Policy Advisor

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Guelph, ON

Closing Date Dec. 2, 2022 Location Guelph, ON Work Type  1 Permanent
Salary Range -$74,877 - $110,338 Per Year Experience Level  - Job ID 188989
Job Description

Are you looking for an opportunity to build your policy and project management skills while working with stakeholders and government partners to develop creative solutions to complex policy problems?

If so, consider these opportunities in the Policy Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, to play a role in the development of policies and programs that influence economic development and help the agricultural sector manage its business risks.

Why work for the Ontario Public Service

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:

Competitive compensation and benefits
• Flexible work arrangements
• Collegial and professional work culture
• Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• On-the-job training to support your success in the role.

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 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.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• lead and/or participate on branch, division, ministry and inter-ministerial/inter-jurisdictional project teams to develop and implement policy initiatives
• lead research activities by analyzing and reviewing appropriate data sources to develop policy proposals, discussion papers, and legislation and draft/revise policies
• develop and maintain relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
• provide information and advice to staff, senior management and industry stakeholders
• prepare and present a range of materials (e.g. briefing material, position papers) to senior decision-makers

Location: Guelph

How do I qualify?

Policy Development Skills:

• You have experience contributing to, and coordinating, projects and initiatives through the policy development and approvals process.
• You have experience developing policy options based on research and analysis.
• You have experience developing and proposing effective policy, project or performance evaluation and measurement strategies and tactics.

Research and Analytical Skills:

• You have experience applying various research methodologies and techniques to identify emerging issues, trends and opportunities.
• You have the analytical skills to assess and interpret quantitative and qualitative data, evaluate risks and develop evidence-based policy options and recommendations.
• You have analytical skills to evaluate the potential impacts of proposed options on a diverse range of stakeholders and ensure proposed policies, options and recommendations are feasible and align with government priorities.

Communication Skills:

• You can foster collaborative working relationships with internal staff, other ministries, stakeholders and other levels of government.
• You have oral communication skills to proficiently deliver presentations to a variety of audiences, including senior leaders.
• You have written communication skills to prepare a variety documents and correspondence (e.g. research reports, briefing notes, options papers, presentations).
• You demonstrate political acuity and the ability to identify common points of interest to divergent stakeholders.

Technical Knowledge:

• You have an understanding of the agriculture/agri-food industry.
• You have knowledge of one or more of the following areas: farm finance, farm taxation, farm business management, business risk management programming, agency oversight/relations, Federal/Provincial/Territorial relations, political, legislative, social, environmental or economic issues affecting the agriculture/agri-food industry, and/or business development.
• You understand the theories, principles and practices of one or more of the following areas: public policy, economics, agricultural sciences, finance and/or statistics.
• You have an understanding of policy and program decision-making processes to influence policy and program development and implementation across the ministry.

Salary Range: $74,877 - $110,338 Per Year

Additional information:

  • 1 Permanent, 1 Stone Rd W, Guelph, West Region
  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 18 months (with possibility of extension), 1 Stone Rd W, Guelph, West Region
  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possibility of extension), 1 Stone Rd W, Guelph, West 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.

How to Apply

Please apply online, only, by Friday, December 2, 2022, by visiting www.ontario.ca/careers, and entering Job ID 188989 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.