Senior Policy & Legislation Analyst

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Closing date: May 23, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: MAC Corporate Affairs

Job Code: 15503

Salary: $95,589 - $114,134

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), supports capable, accountable and self-directed community governments providing a safe, sustainable and healthy environment for community residents.


Job Information

MACA's mandate is diverse and encompasses a wide range of activities and responsibilities that are based in policy and legislation. The Department is responsible for maintaining the legal framework that supports the establishment and maintenance of community governments; ensures compliance with safety standards; coordinates emergency services; supports capacity building; protects consumer rights and promotes sport and recreation and the development of youth and volunteers. To meet its obligations, the Department administers 20 statutes, numerous regulations, 6 Executive Council policies, and 20 Departmental policies.

Due to considerable diversity of the Department's mandate, there is a continual requirement to evaluate and amend the Department's legislative and policy framework to ensure that it establishes and maintains appropriate authorities and outcomes that allow MACA and community governments to deliver programs and services that meet the needs of residents. The development and maintenance of the Department's policy and legislative framework has a direct impact on MACA's ability to deliver programs and services and to ensure a productive relationship with community governments and key stakeholders. The incumbent liaises with and provides strategic advice to the divisions responsible for implementation of MACA legislation and program delivery.

The incumbent develops, analyzes and advises on submissions to the Financial Management Board and Executive Council. In doing so, the incumbent ensures consistent planning and strategic decision-making within the Department's broad mandate. The position fulfills a vital role in ensuring efficient and effective management of governmental affairs related to central agencies.

The incumbent identifies legal issues, consults with stakeholders and central agencies, including Legal Division in the Department of Justice, and contracts outside legal counsel where necessary. The incumbent reviews and drafts legal instruments for use by various operations staff within the department. The incumbent is required to work under tight deadlines with information of confidential nature.

The incumbent coordinates the development of the departmental business plan, working closely with Directors and Regional Superintendents to ensure the planned activities of the department are strategic, responsive and coordinated. The incumbent is also responsible for the development of the department's five-year strategic plan, and coordinates and provides expert advice on the evaluation and tracking of strategic objectives.

The position communicates regularly with other GNWT departments to ensure joint and coordinated GNWT positions on policy and strategic initiatives. Routinely, the Senior Policy and Legislation Analyst exchanges information and expertise, collaborates with others in the development of departmental input, and leads task teams to ensure coordinated and complementary efforts to support or represent GNWT interests.

The Senior Policy and Legislation Analyst is located in Yellowknife and reports to the Manager, Policy and Planning.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.
The responsibilities of the position require a specialized technical knowledge of law and legislation, as well as an in-depth understanding of policy development, analysis and review.
Specific areas of expertise are:

  • Knowledge of legal and legislative principles and practice.
  • Ability to read and interpret legislation.
  • Knowledge of the government legislation processes and mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of policy development and analysis.
  • Knowledge of best practices in legal and policy research.
  • Knowledge of northern local government and regional concerns and conditions.
  • Knowledge of the GNWT strategic and business planning and reporting processes.
  • Knowledge of computer software including word processing, database, and electronic mail and communications programs.

Responsibilities require the incumbent to have analytical, research, writing and communication abilities. Specific skills include:

  • Ability to initiate work, to work independently or in teams and to complete projects within established timeframes.
  • Ability to distinguish between legal, policy and political issues.
  • Ability to coordinate, organize, prioritize and work under pressure and with deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong written, oral and electronic communication skills.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills and judgement, as well as demonstrated ability to research, critically analyze and synthesize multiple concepts and priorities.
  • Ability to work on a number concurrent priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Proven research skills and an ability to exercise sound, professional judgment

Typically attained by

This level of knowledge is most commonly acquired through an undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g. public administration, political science, economics, Canadian studies, history, English, etc.) and the completion of post-baccalaureate program (e.g. a master's degree, a law degree etc.), as well as five years of broad professional experience in the areas of policy, program, legislative and/or interdisciplinary research and analysis.

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Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


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


Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $49.02 per hour to $58.53 per hour (approximately $95,589 - $114,134)

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.


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 #15503         

Closing Date: May 23, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


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