COLLEGES AND INSTITUTES CANADA
Title: Senior Policy Advisor
Classification: Program Staff III
Supervisor: Director, Government Relations & Policy Research
Division: Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships
Temporary position: Temporary – Up to 6 months
PLEASE REFER TO COMPETITION NUMBER: 2019-14
Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, CICan is the voice of Canada’s publicly-supported colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics, and an international leader in education for employment in over 25 countries. CICan’s members add over $190B to Canada’s economy annually and contribute to inclusive economic growth by working with industry and community partners to offer more than 10,000 programs to learners in urban, rural, remote, and northern communities.
CICan is an innovative, responsive and entrepreneurial learning organization that values diversity, accountability and transparency and supports the ongoing development of the country’s college and institute system and its people.
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 agenda to achieve specific tangible benefits for members in alignment with CICan’s advocacy strategy and strategic plan. The Advisor will also 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 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.
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 Vice-President, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships.
- play a leadership, consulting and problem-solving role with members, partners, stakeholders and Colleges and Institutes Canada staff;
- interact regularly with senior officials and be cognizant of the outcomes of any actions;
- ability to function with a significant level of flexibility and autonomy, performing various and complex tasks of a responsible and professional nature;
- take initiative and innovate;
- handle a number of important dossiers at a time;
- have a thorough understanding of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s goals and objectives, as well as of all programs and services;
- have an extensive understanding of the member colleges and institutes as well as knowledge of the Canadian education milieu and awareness of the socio-economic, political and cultural issues that affect the member institutions;
- have a solid understanding of issues related to innovation and applied research and student financial assistance, and general understanding of issues related to Aboriginal education, immigrant education and international development, as they affect the Association;
- ability to integrate, analyze and interpret complex data sets and use results to support policy positions;
- work effectively within a team environment;
- sound judgment and tact;
- prioritize and organize work effectively and efficiently, under exacting deadlines;
- represent the Association at meetings and conferences;
- treat everyone fairly and equitably and maintain high ethical standards;
- perform duties in accordance with Colleges and Institutes Canada’s competencies, values and code of ethics;
- be able to travel domestically.
Specific Expectations: The Senior Policy Advisor, will:
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND POLICY RESEARCH
- maintain a strong understanding of current political trends and policy developments related to CICan’s priority advocacy areas 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 political 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 advocacy 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;
- maintain strong working relationships with policy advisors in government, the offices of Members of Parliament, as well as Parliamentary and Senate Committee Clerks, to support CICan’s government relations and advocacy initiatives.
RESPONSIVE POLICY ENGAGEMENT
- 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;
- 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 and demonstrated success in influencing government policies and positions;
- 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;
- fluency in both written and verbal English and French;
- demonstrated ability using Microsoft Office Suite (strong level of proficiency).
- experience with multiple levels of government would be considered an asset.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Roxanne Cantin, Senior Personnel Officer before 4pm on August 9th, 2019 via email to: email@example.com.
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. We thank all applicants in advance however only those selected for an interview will be acknowledged.
Reasonable Accommodation We will make every reasonable effort to accommodate prospective candidates under any of the protected grounds of discrimination. Should you need an accommodation, please make the request as soon as possible. If the accommodation is related to a medical or health condition, you may be required to provide confirmation from a medical profession that you require the accommodation. All requests for accommodation will be considered in a fair and objective manner that will ensure applicants are treated with respect and dignity.