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Policy Analyst

Job Type: 
Other
Organization: 
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)
Job Description : 

The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) was founded in 1905 and today represents urban municipalities including cities, towns, villages, summer villages and specialized municipalities and more than 85% of Albertans. It is a dynamic and evolving association, advocating the interests of members to the provincial and federal orders of government and other stakeholders. 

AUMA provides leadership in advocating local government interests to the Provincial Government and other organizations, and provides services that address the needs of its membership. To contribute to achieving those objectives, staff demonstrate professional, positive attitudes in their interactions with government officials, members, customers, and Board and Committee members.

The AUMA attracts and retains competent, effective and dedicated employees and assists employees in developing and refining the skills and competence required to achieve the objectives of AUMA. Relations between employees and managers are open and direct, leading to an excellent work environment, clear communications, and a positive attitude.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy, the Policy Analyst is responsible for researching and supporting the planning and development of policies and procedures that advance the vibrancy and sustainability of Alberta’s communities.  Specifically, the incumbent gathers and analyses information and provides recommendations that engage the Board and its committees in identifying issues and opportunities and developing and advocating solutions. The incumbent represents AUMA on external committees and work groups and prepares correspondence, briefings, presentations, speaking points, and other materials to support AUMA members in their advocacy activities. The incumbent also manages projects, including elements of major member events, and may provide support for grant management activities.

Position Term

  • Fulltime, Permanent

Education and Skills

Education

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Arts, or other applicable area.

Experience

  • Working knowledge of economic, social, and environmental trends.
  • Working knowledge of federal/provincial legislation, policies, and processes.
  • Working knowledge of inter-relationships between the province, municipalities, for-profit, and not-for-profit industry associations.
  • Working knowledge of AUMA’s governance and decision making process.
  • Working knowledge of research and survey methods.
  • Project management experience.

Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to provide advice and coordinate activities in a consultative environment.
  • Ability to establish strong work relationships.
  • Ability to develop policy proposals, presentations, correspondence, and other communications.
  • Works well in a tightly knit team environment.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and be self-managed.
  • Excellent organizational skills required to work on numerous projects and to coordinate multiple activities.

Responsibilities

Policy and Research Development

  • Research and evaluate policy issues.
  • Develop policy options and bring forward recommendations for consideration.

Project Management

  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications and contracts.
  • Provide recommendations on scope of work and deliverables.
  • Create and execute project work plans.
  • Manage and/or support the monitoring of projects and grants to ensure deliverables are met.

Committee Coordination

  • Support the development of annual mandate letters and prepare annual operational plans.
  • Work with the Committee Chair to manage and prioritize the issues that come before the committee.
  • Identify matters requiring Committee or Board approval and submit requests for decision.
  • Research and prepare briefing materials and other information items.
  • Prepare meeting agendas and associated materials.
  • Monitor and communicate the status of action items, operational plans, and convention resolutions and recommend further actions to advance their progress.

Communication

  • Research and prepare briefings and speaking points for President and Board in support of their board meetings, media interviews, community engagement activities, meetings with provincial and federal elected officials, etc.
  • Prepare documents and articles to communicate policy matters to municipal elected officials and administrators.
  • Provide social media support, make basic updates to website, and provide back-up support for publishing the weekly member newsletter, as needed.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders, including representing the organization on work teams and external committees. 

Other Responsibilities:

  • Provide support for major AUMA events, e.g. convention.
  • Provide input into development of AUMA’s strategic plan.
  • Provide input into AUMA’s communication strategy.
  • Provide input into Advocacy’s risk assessment and mitigation plan.
  • Provide input into Advocacy’s monthly activity report to the CEO and Executive Management team.
  • Other duties as required.
Closing Date: 
May 17, 2019
Application Return: 

To apply for this position, please submit your resume with cover letter to Jeff Simpson, Senior Director, Human Resources at jsimpson@auma.ca

Selection of people to perform this position is based on matching their knowledge, skills, competencies, and behaviours to the work to be performed so that the best qualified candidates are chosen. AUMA is committed to employment practices that are unbiased with regard to equal opportunity of employment. AUMA makes every effort to be in compliance with the Alberta Human Rights Legislation.