Senior Policy Analyst
This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.
Reporting to the Director, Policy and Planning, the Senior Policy Analyst assists the Director in the area of policy developments and planning for the Department of Family Services. Through the development of public service policies, the position impacts the strategic direction of the Department and ensures compliance with the legislative mandate. Through the business planning process, the position impacts the short term and long term direction of the department. The position also affects the reporting of programs and services by the Minister and the Deputy Minister to Cabinet, the Standing Committee, and Legislative Assembly.
The Senior Policy Analyst conducts major policy and legislative reviews (as a project leader, or as a member of a team), makes recommendations on policy issues, implements policy decisions and responds to inquiries on policy, within the scope of the Department of Family Services mandate. The position also liaises with senior officials both within and out of government, and briefs senior management on policy issues and draft legislation. Responding to the direction of senior management and the Minister, the Senior Policy Analyst prepares responses and briefing notes for the Minister and Deputy Minister, drafts reports and policy discussion papers on departmental initiatives; coordinates strategic planning initiatives; assist in the business planning of the department; and facilitates the Department’s consultation process with other departments and stakeholders.
An in-depth knowledge of Family Services legislation, policies, procedures and best practices is required to be successful in this position. The incumbent must have knowledge and an understanding of Northern culture. Knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Suites is required along with the use of internet and other electronic information resources. The incumbent will have analytical and conceptual thinking skills, along with project management & research skills including the ability to identify sources, gather pertinent information, analyze and extrapolate data and information. The ability to develop policy framework ad evaluate option is required for this position. The incumbent must have excellent written communication skills including the ability to draft policy options, discussions papers, correspondence and briefing notes. Excellent oral communication skills for persuasion presentation are also required, along with the ability the clearly express complex issues in plain language. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to be a team player and build a consensus in a group setting as well as the ability to be innovative and be a forward thinker are skills that are required for this position.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through a recognized University Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Law or related discipline, along with three (3) years of experience working in a policy and/or related environment providing independent research analysis and advice on complex issues, including evaluation of options and recommendations.
Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language is an asset.
Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.