Senior Policy Advisor

Posting Date: May 25, 2023

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Senior Policy Advisor 

Job Requisition ID: 43142

Ministry: Health

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full-time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: June 8, 2023

Classification: Program Services 4

About Us

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:

The Ministry of Health leads work in the areas of Alberta Health insurance and benefits, health system governance, health care professionals, hospitals and health facilities, and other healthcare supports and information. For more information on the work Alberta Head does, visit this link:


The Health System Planning and Quality Branch: The Senior Policy Advisor position in the Health System Planning and Quality Branch supports the Ministry of Health’s capacity in providing leadership and oversight of access, quality and safety in the health system. The branch aligns health delivery and capital investment with government policy and sets the standard for health service planning, including adoption of new models of service delivery and healthcare system design. A key responsibility includes working with health system partners to ensure an integrated approach to planning across all service sectors. Additional priorities include service quality and safety of care through initiatives related to shortening surgical wait times, clinical appropriateness and person-centered care.

The Acute Care Policy Unit: The Acute Care Policy Unit, situated in the Health System Quality and Planning Branch, is a high-performing, demanding, fast-paced work environment, dedicated to developing and supporting strategies, policies, and legislation underpinning Alberta's acute care system. Working with Alberta Health Services and major health system stakeholders (e.g., Covenant Health, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Alberta Medical Association, Health Quality Council of Alberta, etc.), the unit aligns acute care policies with government priorities and strategic directions. A key responsibility includes working with health system partners to ensure an integrated approach to aligning acute care policies with the Government of Alberta's mandate for the provincial health system.  

The Senior Policy Advisor supports health system initiatives focused on acute care policy, working to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of acute care services in the province by providing expert advice, and developing, measuring, implementing and assessing initiatives, including improving surgical access and reducing wait times to within clinically appropriate targets. The Senior Advisor works independently and as part of a team to support leadership.

The Senior Advisor is responsible for conducting analyses, supporting working groups, managing grants, and developing a variety of materials (e.g., briefing notes, correspondence, presentations, jurisdictional scans, data analysis and reporting..) across acute care policy areas, such as:

  • Hospitals Act and its related regulations.
  • Health Facilities Act and its related regulations
  • Acute and ambulatory care service sectors.
  • Hospital services, including surgery, emergency department, critical care capacity, obstetrical and other inpatient services.
  • Wait time reporting and analysis for surgery and acute care; and
  • The designation of chartered surgical facilities across the province.



  • University graduation in a related field (e.g., healthcare, research, public policy) plus 4 years progressively responsible related experience; or equivalent as described below. 


  • Policy research and development in a large, complex organization or system; and/or 
  • Stakeholder consultation/engagements, leading working teams; and/or
  • Project management in a policy development or implementation setting

Equivalencies: 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

Note: For professional work related to Communications (e.g., Public Affairs Officer), a directly related diploma is considered equivalent to university graduation in a related field. 

Asset Experience:

  • Experience working in a government setting (municipal, provincial, or federal) 
  • Experience working in the government as a stakeholder

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:

  • Agility: Ability to prioritize competing workload pressures in an effective manner and contribute to the organizational goals. 
  • Drive for Results: Demonstrates ability to gather, integrate and interpret complex information sets and accomplishes goals and priorities in order to deliver outcomes consistent with departmental objectives and directives. Excellent analytical, assessment and critical judgement skills.
  • Develop Self and Others: Ability to invest in the development of long-term capability of yourself and others
  • Build Collaborative Environments: Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with a variety of teams within the workplace, community and other Government ministries/agencies to meet client and ministry goals and objectives.
  • Develop Networks: Ability to interact positively, build relationships and work effectively with others
  • Creative Problem Solving: Ability to gather information from varied sources, analyze and interpret information to formulate reports and make decisions related to case planning. 


$2,176.64 to $3,550.90 bi-weekly ($70,904 - $92,678/year)


Hours of work: 36.25 

This posting will be used to fill Two (2) permanent Senior Policy Advisor positions. 

Final candidates will be required to undergo a security screening.

Health is willing to consider qualifications at a lower level.

Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.

How To Apply

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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.

Resources for applicants:

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 recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information. 

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 a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Veronica Noronha at

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.