Senior Policy Analyst

  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • May 09, 2018
Full time

Job Description

Senior Policy Analyst

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families in Ontario?

If so, consider joining the Ministry of Children and Youth Service, Youth Strategies Branch and lead the development and implementation of high profile strategies to improve equity and support child, youth and family wellbeing.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

  • Lead and coordinate projects to conceptualize, design and deliver policy recommendations, programs, research, evaluation and performance frameworks to improve equity and support child, youth and family wellbeing; 
  • Design and mobilize cross-government initiatives to improve the impact and equity of policy / program design and delivery for diverse populations; 
  • Undertake strategic analysis of policy / program design options including needs assessment, impact analysis, risk assessment, inter-jurisdictional scanning, governance, public and stakeholder response; 
  • Write clear, concise and high quality briefing materials, presentations policy reports, discussion papers, decision notes, and cabinet submissions; 
  • Build and maintain successful, collaborative relationships with a broad network of colleagues and partners both within and outside government; 
  • Drive alignment and collaboration across ministries, sectors and communities; 
  • Plan, coordinate and deliver stakeholder and community engagement sessions, outreach and forums to mobilize strategies, build partnerships, and gather insights to inform policy and program design and delivery; 
  • Contribute leading edge awareness of policy and program innovations, trends, research and best practices to inform recommendations to senior leaders.

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Policy and Program Development

  • You have extensive knowledge of policy and program design principles and techniques to lead or contribute to the design and implementation of strategies, policies, evaluation and legislative frameworks; 
  • You have knowledge of relevant provincial legislation and strategic directions related to children and youth services; 
  • You understand and can effectively navigate government decision-making processes, business practices, and accountability frameworks; 
  • You have the ability to ensure that ministry and government strategic objectives are considered in the development of policy and program design, and the development of comprehensive and sound policy proposals; 
  • You understand current issues facing children, youth and families, including risks and barriers, and the child and youth services system.

Research and Project Management Skills

  • You have demonstrated research, evaluation and project management skills to plan and conduct qualitative and quantitative research, reports and studies; 
  • You have the ability to plan, design and undertake cross-sectoral and interjurisdictional research and analysis; 
  • You have demonstrated skills coordinating multi-faceted projects with minimal supervision and under tight timelines; 
  • You have the demonstrated ability to assess and analyse qualitative and quantitative information to support policy and program design, proposal development, evaluation and monitoring; 
  • You are able to identify and evaluate the implications, risks and impacts of proposed policy changes, adapt and make recommendations; 
  • You have the ability to process and distill information from a variety of sources.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • You have oral and written communication skills to respond to issues, provide recommendations, prepare reports and interact with internal and external stakeholders; 
  • You have experience and demonstrated ability to build and sustain strong, collaborative relationships with government, stakeholder and community partners; 
  • You have presentation skills to provide program and policy advice and explain recommendations; 
  • You have good judgement, organizational and political acuity to work with the public, media, provincial associations, and other stakeholders; 
  • You have the ability to use standard software programs and tools to research and prepare materials such as presentation decks, data visualizations, policy papers, reports, briefing notes, spreadsheets and correspondence.

Consultation, Negotiation and Relationship Management Skills

  • You have the ability to plan, coordinate and deliver stakeholder and community engagement sessions and forums;
  • You have demonstrated consultation, partnership building and relationship management skills to establish key stakeholder linkages across the Ontario Public Service (OPS) and federal, provincial, territorial jurisdictions, and to work collaboratively on complex policy development projects;
  • You have consensus-building, mediation and negotiation skills to build support for ministry policy and program initiatives, support alignment, resolve and / or manage risks and issues, and develop coordinated policy positions;
  • You have facilitation skills and diplomacy to represent the ministry / province at internal and external forums, and to communicate, advise on, and advance provincial policies and initiatives that respond to sensitive social, political and economic issues.

Salary Range: $70,538 - $103,944 per year

Additional information:

  • 1 Permanent, 101 Bloor St W, Toronto, Toronto Region

Please apply online, only, by Tuesday, May 22, 2018, by visiting and entering Job ID 122959 in the Job ID search field. 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.

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