Senior Policy Advisor

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Business Development and Investment Corporation
Job ID: 20958
Salary: $101,829 - $121,622
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Department Information

The Business Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC) is an independent Crown Corporation that supports the economic objectives of the Government of the Northwest Territories by encouraging the creation and development of business in the NWT.

Job Information

The Senior Policy Officer is responsible for the development, coordination, review and provision of strategic advice to senior management on all policy initiatives relevant to Northwest Territories Business Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC) programs and services. The incumbent ensures BDIC's policies, programs are consistent with legislation, regulations, Financial Administration Act and Canada's Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020. This position develops and coordinates policy documents and provides expert advice on the development of BDIC's regulations, ensuing policies and legal issues in relation to programs and activities. The incumbent is responsible for the management and coordination of BDIC's reporting requirements under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Reporting to the Senior Advisor, this position contributes to this mandate by developing and coordinating new policies, legislation and regulations, evaluating current and/or proposed policies, legislation and regulations, and developing documents for the BDIC Board of Directors. The incumbent provides strategic advice and recommendations on policy matters related to innovative business programming and digital projects.

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•    Expert knowledge in policy formulation and evaluation.
•    Expert knowledge of legal and legislative principles and practices are required.
•    Proven ability to research, analyse and interpret legislation and policies.
•    Proven knowledge of the steps involved in the legislative and regulatory development process.
•    Knowledge of northern businesses and institutions, government systems and communities, as well as the ability to interact with businesses, stakeholders, GNWT departments, Indigenous organizations and community organizations.
•    Knowledge of the Northwest Territories' political, economic and social environment
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills in order to effectively communicate complicated issues to BDIC managers and stakeholders, including the general public.
•    Strong, strategic-thinking and professional judgment, as well as a demonstrated ability to research, analyse and synthesize multiple concepts and priorities related to legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks.
•    Experience with and ability to work with a wide range of computer applications including word processing, email and presentation software.
•    Exceptional organizational and time management skills, project management concepts and practices, prioritization of tasks, work performance under pressure required to meet frequent and changing deadlines and to lead project teams.
•    Proven ability to work with people in an effective and tactful manner.


Typically attained by:

A Master's Degree in Public Administration, Economics, Political Science or Law with five years of increasingly responsible experience in program policy regulation and/or legislative development in area of development finance, venture capital investments, and/or business development.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The successful candidate will be required to comply with the GNWT's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, which can be found here:


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 20958     

Closing Date: Open until filled

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $53.00 per hour to $63.31 per hour (approximately $103,350 - $123, 455) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.