Policy Analyst, Strategic Policy

University of British Columbia

Policy Analyst, Strategic Policy

Job Summary
Campus and Community Planning serves as the "City Hall" for UBC. The Policy Analyst supports diverse policy initiatives related to this role, including land use, housing, service delivery, development regulations, sustainability, local governance, and municipal-like funding and financing tools. The best fit for this role is a strategic thinker who understands the big picture with attention to detail. The work involves identifying issues, undertaking research, conducting analysis, developing proposals, and making recommendations to the Senior Manager, Strategic Policy. It includes complex and sensitive information that must be communicated clearly and sometimes under challenging time constraints. The Policy Analyst reports to the Senior Manager, Strategic Policy, and provides direct support to colleagues across the department and university. The role is an exciting opportunity to help shape UBC's local governance, and ultimately to strengthen stewardship of the University's land.

Organizational Status
This position reports to the Senior Manager, Strategic Policy and supports all C+CP units on policy related to sustainability, community development, permitting, planning and design. The position works closely with staff from various UBC departments (eg Finance, Energy and Water Services), UBC Properties Trust, the University Neighborhoods Association, Okanagan Campus Planning, and other internal and external stakeholders, as necessary.

Work Performed
  • Support policy development on local government administration, municipal service models, development regulations, program delivery and finance.
  • Monitor and evaluate policy initiatives.
  • Conduct research and analysis to develop policy proposals. Prepare draft plans and policies and provide advice, information and effective interpretation of policies and procedures. Identify and analyze policy options and recommend policy alternatives.
  • Clearly communicate complex information, graphically and in writing.
  • Provide technical economic and financial analysis of new and existing policies.
  • Support Development Services on regulatory policy for the UBC Vancouver campus; Community Development to coordinate the complex and evolving set of agreements between UBC and the University Neighbourhoods Association; Planning and Design in land use policy development; and Sustainability and Engineering in policy development to advance UBC's sustainability agenda.
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with the University Neighbourhoods Association on issues related to local government administration.
  • Maintain relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Evaluate policy initiatives in collaboration with other university staff.
  • Support management of local service delivery funding and financing tools.
  • Research municipal best practices and participate in the development of benchmarks and standards.
  • Prepare briefing documents and reports for senior executive and the Board of Governors.
  • Conduct other research in support of Campus and Community Planning policy work.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Supervision Received
Works independently under the general direction of the Senior Manager, Strategic Policy. Collaborates with other department leadership on a regular basis.

Supervision Given
May supervise students or subordinates. May manage consultant work with general supervision.

Consequence of Error/Judgement
Provides information and reports concerning local governance, service delivery and administration. Exercises professional judgment in providing information to senior administration on a variety of matters which impact the relationship with important campus stakeholders. Consequence of error regarding the information provided could have serious negative financial and reputation impacts for the university.

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Post-graduate degree in public policy, public administration, or community and regional planning preferred.  Minimum of five years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  Knowledge of BC local government administration, including legal, planning, service delivery, regulatory and financial frameworks.
  • Experience conducting research, analyzing information, articulating alternatives, drawing conclusions, and making practical recommendations to senior decision makers on complex problems.
  • Strong financial analytical abilities demonstrated through a combination of education and experience.
  • High level of attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills.
  • Experience in project management, including ability to originate, coordinate and lead projects of various lengths and complexities.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication, presentation, facilitation and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize effectively, and meet deadlines.

To apply, please visit: http://staffcareers.ubc.ca/36423

Organization: University of British Columbia
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Policy & Research, Sustainability, Strategic Initiatives/Planning
Posted: January 8, 2020, 11:16 am
Expires: February 7, 2020, 4:30 pm

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