Policy & Research Consultant

City of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Closing Date October 14, 2021 Location Toronto, ON Work Type Permanent, Full-time             
Salary Range $46.38 - $50.82per hour Experience Level  - Job ID 16405
Job Description
 If your experience in leading strategic policy development and planning in complex, multi-stakeholder environments is complemented by advanced knowledge of community well-being approaches, this role within the Social Development, Finance & Administration Division of the City of Toronto would be an exciting and rewarding career opportunity.

As a Policy & Research Consultant, you’ll be responsible for developing corporate-wide policies and business processes for the Community Safety and Well-Being Unit. In particular, you’ll address emerging funding policy issues related to community safety and well-being as well as support the development of collaborative, risk-driven intervention programs, monitor program standards, and performance measures, and coordinate the inter-sectoral evaluation, validation and identification of emerging issues and best practices. 

Your primary responsibilities as a Policy & Research Consultant will be varied, but you’ll be expected to:

Plan, conduct, interpret and evaluate data, processes, research and policy studies, including joint projects within the Community Safety and Well-Being Unit, City divisions, task forces and committees, other levels of government and other external groups or agencies.
Research issues and develop policies and recommendations in order to provide divisional and corporate leadership in collaborative, risk-driven approaches, policy, program delivery models, advocacy, and community safety and well-being strategies.
Provide lead project management support in the development and implementation of City-wide policies for all aspects of community safety and well-being strategies for vulnerable populations in the City of Toronto.
Conduct research and analysis into assigned policy areas, and convey information and policy implications to senior staff, external stakeholders and Council, taking into account trends and developments in the field of collaborative, risk-driven approaches, Community Safety and Well-Being strategies, corporate policies and practices, legislative requirements, and initiatives by other service providers/funders and other levels of government.
Support the analysis of e-business solutions and databases to identify emerging trends and opportunities to support the development of targeted investment.
Design, undertake, and advise on research projects and analyses, including data from Community Safety and Well-Being initiatives, surveys, sector analyses, trend and comparative analyses, and economic impact analyses with other divisions, external organizations, and other sector clients.
Promote the use of information and its application to decision-making within the Community Safety and Well-Being Unit through collaboration, the development of linkages, and capacity-building initiatives.
Consult and/or work collaboratively with external groups, including the development of contacts with other jurisdictions, at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, non-governmental organizations and interest groups, other agencies and the private sector.
Lead the development and maintenance of a variety of community safety and well-being communications and information products (web-based and print).
May conduct speaking engagements for the public, community and the media, and answer inquiries on research and policy issues.
Research, organize and write briefing materials, discussion papers, policy proposals, reports and correspondence on various issues.
Prepare reports on complex subjects for consideration by City Council, its Standing Committees, Steering Committees, City divisions and external stakeholders.
Develop and implement project plans for work assignments, ensuring deadlines for such assignments are met.
Support the development of dashboards for program areas.
Support requests for data from FOCUS, SPIDER and TO Wards Peace, and other areas, as required.
Participate in and/or chair internal and external committees.
Review literature, studies and reports produced by other governments and research agencies to determine potential impact on policy, research and programs.
Advise and assist divisional staff in the planning, delivery and evaluation of staff development and training programs, and in the development of new policies and procedures. 

Your application for the role of Policy & Research Consultant must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

1. Post-secondary education in social policy, public administration, non-profit sector management, or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Considerable experience with business process analysis and development.
3. Experience in leading strategic policy development and planning in complex, multi-stakeholder environments.
4. Experience in leading complex social research and/or community development projects and initiatives.
5. Experience working with community groups or residents in the formulation of social policy, analysis and/or research.

You must also have:
Ability to research, identify, gather, analyze, conceptualize, and interpret policies and other multifaceted information from a variety of sources and develop recommendations.
Ability to analyze, interpret and synthesize quantitative and qualitative research and complex information and write detailed/complex reports and proposals.
Highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to develop effective working relationships with multiple stakeholders.
Advanced knowledge of community well-being approaches.
Knowledge of program development, planning and budgeting, municipal resource management and funding business processes.
Excellent project management, problem-solving, leadership and facilitation skills.
Strong presentation skills and the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to convey multifaceted process and policy issues to a variety of audiences.
Strong knowledge of Community Safety and Well-Being Strategies (e.g. Collaborative, Risk-Driven Approaches, Situation Tables, Community Crisis Intervention and Prevention).
Ability to prioritize and manage diverse activities.
Knowledge of Human Services and Cultural Services sector information sources and issues.
Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
Ability to utilize a variety of software packages and database applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Visio, Project & SAP).
Ability to support the Toronto Public Service values to ensure a culture that champions equity, diversity and respectful workplaces.

NOTE: All City of Toronto employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with the City's  Mandatory Vaccination Policy.

Wage Range: $46.38 - $50.82 per hour

Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture, and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses.
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How to Apply

For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at https://jobs.toronto.ca/jobsatcity/. To apply online, submit your resume, quoting Job ID 16405, by Thursday, October 14, 2021.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
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