Senior Policy Advisor

Treasury Board Secretariat, Toronto, ON

Closing Date May 30, 2024 Location Toronto, ON Work Type  4 English Temporary
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Job Description

Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your policy development research and analytical expertise to support large-scale strategic government priorities and initiatives across the Broader Public Sector (BPS)? Do you have exceptional relationship management skills to support outreach and consultations with a variety of internal/external stakeholders? Are you an innovative, solutions-oriented and strategic thinker ready to use your skills to support exciting cross-cutting, labour relations initiatives? Would you like to be part of strategic policy initiatives with province-wide impact?

If so, consider these exciting opportunities in the BPS Partnerships and Oversight Division (BPSPOD) in the Centre for Public Sector Labour Relations and Compensation.

This competition will be recruiting for two teams within the BPSPOD.

The Strategic Policy and Delivery Unit, in the Labour Strategies and Solutions Branch, is seeking three experienced and highly motivated individuals to join our dynamic, collaborative, and results-oriented teams in the role of Senior Policy Advisor. In this role, you would lead and support cross-sector analysis, options and policy development, all with consideration to impacts across the BPS and drive progress on key government priorities.

The Broader Public Sector Policy and Economics Unit, in the Broader Public Sector Labour Relations Initiatives Branch, is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to enhance evidence-based decision-making by applying research and analytics methods to integrated labour relations and compensation data. In this role, you will lead and support data collection, validation, analysis and ensure that technical and complex material is translated into a format that is clear for non-technical audiences to support government decision-making and key priorities.

Effective April 1, 2024 the salary range for this position is $82,217.00 to $121,155.00 per year. The new rates, effective retroactive to April 1, 2024, were recently confirmed and dates for implementation of the new salary rates are still to be determined.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are 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 and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion 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. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:
• Lead research and analysis related to the development and implementation of large-scale BPS projects, compensation and labour relations policies, and other complex initiatives.
• Support partner ministries and the division in development and implementation of compensation and labour relations policies.
• Lead, support and coordinate strategic policy advice and government decision-making
• Develop a variety of policy materials including, briefing notes, presentations, research summaries and recommendations to support government decision-making and senior decision makers.

How do I qualify?

Analytical, Research and Policy Development Skills:

• You can conduct research, synthesize, and analyze relevant data and information to provide advice and recommendations to senior management and ministry partners on emerging issues and opportunities.
• You can provide evidence-based strategic policy advice on ministry policy proposals including review of ministry policy submissions for the identification, research and analysis of potential policy options, issues and gaps.
• You have analytical skills to assess stakeholders' needs, proactively identify problems and come up with innovative ideas and solutions for consideration by ministry partners and senior management.
• You can develop models, tools and approaches for tracking, analyzing, estimating and reporting on research findings.

Leadership, Planning and Coordination Skills:

• You have experience managing inter-ministry and external stakeholder projects, including making recommendations to support project goals, assigning and completing project tasks, monitoring progress, and reviewing work for quality outcomes and deadlines.
• You can coordinate and facilitate consultations with internal and external stakeholders to solicit feedback on new/emerging initiatives and issues that may have impacts across the Broader Public Sector.

Communication Skills:

• You can prepare and present policy options, reports, presentations and briefings for a variety of audiences, including senior management.
• You can develop concise PowerPoint briefings using visual depictions to synthesize and distill complex information.
• You can prepare evidence-based analysis and briefing products and lead the preparation of Treasury Board and Cabinet submissions.
• You can translate technical data into material that is understood by non-technical audiences to assist in influencing recommendations to advance Ontario's priorities.

Relationship Management and Consultation Skills:

• You can build and maintain effective partnerships and critical business relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including executives to achieve consensus, promote the strategic direction and inform on policy and operational initiatives.
• You can lead and facilitate consultations and engagement activities; develop solutions to identified issues; create policy options and conducting comparative analysis related to financial and business impacts.

Technical Skills and Knowledge:

• You have knowledge of and experience with government policy and decision-making processes including Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet submission and approvals process.
• You can interpret legislation, regulations, Ontario Public Service (OPS) and Broader Public Sector (BPS) policies and procedures, and directives.
• You have knowledge, of Excel, PowerPoint and PowerBI and/or other computer tools to assist in analyzing technical information for non-technical audiences.

Additional Information


  • 4 English Temporary, duration up to 18 months, 315 Front St W, Toronto, Toronto Region

Compensation Group:

Management Compensation Plan

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024


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How to Apply

  1. You must apply online.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
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  4. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  5. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment services team will contact you within 48 hours.

All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.

Remember: The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 30, 2024 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer.
Accommodation is available under the 
Ontario's Human Rights Code