Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, Policy Analyst

  • Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

    Policy Analyst

    The OFIFC is an award winning leader in culture-based management providing innovative research, policy, training and community development to 28 Friendship Centres and other urban Aboriginal service providers across Ontario. Located in downtown Toronto, the OFIFC engages all levels of government and mainstream agencies.

    OFIFC is a purpose-driven organisation which offers unique and challenging work. A rewarding and enriching career awaits if you are skilled at critical thinking, building relationships, take personal accountability for getting things done and enjoy working as part of a team to collaboratively solve problems.

    Working as part of a team in a fast paced environment where the main responsibilities are advancing supportive public policy, advocating and building support for urban Aboriginal issues. This includes advocating on behalf of and providing support to Friendship Centres.
    * Job Description is below.


    • Awareness of Aboriginal culture;
    • Post-secondary education in Public Policy, Political Science, Public Administration or another relevant discipline;
    • 2 – 3 years’ experience in policy analysis;
    • Experience in the field of urban Aboriginal governance, strategic planning or community development;
    • Knowledge of government organisational structures and legislative processes;
    • Excellent listening, oral and written communication skills and public speaking skills, aimed at both internal and external audiences;
    • Extensive experience in research, both qualitative and quantitative;
    • Exceptional ability to build and foster relationships with external policy stakeholders;
    • Demonstrated ability to think critically and to provide strategic recommendations;
    • Ability to be self-motivated and initiating as well as collaborative and responsive in a team setting;
    • Must be able to travel within Ontario 10 – 12 times per year; and
    • Criminal Reference Clearance (CPIC) and Vulnerable Sector Clearance are requirements of the employment offer.

    Contact Information:
    If you are interested in qualifying in this role that offers an exceptional compensation package, please send your resume and cover letter to:

    Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres HR Manager 219 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E8 Fax: 416.956.7577
    Website: www.ofifc.org Email: hr@ofifc.org

    Date Posted: 02/12/2018

    Posting Deadline: Until Filled

    Only those selected for an interview will be contacted

    Job Description

    Position Title: POLICY ANALYST
    Grade: 5
    Created: February 2015
    Workgroup: Policy
    Approved: June 25, 2015

    Supervision: Employed by the OFIFC, responsible to the policies and directions as determined by the Board of Directors and under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, or designate. Daily supervision is designated to the Policy Director.

    Primary Objective:
    To advance supportive public policy aimed at addressing any file area related issues and the well-being of the urban Aboriginal community in Ontario. This includes advocating on behalf of and providing support to Friendship Centres.

    Core Competencies:

    • Culture - Takes personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of OFIFC’s Neha (bundle) including foundational teachings and organisational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables.
    • Accountability - Takes personal ownership and responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work commitments.
    • Critical Thinking - Applies systematic, logical reasoning when addressing problems or situations in order to arrive at an appropriate solution or outcome.
    • Building Relationships and Strategic Partnerships - Builds, develops and sustains business relationships / strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial, reciprocal and grounded in trust and respect. It is recognising we are all interdependent and working towards the common good of the organisation.
    • Results Orientation - Accomplishes established goals, delivers the outcomes required and achieves the results. It includes the efficient and effective use of all resources (time, financial, people and technology).
    • Teamwork and Collaboration - Works collaboratively with others and addresses conflict in a win-win productive manner. This includes a mindset of sharing with others whether it is knowledge, recognition, information and skills. Working towards a common purpose for the good of OFIFC and the communities of people it serves.
    • Communication - Effectively delivers information in a transparent, honest and clear manner. It includes actively listening, comprehending and responding appropriately when interacting with people. It is about being respectful when expressing opinions and points of view.

    Technical Competencies:

    • Knowledge of government organisational structures and legislative processes
    • Excellent writing skills and ability to document clearly and succinctly for internal and external audiences
    • Extensive experience in research, both qualitative and quantitative
    • Ability to grasp political theory to be fair, balanced and unbiased in their recommendations
    • Exceptional ability to build and foster relationships with external policy stakeholders
    • Must have strong oral communication/public speaking skills

    Behavioural Competencies:

    • Strong Analytical Thinking
    • Creativity/Innovative
    • Collaborative Team Player
    • Planning and Organising

    Education/Work Experience:

    • Post-secondary education in Public Policy, Political Science, Public Administration or another relevant discipline
    • 2 – 3 years’ experience in policy analysis
    • Post-secondary education in area of specialisation is considered an asset

    Work Environment:
    Works in a safe and suitable office environment exposed to mid to high-level computer use (internet research) often faced with tight deadlines.

    Working Hours:
    Overtime required during peak periods and when workload necessitates. Travel to Friendship Centres/Delivery Sites for the purposes of integrated field visits 8 – 10 times per year. Local travel for stakeholder/funder meetings/forums/conferences 1 - 2 times per year.

    To undertake policy research, analysis and advocacy on issues related to Friendship Centres and within area of specialisation towards the achievement of improved outcomes for urban Aboriginal people. All policy processes undertaken must be aligned with OFIFC’s long-range strategic plan.

    Key Contacts/Relationships:
    Primarily communicates with the Policy Director, program workgroups, other Policy Analysts and the Executive Director for the purposes of exchanging and sharing information, integrating and collaborating.

    Communicates with Friendship Centres/Delivery Sites, Funders, Stakeholders, Aboriginal organisations, and Government Ministries for sharing of information, policy analysis, and collaboration.