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Policy Analyst, College of Midwives of Ontario

Background

The current environment in which the College of Midwives of Ontario operates is being shaped by forces such as the maternity care crisis; the growing public awareness of midwifery as a desirable maternity care choice and the accompanying increase in demand for midwifery services; and the passing of the Health System Improvements Act and other important legislative developments. It is rife with opportunities to improve access to and the quality of services available to women and their families in Ontario. The College needs to be able to respond to these opportunities now. For this reason, the College is seeking an experienced individual to serve as Policy Analyst.

Position Summary

The College of Midwives of Ontario is seeking an experienced individual to support its policy and advocacy efforts as a Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst will draft policies; conduct research, analysis and environmental scans to support strategic policy development; communicate with contacts in stakeholder organisations; and prepare reports and summaries to support senior management and Council's information requirements; review policy options and prepare positions papers, make policy recommendations and assess their implications for the College and the profession.

The successful candidate will have the ability to research, develop and write policies related to the regulation of health professionals; have a solid understanding of, and preferably experience with, policy development procedures within a regulatory environment; an understanding of the Ontario health care system; and superior research and writing skills.

All interested candidates are asked to submit a resume, stating salary expectations, references and writing samples to: Brenda MacNeil, Executive Assistant at [email protected]. Please note that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Education / Experience Required

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the knowledge and skills listed. Typically, graduation from a university or college with a Bachelor's degree in public health, business/public administration, economics, social work or a related field, AND five years of progressively responsible experience in administrative, professional, investigative, technical, or other responsible work that included analysis, policy design and implementation, and report writing.

A graduate degree or equivalent experience in one of the following areas: health policy, public policy, political science, or another appropriate field could be substituted for up to 2 years of the work experience.

Responsibilities

  • Monitors provincial legislation and law reform initiatives;
  • Develops, coordinates and otherwise assists on projects and initiatives, and substantive issues arising from the mandate of the College's statutory committees, as assigned;
  • Assists with all communications relating to policy initiatives;
  • Prepares background reports for committees and working groups;
  • Prepares policy position papers;
  • Prepares presentations for senior staff and council members;
  • Communicates with counterparts in other maternity care stakeholder organisations;
  • Contributes to the College's quarterly newsletters, as well as its website;
  • Preparing regular reports for Registrar and Deputy Registrar;
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications/Skills

  • Research and policy development experience;
  • Knowledge of provincial government's legislative and policy-making processes;
  • Knowledge of Ontario's Regulated Health Professions Act;
  • Familiarity with public administration principles and practices, including strategic planning, goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation, and administrative organization An understanding of Ontario's political structure;
  • Superior writing skills;
  • Computer proficiency;
  • Ability to obtain data from all sources, primary and secondary, including the Internet;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Ability to work in French an asset;
  • Ability to work as a team member, with groups and various personalities;
  • Ability to work under pressure as circumstances dictate.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
    • regularly required to sit, to use a computer keyboard and a telephone;
    • frequently is required to talk or hear;
    • occasionally required to stand and walk;
    • occasionally required lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.