Senior Policy Advisor

The University of Calgary
Full Time
Calgary, AB
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description
Position Overview The Dean's Office in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Senior Policy Advisor (Health). This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), headquartered at the University of Calgary, is one of the thirteen virtual institutes of CIHR. CIHR-INMHA has a mandate to support research that enhances knowledge of the brain, mental health, neurological health, vision, hearing and cognitive functioning and to reduce the burden of related disorders through prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation. CIHR-INMHA supports innovative research that provides new knowledge of the biological and socio-cultural processes underlying cognition and emotion in the context for good health, mental ill-health and addiction. The mission of CIHR-INMHA is to foster excellence in innovative, ethically responsible research in Canada that aims to increase our knowledge of the functioning and disorders of the brain and the mind, the spinal cord, the sensory and motor systems, as well as mental health, mental illness and all forms of addiction. CIHR-INMHA seeks to translate this new knowledge into a better quality of life for all Canadians through improved health outcomes, health promotion and health care services. The Senior Policy Advisor reports to the Scientific Director (SD) and the Associate Scientific Director (ASD) of INMHA. The Senior Policy Advisor will work closely with the SD, ASD, Assistant Director (AD) and other team members and work collaboratively with key staff at CIHR and other branches, divisions and institutes of CIHR as well as with key officials as required. The incumbent will support the SD in their efforts to provide public policy advice to government and community stakeholders. Obtaining a Federal Government secret security clearance will be required. The Senior Policy Advisor will support the SD in his role in the development and provision of relevant strategic and operational advice, policy options and recommendations on significant issues related to key research initiatives and strategic public policy priority areas under INMHA's mandate. This will include undertaking multiple institute projects with a particular emphasis on research in substance use and mental health involving significant internal and external collaborations. Position Description Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to): Leadership: Provide written and verbal briefings/recommendations to the SD on public policy matters (e.g., sensitive and confidential issues, activities, invitations, opportunities for strategic engagement) impacting the institute Lead and assist with the development and writing of presentations, briefing materials, and any other related documents as required Provide strategic leadership on key files as needed and instructed by the SD and ASD Attend and/or provide coordination support for various meetings to monitor the integration of decisions and directives, identify critical paths and course of actions for the SD for the resolution of issues related to key files Respond to, monitor, prioritize and/or coordinate the implementation of activities and materials for the SD on a wide variety of related public policy issues Monitor a broad range of strategic issues and topics including federal and provincial/territorial government activities having possible impact on the work, priorities and interests of the SD Synthesize complex information from legislative and government documents and formulate effective advice to the SD Strategic Engagement: Collaborate with government departments and agencies to inform and advance INMHA's approach and strategy in order to support brain and mental health research in Canada Identify potential synergies and joint opportunities for collaboration to the SD and ASD. Participate in internal and external working groups as required Maintain a network of contacts with stakeholders in government, community mental health and substance use health agencies Promote the institute's mandate, strategies and programs in public and where opportunities arise Planning and Development: Responsible and accountable for the development and creation of high-quality written materials for the SD including reports, presentations, analyses, briefing and speaking notes Coordinate and/or prepare background information for the SD for meetings with stakeholders as required Contribute to various internal and external communications materials, including sensitive briefing notes (ensure accuracy and appropriateness of responses/info provided) Develop plans and opportunities for the SD to interact, communicate and collaborate with stakeholders Administration: Ensure that the SD is kept abreast of issues, activities and deadlines relevant to his role and/or the portfolios of the institute Manage the SD's expectations and communications associated with project timelines Work collaboratively with and help support other team members within the institute on relevant matters and may be asked to provide supervision and mentorship to junior staff Understand the goals and mandates of CIHR-INMHA and reflect the values of CIHR-INMHA Foster and maintain excellent relationships with CIHR and other stakeholders including government Liaise with the CIHR's Strategic Policy branch in facilitating the development of CIHR policy positions within INMHA's research areas, supporting and collaborating in the development of internal and external policy strategies under the purview of the SD's responsibility Qualifications / Requirements: Bachelor's degree in political science, public administration, public policy, health research or related field including experience in public policy development, and/or health policy research related field particularly in the areas of mental health and substance use Minimum of 5 years of relevant, related experience A combination of education and experience may be considered in meeting the qualifications for this position Proficiency in French would be an asset Good understanding of the Canadian health research landscape and processes Knowledge of Canada's health systems and/or health policy and practice environments and familiarity with key health research issues Working knowledge of federal government administration and key organizations involved in health research and science and technology Understanding of government decision-making processes Demonstrates professionalism, discretion, courtesy, and respect in all interactions with internal and external stakeholders creating a positive image for CIHR-INMHA and CIHR Accuracy and attention to detail is required with the ability to prioritize often conflicting demands Ability to analyze complex information efficiently and strategically identify issues and opportunities, and develop recommendations Proven ability to work independently and in a team setting with remote-access colleagues, manage priorities and deadlines, and to be accountable for delivery of service Strong interpersonal and communication skills required in dealing with a range of situations, which may include complex, sensitive and confidential issues. Ability to operate within a complex, multi-faceted work environment and be a strong team player Ability to work under pressure Strong working knowledge of Microsoft computer applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and e-mail applications Application Deadline: January 8, 2023 We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted. Additional Information This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase III. To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine. The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. About the University of Calgary The University of Calgary is Canada's leading next-generation university - a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation's most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada's top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca. The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do. As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]). We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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