Job Category: Policy, Planning & Research
Division & Section: Economic Development & Culture, EDC Program Support
Work Location: City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Permanent Vacancy
Salary: $95,604.60-$112,312.20, TM2262, Wage Grade 7.
Shift Information: Monday-Friday, 35 Hours Per Week
Number of Positions Open: 1
Posting Period: 24-Feb-2021 to 10-March-2021
About the position:
The City of Toronto's Economic Development and Culture Division strives to make Toronto a place where business and culture thrive. Our objectives are to advance Toronto’s prosperity, opportunity and liveability by fostering employment and investment opportunities, encouraging Toronto’s cultural vibrancy through more and enhanced cultural experiences, and by engaging partners in the planning and development of the City’s economic and cultural resources.
Join our team today and play an integral role in the implementation of EDC's Equity Plan, a key aspect of the 2018-2022 divisional strategy.
The goal of the Equity Project is to foster inclusion and equity in all of EDC's activities, including: programs, services, facilities, policies, incentives, grants, partnerships, sponsorships, and advisory bodies, juries and committees. At its core, it will reduce barriers preventing residents from equitably accessing and participating in cultural and economic activities leading to increased participation in City-led cultural and economic opportunities for underserved communities.
What you'll do:
As a Policy Development Officer your duties will include, but not be limited to:
Leads the implementation of the Economic Development and Culture Division's Equity Plan.
Provides advice and oversight on all activities of the Division related to delivering on the Equity Plan and applying the City's Equity Lens.
Implements detailed plans and recommends policies/procedures regarding program specific requirements.
Conducts research into assigned area ensuring that such research takes into account developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government.
Leads the preparation and issue of Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Leads the evaluation of submissions and consultant/firm selection.
Oversees and manages the work of external consultants/firms and ensures the timely completion of contracted work
Provides input into and administers assigned budget, ensuring that expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations.
Prepares Committee/Council reports, accompanying briefing notes and other background information.
Provides guidance in the preparation of Committee/Council reports, accompanying briefing notes and other background information for the Division.
Assists senior management in the Division to address ongoing and emerging issues and priorities in a timely way to ensure delivery of policy and planning services and special projects.
Provides strategic policy advice, day to day operational support and professional judgement on complex and contentious issues for the GM and senior management.
Deals with confidential and sensitive information affecting EDC operations, assets, and resources.
Provides oversight through the strategic review of all reports generated by the Division for Committee/Council.
Prepares reports and makes presentations to Senior Management on the policy development process and the Division’s policy initiatives.
Develops policies and provides leadership in the development and implementation of policies, strategies and program recommendations to support the City's economic development and culture agenda.
Identifies policy, resource and systems issues and gaps.
Develops targets and criteria to measure the effectiveness and success of programs.
Monitors federal and provincial economic development and culture policy developments and provides advice to the division on emerging issues.
Liaises and negotiates with provincial staff, local levels of government, elected officials and community groups regarding the development of new policies and provides expert advice on the interpretation of City policies relevant to the Economic Development and Culture Division.
Maintains effective working relationships with other City staff, political staff, Councillors, other orders of government, not-for-profit organizations, business and the community.
Maintains a thorough awareness of economic, cultural and political issues and trends and provides information, policy development and reports based on such issues and trends.
Participates in various committees and project teams as a Divisional representative.
Manages special policy projects as assigned.
What you'll need to succeed:
Among the strengths you bring to the role of Policy Development Officer, will be thefollowing key qualifications:
Post-secondary education in a related discipline, i.e. Public Policy and Administration, Economic Development etc., or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Extensive experience in strategic policy development and planning, policy analysis and program evaluation.
Extensive experience implementing initiatives related to inclusive economic development, equity and inclusion within a municipal context.
Considerable project management experience, managing complex assignments from inception through to implementation with minimal direction; including the creation and administration of budgets.
Considerable experience in leading and working within multi-disciplinary teams, including engaging, influencing, and working constructively within a complex multi-stakeholder environment.
Ability to use critical thinking and analysis to develop creative solutions to complex problems.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to communicate with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, senior management and political representatives.
Knowledge of various research methodologies and techniques.
Ability to prepare complex reports, presentations and speaking notes.
Strong knowledge of equity issues, including federal/provincial/municipal government programs and initiatives that affect economic development and culture
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability maintain and enhance relationships with professionals of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act as it relates to the duties of the position.
Ability to support the Toronto Public Service values to ensure a culture that champions equity, diversity and respectful workplaces.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.
The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.