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PPF is a vibrant organization that fosters innovative thinking and a passion for public policy. We are always interested in hearing from talented people who want to join the team. PPF provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to age, ancestry, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, record of offences, sex, and/or sexual orientation.

Term: Full-time-Permanent

Reports to: Vice President, Policy & Programming

Effective: ASAP

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The Public Policy Forum is seeking a broadly inquisitive person with a passion for public policy to oversee PPF’s policy, research and engagement activities in support of the organization’s mission to improve public outcomes through better policy. The Director of Policy plans, coordinates and undertakes research and engagement activities by building on PPF’s work and seeking out opportunities to review or refresh Canadian public policy thinking at the federal or provincial level.

The Director will manage a team of four policy leads/associates and will work as a member of the management team. The successful candidate will report directly to the Vice President, Policy and Programming and will work closely with the Vice President of Strategic Engagement, as well as the Vice President of PPF Media and Communications, members of PPF’s management team, board members and other staff to deliver PPF’s mandate.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Scope and objectives of the position

The Public Policy Forum conducts research and engagement activities on a wide variety of public policy issues of relevance to Canadians. A primary task of the Director is to coordinate the policy and programming activities of PPF staff in order to identify gaps in the current federal or provincial policy environment that lead to opportunities for new projects, and to enable PPF to continue to build areas of depth. Working closely with the Vice President of Strategic Engagement, the Director of Policy also has a responsibility to integrate policy areas of interest and importance for our roughly 200 members into the work of PPF.

The major activities of the Director are as follows:

Research and Policy Analysis

· In conjunction with the VP of Policy & Programming, as well as the President & CEO, and in consultation with the policy team, plan PPF’s research and engagement activities, ensuring the projects fulfill PPF’s goal to improve policy outcomes for Canadians;

· Provide oversight and guidance on reports, briefs, submissions and letters and ensure they are of consistent high quality;

· Through readings and consultations with colleagues, members and key contacts in government and elsewhere, ensure the ongoing monitoring of trends and issues in the areas of priority concern for the Public Policy Forum; identify and bring to the attention of the Vice President of Policy & Programming, emerging issues requiring further attention; and

· Collaborate with Membership and Communications teams, as required, to ensure the greatest impact for PPF’s research publications.

Outreach and project development

· Collaborate with external partners in order to properly develop PPF’s projects and initiatives;

· Build broad networks reaching into the various communities with a public policy interest;

· Liaise with Foundations, private and public sector organizations and other external partners to attract funding to key PPF initiatives.

· Represent the Public Policy Forum at external events, as appropriate;

· Look for opportunities for PPF to participate in conferences, presentations, and/or briefings on priority and timely issues, both at the national and provincial levels; and,

· Prepare and deliver presentations and briefings to conferences, membership meetings, and external parties as requested.

Management and Supervisory

· Assign project work to project leads/associates, ensuring that staff capabilities and expertise are effectively used, work plans carried out and the results of the work are of consistent high quality;

· Mentor the research team and ensure its work is of high quality;

· Identify new approaches and resources for fulfilling our mission and share them with the team, as appropriate;

· Administer the performance appraisal process of project managers;

· Ensure professional development of the staff, as appropriate;

· Achieve budget targets; and

· Participate as an active member of the PPF team.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Policy experience on issues related to productivity, technology and/or democracy would be an asset;
  • A graduate degree and a minimum of 6-10 years of relevant experience in a research or policy environment;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and inclusive skills and ability to work in a dynamic team environment;
  • High degree of initiative, discretion and insight;
  • Ability to help support the conception, development and implementation of multi-stakeholder, non-partisan dialogue projects;
  • Proven experience in delivering complex projects and overcoming obstacles;
  • Ability to communicate with people at various levels on complex matters and to bring conflicting points of view to consensus;
  • Ability to quickly develop a working knowledge of new subject matter;
  • Strong knowledge of topical public policy issues and the public policy process in Canada;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in project development and management;
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in both English and French is preferred; and
  • Comfort with the MS Office suite, including Excel, Word and Outlook, as well as collaborative software.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

In our early years, inclusion entailed gathering government, business, labour and civil society in the same room. Today, the proposition is far more ambitious. As much as possible, we aim to incorporate a broader cross-section of participants and contributors – reflecting factors such as identity and geography – in our research, convening and learning processes.

