Policy Analyst

University of Toronto

Date Posted: 04/26/2022

Req ID: 23883

Faculty/Division: Office of the President

Department: Government Relations Office

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

Position Number: 00052057

About Us:
The University of Toronto Government Relations Office (GRO) works to advance the University’s public policy interests across the three levels of government. GRO works with government, private sector, and community stakeholders to promote the adoption of policies that support the University in carrying out its core teaching and research mission and in promoting the University’s role in economic and social development. We support the efforts of government to develop solutions to public policy challenges by providing advice and expertise. Our office is also a resource for the University community, providing advice on how to engage with all levels of government.

Your Opportunity:
This part-time role focuses specifically on municipal affairs and supports the University’s engagement with City officials, including Councillors and City staff on policy issues affecting the University and its community. The role allows the Policy Analyst to work in a fast paced and dynamic environment in which they have responsibility for ensuring high quality and well-designed events that may include monitoring policy development at City Hall, liaising with City officials, arranging on-campus tours, meetings and related events. This is an opportunity to help develop and execute the University’s public-facing government advocacy and influence strategies.

Your Responsibilities Include:
The Policy Analyst will develop, curate, and support a broad range of interactions stemming for the University of Toronto’s community and leaders with government, institutional partners, and other external stakeholders. The incumbent will:

Monitor policy development at City Hall and analyze its impact on the University.

Advise and prepare briefing and event materials for senior University officials and GRO leaders.

Provide background research for government relations related to the broader Government Relations portfolio.

Develop and implement targeted outreach initiatives that support communication strategies.

Research and recommend new opportunities for external collaborations and partnerships.

Cultivating ongoing, high-profile prospective partnerships that advance strategic agendas.

Developing and maintain a network of external contacts to build awareness of initiatives.

Foster and maintain networks to build capacity and collaboration.

The incumbent will be required to have an in-depth knowledge of the University’s interactions, and policy positions with these organisations.

Essential Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience with a background in Political Science/Public Policy/Communications/History. A Master’s Degree in public policy is an asset.

Computer literate and a strong facility with the internet, as well as with various software programs including Word, PowerPoint, InDesign or equivalent software, spreadsheets, and database management programs is required.

A minimum five (5) years of relevant experience working within a public policy, government or not-for-profit environment is required. Familiarity with the University, federal, provincial, and municipal governments is essential.

Excellent judgment, problem-solving, research, analytical skills, with excellent interpersonal skills, and an eye for detail are also required. Must be able to identify and understand emerging issues as well as set and manage priorities, with a proven ability to recognise issues that can be dealt with directly and those which must be referred to other areas.

Experience in a confidential executive office environment, interacting with government and/or the private sector is an asset.

To Be Successful in this role:
Must have a sound knowledge of a broad range of issues including recognition of the impact that various issues and policy decisions may have on the University of Toronto. Professionalism, determination, tact, and discretion are of the highest importance for success in this position. Must be a talented and fluent writer, able to concisely summarise information. Must have the ability to meet tight deadlines and to perform well under pressure. Ability to handle confidential information in an effective manner is essential. Must be able to work independently with limited direction.

NOTE: This is a part time position (2.5 days per week).

Closing Date: 05/04/2022, 11:59PM ET

Employee Group: USW

Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing

Schedule: Part-Time This is a part time position (2.5 days per week).

Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 14 – $80,198 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $102,562. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

Recruiter: Blythe Campbell

Lived Experience Statement

Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, person with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encourage to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

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