Policy Analyst

BC Public Service
🌎 Location
💵 Salary

$76,071.18 - $86,658.48

🗓️ Posted

May 14, 2024


Job Overview

The Climate Action Secretariat (CAS), as a division of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, is responsible for leading and coordinating research, analysis, development and implementation of programs, strategies, policies, and legislation, that enable the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change, while supporting competitiveness and the development of a sustainable economy.

CAS works to achieve provincial climate change goals through engagement and collaboration with Indigenous peoples, the provincial public sector, other orders of government, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, professional and industry associations and business and industry.  As well, CAS works directly with industrial operators and verification bodies to ensure compliance under the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act and associated Regulations.  

The Accountability Economics and Analysis Branch coordinates cross-government activity to achieve CleanBC's climate, economic, and energy goals, as well as undertake and oversee research, analysis, and modelling on climate policy and its impacts.

The Economics and Analysis team is central to the development of BC climate strategies with specific responsibility for the analysis of policy and program options and tracking BC’s greenhouse gas emissions. The team identifies and advises on the social, economic, or other issues and trends in the realm of climate change and climate science relevant to government and stakeholders; and leads research and analysis of climate change policies and projects using economics, statistics, greenhouse gas accounting, technology, interdisciplinary approaches and other analytical tools, as appropriate.



· Conducts policy analyses and research studies and prepares reports and recommendations.

· Conceptualizes and develops policies consistent with the objectives and priorities of the Ministry and develops recommendations for program/legislative changes.

· Manages policy projects by leading project teams, developing proposals, business cases and cost-benefit analyses, defining and managing project deliverables, assessing progress and taking/recommending corrective action.

· Determines methodologies, collects and analyzes demographic, statistical, economic and other data from a variety of sources, identifies deviations, problems or opportunities and utilizes findings to develop recommendations for revisions in ministry policy.

· Develops and maintains comprehensive information resources to support studies through identification, acquisition, analysis and quality control of data.  

· Identifies policy issues and provides advice to senior staff.

· Conducts stakeholder consultations to identify issues and to obtain feedback on proposed policies.

· Works with other ministries and organizations at the provincial, federal, local or community level to coordinate policies across ministries/organizations.

· Develops documents including briefing notes, discussion papers, fact sheets, correspondence, flow charts, presentations and other materials.

· Conducts cost-benefit analysis and documents financial impacts relating to proposed policy and/or program changes.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience:

· Bachelor’s degree or higher in economics, mathematics, international relations, engineering, business administration, public administration, or a related field, and 2 years related experience; OR

· Diploma in economics, mathematics, international relations, engineering, business administration, public administration, or a related field and 3 years related experience; OR

· Certificate or coursework in economics, mathematics, international relations, engineering, business administration, public administration, or a related field and 4 years related experience; OR

· An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

· Related experience must include:

• Experience with the analysis of datasets.

• Experience with how energy and greenhouse gas emissions are calculated and accounted for. 

Preference may be given to applicants with any of the following:

· Experience with the science of climate change.

· Experience with the interplay of the environment and the economy and sustainable development.

· Master’s degree in economics, mathematics, international relations, engineering, business administration, public administration or a related field.

· More years of relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

· Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including demonstrated ability to prepare and present concise reports on complex issues to a variety of audiences, and ability to clearly explain complex issues to a lay audience

· Ability to use a variety of methodologies and techniques in the analysis of complex projects and policy issues;

· Ability to work in co-operation with staff from multiple agencies, jurisdictions and the private sector in the development, evaluation and implementation of policies and programs;

· Ability to work independently, including a high degree of motivation and demonstrated ability to represent and negotiate on behalf of the ministry;

· Ability to organize and prioritize work tasks and meet deadlines;

· Ability to perform effectively under pressure, changing priorities and tight timeframes; and

· Tact, discretion and sound judgment.


Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry (Note: It is important that you read the job posting carefully to understand the specific security screening requirements pertaining to the position).


Behavioural Competencies

· Business Acumen is the ability to understand the business implications of decisions and the ability to strive to improve organizational performance. It requires an awareness of business issues, processes and outcomes as they impact the client's and the organization's business needs.

· Planning, Organizing and Co-ordinating involves proactively planning, establishing priorities and allocating resources. It is expressed by developing and implementing increasingly complex plans. It also involves monitoring and adjusting work to accomplish goals and deliver to the organization’s mandate.

· Analytical Thinking is the ability to comprehend a situation by breaking it down into its components and identifying key or underlying complex issues. It implies the ability to systematically organize and compare the various aspects of a problem or situation, and determine cause-and-effect relationships ("if...then…") to resolve problems in a sound, decisive manner. Checks to ensure the validity or accuracy of all information.

· Information Seeking is driven by a desire to know more about things, people or issues. It implies going beyond the questions that are routine or required in the job. It may include "digging" or pressing for exact information; resolution of discrepancies by asking a series of questions; or less-focused environmental "scanning" for potential opportunities or miscellaneous information that may be of future use.

· Teamwork and Co-operation is the ability to work co-operatively within diverse teams, work groups and across the organization to achieve group and organizational goals. It includes the desire and ability to understand and respond effectively to other people from diverse backgrounds with diverse views.

· Results Orientation is a concern for surpassing a standard of excellence. The standard may be one’s own past performance (striving for improvement); an objective measure (results orientation); challenging goals one has set; or even improving or surpassing what has already been done (continuous improvement). Thus a unique accomplishment also indicates Results Orientation.

 Indigenous Relations Behavioural Competencies

· Self-discovery & Awareness means understanding one's thoughts, feelings, values and background and how they impact the success of the interaction and relationship, or how they may influence one's work. It is recognizing one's own biases by tracing them to their origins, through reflection and by noticing one's own behaviour—and then intentionally seeking a way forward that positively impacts the interaction and relationship. It means maintaining new ways of thinking and acting when situations become difficult or uncertain, or in times of urgency.

For more information about behavioural interviews, competency definitions, and to watch interview videos please visit: Indigenous Relations Behavioural Competences or Competencies for Interviews & Hiring.


$76,071.18 - $86,658.48 annually


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Policy Analyst

$76,071.18 - $86,658.48




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