Policy Analyst

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Author pmnationtalk
Date September 16, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association
Location Toronto, ON
Category Analyst
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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Policy Analyst

Toronto, Ontario


POSITION SUMMARY: The Ontario Native Women’s Association is currently accepting applications for a full time position of Policy Analyst in Toronto.

The Policy Analyst will be responsible for policy research, analysis and development to offer strategic direction, support and advocacy for the ongoing development of culturally relevant policies, legislation, and best practices that positively impact Indigenous women and their families. The Policy Analyst will conduct research and analysis of local, provincial and national policies, programs, initiatives and economic trends that affect the well-being of Indigenous women and their families. The Policy Analyst will examine existing and emerging legislation and policy development to uncover the potential impacts on Indigenous women, and their families. The Policy Analyst will prepare information packages, tool kits, policy papers, and briefing notes. The Policy Analyst will draft correspondence, position papers, project proposals, briefing notes, work-plans, and reports; and will represent ONWA at regional and/or provincial government committees and tables.


  • A post-secondary degree and/or diploma in the area of Political, Social Science (s) or Women’s/Indigenous Study (ies), and a minimum of 5 years work experience related to policy analysis and research and/or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Knowledge of the corporate nature, government systems and administration and the ability to interact with other government departments, Indigenous organizations and communities.
  • Knowledge and working of Not-For Profit Organizations.
  • Demonstrated organizational, time management and presentation skills with the ability to follow through on assigned duties independently within strict deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communications, with emphasis on keen listening and ability to effectively interpret verbal communications and needs of prospective Community Members.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office; competency working with other databases.
  • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples, knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current issues facing Indigenous Women and their families.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • Current vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
  • Cultural competency:

– Experience working with Indigenous organizations an asset
– Experience working with Indigenous communities with a working knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions.


  • Knowledge of policy analysis, legislative change, family healing, health care developments, and the social determinants of health.
  • Analyze pertinent documents and reports affecting health, violence against Indigenous women, and related areas, including government announcements.
  • Monitor political, social economic, cultural and legislative developments for their impacts on the health of Indigenous women and their families.
  • Review existing and emerging services, cutbacks and identify outstanding needs of Indigenous women and their families, both on and off-reserve.
  • Conduct research, community consultations, interviews, focus groups, and compile statistical information, in accordance with standard Indigenous methodologies.
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information including presentations.
  • Work as part of a team both within the organization and with external funders and partners.
  • Research and develop innovative and culturally appropriate models.
  • Monitor, analyze, and communicate provincial level health and healing needs with a view to improve the overall health and well-being of Indigenous Women and their families.
  • Provide advice on organizational positions for existing or emerging policy, legislation, regulation, programs, and/or services.
  • Prepare position papers, recommendations, briefing notes, fact sheets, reports, and other documents.
  • Write up research results; assist in writing proposals and preparing papers for publication.
  • Review and write critical summaries of research literature, data and/or public policy.
  • Maintain up to date resources and bibliographies as they relate to policy and research on issues affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Attend meetings as required; represent ONWA at relevant committees and tables.
  • Understanding and awareness of ONWA’s Strategic Plan and Resolutions in those areas that are related to issues affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Undertake as requested, administrative and clerical tasks associated with the Department of Policy and Research.
  • All other duties as required.


  • Culture – Takes personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables.
  • Support and work towards the overall aims and objectives of the ONWA.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures.



  • Complete monthly reports and submit to Director when required.
  • Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date.
  • Complete reports to funders as required.
  • Complete and attend supervisions with Manager and Director on a regular basis.
  • Other reports or admin as assigned.


  • Promote the program within the community.
  • To adhere to professionalism representing the organization at all times and maintain good communications.


  • Adhere to Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA.
  • Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs.
  • To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs. Adhere to professionalism at all times and maintain good communication.
  • Maintain professionalism at all times.
  • The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level.
  • Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy.
  • Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building.


To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.


The Policy Analyst will be directly accountable to Community Knowledge Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.

Applicants are asked to apply in confidence through our website (https://onwa.bamboohr.com/jobs/).

Indigenous Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted.

A job description is available upon request.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

ONWA offers a very competitive compensation package including full benefits, generous vacation allowance and savings plan.


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