Senior Policy Advisor

Colleges and Institutes Canada

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June 10, 2024
Ottawa, Canada
Job Type
Annual Salary
$80,049 - $97,980
Hours per Week
Closing Date


Senior Policy Advisor


To be an employee of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is to:

  • Work for an organization that strengthens Canada’s publicly supports colleges, institutes, CEGEPs, and polytechnics;
  • Advance your career within an inclusive, dynamic and stimulating work environment;
  • Work with an exceptional team of professionals who value your contribution, expertise, and diverse opinion;
  • Obtain a highly competitive compensation and benefits package.


We are looking for a Senior Policy Advisor


As the Senior Policy Advisor, you will be responsible for advancing CICan’s policy agenda to achieve specific tangible benefits for members in alignment with CICan’s advocacy strategy and strategic plan. The Advisor will respond strategically to policy or engagement opportunities that are generated either by members or external stakeholders. The Senior Policy Advisor will also be responsible for providing support to the President & CEO in the preparation of presentations, briefing notes and other material for the successful positioning of the organization with diverse external audiences. Finally, the Senior Policy Advisor will provide support to CICan in the development of content for and the execution of events related to their areas of policy focus.



What we are looking for:

  • Government relations and research abilities;
  • Responsive policy engagement skills;
  • Ability to support the team in preparing briefing notes, presentations and other materials;
  • Willingness to contribute to organizational meetings and events;
  • Good research and analytical skills; and
  • Capacity to work under pressure with attention to detail, resilience and adaptability.


Relevant experience in:

  • Federal public service, in a parliamentary office or in a ministerial office AND/OR have demonstrated the ability to develop government relations strategies to advance policy priorities;
  • Developing policy material either for engagement with Government or within Government (3-5 years’ experience).


Knowledge of:

  • Federal government functions at both political and bureaucratic levels;
  • Colleges and Institutes Canada’s goals and objectives, as well as of all programs and services;
  • Policy issues and priorities that impact upon colleges and postsecondary education more generally;
  • Canada’s post-secondary education system and the role and characteristics of colleges and institutes.


Education: Graduate from a recognized post-secondary institution or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.



Compensation: $80,049 to $97,980 (PS III)

Status: Permanent Full-Time *This position requires in-person presence.

Location: 1 Rideau Street, suite 701, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8S7


Language: Bilingual – English and French (written and verbal)


Open to: Internal and external candidates

Core Competencies: 

To be successful in this position you will be able to exhibit our core competencies: 

Agility: We thrive in a complex environment that requires nimbleness and adaptability, and we anticipate and respond to changes with quick and resourceful actions.   

Inspiring Others: We motivate individuals to strive for excellence and commit to common goals and purposes, as we create a sense of self-efficacy, resilience, and persistence in others.   

Integrity: We treat others fairly and respectfully, and we further the standing of the organization and its relationships of trust with our members and other stakeholders.   

Collaboration: We work together, across teams and divisions, to leverage our collective expertise and talents in support of organizational success and a culture of cooperation. 

How to apply 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé in a PDF format before June 19, 2024. 

CICan is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. We recognize that diverse teams generate unique solutions, ideas, and perspectives. Therefore, we welcome and encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) individuals, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.  

Do not hesitate to contact 613-746-2222 x 5827 if you require alternative arrangements to submit your application. CICan provides accommodations during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation. 

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected to continue in the selection process will be contacted. 

CICan’s offices in Ottawa are located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation. 

Colleges and Institutes Canada is named one the 2024 National Capital Region’s Top Employer and the proud recipient of the Non-Profit Employer of Choice Award.