planning “Journey to Belonging: Choice & Inclusion”):

• One (1) position is in the Developmental Services Reform Unit

• One (1) position is in the Policy Development Unit

(ii) Community Services (including Violence Against Women, Gender-Based Violence, Victim Services and the Indigenous Healing and Wellness strategy):

• One (1) position is in the Community Services Policy Unit

Why work for the Ontario Public Service?

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is one of the largest employers in the province, employing more than 60,000 people. We have a wide range of meaningful and rewarding career opportunities in communities across Ontario. We offer challenging work and competitive compensation and benefits >.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism: 

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy < > and the  OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

You will:

• Lead and coordinate large and complex policy initiatives to meaningfully improve services and supports and long-term planning for vulnerable people, including culturally relevant supports for Indigenous peoples, Francophone and racialized and marginalized communities.

• Lead/coordinate policy and program research and analysis to help drive evidence-informed policy development.

• Support strategic planning and multi-year planning and conduct environmental scans to identify issues and conditions impacting the need for changes in program, policy and delivery.

• Develop collaborative relationships with stakeholders, service delivery partners and internal/cross-ministry teams.

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Policy Development Knowledge

• You have experience applying policy and program development principles and techniques

• You have experience in policy development and analysis

• You have knowledge of government and legislative decision-making processes to assess the effectiveness of policies and provide recommendations related to the developmental services social policy area

Research, Analysis and Project Management Skills

• You have well-developed research skills to plan/conduct qualitative and quantitative research projects

• You have strong project management skills to manage multiple and complex projects

• You have strong analytical and problem-solving skills to analyze competing interests of stakeholders, interpret guidelines and develop provincial policies/solutions

• You have experience with standard computer software programs and tools to research and prepare materials

Communication, Relationship-Building and Consultation Skills

• You have strong oral and written communication and presentation skills to respond to issues, provide recommendations, and prepare reports, options papers, briefing materials, policy papers, Cabinet submissions and correspondence

• You have consensus-building and negotiation skills to gain support for ministry policy and program initiatives

• You have consultation, partnership and relationship-building experience to establish key stakeholder linkages and work cooperatively on social policy development projects

Salary Range: $74,877 - $110,338 Per Year

Additional information:

  • 3 Temporary, duration up to 18 months (with possibility of extension), 315 Front St W, Toronto, Toronto Region


  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures, including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.


How to Apply

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 184402, by Thursday, August 25, 2022. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.