Senior Policy Advisor

Senior Policy Advisor

The Job

Are you a motivated professional with knowledge of policy development and experience in team leadership? Are you a consensus builder with advanced conflict resolution skills? Do you have expertise related to Indigenous peoples' land and resource interests in Ontario? Consider this exciting opportunity with the Strategic and Indigenous Policy Branch, where you will contribute to Indigenous policy planning and development.

The Ministry

The purpose of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is to provide opportunities for resource development and outdoor recreation for the continuous economic and social benefit of the people of Ontario; and to administer, protect, and conserve public lands and waters. The ministry's programs are concerned with the use of the physical resources such as land, water, trees, fish, animals and certain minerals for resource utilization and recreation.

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The Branch

The Strategic and Indigenous Policy Branch provides leadership on cross-cutting policy files, supports decision-making and priority-setting at MNRF, evaluates and reports on policy outcomes, and ensures the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples are recognized, reflected and, where appropriate, accommodated in natural resources policy.

Why work for the Ontario Public Service?

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:

Competitive compensation and benefits <>

• Flexible work arrangements (e.g. telework)

• Collegial and professional work culture

• Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas

• On-the-job training to support your success in the role

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this job, you will:

• Participate in the development of program initiatives and policies relating to natural resource use/access for Indigenous people

• Interpret ministry policy and recommend solutions to contentious issues and problems, and lead reviews and negotiations

• Provide expert analysis and advice on complex policy issues regarding land claims, natural resources and Indigenous policies

• Plan, coordinate and lead small groups of policy, program, legal and analytical professionals and represent the ministry on ministry/inter-ministry committees, natural resource programs and working groups related to Indigenous policy issues

Location: Peterborough

How do I qualify?

Technical Expertise:

• You have broad knowledge of natural resource management.

• You have extensive knowledge and understanding of the factors and issues impacting and influencing Indigenous policy development: the Crown's legal duty to consult, Indigenous and Treaty rights, and Indigenous history and culture.

• You have experience with policy development and decision-making processes and methodologies.

Leadership and Interpersonal Skills:

• You have proven team leadership skills to coordinate and encourage participant involvement in policy development initiatives.

• You have sound political acuity to understand the contextual circumstances/environment surrounding proposals, initiatives and issues, and to assess their potential implications.

• You have relationship management skills and diplomacy to liaise with representatives of First Nations, Métis and Indigenous organizations and other groups, including media and the public.

• You have facilitation skills to identify options and find common ground on complex and diverse issues and differences of opinions.

Communication Skills:

• You have well developed verbal communication skills to converse effectively with a wide variety of contacts and stimulate discussions.

• You can effectively write a variety of correspondence and reports, and prepare and deliver briefings and present materials to various audiences, including senior management and Indigenous audiences.

• You have excellent presentation skills to conduct briefings for senior staff, stakeholders, and Indigenous communities.

• You can provide leadership and guidance to inter-ministerial teams and maintain effective relationships with staff, stakeholders, and Indigenous communities.

Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills:

• You have the ability to develop and interpret legislation, policies, guidelines and procedures.

• You have demonstrated analytical, negotiation and problem-solving skills to provide clear and objective policy advice.

• You have demonstrated organizational skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced teamwork environment and are proficient at resolving issues and mitigating risks.

Salary Range: $73,402 - $108,164 Per Year

Additional information:

  • 1 Permanent, 300 Water St, Peterborough, East Region


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Please apply online, only, by Friday, April 23, 2021, by visiting, and entering Job ID 161712 in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

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