Senior Policy Advisor

Posting Date: May 23, 2024

Location: Calgary, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information
Job Title: Senior Policy Advisor 
Job Requisition ID: 58823
Ministry: Tourism and Sport
Location: Calgary
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent 
Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: June 25 2024
Classification: Program Services 5 (025PSA)
Salary: $2,993.39 to $3,943.85 bi-weekly ($78,127 - $102,934/year)


The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:


Tourism and Sport - one of the Government of Alberta’s newest and most exciting ministries!  We lead the development, sustainability and growth of Alberta’s visitor economy. We also lead the growth of Alberta’s non-profit sport system as well as promote safe and welcoming environments for sport, physical activity and recreation.


The Sport, Tourism and Recreation (STAR) Division leads programming for the department. The Division is comprised of the Assistant Deputy Minister's office; the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Branch; and the Tourism Policy and Strategy Branch. The STAR Division collaborates with many Government of Alberta Ministries and with a broad range of tourism, sport, and physical activity and recreation stakeholders. 


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Role Responsibilities

The Tourism Policy and Strategy Branch within the department of Tourism and Sport leads the Government of Alberta's Tourism Strategy, which aims to grow the tourism sector from $10 billion per year in visitor expenditures to $25 billion by 2035. The Tourism Policy and Strategy Branch works closely with Travel Alberta, collaborates on cross-government efforts and with the tourism industry to drive economic growth, diversification, investment attraction, and job creation in Alberta's tourism sector. 

Reporting to the Director, Tourism Policy and Strategy, the Senior Policy Advisor performs research and analysis to inform decision making by senior leadership, and works across government and with Travel Alberta to drive implementation of the Tourism Strategy.  The Senior Policy Advisor will be responsible for leading implementation of key initiatives contained in the Tourism Strategy.

Tourism and Sport is a lean and fast paced department.  The successful candidate should be a natural leader who embraces flexibility, thrives in a dynamic working environment, and is able to balance multiple priorities at once.


  • Policy development and administration - Work across ministry and government to drive implementation of the Tourism Strategy, towards the overarching goal of growing annual visitor expenditure in Alberta from $10 billion to $25 billion by 2035
  • Research - Conduct jurisdictional and environmental scans to help inform tourism policy development with overarching goal of driving economic growth, diversification, investment attraction, and job creation Ensuring tourism priorities Stakeholder Engagement - Consult and coordinate with Ministry staff, interdepartmental contacts, and external stakeholders where appropriate to develop policy options that support planning and development of tourism policies 
  • Information Requests / Action Requests / Briefings -  Draft briefing notes and correspondence responding to tourism and other related issues, as appropriate


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APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

  • Drive for Results: Works to remove barriers to outcomes, sticking to principles. Forecasts and proactively addresses project challenges. Removes barriers to collaboration and achievement of outcomes. Upholds principles and confronts problems directly.  Considers complex factors and aligns solutions with broader organization mission.
  • Develop Networks: Makes working with a wide range of parties an imperative. Creates impactful relationships with the right people. Ensures needs of varying groups are represented. Goes beyond to meet stakeholder needs.
  • Agility: Proactively incorporates change into processes. Creates opportunities for improvement.  Is aware of and adapts to changing priorities. Remains objective under pressure and supports others to manage their emotions.  Proactively explains impact of change on roles, and integrates change in existing work. Readily adapts plans and practices.
  • Systems Thinking: Integrates broader context into planning. Plans for how current situation is affected by broader trends. Integrates issues, political environment and risks when considering possible actions. Supports organization vision and goals through strategy.  Addresses behaviours that challenge progress.



  • University degree in a related field PLUS 6 year's progressively responsible related experience; or equivalent as described below.


Equivalency: Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of:

  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.


  • Able to analyze and synthesize data
  • Knowledge and experience with research methods

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. Refer to


Term of Employment: Permanent Full-time position 

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Location: Calgary AB


Any costs associated with obtaining the required documents/checks as noted or interview travel expenses will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in. 


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How To Apply

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit for more information. Please visit Recruitment Principles, for more information.

It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)( or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information (
It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Gloria Ducharme at