Social Policy, Analysis and Research leads collaborative, applied research, analysis and policy in order to advance equitable outcomes for Toronto residents. Reporting to the Director, the Policy Development Officer will contribute strong analytical and conceptual thinking, research skills and expertise in stakeholder engagement to a smart, dynamic social policy team.
- Coordinates and writes reports to Toronto City Council on policy and program issues
- Manages the research, writing and production of strategic social policy publications and reports
- Coordinates strategic social policy development and planning activities involving other orders of government, other City divisions, community agencies, residents and other key stakeholders to meet identified regional, city-wide, divisional and community social and economic needs
- Investigates and integrates findings on social, economic and political environments into the formulation of policy and/or program recommendations to Council, senior management, and other orders of government, ensuring the interests of Council, corporate, divisional and community interests are considered in the recommendations
- Facilitates meaningful resident engagement processes to ensure that policy positions are rooted in the needs, experience and expertise of those most impacted
- Evaluates broad social programs and policies and the impact of initiatives by other orders of government and community-based organizations on the provision of human services in Toronto
- Generates a range of options for programs and policies, assessing the implications and feasibility of these options and recommends viable solutions and implementation strategies
- Project manages Council-directed special initiatives, ensuring cross-divisional collaboration to meet project objectives
- Supports strategic corporate initiatives, as required
- Develops and applies appropriate conceptual and analytical frameworks in policy analysis and program development processes
- Represents the City, Deputy City Manager, Division at workshops and committees which have an impact on social development in Toronto
- Provides strategic advice and support and consults with elected officials, inter-municipal groups, other orders of government, senior management, stakeholders and community groups
- Fosters and maintains cooperative working relationships with elected officials, City staff, representatives of the human services system and other orders of government
- Experience in strategic policy development and planning, policy analysis and program evaluations in the human services area.
- Experience working with community groups or residents in the formulation of social policy, analysis and/or research.
- Project management experience, managing complex assignments from inception through to implementation with minimal direction while balancing political, community and other stakeholder interests, and resolving conflicts.
- Post-secondary degree in related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience working with elected officials and senior management within the public sector.
- High degree of conceptual ability and capacity to develop creative solutions to complex operating, policy and evaluating problems.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
- Flexibility in learning new program areas or analytical techniques.
- Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
- High level of communication skills with a particular emphasis on excellent writing ability.
- Sound interpersonal skills, cross-cultural awareness and understanding, and good judgement.
- General and current knowledge of legislation and programs relevant to the provision of human services in Toronto.
- Familiarity with government legislation in the area of Occupational Health and Safety.
- Knowledge of: precarious work and inclusive economic issues; human service system planning and integration; population and/or place-based social policy development; and/or issues of equity and systemic change is considered an asset.
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