Senior Policy Advisor

Colleges and Institutes Canada

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June 22, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Job Type
Closing Date


Reporting to the Director, Government Relations and Policy Research, the Senior Policy Advisor is primarily responsible for Government Relations and Policy Research.

The Senior Policy Advisor will advance CICan’s policy priorities to achieve specific tangible benefits for members in alignment with CICan’s strategic plan. A significant portion of the policy research and member engagement responsibilities for this position will be focused on the integration of immigrants into the Canadian labour market and the role of colleges and institutes in supporting immigrants and related policy files. The Advisor will be responsible to 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 policy materials related to immigrant integration and related policy priorities. 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.

The work of the Senior Policy Advisor is reviewed by the Director, Government Relations and Policy Research based on objectives set annually. Input will also be provided by the Manager, Online Global Team and Member Engagement in the Planning for Canada Team.

Knowledge and Skills

  • graduate from a post-secondary institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • three (3) to five (5) years of progressive experience developing policy material either for engagement with Government or within Government;
  • demonstrated understanding of the college system in Canada, coupled with knowledge of the broader Canadian educational milieu;
  • strong knowledge of how the federal government functions at both political and bureaucratic levels;
  • demonstrated ability to work with and liaise with diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • high degree of organizational, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • ability to work effectively and co-operatively with other staff including experience briefing senior level staff;
  • excellent research and analytical skills, and strong ability to write at a professional level in English;ability to interact with senior administrative staff at member institutions, government and other organizations;
  • knowledge of immigration and immigrant integration issues;
  • demonstrated ability using Microsoft Office Suite (strong level of proficiency).
  • fluency in both written and verbal English and French strongly preferred;
  • experience with multiple levels of government would be considered an asset.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • maintain a strong understanding of current political trends and policy developments related to CICan’s policy priorities and the broader political context, in relation to his/her assigned areas of policy focus;
  • undertake analysis on areas of policy focus, working effectively with CICan and external data sources;
  • prepare tailored, high quality policy products including briefing notes, submissions, briefs, position papers and presentations, related to his/her areas of policy focus and as they relate to CICan’s priorities and issues of importance for colleges and institutes;
  • maintain strong working relationships with colleges and institutes, regional associations, post-secondary education partners and national employer-based organizations.


  • provide support to member networks, committees and reference groups to ensure members have input into and participate in the execution of CICan’s policy agenda and to garner knowledge on regional and national trends and issues;
  • proactively identify opportunities for policy influence related to his/her areas of policy focus related to CICan advocacy priorities.


  • prepare briefing notes, presentations and other materials to support external positioning of the organization to the federal government, as well as with partners and stakeholders for the successful positioning of the organization with diverse external audiences;
  • contribute to the organization of CICan events, including symposia and sessions at the annual conference, by advising on program content, identifying presenters from colleges and institutes, key partners and federal government representatives;
  • contribute to the planning, program development, promotion and delivery of CICan advocacy events and meetings.


  • ensure adherence to Association policies and procedures in the achievement of the responsibilities of the position;
  • undertake research; prepare internal reports, draft documents and correspondence relative to the government relations function;
  • prepare annual objectives and work plans for his/her area of responsibility;
  • assist in the development, review and implementation of policies and procedures supportive of the Association’s goals and objectives;
  • collaborate with the Communications and Information Services team for the preparation of briefs, position papers and publications, and with the Events and Special Initiatives team for the organization of meetings, conference sessions and symposia;
  • communicate and work effectively and co-operatively with other staff, college/institute personnel, representatives of government agencies and other organizations;
  • perform other related duties as may be assigned from time to time.


  • graduate from a post-secondary institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Pat Serediuk, Manager, Human Resources before 4pm on July 3, 2020 via email to:

CICan is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. Do not hesitate to contact me if you require alternative arrangements to submit your application.

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