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 POLICY ANALYST, PLASTICS DIVISION,

CHEMISTRY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

ABOUT THE ROLE:

This is an important position to support the Association’s work on addressing federal and provincial policy issues related to plastics waste management and advancing a circular economy for plastics in Canada.

The Policy Analyst is a member of the CIAC Plastics Division and will gather information, conduct analysis, produce summaries and support CIAC staff in their advocacy and policy work. The Policy Analyst will also liaise with government stakeholders and industry experts to support the development and delivery of CIAC advocacy in these areas at both the national and provincial level (Québec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia).

This role is of primary importance in ensuring that Association policy positions on plastics are based on relevant analysis, sound policy and member direction and are consistent with the industry’s overarching Responsible Care Ethic and Principles.

The Policy Advisor also plays a lead role in co-ordination and collaboration with other CIAC operational units (Communications, Business and Economics, the regions, Responsible Care and the President’s Office) to ensure relevant data and policy positions support CIAC’s advocacy efforts federally and provincially.

ABOUT THE JOB:

Issue awareness

To identify, interpret and communicate to CIAC staff and member companies new developments in the chemicals, plastics and recycling fields including actual or proposed policy initiatives by federal or provincial governments likely to have an impact on the plastics sector.

  • Build a sound knowledge of the policies and regulations that affect the chemicals and plastics sector (Canadian Environmental Protection Act; Chemicals Management Plan);
  • Obtain an in-depth knowledge of the member and partner companies and their key personnel and products;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key officials in federal and provincial departments, such as Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Québec Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, etc., in order to stay abreast of government’s intentions with respect to plastics issues within Canada and internationally.

Information gathering and analysis

  • Build an awareness of the information sources available with respect to the Canadian plastics industry;
  • Follow and notify members of any relevant notices in the Canada Gazette related to plastics;
  • Support the development of other key outputs (e.g. Annual Review, Plastics Division newsletter, and presentations).

Supporting Policy Development

  • Building on issue awareness and information gathering activities, provide input to CIAC leads, the Plastics Division Leadership Council and their Committees;
  • Provide administrative support (including agenda setting and document management) to CIAC’s Plastics Division committees;
  • Through participation on such committees and groups, translate member company inputs into draft positions / messages for further consideration and refinement by the issue leads and members;
  • Refine and finalize policy positions, submissions, communications and supporting analysis to facilitate CIAC engagement in the advocacy process;
  • Prepare written materials (reports, presentations, briefing notes, etc.) to support issue leads’ engagement in the advocacy process.

Advocacy

  • Provide information and analysis to support CIAC representatives’ engagement with elected officials and senior bureaucrats in relevant policy areas;
  • Provide information, analysis and support to CIAC Regional Directors in Québec, Ontario and Western Canada in the execution of their responsibilities for plastics priorities in those areas.

Communications

Ensure CIAC activities, outputs, positions and advocacy are regularly and accurately included in CIAC’s broader communications activities (Plastics Division Newsletter, webinars, President’s message, Annual Review, etc.).

WHAT YOU BRING:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in public policy, environment, business, health, science, etc., is desired or an equivalent combination of experience and training in a related field.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Solid knowledge and understanding of the Canadian environmental regulatory system;
  • Strong research and analytical skills, ability to synthesize and analyse large quantities of data an asset;
  • Experience preparing factual, well written briefs and submissions on complex topics;
  • Knowledge of public policy issues, and the legislative and regulatory framework governing federal and provincial institutions;
  • Past engagement with business, economic, health and environmental issues of concern to Canada’s value-add manufacturing sectors an asset;
  • Demonstrable affinity to the Responsible Care ethic and CIAC’s organizational values;
  • Energetic, proactive self-starter, able to work with minimal supervision, results oriented;
  • Effective interpersonal skills and evidence of teamwork; • Demonstrates sound judgment and logical thinking when making decisions;
  • Able to multi-task, prioritize and deliver on multiple demands under tight deadlines;
  • Able to work in full discretion with sensitive or proprietary information;
  • A willingness to undertake professional development.

Languages

  • Fluency in English is required. Ability to communicate effectively in French is an asset.

COMPENSATION:

$60,000-$70,000 per year (commensurate with experience).

LOCATION:

Ottawa, Ontario

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please send your résumé and cover letter to hr@canadianchemistry.ca by July 9, 2021 at 5pm.

Any questions can be directed to hr@canadianchemistry.ca

CIAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values the strength diversity brings to the workplace. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

CIAC is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free recruitment process to applicants with accessibility needs in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require an accommodation during this process, please inform CIAC of your requirements.

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