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Senior Policy Advisor
The OLTCA is looking for a collaborative, systems-level thinker that is able to bridge operational and systemic issues. The ideal candidate is a critical thinker with policy experience working with government and/or with non-profit organizations, and a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse set of partners in the policy development process. The candidate is knowledgeable about Ontario’s health care and long-term care sectors, and enjoys working with a small, dynamic team in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
Position: Senior Policy Advisor
Organization: Ontario Long Term Care Association
Location: Toronto,  ON 
Posting Start Date: 5/9/2023
Date Posted: 5/9/2023


For more than 60 years, the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) has been committed to advancing the quality of long-term care services in Ontario. The OLTCA works to develop evidence-based policy solutions to the issues facing long-term care homes in the context of the broader health system and seniors care continuum with the ultimate aim of creating a strong and sustainable long-term care home sector that delivers the best quality care to Ontario’s seniors.  The OLTCA has the privilege of representing 70% of the long-term care homes in Ontario. Like the system itself, the OLTCA includes a range of ownership models: private operators, non-profit and charitable organizations, and municipally operated homes. Our members provide care and accommodation services to more than 70,000 residents annually. 

Job Description: 

As part of the OLTCA policy team, the Senior Policy Advisor will report to the Manager, Policy and Quality, playing a key role in performing policy research and complex analysis; developing policy documents and projects; and supporting member, partner, and stakeholder consultation and engagement efforts.

Policy Research and Analysis

  • Proactively monitor policy and legislative developments related to Ontario’s long-term care homes, seniors care and the health system, as well as international trends in seniors’ care 

  • Undertake, present and apply policy and issue analysis, develop options and make recommendations with supporting documentation

  • Research and collect data, evidence, and information from various sources and prepare analytical and/or statistical reports to support policy development

Plan and Develop Policy Documents and Projects

  • Apply systems-level thinking to strategically plan for and provide advice on the development of complex policy, position papers and responses to government policy, initiatives and legislation

  • Develop workplans to engage OLTCA committees, members and partners in the policy making process

  • As the content lead/subject matter expert for select files, prepare issue notes, policy documents with analysis, presentations, reports, and member-support materials

  • Provide input into the development of communication strategies for the dissemination of information to members and stakeholders

Member, Partner and Stakeholder Consultation, Outreach and Engagement

  • Consult and engage with OLTCA committees, task forces and members, partners, and stakeholders on OLTCA’s policy projects including reviewing and developing policy, proposals, and submissions through the exchange of information, discussion of issues, and liaising broadly with partners

  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with members, partners, stakeholders and government to support policy projects

  • Provide support to special projects as required, including policy-related events and OLTCA’s annual conferences


Analysis, Policy Development and Technical Knowledge

  • You have passion for and experience with public sector policy, innovation, and change management.

  • You can see and interpret the world through systems, strategy, services, and stories.

  • You can navigate ambiguity and have a passion for solving complex and challenging issues.

  • You have five or more years of experience in policy research, analysis, and development, preferably in government

  • You understand and have experience with government policy-making processes

  • You have good knowledge of Ontario’s health care and long-term care sectors as well as intersections with other seniors care services and social services

  • You have knowledge of policy evaluation to assess the effectiveness of new/changed policies and provide recommendations

  • You are able to perform research, conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis synthesize and distill complex information into easy-to-understand communications-oriented materials

  • You have an undergraduate degree; a graduate degree is an asset

Communication, Consultation and Policy Co-Design Skills

  • You have a high degree of tact, discretion and political acuity to handle confidential material and provide strategic support and excellent customer service in response to inquiries from members, partners, government and the general public.

  • You have the ability to build consensus in the policy co-design process to facilitate mutual agreement for proposed options.

  • You have superior oral and written communication skills, and excellent presentation skills to effectively communicate information to a variety of audiences, including members, partners and government

  • You have strong consultation skills, to exchange information and discuss ideas with members, partners, and stakeholders

  • You are committed to collaboration and teamwork, and eager to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment while balancing multiple priorities


All candidates with interest are encouraged to apply.  We are open to considering applicants who may not fit all the qualifications. If this were the case, we would consider hiring the role at a policy advisor level.

  • To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to careers@oltca.com by Wednesday, June 7th. Please add the position title to your email subject line.

  • Only successful applicants will be notified by email that they have been accepted for the next round of the interview process.

  • OLTCA may reach out and ask for supplementary material or additional information to support their review of your application.

  • OLTCA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.


  • The main business and operating hours are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM but there will be meetings and events that take place before or after business hours. The candidate will be required to participate in select meetings and events that take place before and after normal business hours.

  • The candidate should reside in Ontario.

  • The OLTCA team is currently working remotely. Candidates must be able to join occasional in-person meetings and events.

Status: This listing expires on: 6/7/2023
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Ontario Long Term Care Association

Toronto,  ON M5G 1T6