Ontario College of Pharmacists
Jul 26, 2021Full time
Position Summary The Strategic Policy Advisor is responsible for managing the design and implementation of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy with a focus on regulatory policies and programs impacting external registrants and alignment to the internal EDI strategy. The individual will act as a change agent and apply a data-driven, analytic approach to EDI policy and strategy development. Team oriented, the successful individual will engage and build relationships with all internal and external stakeholders to support the development of policy and strategic initiatives. What you’ll do at OCP Lead the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategic initiative, which includes the design, development and implementation of an EDI strategy in health regulation for pharmacy professionals in Ontario. This includes setting strategic direction, evidence-based decision-making, policy development, implementation and evaluation. Consult with experts, key opinion leaders as well as provide their own expert advice to make recommendations to the College on matters of policy and practice concerning EDI. Proactively monitor and analyze equity, diversity and inclusion work in the health care and regulatory environment along with other institutions to report on key issues and trends with a view of identifying EDI promising practices that can be incorporated into policies and programs. Develop, implement and support processes for consulting with and engaging registrants and other external stakeholders in the development and implementation of EDI policies and programs. Works closely with the executive team, and other departments and committees to ensure EDI policies and programs are effectively integrated with other related strategic priorities and initiatives of the College. Lead the development of EDI policies, regulation changes, and strategic initiatives by conducting research, managing and engaging with stakeholders, planning and overseeing the consultation process, proactively monitoring and providing guidance on issues. Undertake all aspects of policy planning and development, including analysis of trends and directions, evaluation of existing services/programs and delivery models, issue identification, analysis and synthesis of research and related evaluation materials, stakeholder consultations, planning for implementation and system outcomes/indicators. Identifies and recommends training that builds capacity and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and indigenous cultural competency. Lead the development of policy position papers, policy recommendations and responses to requests from government and external stakeholders. Effective project management of assigned strategic initiatives and policy portfolios. Draft and present briefing materials for project teams, working/advisory groups, senior leadership, committees, and the Board. Review reports and analysis and present findings to the Manager, Strategic Policy & Analytics and senior leadership, and make recommendations, where appropriate. Continually examine work process and explore opportunities for improving efficiencies through technology, elimination or altering of work processes and make recommendations to the Manager, Strategic Policy & Analytics. Work within records management principles and guidelines for record keeping. Other reasonable duties as assigned by the Manager, Strategic Policy and Analytics. What we’re looking for Independent leader with excellent interpersonal skills. Fundamental understanding of current issues and challenges facing marginalized groups. Knowledge in identifying disparities and addressing equity barriers and other social needs. Effective at engaging in matters that require sensitivity and empathy across a diverse community with excellent judgement and discretion. Lead and manage cross-organizational projects and initiatives within specified time frame. Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. Ability to identify, develop and analyze policy positions. Conduct research and critically analyze information to guide the development of equity, diversity and inclusion policies. Utilize data and evaluation methods to analyze and develop equity, diversity and inclusion policy and strategic initiatives. Independently establish and maintain networks within and outside the College. Effective relationship building, including robust stakeholder management and engagement skills. Comfortable presenting to a wide variety of audiences. Knowledge of project management methodologies. Strong time management and prioritization skills. Strong writing skills and the ability to draft clear, professional communications. Proficient with Microsoft Office applications. What experience we prefer Graduate degree in a related field such as health policy/administration, public policy/administration, equity, human rights, sociology or equivalent. Must have 3-5 years related experience in policy development in the health system. In-depth knowledge of the health system and/or role of health regulatory bodies would be considered a strong asset. Experience working with diverse groups with a particular focus on LGBTQ2S+, Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities. Experience applying current equity, diversity and inclusion theories, principles, and practices. Experience in pharmacy practice is considered an asset. Project management experience considered an asset. Why work for us? We are the registering and regulating body for the profession of pharmacy practice in Ontario with a mandate to service and protect the public interest. In addition to ascertaining all registrant meet professional standards, the College sets and ensures ongoing adherence to professional and operational standards as it leads the advancement of pharmacy. If you are interested in joining the College, please forward your cover letter and resume in confidence to https://www.ocpinfo.com/about/careers/ by August 9 stating salary expectations. OCP is committed to supporting accessibility and diversity. Requests for accommodations can be made at any stage of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.