Senior Policy Advisor

Are you interested in contributing to the development of policy that promotes strong relationships with and positive outcomes for Indigenous peoples in Ontario?

If so, please consider this opportunity with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation to provide policy analysis and strategic advice in a dynamic, team-oriented division.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• lead the conceptualization and development of policy options and recommendations
• lead the design and undertake research and analysis in support of policy and program development
• provide strategic and evidence-based advice on complex policy matters
• develop relationships and engage with Indigenous partners on policy development matters
• lead consultations with other ministries and other levels of government
• prepare sensitive and confidential materials (e.g. briefing materials, position papers, option papers) that support the ministry's business and decision-making processes

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Policy leadership and coordination skills:

• You can lead policy initiatives through the policy development and approvals process.
• You have experience developing policy options based on research and analysis.
• You are able to evaluate proposed policies, recommendations and options to ensure they are feasible and align with the government and partner priorities.
• You have strong project management skills to concurrently manage multiple initiatives.

Knowledge of Indigenous peoples and relevant issues:

• You have knowledge of policy and program development principles and techniques to lead and/or participate in the development of provincial policies and programs related to Indigenous relations and reconciliation.
• You have an understanding of the factors and issues impacting and influencing Indigenous relations and reconciliation, including Aboriginal and treaty rights and inter-governmental relations.
• You have knowledge of the broad historical, social, economic, legal, and political issues underlying Indigenous policy development, including multi-jurisdictional issues, relationships, land/treaty negotiations and matters of economic development, health, and welfare.

Communication and relationship management skills:

• You have experience engaging with Indigenous partners and building effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
• You have consultation skills to build consensus across multiple partners and stakeholders.
• You have tact and diplomacy to lead the resolution of sensitive policy development issues.
• You have proven communication skills to proficiently deliver presentations to a variety of audiences.
• You have written communication and computer skills to prepare a variety of materials for senior decision makers (e.g. research reports, briefing notes, options papers, correspondence).

Research and analysis skills:

• You have experience applying quantitative and qualitative research techniques and methodologies.
• You have experience conducting environmental scans.
• You have experience identifying appropriate data sources.
• You have experience identifying strategic options, risks and potential impacts associated with proposed policies, programs and initiatives.

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


Additional information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 18 months, 160 Bloor St E, Toronto, Toronto Region

Please apply online, only, by Thursday, January 4, 2018, by visiting and entering Job ID 116060 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.