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  • Policy Advisor

    ID 2018-1537
    Job Locations CA-Calgary
    # of Openings
    Min. Exp. (Yrs)
    Posted Date
    1 month ago(1 month ago)
  • Overview


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    Policy Advisor

    Department of Policy and Government Relations


    About The Calgary Chamber


    For more than 127 years, the Calgary Chamber has been the city’s main connector of people, ideas and stories. We’ve facilitated meetings, debates and gatherings with some of the brightest minds in Calgary to solve business problems and advance the needs of business in a way that makes our city a better place to be successful.


    Throughout these efforts the Calgary Chamber has emerged as one of the most influential organizations in the country. And yet our goal has always remained the same – create connections that help solve business challenges and inspire businesses to do more here in Calgary


    Position Overview


    The Calgary Chamber’s policy department is a thoughtful, deliberative public policy, economic development, and advocacy team that is dedicated to improving the conditions faced by Calgary business through ideas and action. We create a long-term, vibrant vision for Calgary’s business community – a vision that policymakers, thought leaders and activists can use to shape public discourse and enact meaningful change that will make a difference for our members.


    We firmly believe that business constitutes an important part of the fabric of our society, and work to ensure that all levels of government champion the good of our city’s business community. Through dialogue with leaders, thinkers, businesses and citizens, we explore the vital issues facing Calgary’s economy, develop an influential point of view, take a stand, and put our idea into practice to affect positive change. 




    Candidate Profile:

    • 2-5 years of relevant public policy or economic research
    • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in economic or public administration. A graduate degree would be an asset.
    • Demonstrate qualitative and quantitative research, problem solving, critical and strategic thinking, oral and written communication skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work in both team and individual settings.
    • An interest in policy and current affairs and building and maintaining relationships with Chamber members, Chamber committees, governments, and businesses.
    • Superior time management skills, with an ability to balance multiple project priorities under short timelines and minimal supervision.
    • Relevant experience within a volunteer or non-profit organization is an asset.
    • Applied experience related to energy and/or economic development policy issues is an asset.


    Reporting Relationships

    Reports to:

    • Director of Policy & Government Relations


    Works closely with:

    • Policy staff
    • Communications team
    • Marketing and events team
    • Member Services team


    Key External Relationships:

    • Policy Volunteers Roster (members)
    • Federal, provincial, municipal officials, including Calgary Economic Development
    • Elected officials
    • Related business organizations – BILD, BOMA, CAPP, CEPA, etc.
    • Related policy organizations –, C.D. Howe Institute, CCPA, Canada West Foundation, U of C School of Public Policy, etc.
    • Chamber network – across Alberta and Canada



    Calgary Chamber Values: 

    All Calgary Chamber employees are expected to:

    • Accept nothing but excellence every day;
    • Push themselves and each other to achieve higher levels and always improve;
    • Be supportive and collaborative;
    • Work together, as one big team, trying to make a difference and deliver value to our members;
    • Avoid the cycles of office gossip, and that kind of negative stuff, like the plague;
    • Be a true believer in the greatness of Calgary and have a passion for business success;
    • See themselves as having an ability to affect the success of the organization and act upon that realization;
    • Be an ambassador for the Chamber and Calgary, live the Chamber’s brand;
    • Always focus on solutions and act to get there;
    • Manage time effectively to ensure deadlines and budgets are met;
    • Work early or late as the occasion dictates to meet the needs of the team and/or members;
    • Be equally effective working independently or as part of a team;
    • Demonstrate professional demeanour and conduct in all interactions, both internal and external;
    • Exercise good judgement, maturity and diplomacy;
    • Love change, as you know the only way to achieve excellence is to continuously change and adapt; and most importantly,
    • Be willing to work hard, have fun and love coming to work each day to be part of something great.



    Key Responsibilities:


    Policy Formulation and Economic Analysis

    • Support the planning and implementation of the Chamber’s policy and advocacy strategies.
    • Ensure that we understand the key policy issues facing business through regular engagement with members through a number of different primary data gathering approaches. This may include surveys, roundtables, one-on-one meetings, and focus groups.
    • Develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate policy formulation so as to have maximum impact – in other words, make sure that we craft policy so that it actually gets adopted and implemented.
    • Devise and draft public policy reports, resolutions, briefings and/or presentations that need to be submitted to necessary parties including all three levels of government, Alberta and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, pre-budget submissions, task forces and others as needed.
    • Monitor economic trends and identify research and data needs to support the economic products and functions at the Chamber. 
    • Conduct economic and financial policy analysis and develop policy positions on key issues confronting the Calgary business community 
    • Prepare economic presentations, commentaries, reports, and outlooks. 
    • Ensure there is policy and research support for the events and membership teams when hosting business or policy dialogue roundtables in association with speaker events.


    • Support the Calgary Chamber government relations efforts.
    • Participate in meetings with elected officials in all three levels of government, continually working to establish relationships with staff and officials in order to understand their priorities and to advance the policy positions of the Calgary Chamber.
    • Participate in engagement with elected officials and senior bureaucrats on major positions of the Calgary Chamber.


    Current Affairs

    • Stay on top of business-related issues and be prepared to respond to the membership, media, or government where appropriate.
    • Host workshop and webinars on economic and policy-related developments that could impact the Calgary business community.
    • Support the Calgary Chamber research and current affairs activities including issue identification, solution formulation, and communication responses.
    • Maintain a regular “voice” on key business issues through social media, blogs, and regular contributions to Calgary Chamber communications.
    • Be a capable and available spokesperson for the organization, if required, to members.



    To Apply: Please apply online at https://jobs-elevatedhr.icims.com/jobs/1537/policy-advisor/job. Attach your cover letter and resume (as one document). We thank all applicants for their submissions, but only those deemed qualified by our hiring manager will be contacted. No phone calls please.


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