Senior Policy Advisor

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Education, Culture and Employment
Job ID: 19136
Salary: $101,829 - $121,622
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Oct 28, 2020

Department Information

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) provides the residents of the Northwest Territories with access to quality programs, services and support to assist them in making informed and productive choices for themselves and their families with regard to education, training, careers, employment and labour, child development, languages, culture and heritage.

Job Information

The Senior Policy Advisor is responsible for providing strategic policy advice and analysis on a wide variety of education, culture and employment related subject-matters to staff and senior management across the Department and the Minister. The Senior Policy Advisor leads the development and review of departmental policies, directives, briefing notes, and decision-making documents. This requires the incumbent to develop and contribute to a wide variety of complex documents for senior management, the Minister, Cabinet and the Legislative Assembly.

Aside from the traditional functions of a Senior Policy Advisor, the incumbent also leads the Department's intergovernmental and Aboriginal rights activities. This includes the Department's contributions to, and participation in, Federal / Provincial / Territorial / Aboriginal government forums and initiatives, and leading the Department's participation in the negotiation and implementation of Aboriginal land, resources and self-government agreements.

The incumbent requires a specialized knowledge of policy analysis and formulation and Aboriginal land, resources and self-government rights and how they relate to the political environment of the NWT.

These qualifications are typically attained by:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree (e.g. Bachelor's) in the social sciences, humanities, education, or a related field. A graduate degree (e.g. Master's) will be considered an asset.
  • A minimum of 4 years of related experience, including a minimum of 1 year working in policy, research, Aboriginal rights, or intergovernmental relations.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

Limited Competition

This Job Opening is limited to employees with the GNWT/WSCC in indeterminate and term positions.

More Information

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.


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


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 19136         

Closing Date: October 28, 2020 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $52.22 per hour to $62.37 per hour (approximately $101,829 - $121,621.50.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.

Term Position

This job opening is for a 1 Year Term.