Strategic Policy Advisor- Full Time Permanent

  • Ontario College of Pharmacists
  • Sep 03, 2021
Full time

Job Description

Position Summary 

The Strategic Policy Advisor is responsible for managing assigned policy portfolios and initiatives, providing information, analysis and advice on issues that impact the College’s strategic direction, policy and decision making. The individual will lead strategic initiatives, develop policy and regulatory submissions, and apply a data-driven, analytic approach to 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 College strategic initiatives, including setting strategic direction, policy development and implementation, and evidence-based decision-making.

Proactively monitor the health care and regulatory environment and report on key issues and trends that may impact the profession and respond to emerging issues. 

Lead the development of 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.

Utilize evidence and analysis of data and research to support decision making and development of policy and program implementation, including the establishment of metrics that reflect system and patient outcomes.

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.

Lead the submission of regulations to government in collaboration with government contacts.

Draft and present briefing materials for project teams, working/advisory groups, senior leadership, committees, and the Board.

Work within records management principles and guidelines for record keeping. 

Review reports and analyze and present findings to the Manager, Strategic Policy & Analytics and senior leadership, and make recommendations, where appropriate.

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.

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 and Analytics.

Other reasonable duties as assigned by the Manager, Strategic Policy and Analytics.


What we’re looking for

Provide strategic direction on initiatives and policy issues affecting regulation of the sector and the achievement of the College’s mandate.

Independent leaders with excellent interpersonal skills.

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 policies and regulations.

Utilize data and evaluation methods to analyze and develop 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 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 in pharmacy practice is considered an asset.

Project management experience is considered an asset.

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 our career page, by August 17 stating salary expectations.

Job Category

Advisor, Analyst


Greater Toronto Area