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Senior Policy Analyst

Universities Canada is the national organization that represents Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities and university-degree level colleges at home and abroad. We provide a forum for discussion and a framework for action at the federal level, facilitating the development of public policy on higher education. We also encourage cooperation among universities and among partners with whom we share interests. We are a non-governmental, not-for-profit association, funded through membership fees and revenues from publications and contract management services. We are currently seeking a senior policy analyst to work with our research and policy group.

As a senior policy analyst, you will conduct strategic research and policy analysis on issues of concern to Universities Canada. This includes developing recommendations and providing advice to the director and vice-president to inform policy development, advocacy, communications, member engagement and positioning of Universities Canada on major issues including research and innovation policy, big science and economic growth. You will master complex issues, formulate policy alternatives and communicate these to a variety of audiences.

This candidate profile sets out the education, experience, knowledge, abilities and personal qualities that the ideal candidates would possess.


  • Graduate degree in a related field.


  • Five to seven years of prior relevant experience related to research and innovation policy, big science and economic growth.
  • Proven experience in policy analysis, policy writing, working within government or a higher education organization.
  • Experience working in a membership organization is an asset.


  • Knowledge of the university environment and issues, particularly the role of universities in the national research and innovation ecosystem.
  • Knowledge of sources of data and information in Canada and key international organizations focussed on higher education, policy and research and innovation.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal departments and agencies and higher education stakeholders.


  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, understand and explain issues and events in complex policy fields, including analysis of government policies likely to have an impact on universities.
  • Excellent ability to write in English on complex policy and research briefs in clear and accessible language for non-expert audiences.
  • Excellent oral communication skills in both official languages.
  • Ability to work independently and to function effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work directly with senior officers of the association, senior university administrators, university researchers, government officials and other pertinent groups and members of the public.
  • Ability to build and maintain a strong social network of relevant contacts within the research and innovation sector.
  • Ability to speak publicly with confidence and effectively represent the organization in public contexts.
  • High degree of judgment, initiative, discretion and insight.
  • Strong interest in the higher education sector and the public policy process.

The hiring salary range for this position is $75,204 to $86,441 depending on experience. Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity, in which case the candidate would be hired at a lower level than the position level.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter to the Human Resources Service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by January 27, 2017. Email address:

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.

Universities Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. All documents provided by Universities Canada can be provided in a format that takes into account the person’s disability. 

If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise Universities Canada in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. If such accommodations are needed, please contact the human resources service. The information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially and will not affect the evaluation.

For more information, contact

Human Resources Service
Universities Canada
1710-350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 1B1
Fax number: (613) 563-9745

Universities Canada