Senior Policy Advisor

Ontario Public Service


Senior Policy Advisor

Are you a policy professional interested in leading complex justice sector transformation initiatives. This opportunity will allow you to demonstrate your policy skills on issues/initiatives related to policing, corrections, fire, death investigations, emergency management and animal welfare for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:
  • Lead and/or coordinate projects to conceptualize, develop, and recommend policy options for ministry core businesses of policing, community safety and corrections.
  • Manage numerous policy projects simultaneously.
  • Maintain a leading edge awareness of new fiscal/policy developments, innovations, and trends and directions which may impact provincial justice policy directions.
  • Lead, and/or undertakes all aspects of policy research and development.
  • Consult and solicit input on proposed policies and programs and joint justice policy concerns with other ministries and stakeholders, and ensure strategic linkages are maintained.
  • Develop critical stakeholder relationships with ministry and corporate fiscal and policy areas, other provincial ministries and federal/provincial and territorial jurisdictions, and external stakeholders.
  • Lead and/or participate in consultations and on intergovernmental forums to represent ministry interests.
  • Provide advice on policy issues to senior management, and prepare a range of correspondence, analyses/communications to support issues management.

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Technical Knowledge
  • You have extensive knowledge and experience in policy analysis and development, including an understanding of the decision-making process.
  • You can ensure ministry and government objectives are considered in policy/program development.
  • You have ability to acquire understanding of government/legislative decision-making and planning processes.
  • You have organizational skills and proven ability to work to tight timelines and under pressure.

Program Analysis and Evaluation Skills
  • You can provide recommendations and assess the effectiveness of new/revised policies and programs.
  • You have research and project management techniques to plan and conduct qualitative/quantitative research, analyze trends; evaluate best practices, options, and costs.
  • You can evaluate long-term implications of proposed policy changes and modify strategic plans to mitigate potential risks.
  • You can analyze competing interests of stakeholders.

Other Knowledge
  • You have knowledge of socio-economic issues impacting justice policy, including relevant legislation.
  • You have an understanding of funding, governance, and business planning processes related to policing, community safety, fire, and corrections.
  • You have ability to integrate a range of social, fiscal, and governance factors into policy proposals and provide advice to senior management and stakeholders.

Communication, Consultation and Stakeholder Skills
  • You can respond to issues, provide recommendations, socio-economic analysis, and other high level reports.
  • You have presentation and facilitation skills and diplomacy to represent the ministry on inter-governmental forums.
  • You possess consultation and relationship management skills to establish key stakeholder linkages across the Ontario Public Service (OPS) and with external stakeholders.

Computer and Software Skills
  • You have ability to use standard software programs and tools to research and distill information from a range of sources, including research and scientific data, trends analyses and independent research and prepare materials.

Salary Range: $70,538 - $103,944 per year

Additional information:
  • 3 Permanent, 25 Grosvenor St, Toronto, Toronto Region, General Screening Requirement
  • 5 Temporary, duration up to 18 months, 25 Grosvenor St, Toronto, Toronto Region, General Screening Requirement

  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo a satisfactory criminal reference check prior to the commencement of employment.
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service Employment Screening Checks Policy, the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Please refer to the Additional Information / Address section above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), HR Service Delivery Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional screening checks as indicated in the Additional Information / Address section above that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening/Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service.)

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
Please apply online, only, by Friday, June 8, 2018, by visiting and entering Job ID 123491 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 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.

Location: Toronto, ON.

Region: Zone 4

Professional Category(s): Policy & Research.

Posted: May 17, 2018, 9:38 am

Expires: June 8, 2018, 4:30 pm

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