Senior Policy Analyst

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Finance
Job ID: 16981
Salary: $99,353 - $118,658
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: May 27, 2019

Department Information

The Department of Finance has the mandate to provide leadership and direction to the public service in all areas of finance and human resource management. This mandate includes negotiating major financial arrangements with the federal government, providing analysis and advice to the Financial Management Board, and ensuring that financial and information resources are managed effectively, efficiently and economically. This mandate also includes the recruitment and retention of a competent public service that is representative of the people it serves and the development of programs and services that effectively serve the human resource needs of the public service.

Job Information

The Senior Policy Analyst is responsible to the Manager, Policy and Communications for the development of new, or the revision of existing, policies and programs to address Government priorities assigned to the Departments of Finance and Executive and Indigenous Affairs (the "Departments"); for the coordination and evaluation of efforts in policy and program development undertaken by the Departments; for preparing Ministerial correspondence and briefings; and for liaison with other groups inside and outside of government to promote a better understanding of the role of the Departments in achieving the direction of the GNWT.


• Ability to develop, analyze, interpret and critically assess information, including legislation, policies, provincial/territorial/federal and departmental initiatives, Cabinet and FMB direction, financial data, legislative proposals and strategic plans.
• Ability to undertake required research and prepare reports, which could also include analyzing, interpreting and forecasting policy, program and economic trends; anticipating the implications of these changes and recommending 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, Canada and the world.
• Knowledge and understanding of the GNWT departmental  structure,  government policies and programs, and financial and budgetary systems.
• Ability to display a high level of initiation and, in so doing, will make decisions in the choice of one alternative from many options.
• Ability to understand, develop, and communicate highly complex materials.
• Excellent communication skills in order to effectively represent departmental interests and to prepare and communicate results of policy and planning initiatives. These skills must be in both verbal and written communications.
• Proficient in the use of computers  and related software such as databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.
• Possess excellent organizational and time management skills and be capable of working under extreme pressure in order to balance numerous demanding and active files.
• Ability to display diplomacy, tact, and good judgment in communicating with other departments and organizations outside the GNWT.
• Ability to self-direct, display initiative and be creative.
• Ability to work, both as a team member and independently, with minimal supervision, requiring a high degree of personal initiative, confidence and skill.
• Assertive, self-motivated, confident, and have above average interpersonal skills in order to maintain excellent working relationships with a broad range of individuals across the government and with organizations outside the GNWT.

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 an undergraduate or graduate degree with course work related to policy, planning and finance/accounting; a minimum of five years of related working experience in a planning/policy environment.

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

More Information


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $50.95 per hour to $60.85 per hour (approximately $99,353 - $118,658 pera nnum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.


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

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

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 # 16981       

Closing Date: May 27, 2019 - 23:59, Mountain Daylight Time