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Senior Policy Analyst, Government and Community Engagement, University Relations

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Job ID: 15638

Updated: August 15, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Government and Community Engagement unit within University Relations is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Senior Policy Analyst for approximately 1 year.

Reporting to the Director of Government Relations, the Senior Policy Analyst is a key member of the Government and Community Engagement team (GCE). GCE's mandate is to position the university as a key partner with governments by developing and furthering the university's relationships with the three levels of government, and to promote to governments the university's perspectives, positions and priorities. Of equal importance, the unit also works closely with other units and university faculties to facilitate mutually beneficial engagement with the broad range of the institutional stakeholder communities, including facilitating public policy dialogue and the engagement of students and faculty in public policy development, strengthening linkages between the university and the community, encouraging increased community access to and usage of the university's facilities, and supporting special events on campus.

GCE is led by the Associate Vice-President (Government and Community Engagement) and has strong working relationships with other university units, including units within the University Relations division (Strategic Communications and Marketing), the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams and faculties. The incumbent will join a dynamic team of government and community engagement professionals. The incumbent will often handle time sensitive and highly confidential information, and as such, must be comfortable exercising discretion, sound judgement and diplomacy. The pace is intense, the workload demanding but rewarding and the position requires irregular work hours at times.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Identify key policy issues in the municipal, provincial and federal governments and provide recommendations and strategic advice to the Director, Government Relations on those issues
  • Undertake analysis of relevant policy issues from the perspective of strength of evidence, economic and other impacts to the university and post-secondary sector
  • Research, compile and prepare submissions to three levels of government
  • Identify, monitor and review significant trends, gaps and changes in priority issues in higher education and research, by reviewing the current literature, federal and provincial government budgets, and available data from a variety of sources
  • Monitor and analyse issues of priority concern to the university, with a particular focus on higher education and university research-related policies, and communicate relevant findings of the analyses to university units including senior university officials
  • Participate as a key contributor to the development of the university's environmental scans, broad advocacy and engagement strategy, positioning the university as a key resource with government
  • Develop data-driven recommendations in support of the university's advocacy and policy priorities, working with other university units and senior leaders as relevant
  • Identify opportunities for the university to participate in and influence the development of public policy in areas central to its mandate
  • Propose, plan and develop policy research projects addressing issues of concern to the university
  • Work closely with Government Relations colleagues and senior leaders in the university to discuss, brainstorm and challenge the ideas/data proposed on various policy files or projects
  • Synthesize and communicate relevant findings analyses to university officials, as appropriate, as well as members and other target audiences via well-argued and well-documented discussion papers, background documents, research reports, briefs, correspondence, briefing notes etc. that are based on a concrete understanding of the needs and interests of the audience
  • Prepare briefs and other materials to support meetings with government officials on issues/polices that relate to or will impact the university and its stakeholders
  • Provide analysis for and contribute to communications and public affairs material produced by the university and post-secondary associations and partners when relevant
  • Respond to requests for information from stakeholders within the university and all three levels of government
  • Regularly and effectively liaise (i.e., discuss particular activities or initiatives, positions and views on issues etc.) with counterparts at universities and other stakeholders in the higher education sector (i.e. CFI, the granting councils, U15 and Universities Canada)
  • Work in partnership with other units to contribute to special events related to public policy, involving government and other external stakeholders within the community

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • University degree in public policy, business/public administration, science, engineering, law, political science, economics or in another field that is relevant to the duties of this position. A graduate degree would be an asset
  • 4-6 years of experience working in a policy, government or advocacy role
  • An ability to research, analyse, understand and explain issues and events in complex policy fields, including an analysis of government budgets, policies, programs or any other initiative likely to have an impact on universities
  • Demonstrated ability to make data-driven recommendations
  • Experience in research (including environmental scanning), analysis, preparation and presentation of detailed reports on issues related to innovation, science, research and technology policy, and their relevance/implication for the university
  • Significant experience working in a complex environment, serving a number of internal and external clients and interacting with multiple stakeholders from government and the private sector
  • Familiarity with university structures and dynamics and knowledge of sources of data and information on Canadian and international higher education and on research and science and innovation
  • Excellent analytical skills, high attention to detail, and accuracy are essential
  • Ability to master several complex policy issues and communicate these to a variety of audiences
  • Strong logical reasoning and intellectual curiosity
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and with colleagues
  • Flexibility to deal with immediate or late-breaking situation is required
  • Eligibility to act as a registered lobbyist with the federal government would be an asset

Application Deadline: June 13, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level III of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.


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