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Closing May 4, 2017 - Senior Policy Advisor - Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science

20 Apr 2017 3:05 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

Senior Policy Advisor

Are you interested in playing a lead role in the continued development of Ontario's globally competitive ecosystem of start-up companies and growth-oriented entrepreneurs? Do you have expertise in program design and partnership development? If so, join the Entrepreneurship and Start-Up Services Branch of the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, where you will lead the development of key programs, build key sector relationships, and lead consultation processes with other ministry and inter-jurisdictional stakeholders.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:
• Provide policy advice and expertise in the area of commercialization, entrepreneurship and new business creation
• Maintain a leading-edge awareness of the business climate, emerging technologies, and regulatory changes that impact provincial competitiveness and commercialization/entrepreneurship capacity
• Lead and coordinate the planning and execution of policy research, program development and program review/renewal activities
• Develop and present in-depth reports, analysis of policy options, and recommendations to ministry senior management for decision-making purposes
• Develop relationships and alliances with key government, academic, industry, not-for-profit and private sector partners and stakeholders
• Contribute to the development of inter- and intra-governmental policy, planning and funding arrangements for entrepreneurship and commercialization partnerships.

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Business Knowledge:

• You have knowledge of economic theory, economic development issues (e.g. business climate factors, industrial sectors, business development and growth, commercialization, financial/funding issues), provincial business growth strategies, and relevant legislation, regulations, and policies
• You know key objectives pertaining to the growth of research and development clusters, innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship in the province
• You have knowledge of the decision-making and accountability framework of the provincial government and the legislative approvals and allocations processes, to lead development of policy and program options, Cabinet documents and Ministry program policies and guidelines
• You have knowledge of policy development principles and processes
• You can design, plan, and manage policy development, options analysis, financial analysis, performance measurement, and implementation plans
• You have excellent analytical and problem solving skills to: evaluate competing interests and proposals of economic development stakeholders; identify issues and impacts; and develop and recommend program options, approaches and solutions

Project Management and Research Skills:

• You have experience with project management techniques and principles to plan and manage options and impact analyses and policy review and development processes
• You have strong research skills and knowledge of quantitative and qualitative principles/methodologies to conceptualize, design, and manage inter-jurisdictional research projects, studies, surveys, trends analyses, environmental scans, and other forms of research
• You can plan and manage work to timelines
• You can organize and facilitate consultations, develop collaborations and partnerships, and coordinate tendering and contracts

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

• You have excellent oral and written communications skills
• You can prepare briefing notes, Cabinet submissions, option papers, reports, and background analyses for senior management, the Deputy Minister, the Ministers and the Premier
• You have excellent presentation and facilitation skills to explain program policy positions and promote policy and strategic initiatives to the Ministries' senior management and to stakeholders and inter-jurisdictional partners

Consultation and Relationship Management Skills:

• You have excellent advisory skills to provide policy advice and expertise on a range of strategic economic development, entrepreneurship and commercialization issues
• You are able to lead and coordinate consultation processes and develop partnership opportunities related to Ministry programming
• You have effective advisory, consultation, facilitation and negotiation skills to discuss and resolve diverse and competing policy and program related issues
• You have strong partnership building, influencing and consensus building skills to develop effective linkages and consultation frameworks with stakeholders

Computer Skills:

• You are proficient with computers and standard office software programs and tools to research and prepare materials

Salary Range: $74,802 - $108,721 per year

Additional information:

·       1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with the possibility of extension), 56 Wellesley St, Toronto, Toronto Region

Please apply online, only, by Thursday, May 4, 2017, by visiting and entering Job ID 106433 in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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