Policy Analyst

Job No: SN200932
Location: North Vancouver


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  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


Reporting to the Managing Director of Nation Services, the Policy Analyst will work in collaboration to manage assigned policy development projects focused on the review and revision of existing departmental policies, lead policy coordination activities across the departments and conduct policy analysis and research activities including preparation of reports and recommendations. You will champion values of innovative and provide expert advice on policy development, key policy issues facing departments, and policy best practices. The incumbent is a skilled information gatherer, a highly effective verbal and written communicator, and have strong analytical thinking. This role also requires sound judgment and excellent organizational abilities. The position is responsible for reviewing and evaluating a variety of programs, services and policies, and undertaking assignments of considerable importance in the development of policy and its implementation. This position will conceptualize and lead policy projects involving original research, develop partnerships with external organizations, conduct policy research and issues monitoring, and prepare materials including briefings, presentations, proposals, submissions and other policy documents as needed. The incumbent will develop a Policy Development Framework document that outlines the foundational elements that are critical to the successful development, approval, implementation, and review of policies, procedures, directive, standards, protocols or guidelines (“policies”) within Squamish Nation.

 Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The Policy Analyst takes the lead role in policy development, including the development of policy proposals, undertaking research and analysis to support policy initiatives and the preparation of all documentation related to these changes.
  • Develops a policy development framework document and policy templates.
  • Develops, reviews, and evaluates policies to determine the benefits and impact of any changes that may occur.
  • Liaises with stakeholders to determine the needs, concerns, and viewpoints of documents, and to understand what the goals are of a project.
  • Examines existing policies and programs to determine the consistency and effectiveness.
  • Analyzes alternative means of meeting policy objectives, including reviews of initiatives of other jurisdictions, and evaluates various implications of these options.
  • Identifies legal flaws in policies and recommends amendments.
  • Edits and amends policy drafts as required.
  • Gathers data and produce reports on the qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Performs historical and statistical analysis for new and on-going policy related projects.
  • Prepares technical reports for presentation to Senior Management and Council.

 Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Business, Public Administration or a relevant/related field degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • A degree in Social Sciences, or related field.

  • 3 – 5 years’ experience working in a policy position.

  • Demonstrated experience producing policy documents, such as briefing notes, policy reports and proposals for a variety of audiences.

  • Excellent writing skills and ability to document clearly and succinctly for a variety of audiences, both internal and external.

  • Experience leading complex projects, from initiation to completion.

  • Exceptional ability to work independently, while also working with people at all levels of the organization and across teams.

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple competing priorities within tight timeframes.

  • Strong organizational and project management experience.

  • Experience as an intermediate to advanced level user MS Office, the internet, etc.

  • Experience working in a First Nations environment is an asset.

  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5.

  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance that meets company policy.

  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends.

  • Must be available to be on-call and respond to emergency requests with short notice.

  • Must successfully complete a Criminal Records Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search as per Squamish Nation Policy.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting & are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.

Salary: $65,570 -$77,141 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 


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