Senior Policy and Program Advisor

Ministry of Health

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of Ontarians? If yes, please consider this opportunity with the Ministry of Health. This position offers challenging opportunities to provide leadership and expertise in the planning, development and implementation of policies, programs, and evaluation frameworks that contribute to the government’s population and public health initiatives for Ontarians.

Office of Chief Medical Officer of Health, Public Health
The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) safeguards the health of Ontarians and provides advice on public health matters to the health sector, the division, Ministry of Health Promotion, other ministries and the provincial government. The CMOH provides oversight and takes appropriate steps to promote and protect the health of Ontarians.

Health Promotion and Prevention Policy and Programs Branch
Health Promotion and Prevention and Policy and Program Branch leads the design/development, funding, implementation and evaluation of strategic population-based policies and programs in the areas of health promotion and prevention.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the “How to apply” section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role you will:
• Lead and coordinate projects and initiatives to conceptualize, plan, develop, and recommend policy, programs, and evaluations, standards, and implementation frameworks related to the health of Ontarians.
• Lead and undertake all components of policy development and program design.
• Lead project and initiative teams and manage projects and initiatives related to the health of Ontarians.
• Ensure that policy and program options consider key factors such as research evidence, funding, governance, stakeholder interests and needs.
• Develop performance frameworks and indicators as well as measure results to report on effectiveness in meeting objectives and ministry mandate.
• Build and foster critical stakeholder relationships across ministries as well as federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions.
• Provide advice on policy and program issues to senior management and prepare a range of analysis and communications.

How do I qualify?

Health Care Policy and Program Experience

• You have demonstrated knowledge of policy development and program design, and evaluation principles and techniques.
• You have knowledge or the ability to acquire knowledge of the broad socio-economic issues impacting population and public health and provincial health systems.
• You have the ability to develop and use performance measurement and program evaluation techniques to assess the effectiveness of new and changed policies and programs.
• You have knowledge of relevant legislation and strategic direction for an integrated health system.

Analytical, Problem Solving and Research Skills

• You have the ability to assess and interpret qualitative and quantitative information to consider their impacts in policy and program proposals.
• You have the ability to use analytical skills to identify current and emerging issues, trends, and factors affecting public health.
• You have knowledge of research methodology to conduct research studies and analyze findings.
• You have the demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple concurrent and competing priorities.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

• You have partnership building and relationship management skills to establish key stakeholder linkages and work cooperatively on projects.
• You have presentation and persuasion skills to provide policy and program advice and subject matter expertise.
• You have consensus-building and negotiation skills to gain support for policy and program initiatives, resolve issues, and develop a coordinated position.
• You have oral and written communication skills and experience preparing materials and products (e.g. reports, option papers, analyses, briefings and cabinet submissions), promoting initiatives, and gathering information.
• You have demonstrated ability to use standard office software programs to conduct research and prepare own materials such as briefing notes, correspondence, policy papers and presentations.

Project Management and Leadership Skills

• You have knowledge of project management techniques to plan and lead research studies.
• You have demonstrated leadership skills to plan and direct project team members.

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