Manager, Policy and Strategic Planning

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Environment and Natural Resources
Job ID: 20915
Salary: $111,443 - $133,146
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Sep 27, 2021

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is to promote and support the sustainable use and development of natural resources, and to protect, conserve, and enhance the NWT environment for the social and economic benefit of all NWT residents.

Job Information

The Manager, Policy and Strategic Planning position is located in Yellowknife and reporting to the Director, Policy, Legislation and Communications, the Manager is responsible for assigning projects to staff, and ensuring work and financial planning are in order for the division.
ENR has broad responsibilities that are a focal point of environmental protection and resource management and use activities throughout the Northwest Territories (NWT). The Manager plays an integral role in ensuring timely information is provided and the Department's programs and services are current, well-aligned with governmental priorities, and accessible to interested stakeholders.

Strategic policy advice directly supports the Department, boards and agencies, senior GNWT officials and the Minister of ENR on the integrated matters of land, water, wildlife, forests, and environmental stewardship. The Manager, Policy and Strategic Planning is responsible for oversight, expert insight, and management, including supervisory and financial matters, related to all policy and strategic planning matters. Expert policy and strategic advice are provided to the Minister, Directorate and Senior Management of ENR and other GNWT Senior Management Committees.

Departmental policies and legislation cover a broad spectrum of subject areas related to sustainable resources and environmental management, as well as integrated resource management. The development of policies and corporate plans occurs within rapidly evolving governance and corporate structures in the face of a growing population and industry base. Further, the natural resource and environmental regime is shared intricately with federal and Aboriginal governments and co-management agencies. As a result, there are few precedents available to guide policy and legislative proposals so innovative and adaptive solutions are often required. Considerable analysis, including that of risk to the GNWT, must occur to ensure new and evolving Departmental priorities, protocols; policy and legislation reflect current approaches and best practices.

The position communicates regularly with other GNWT departments to ensure joint and coordinated GNWT positions on policy and strategic initiatives. Routinely, the Manager exchanges information and expertise, collaborates with others in the development of Departmental input, and participates in task teams to ensure coordinated and complementary efforts to support or represent NWT interests.

The Manager also leads Departmental input into initiatives undertaken by other Departments, including central agencies. Activities undertaken by the Manager, Policy and Strategic Planning impact the operations of the Department, the Minister's office, central government agencies, public agencies and the general public.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

Completion of a Master's degree in resource management, environmental studies, political science, or a related field, along with at least five (5) years in experience in policy, planning or analysis, two (2) years of management experience and two (2) years of experience with aspects of self-government and intergovernmental initiatives.

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.

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

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

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.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 20915

Closing Date: September 27, 2021 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $58.01 per hour to $69.30 per hour (approximately $113,120 - $134,134) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.