Senior Policy Advisor

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services . Ontario Public Service. Toronto, ON. 

Closing Date December 19, 2019 Location Toronto, ON Work Type Permanent
Salary Range

$74,136 - $109,246 per year

Experience Level  - Job ID 165481
Job Description

The Job 

If you want to have a positive impact on high-priority communities across Ontario, this job is for you! We are looking for innovative, creative, collaborative policy professionals with experience in developing and implementing social policy to join our team. Potential responsibilities for this role include: supporting the Minister by providing high-quality advice on a variety of initiatives up for government decision; supporting Deputy Minister, intergovernmental and municipal forums for collaboration on high-profile topics; and developing approaches to the COVID-19 response to support the Equity and Priority Populations Table (including work related to supporting clients in congregate living facilities). You will be leading projects and mentoring junior policy staff to create high-quality products with relevant and thorough advice developed with an equity and anti-racism lens.

Your highly developed skills and experience in research, policy, consensus-building and political acuity will serve you well in this Senior Policy Advisor role with the Planning and Strategic Policy Branch of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, where you will lead and coordinate the development of policies and programs which support the Ministry's strategic objectives.

The Ministry 

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services helps to improve outcomes for children, youth, families and individuals who need support, and advances the interests of women.
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The Division 
The Strategic Policy Division drives the Ministry's mandate by providing leadership, analysis and expertise to strategic policy development regarding issues and population groups that cut across or underlie ministry programs. The division collaborates and integrates across divisions, ministries, governments, partnerships and communities across the different program priorities/initiatives to build collective impact and improved outcomes for Ontarians. The division also provides advice on the policy implications of financial matters; and supports transformation efforts and processes across the Ministry, including LEAN, client journey analysis, and project management expertise. The division is the Ministry's key link and liaison with Cabinet Office and supports the policy decision-making process for Cabinet committees.

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

We offer: 
Competitive compensation and benefits 
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• 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?

You will:

• Lead research, policy and program development from various sources and provide advice on social policy issues 
• Develop, coordinate, and summarize in-depth comprehensive reports and interjurisdictional scans
• Prepare policy papers and briefing presentations that consider key factors such as fiscal impacts, stakeholder interests and needs, implementation and long-term impacts
• Develop and present briefing materials and/or policy options to senior management that are accurate, relevant and effectively support decision-making
• Develop critical stakeholder relationships to support cross-ministry and cross-government collaboration
• Provide project management and lead strategic planning for the development of policy, program and implementation options
• Guide junior policy staff in undertaking complex projects and work effectively across the organization to maintain information flow and build consensus on difficult issues

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Policy Development and Analysis Experience
• You have knowledge and experience in policy and program development principles and techniques as well as decision-making processes related to policy development.
• You can assess the effectiveness of policies and programs, and provide recommendations on policy/program changes.
• You understand and can apply socio-economic theory as it relates to social policy and service needs.
• You are able to accurately interpret and apply relevant provincial legislation, and strategic directions.

Relationship Management, Consultation and Negotiation Skills
• You demonstrate diplomacy and have the ability to develop and manage effective partnerships/relationships and engage in consultation.
• You have strong consensus-building, negotiation, and mediation skills to gain support for Ministry policy and program initiatives.

Communication and Presentation Skills

• You have well developed oral communication and presentation skills to provide policy advice and recommendations.
• You have strong written communication skills to develop a range of written materials, including options papers and briefing materials.
• You can respond to issues, prepare reports and promote policy initiatives to stakeholders.
• You have experience using standard computer software applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet) to research and prepare materials.
Analytical, Research and Project Management Experience
• You can assess both qualitative and quantitative information in order to develop policy and program proposals.
• You know how to conduct research and undertake project management activities to plan and manage research studies.
• You can analyze the competing interests of stakeholders.
• You know how to use program analysis and evaluation techniques.

Salary Range: $74,136 - $109,246 Per Year

Additional information:

3 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possibility of extension), 315 Front St W, Toronto, Toronto Region


How to Apply

Less qualified applicants may be considered on an underfill basis.
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.

Please apply online, only, by Thursday, July 22, 2021, by visiting and entering Job ID 165481 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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