Policy Coordinator

Back to Blogs Posted: January 6, 2017

Full-time regular

Nature and Scope of Work

Reporting to the Stakeholder Engagement Division Manager, this position plans, coordinates and works as part of a team tasked with the development and implementation of major outreach initiatives, building awareness and engaging the public, Metro Vancouver staff, partners, the provincial and federal governments, member municipalities and other key stakeholders in support of Metro Vancouver corporate goals and strategic priorities. Key to the work is a demonstrated ability to build strong networks and relationships; in particular, with federal, provincial and local governments, the business community and other interested stakeholders.   The scope of work involves advanced program development work in designing, developing, coordinating, researching and implementing specific strategies/initiatives and policy projects or other assignments of comparable complexity and responsibility.   The incumbent plans and participates in the work of several teams, and works under minimal supervision in developing research, methodology, project scope formulation and implementation phases of major projects. Atypical, highly complex or contentious matters are discussed with a superior who reviews work performance in terms of effectiveness in achieving desired goals and objectives. The incumbent also produces high-level briefing materials and Board reports on sensitive political issues, working in collaboration with other senior managers in the organization.


In consultation with the Stakeholder Engagement Division Manager, determines and develops approach and research methodology for major engagement and outreach strategies and awareness-building activities and develops proposals in areas such as social, environmental and economic planning, and related funding initiatives; and provides input on strategic direction.

Plans and participates in the work of one or more teams engaged in professional and technical work; may direct the work of consultants.

Presents and defends policy research, analysis, and proposals before superiors, other staff and represents the department at various committees as required; and arranges for consultation and clearance of policy proposals with municipalities and provincial agencies and other stakeholders.

Researches various federal and provincial policies and programs, and provides advice to senior management on strategies for accessing government support on key Metro Vancouver projects.

Liaises with Ministerial staff at both the federal and provincial level to gather information and schedule meetings as required.

Processes the necessary steps for implementation of concepts and prepares and presents complex reports.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff and a wide variety of external contacts at various levels within the provincial and federal governments and associated agencies, municipalities and committees, and private sector and federally chartered companies. Coordinates various activities, programs and projects, and relieves a superior at various meetings as required.

Performs related work as required.


University graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Business, Political Science or a related discipline including courses in sustainability plus considerable related project development and policy planning experience; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques, methods and procedures applicable to research and policy development and implementation.

Thorough knowledge of the policies, rules and regulations, by-laws and legislation governing the work.

Considerable knowledge of areas such as sustainability and regional funding initiatives, and of current literature, trends and developments in these fields.

Ability to develop and prepare policy proposals, define problem areas, determine research methods, analyze and evaluate data and prepare comprehensive reports.

Ability to plan, coordinate and participate in the work of a small group of peers engaged in related policy research work, to direct the work of consultants and to coordinate input and information from various internal and external sources.

Ability to compile briefing materials and Board reports on politically sensitive issues in a timely manner.

Ability to perform all duties under minimal supervision.

Ability to coordinate activities, programs and projects and relieve a superior during absences or unavailability of same within defined limits.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external contacts (for example, member municipalities, private sector, provincial and federal agencies and chartered companies (i.e., railways, utilities and port authorities) and represent the region on a variety of committees, task forces and working groups.

Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia.

To apply

Please follow this link http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/careers/ to our Careers page where you can submit your application by January 18, 2017.

While we greatly appreciate all the replies we receive, regretfully only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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