Government of PEI


Competition Number
Available Positions
Full-Time Classified Position

Agriculture and Land

Closing Date
2022-08-15 16:00:00
$34.67 – 43.36 (Level 19)

Bi-Weekly Hours:     75.0 hours bi-weekly (evenings and weekends as required)

(Commencing Immediately)

Job Brief

The PEI Department of Agriculture and Land aims to encourage the development of an innovative, diverse and inclusive workforce which enables the organization to realize its goals. Reporting to the Director of the Strategic Policy and Evaluation Division, the Senior Legislative and Applied Research Analyst exercises significant autonomy and leadership in planning, developing, implementing, analyzing, and measuring Departmental legislation, regulation, and public policy. As an authority for applied policy research, the incumbent will supervise the work of staff who are applying models, frameworks, and theories in the pursuit of new knowledge with the aim of obtaining specific, practical solutions for legislative and policy development. As a supervisor, the incumbent will recruit, hire and train, Legislative Officers and Analysts as well as review the work of professional Policy Coordinators, Co-Op Students/Interns, and temporary or casual staff. Further information on the Department can be found here

Duties will include:
•    Identify emerging issues and trends and make recommendations to the Minister, Deputy Minister and senior management as they pertain to current and potential legislative initiatives;
•    Analyze the strategic objectives of the Department and identify potential impacts on existing legislation or proposed legislation;
•    Prepare Legislative Work Plans, Mid-session updates, Legislative Proposals, Cabinet Committee submissions, briefing materials, and Executive Council Memorandums for all legislative initiatives;  
•    Prepare instructions and/or preliminary drafts of new statutes and regulations;
•    Prepare instructions and/or preliminary drafts of amendments to existing statutes and regulations;
•    Brief the Minister, Deputy Minister, senior management, and Cabinet Committees on new and amending legislative initiatives;
•    Brief the Official Opposition on new and amending legislative initiatives in preparation for discussion by the Legislative Assembly;
•    Capture and interpret data for the purposes of identifying best practices and emerging trends that will influence legislation, strategy, and public policy;
•    Responsible for conducting in-depth legislative and regulatory research, and advising others on applied research best practices;
•    Establish an annual applied research and program evaluation agenda for the Division;
•    Develop and manage a Departmental performance monitoring and evaluation standard, using best practice;
•    Oversee the management of vacancies for the Department’s agencies, boards, and commissions as per applicable statute;
•    Other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
•    Must have 1) A Master’s degree in a closely related field (e.g., humanities or social sciences, etc.) OR a completed Law degree (LL. B or JD) and 2) Completed law related coursework, and 3) Completed applied research methods coursework (course certificates/course completion records must be submitted at time of application).
•    Demonstrated equivalencies will be considered
•    Must have considerable experience with legislation, regulation, or public policy development.
•    Must have considerable experience writing Treasury Board, Executive Council, or other official memorandum (e.g., legal documents, legal opinions, etc.)
•    Must have experience leading teams of applied researchers.
•    Must have a demonstrated ability to communicate complex information, maintain a keen sense of political acuity, and work comfortably with regulated professionals.
•    Applicant must have a good previous work and attendance record.
•    The successful applicant must provide a satisfactory Criminal Records Check prior to commencing employment .  
Other Qualifications:
•    Bilingualism is considered an asset.
•    A Ph.D. is considered an asset.
•    Credentialed Evaluator, Project Management, or Change Management designation considered assets.
•    Coursework/training completed in public policy, public administration, evaluation, change management, and/or project management are considered assets.
•    Experience in a legal setting will be considered an asset.
Preference will be given to UPSE Civil Employees as per the UPSE Civil Collective Agreement.

Please Note:   Please ensure the application clearly demonstrates how you meet the noted qualifications as applicants will be screened based on the information provided.  The successful candidate will be the only individual receiving written notification of competition results.  The “Notification of Successful Candidates” list posted on the Employment Opportunity board will serve to inform all other applicants of competition results.

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