Policy Lead

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Public Policy Forum
  • Policy Development
  • Program / Project Management
Full Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area
  • Ontario
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-10-232019-11-29

Candidate Profile

The Public Policy Forum is seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated policy professional to join our dynamic and growing policy team as a Policy Lead.

The Policy Lead is responsible for providing direction and guidance to the project team and must be able to confidently anticipate problems and develop solutions with minimal direction. Initiative, strong organizational skills, and good judgement are key to succeeding in the role.

The Policy Lead works collaboratively with PPF staff, management and Fellows, as well as external partners and research collaborators, to deliver multiple projects at a consistently high level, on time and according to budget.  The Policy Lead builds and develops professional relationships with external stakeholders, including PPF members, funding partners, experts, academics and others to carry out project deliverables.  This position will have the opportunity to lead work on a varied portfolio of exciting projects that fulfil PPF’s strategic objectives and will provide the opportunity to explore new areas of policy

The successful candidate will report directly to the Director of Policy.

The Organization

The Public Policy Forum is a 33-year-old non-profit organization that works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from “inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions of emerging and established thinkers, doers and deciders on fundamental policy issues and by identifying fresh policy options and paths forward. The Public Policy Forum researches and convenes around topical public policy challenges and celebrates great policy contributions at our testimonial dinners. We are committed to making a meaningful contribution to policy development that leads to a better Canada.


Scope and Objectives 

The Public Policy Forum conducts research and engagement activities on a wide variety of public policy issues of relevance to Canadians with a primary focus on the following five areas of inquiry:

  • The social and economic determinants of growth
  • Good governance and healthy democracy
  • Policy-making in an age of disruption
  • The changing nature of work
  • Indigenous growth and governance

The Policy Lead’s key duties include:

  • Taking ownership of and driving forward PPF’s projects through:
    • overall management of the projects, including budget oversight, communications planning and project management;
    • supervising logistics for events, coordinating and briefing chairs/facilitators/speakers for events, providing on-site support for events, planning and oversight of the budget;
    • the design and development of project proposals including researching the issue, developing budgets, and critical path development;
    • supervising and conducting research, and preparing major reports and other key documents for projects such as background papers, discussion guides, case studies, interview guides, agendas, website content, presentation decks, blogs, op-eds;
    • the building of effective relationships with external project partners (funders, researchers, advisory council etc.) to develop and deliver projects.
  • Managing projects related to the PPF’s other areas of focus from time to time, including developing project proposals, managing budgets, research, drafting short and long papers, managing project teams, supervising logistics for events and building relationships with partners.

Skills, Education and Experience

  • Post-secondary education in a relevant discipline, plus at least five years of relevant work experience;
  • Proven track record in developing and managing multiple complex projects, from conception through to conclusion;
  • Experience in public policy research, analysis and writing;
  • In-depth knowledge of public service, public administration and political science;
  • Excellent writing skills and a proven ability to prepare and edit documents to a high standard;
  • Ability to help conceive, develop and implement multi-stakeholder, non-partisan engagement projects, on time and within budget, with minimal direction;
  • Advanced qualitative / quantitative research skills;
  • Strong analytical skills: ability to identify relevant materials and main trends, and to prepare succinct summaries of main findings, with minimal direction;
  • Confidence in cultivating and managing relationships with external partners;
  • High level of relevant computer literacy;
  • Proficiency in both of Canada’s official languages is preferred but not essential.

Please attach a cover letter, your CV and one writing sample.

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