Senior Policy Advisor

  • Ontario College of Family Physicians
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Jun 12, 2018
Full time Policy Advisor

Job Description

Reporting to the Director, Member Engagement and Public Affairs, the Senior Policy Advisor is responsible for:

  • Identifying policy trends/developments in family medicine and primary care that affect the OCFP’s members, and their ability to excel in practice for the benefit of their patients;
  • Translating policy implications to support member communications, education, and collaborative advocacy efforts, as required;
  • Developing strategic relationships with stakeholders such as government, healthcare and primary care organizations and other professional associations and Colleges whose work is relevant to the OCFP’s mandate; and
  • Bringing the OCFP membership lens and contributing to key strategic initiatives in primary care, such as the Patient’s Medical Home and other OCFP partnership activity.

Of note, an important part of this role is continual scanning of the policy environment to anticipate and inform the OCFP’s advocacy, member communication, business planning and continuing professional development (CPD) needs – and developing related strategies, materials and collaborations that support the role of family physicians in delivering quality care across Ontario.   

Key Responsibilities:

Advocacy and External Relations

  • Cultivate effective stakeholder relationships to keep informed of emerging policy issues related to health care in Ontario and specifically primary care.
  • Lead key OCFP partnership initiatives in primary care, such as the OCFP’s collaborative work to advance the Patient’s Medical Home, and represent the organization on external committees/tables to exchange information and discuss health policy issues impacting family physicians.
  • Foster partnerships with external stakeholders to advance shared advocacy priorities on emerging issues, ensuring alignment with the strategic directions and policy agenda of the OCFP.
  • Plan and implement member and/or stakeholder consultations on emerging policy and legislative initiatives related to primary care, as applicable.
  • Support outreach by the OCFP’s leadership and Board with elected and non-elected government officials.

 Policy Analysis

  • Monitor and highlight emerging health policy issues that affect members, and analyze and assess the implications of impending legislation, regulations and policy changes on family physicians.
  • Analyze relevant studies and/or policy information, which may include the ability to interpret qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Identify and analyze emerging clinical issues and trends, and assess the impact on the OCFP’s programs - including tools and resources for members, CPD and communications.
  • Collaborate with OCFP colleagues to bring the clinical priorities and perspectives of members to policy and planning tables.
  • Prepare briefing notes and other communications updates and analyses regarding health policy and healthcare issues for the OCFP’s Board and for members.
  • Write policy documents for dissemination to stakeholders, which may include presentations, briefing not­es, policy papers and reports.
  • Prepare responses to external inquiries on contentious issues and/or requests for OCFP position statements.
  • Work with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) on policy areas of shared interest.

Required Qualifications:

  • University degree in public policy, political science, law, public administration, health policy or related field. A Master’s degree in a policy related field is preferred.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ related experience in health policy required.
  • Solid understanding of current issues affecting family physicians and primary care, as well as healthcare reform in Ontario.
  • Depth of knowledge of public policy and experience in developing proposals and policy statements.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with colleagues, members, partners and external organizations to support the achievement of OCFP advocacy and policy goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze emerging issues, develop recommendations in response to policy changes and lead collaborative advocacy efforts, as required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with strong written and verbal communication abilities, and demonstrated capacity to work both independently and as part of a team at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to find common ground/shared priorities among opposing viewpoints.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously, prioritizing effectively, and meeting strict deadlines.
  • Ability to travel as required and flexibility to attend occasional weekend and evening meetings.

Core Competencies:

OCFP’s core competencies are designed to nurture employee engagement through best people practices.  All leaders will demonstrate strength in the following competencies:

Collaboration: Engages constructively with others, to be part of a team, to work together, as opposed to working separately or competitively. Promotes a positive climate, resolves conflict and creates alignment within and across internal and/or external groups.

Impact and Influence: Advocates, motivates, persuades, convinces, or influences others to gain their support and commitment. Effectively gains support by drawing the attention of others to an important issue and directing decision makers towards a solution.

Organizational Awareness: Understands the key relationships, diverse interest groups and power bases within the organization and in the wider community.

Planning, Coordination, and Execution: Plans and coordinates work, effectively manages resources, prioritizes steps to be taken, anticipates potential issues/barriers, and develops contingency plans to address these, execute individual and team activities in a way that ensures the achievement of a set of objectives. Achieves desired results on a consistent basis despite having to deal with unpredictable or unexpected circumstances.

Service & Quality Orientation: Demonstrates a desire to provide quality results by focusing efforts on discovering the needs of customers and stakeholders and meeting these needs.  Ensures quality in the delivery of services, and complies with existing rules, regulations, and legislation. Monitors service information by insisting on clarity of roles and expectations and setting up and maintaining systems that enhance quality and maximize efficiencies.

Developing Others: Fosters the long-term learning or development of others through coaching, managing performance and mentoring. Achieves higher level goals and develops new skills/competencies. Driven by a genuine desire to develop and empower others, rather than simply a need to transfer skills to complete tasks.

Holding Self and Others Accountable: Positions the organization for success by establishing appropriate levels of responsibility. Holds self and others accountable to deliver the agreed upon objectives and execute high standards of excellence. Provide clear directions, effectively communicates priorities and expectations and monitors performance.

Visionary Leadership: Inspires others to work toward common goals by providing inspiration, clarity and direction. Effectively focuses team on priorities and provides leadership and support through change. Actively solicits input and inspires the courage to challenge team process, and the commitment to achieve personal, team and organizational goals.

Business Acumen: Understand the business implications of opportunities and decisions. Implements successful business strategies. Maintains awareness of issues, processes, and outcomes as they impact the organization’s strategic direction.

Strategic Orientation: Understands the business implications of decisions and can take a long-term perspective to chart a course that delivers results today and well into the future.

Interpersonal Sensitivity: Understands and responds appropriately to the concerns of others. Practices active listening when interacting with individuals or groups. Demonstrates an ability to reflect on verbal and non-verbal behavior and communicates effectively

Leadership Presence: Develops and maintains a sense of presence and emotional maturity in understanding of one’s own emotions and the impact of one’s behavior on others; demonstrates of resiliency in a range of complex and demanding situations.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are requested to submit their résumé with a cover letter via email to: by 5:00 p.m. on June 26, 2018.

Job Category

Policy Advisor