Manager, Policy and Communications

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Closing date: Jul 28, 2017

Location: Yellowknife

Department: FIN Corporate Affairs

Job Code: 14551

Salary: $104,618 - $124,898

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Department of Finance has the mandate to provide leadership and direction to the public service in all areas of finance and human resource management. This mandate includes negotiating major financial arrangements with the federal government, providing analysis and advice to the Financial Management Board, and ensuring that financial and information resources are managed effectively, efficiently and economically. This mandate also includes the recruitment and retention of a competent public service that representative of the people it serves, the development of programs and services that effectively serve the human resource needs of the public service.


Job Information

The Manager, Policy and Communications is responsible for the management and coordination of strategic policy planning and development, legislative and communication initiatives, records management and access to information functions for the departments of Finance and Executive and Indigenous Affairs (the Departments).

The Manager, Policy and Communications is located in Yellowknife and reports directory to the Director, Shared Corporate Services (Director). The position provides services to the Departments in the areas of policy, legislation revision and initiation, program analysis review; strategic planning; parliamentary and ministerial liaison; records management; access to information; and departmental communication and public affairs activities.

The position is called upon to provide advice to the Director, develop strategies, develop communication packages and coordinate responses regarding the varied issues that arise related to policies, legislation and departmental activities in general. Position also oversees the provision of analysis and briefings and preparation of Decision Papers, Information Items and presentations for Executive Council. The incumbent must be able to develop policy, legislative options and recommendations, and communication strategies that further the strategic direction of the GNWT.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• High level of writing skills for drafting legislation, policy, analyses and position papers to convey information and recommendations.
• High  level  of  verbal skills  is  critical  to  communicate in  a  variety   of  settings, negotiating positions and exchanging information.
• Ability to develop and express analyses, ideas, concepts,  judgments and recommendations to professionals and lay people in a clear and concise manner using appropriate verbal, written and graphic means.
• Management skills to lead, plan, organize, coordinate and complete complex and concurrent projects independently or in teams within time and resource constraints while monitoring progress and evaluating results.
• Ability to achieve results within a complex regulatory and political setting.
• Ability to build   and sustain   relationships   with   stakeholders,   leading teams and supervising subordinate staff effectively.
• Political sensitivity, self-confidence, tact and diplomacy are critical in contacts with stakeholders and politicians.
• Seasoned knowledge of legislative and policy frameworks within the NWT and in other jurisdictions.
• Detailed  knowledge  of  strategic  planning,  policy  and  program  development  in  a government  structure.
• Knowledge of computer software including word processing and Internet applications.
• Specialized knowledge of policy and legislation development and processes.
• Ability to develop, analyze and articulate various policy options aimed at increasing understanding, acceptance or resolution.
• Specialized knowledge in communications theory and principles. Versatile and creative thinking to achieve innovative communications processes and products.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

These skills are typically acquired through completion or a relevant university degree with 5 years of experience in policy development, implementation, communications, and evaluation of policy and/or legislation, and a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience.


Limited Competition

This Job Opening is limited to employees with the GNWT/WSCC in indeterminate and term positions.

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Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Criminal Records Check

Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal records check.  Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.



Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.



Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 14551  

Closing Date: July 28, 2017- 23:59, Mountain Daylight Time


Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $53.65 per hour to $64.05 per hour (approximately $104,618.00- $124,898.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.