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Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Ontario College of Pharmacists


Position Summary 

The Senior Strategic Policy Advisor is responsible for leading policy reviews and conducting policy analyses in support of the College’s mandate. Reporting to the Manager, Strategic Policy, the Senior Strategic Policy Advisor manages complex policy portfolios, and provides advice and guidance to other members of the department, Management and Leadership teams on policy issues related to the practice of pharmacy in Ontario. 

What you’ll do at OCP

  • Responsible for the leadership and project management of College policy development and review initiatives and projects requiring policy expertise
  • Lead, plan and coordinate assigned policy development/review projects to conceptualize, plan, develop, and recommend policies and impact/uptake measures
  • In keeping with the College’s practice risk-based approach, undertake all aspects of policy development and review, including proactive environmental scanning, analysis of pharmacy practice and policy trends and directions, issue identification, analysis and synthesis of research and related evaluation materials, internal and external consultations, and planning for implementation
  • Analyze research evidence and data, both internal and external, to support decision making and development of policy
  • Support the Board in the submission of regulations to government, including analyzing research and providing assistance and support to Ministry staff members to maximize opportunity for government approval
  • Analyze and evaluate the policy proposals of other regulators, health system partners, and federal and provincial governments, which may intersect or impact pharmacy practice
  • Conduct jurisdictional and environmental scanning to identify potential legislative/regulatory reform or policy response
  • Continually examine work process and explore opportunities for improving efficiencies through technology, elimination or altering of work processes and make recommendations to the Manager, Strategic Policy
  • Model behaviors aligned with the Mission, Goals, Values and Strategic Priorities of the organization 
  • Support the measurement and delivery of the OCP Service Charter to meet the College’s service commitments.
  • Encourage discussion and exploration of ideas which come from differing perspectives, ensuring to include and collaborate with all team members
  • Inspire, motivate, and lead the project team, demonstrating excellence, expertise, and personal credibility, ensuring knowledge and expertise are shared freely amongst members
  • Actively enlist input from all team members supporting an approach to decision making and process development that is collaborative
  • Other reasonable duties as assigned by the Manager, Strategic Policy

What we’re looking for

  • Independent analyst with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills to identify, develop, analyze and synthesize policy issues
  • Proven ability to exercise a high degree of judgment, initiative, and planning to determine appropriate courses of action
  • Strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong organizational, analytical and facilitation skills
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills
  • Excellent verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills. 
  • Strong drafting and editing skills to ensure clear and accurate professional communications.

What experience we prefer

  • Graduate degree in Public Administration, Health Policy or Public Policy, Law degree or related field with relevant policy analysis experience.
  • Certification in health law and/or project management is an asset.
  • Certification or training in qualitative and quantitative research methods is an asset.
  • Must have 5+ years of related experience in policy analysis and the development of policy option papers relationship management, project management and/or In-depth knowledge of the health system and/or role of health regulatory Colleges is a strong asset
  • Experience in pharmacy practice is an asset

Why work for us?

We are the registering and regulating body for the profession of pharmacy practice in Ontario with a mandate to serve and protect the public interest.  In addition to ascertaining all registrants meet professional standards, the College sets and ensures ongoing adherence to professional and operational standards as it leads the advancement of pharmacy. 

If you are interested in joining the College, please forward your cover letter and resume in confidence, by July 15th, 2024 stating salary expectations.

OCP is committed to supporting accessibility and diversity.

Requests for accommodations can be made at any stage of the recruitment process.

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