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Policy Analyst

Job Type: 
Policy / Planning / Research
Organization: 
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)
Job Description : 

Reporting to the 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 provides strategic advice and manages sensitive and complex policy issues. This assists members and AUMA’s executive to identify challenges and develop and advocate for solutions. Preparing briefings, decision requests, presentations, correspondence, articles, and other materials is a key responsibility. As well, the incumbent seeks funding and other resources to advance initiatives that build municipal capacity and leads associated budget and contract management activities. Other activities include managing and leveraging relationships with AUMA Committees, member municipalities, senior government staff, partners, and various stakeholders. This can also include representing AUMA on external committees and working groups.

Education and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Arts. 
  • 7 years’ experience working in policy development, project management, and grant management.
  • Proven familiarity with governance, economic, social, and environmental issues and trends affecting municipalities.
  • Working knowledge of federal/provincial legislation, policies, and processes.
  • Understanding of relationships between the federal and provincial governments, municipalities, community associations, and other key stakeholders.
  • Awareness of Municipal governance and decision-making process.

Skills and Attributes

  • Very strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively gather and analyze information and develop policy options and solutions for a wide range of complex municipal matters.
  • Ability to recommend appropriate federal and/or provincial advocacy activities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for developing and maintaining effective work relationships and partnerships with municipal leaders, provincial or federal staff, academics, service organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to facilitate dialogue to build mutual understanding of diverse views and build consensus on solutions to municipal matters.
  • Proven comfort working in a politically charged, rapidly changing, and fast paced environment that requires tact/diplomacy, flexibility, impartiality, and confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills for working on numerous projects and coordinating multiple activities.
  • Strong computer skills (Internet research, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, CRM, webinars).
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to be self-managed, while working in a team environment, sharing knowledge and skills.

Responsibilities

Policy Development

  • Proactively identify, research, and evaluate complex and sensitive policy issues.
  • Develop and communicate policy options and solutions.

Program and Project Management

  • Develop Terms of Reference, work plans, and budgets for policy and program initiatives.
  • Seek grant funding or other partnership opportunities, as required.
  • Based on a needs assessment, develop tools and other resources to build the capacity of municipalities.
  • Carry out all stages of project management including identifying and mitigating risk, monitoring progress, tracking expenditures, providing progress updates and submitting final project reports.

Engagement and Communication

  • Build and maintain relationships with municipal elected officials and administrators, government staff, service organizations, academic institutions, and other stakeholders.
  • Represent AUMA on external committees and at meetings and consultations.
  • 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 content for social media and website, and make basic updates to website.  

Committee Coordination

  • Prepare annual Committee work 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, work plan and convention resolutions and recommend further actions to advance their progress.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Provide input into development of AUMA’s strategic plan including collaboration on AUMA’s provincial and federal advocacy strategies and the Advocacy group’s risk assessment and mitigation plan.
  • Contribute to the preparation of Advocacy’s monthly activity report to the CEO and Executive Management team.

Work Conditions

  • Majority of work will take place at AUMA’s office (8616 – 51 Ave);
  • Travel, mainly in Alberta, will be necessary; and
  • Overtime as required.
Closing Date: 
August 16, 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.