New Job Policy Development Officer Child Services In Ontario



Company : City of Toronto
Salary : $101,900–$131,222 a year
Location : Ontario

Full Description

Job ID: 26878
Job Category: Policy, Planning & Research
Division & Section: Children's Services, Child Services Service System Planning & Policy Development
Work Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Temporary Vacancy, 12 months
Salary: $101,900.00 - $131,222.00
Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
Affiliation: Non-Union
Number of Positions Open: 1
Posting Period: 14-Feb-2023 to 28-Feb-2023

Are you a champion of using data for informed decision making? Are you skilled at building relationships with various stakeholders and partners to achieve common goals? Do you have an interest in supporting community-led efforts to improve well-being outcomes for Toronto's children and families? If so, you may want to consider this exciting opportunity with Toronto Children's Services (TCS).

As a member of the Data Mobilization Team within TCS' Program and Policy Development unit, you will lead and support Raising the Village, an initiative of the Toronto Child and Family Network that consolidates and analyzes data on child and family outcomes. You will also be supporting work on other divisional initiatives, including TCS' divisional data strategy, EarlyON data and reporting, and other projects that improve the equity, accessibility and quality of the child care and early years' system in Toronto.
Toronto Children's Services is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the public and the communities in which we live and serve.

Major Responsibilities:

Research, writing and evaluation
  • Leads and directly conducts ongoing research (qualitative and quantitative) and analysis of trends and activities related to child and family well-being in order to provide information and identify emerging issues and opportunities to the Toronto Child and Family Network and senior managers
  • Develops and interprets research and analysis tools and databases to support evidence-informed decision making
  • Researches, analyzes and evaluates policies/programs
  • Prepares Council reports, research analysis, major funding requests, briefing notes, presentations and other policy reports/recommendations as required by senior management consistent with unit, divisional and corporate priorities and strategic directions
  • Applies evaluation best practices in developing targets, criteria and outcomes to measure the effectiveness and outcomes of programs and policies.

Stakeholder engagement and consultation
  • Fosters strategic partnerships and builds effective working relationships with researchers, data stewards/owners, service providers, Indigenous organizations, community and social sector stakeholders, City divisions, other orders of government, and elected officials
  • Convenes the Raising the Village working table and participates as a member of other Toronto Child and Family Network committees as required
  • Plans and carries out consultation projects with community and sector stakeholders, technical consultants, members of the public and other groups as appropriate, in the development of data sets, visualizations and tools for Raising the Village, new policy and programs, and to ensure awareness of existing and evolving issues and concerns.
Project management/implementation
  • Applies project management and skills in the leadership of staff teams on projects related to data mobilization, policy evaluation and development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Champions the implementation of policies and programs leading to positive outcomes for equity-seeking groups and applies an intersectional, equity-driven analysis to project planning and evaluation
  • Develops and manages project budgets, requests for proposals, and service contracts with external consultants and other partners.

Policy analysis and development
  • Provides policy/program development to support the delivery of various programs and services.
  • Leads strategic policy analysis and development processes by formulating and recommending new policy and approaches and detailed implementation plans
  • Applies an equity lens to policies, programs and strategies, and assesses the impact of proposed changes on various community groups including Indigenous, Black, racialized, newcomer, 2SLGBTQ and low-income city residents
  • Provides expert interpretation of federal, provincial, and municipal strategies, policy and legislation, identifies the impact of changes or new initiatives, and recommends opportunities for improved service planning and delivery

Key Qualifications:
  • Post-secondary education in a related discipline (e.g. social sciences, public policy/administration, planning, etc.) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in engagement/consultation processes and managing stakeholders such as community agencies, senior management, and political representatives.
  • Experience using social science research methods (qualitative and quantitative) to synthesize information and analyze issues.
  • Experience with project management that includes project design, development and implementation.
  • Experience using data visualization and business intelligence tools (e.g., Tableau, Excel)
  • Experience in strategic planning and policy development.
  • While all qualified applicants will be considered, lived experience as an Indigenous person, Black person or a member of an equity-deserving group is a strong asset
  • Knowledge and ability to apply equity analysis to data mobilization, engagement and policy development processes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with exceptional political acuity.
  • A high degree of conceptual ability and capacity to develop creative solutions to complex operating, policy and evaluation problems.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team work setting and flexibility in learning new program areas or analytical techniques.
  • Familiarity with government legislation in the area of Occupational Health and Safety.

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.