Cabinet Policy Advisor

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Closing date: Jan 1, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: EIA Priorities & Planning

Job Code: 14669

Salary: $104,618 - $124,898

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Job Information

The Cabinet Policy Advisor reports to the Deputy Secretary to Cabinet.

The position prepares objective, independent, central agency assessment of Ministerial signed submissions presented to Cabinet, critically assessing proposed actions and policies recommended by a Minister against established statutes, policies, business plans, the overall government agenda and environmental realities. Most importantly, the position presents an independent recommendation, to be read concurrently with the Minister's recommendation, which may reflect, vary or oppose a Minister's recommendations. Through these assessments, the position can directly affect government policy, legislation and the delivery of programs.

The position exercises considerable initiative and works independently in analyzing and compiling assessment reports and providing advice to Cabinet and client departments. The position determines appropriate methodologies for analyzing the problem and presents findings and recommendations in a concise summary.

The Advisor works with departments, boards and agencies to review and evaluate draft ministerial sponsored submissions seeking Cabinet direction. Internal contacts include ministerial staff, deputy ministers, and directors of policy, program staff, committees, and central agency colleagues (e.g., FMB, Department of Justice lawyers, etc.). The Advisor may also be required to brief Ministers and make presentations to Cabinet.

External contacts may include provincial/federal government departments/agencies, industry, suppliers/distributors and the public.

The Advisor has unrestricted access to both "confidential" and "secret" Cabinet records of the current and previous Cabinets. It is critical that Members of the current and future Cabinets are able to place a high degree of trust and confidence in the Advisor. It follows the need for consistent, creditable, dependable and uninterrupted services must be given the highest consideration.


  • Ability to analyze, interpret and critically assess information, including legislation, policies, Cabinet and FMB direction, financial data, legislative proposals and strategic plans.
  • Ability to undertake research and prepare reports.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and forecast policy, program and economic trends; anticipate the implications of these changes and recommend what directions the government should take in order to meet objectives.
  • Knowledge  about  the  current  political,  economic,  social  and  cultural  aspects  of the Northwest Territories and how government policy is developed.
  • Extensive knowledge of various methods of finding information.
  • Diplomatic skills necessary to propose and defend to Cabinet and FMB recommendations that might differ from, or directly contradict, recommendations offered by Ministers and departments.
  • Negotiating skills and interpersonal skills necessary to maintain effective and lasting working relations with senior managers and staff from other departments in situations that are often high pressure and sometimes confrontational.
  • Planning, organizational and superior writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and related software such as databases, spreadsheets, word processors, electronic communications, etc.

 Typically the above qualifications would be attained by:

The depth and breadth of knowledge required to undertake these tasks is most commonly acquired through completion of a masters of arts or law degree and a minimum of six (6) years of policy work experience, including at least three years spent in the central agencies of a public government or the corporate offices of a program department. The candidate should also have comprehensive knowledge of territorial, national, social, economic and political issues, as well as a general knowledge of government policies, programs and financial and budgetary systems. Equivalencies will be considered.

Department Information

The Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs works to provide overall management and direction to the Executive branch of the Government of the Northwest Territories. The Department is responsible for coordinating and supporting the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of initiatives and actions in support of cross-government goals. The Department is responsible for ensuring mutually respectful intergovernmental relations between the territorial government and Aboriginal, provincial, territorial and national and international governments are maintained; along with negotiating and implementing land, resources and self-government agreements that address Aboriginal rights in the Northwest Territories.


Limited Competition

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

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Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $53.65 per hour to $64.05 per hour (approximately $104,618 - $124,898) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.


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

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.



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


Affirmative Action

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


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.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #14669      

Closing Date: January 1, 2018 23:59, Mountain Standard Time