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Senior Policy Advisor



Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Job Title:

Senior Policy Advisor


Toronto, ON 

Job Type:

Full time


Government-Public Service

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Job Description:

Are you a creative policy professional with excellent relationship-building capabilities, who has lived experience and/or professional experiences in relation to Indigenous Peoples' history, heritage and culture? Then consider this opportunity to work with the Strategic Partnerships and Evaluation Branch at the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

What can I expect to do in this role?

This position will provide an opportunity to lead, and contribute to, engagement, policymaking and program design to support improving employment services for Indigenous Peoples in Ontario. This work will have a primary focus on engagement with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis partners. The position will also involve engagement and relationship building with internal cross-government stakeholders and diverse external partners.

In the role of Senior Policy Advisor, you will:
  • Provide policy and project leadership, advice, and expertise in the design, development and implementation of policies, programs and standards that meet strategic workforce development objectives in the province, with a focus on services for Indigenous communities.
  • Participate in and/or lead research and analysis of workforce development in a manner that is respectful of Indigenous cultural contexts.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with representatives of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples as well as other partners in the workforce development system.
  • Coordinate and support multi-lateral engagement with Indigenous partners.
  • Lead and coordinate co-development of policy related to employment and training services for Indigenous Peoples.
  • Engage with Indigenous partners in a culturally appropriate way, with an understanding of the diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and a distinctions-based approach to policy and engagement.
  • Build and use your understanding of Indigenous histories, heritages and cultures to help inform policy development that impacts Indigenous Peoples.

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Engagement, Consensus-Building and Negotiation Skills
  • You have negotiation and consensus-building skills to promote positive and solutions-oriented relationships with Indigenous partners, diverse stakeholders, cross-government colleagues and senior leadership.
  • You have facilitation skills and can demonstrate diplomacy to address/provide Ministry positions on sensitive, political issues.

Research, Analytical and Project Management Skills
  • You have research and analytical skills to evaluate directions/trends, and identify and evaluate implications of proposed policy changes, including medium- and long-term impacts.
  • You have project management skills.
  • You can manage multiple projects and priorities, as well as work with, and motivate, teams.

Policy and Program Development and Analysis Skills
  • You have demonstrated program analysis and evaluations skills and knowledge of policy development principles and techniques to provide policy leadership, assess effectiveness of policy recommendations and provide advice.
  • You have experience and skills in using the results of research to help inform and consider policy frameworks that reflect the diverse needs of those impacted by the policy.

Communication, Presentation and Computer Skills
  • You have effective oral and written communications and presentation skills to present information to various groups and develop reports, briefing notes, correspondence and issues analyses for senior management.
  • You have experience using common software programs such as word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database applications.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy < https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-public-service-anti-racism-policy > and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint < https://www.ontario.ca/page/ops-inclusion-diversity-blueprint >pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code < http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/ontario-human-rights-code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Salary Range: $74,136 - $109,246 Per Year

Additional information:
  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with the possibility of extension), 315 Front St W, Toronto, Toronto Region
  • Less qualified applicants may be considered on an underfill basis.
  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures, including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.
Please apply online, only, by Wednesday, July 28, 2021, by visiting www.ontario.ca/careers and entering Job ID 164681 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 www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/ContactUs.aspx 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.

Government of Ontario
Toronto, ON, Canada

Phone: 416-480-6560
Web Site: www.ontario.ca/careers

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