PPF recognizes the existence of systemic racism in Canada. We are firmly committed to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and social justice for all communities. We subscribe to the 50-30 Challenge and seek to live our core belief that good policy makes for a better Canada.

We recognize there is more progress to be made and that good policy outcomes for everyone mark the ultimate measure of a successful society. As Canada’s think tank about tomorrow, we take our responsibility seriously to use our work to illuminate inclusive and diverse policy pathways.

Please send your CV and cover letter to: careers@ppforum.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Accommodations will be provided at all stages of the hiring process. We ask applicants to make their needs known in advance.

Term: Full-time, Permanent

Reports to: Vice-President, PPF Media and Communications

Location: Individual must be based in Ottawa or Toronto (Hybrid)

Salary Range: $60,000-$70,000

Effective: June 2024

OVERVIEW

The Digital Editor is responsible for reaching PPF audiences across a range of platforms, as well as growing and serving new communities of readers. This role requires that the incumbent use analytics to drive engagement and learnings throughout the organization. Strong writing and editing skills are a must. Other duties may be required.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee ppforum.ca, including PPF’s content management system, working with web developers when necessary.
  • Work as a social media editor, expanding PPF’s presence across multiple social channels; on some channels, posting multiple times a day.
  • Work with the VP PPF Media and the Editorial Director to grow newsletter and podcast reach.
  • Work as a team on marketing and communication efforts, including event promotion, member communications and digital marketing.
  • Use analytics to drive engagement and better serve PPF stakeholders. 
  • Other duties shall be assigned as required.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be engaged with current affairs and PPF content.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English or Journalism, IT or related discipline.
  • Experience in writing, publishing or journalism.
  • Experience with newsletters and/or podcasts an asset.
  • Experience in marketing/communications an asset.

SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES

  • Strong writer and editor.
  • Metrics-driven and keen attention to detail.
  • Familiar with WordPress, Mailchimp, SEO and the use of social analytics to develop audiences.
  • Ability to speak French.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Initiative, reliability and good judgement.
  • Contributes story ideas, new approaches and innovative digital storytelling techniques to our work.

Please send your CV and cover letter to: careers@ppforum.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Accommodations will be provided at all stages of the hiring process. We ask applicants to make their needs known in advance.

Term: Full-time-Permanent

Reports to: President & CEO

Effective: ASAP

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The Public Policy Forum is seeking a broad-minded, intellectually ambitious and entrepreneurial leader with a passion for public policy and a track record in one or more of government, academia, think tanks or related organizations. We are looking for a doer and thinker, someone enthusiastic about engaging with our many partners and ready to lead a team of Policy Leads and Associates and part-time Fellows in designing processes to tackle policy challenges. This is a critical role in our organization, one that faces inward and outward.

PPF prides itself on being the think tank about tomorrow, an applied policy shop working with a cross-section of stakeholders to put forward fresh policy approaches on emerging issues. Our research is generally accompanied by convening interested parties coming from differing perspectives. The Vice-President of Policy is a key member of the leadership team and is responsible for planning and overseeing our policy agenda and research activities, as well as ensuring their impact and excellence.

The position reports to the President & CEO and will work closely with members of the PPF team in delivering on the organization’s strategic and operational mandates. We operate off of four delivery platforms for our content: publications, convenings, PPF Media and our learning arm, PPF Academy.

The Vice-President will represent PPF in policy discussions at conferences and in the media and will sometimes hold the pen on PPF reports or other vehicles that communicate our content. We are looking for someone with recognized public policy expertise who will seek to amplify that recognition on the PPF platform.

THE ORGANIZATION

The Public Policy Forum is a 37-year-old non-profit organization and charity that works with all orders of government, generally through the public service, as well as with the private sector, trade unions, post-secondary institutions, foundations, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from “inclusion to conclusion,” by convening discussions of emerging and established thinkers, doers and deciders on fundamental policy issues (inclusion) and by identifying applied policy options (conclusion). The Public Policy Forum views itself as “the think tank about tomorrow.” We therefore focus our research researches and convenes around difficult public policy challenges as well as celebrating great contributions to policy and public service at our testimonial dinners. We believe policy choices and execution directly impact the quality of life of Canadians. Our motto is Good Policy, Better Canada.

SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION

PPF conducts research and engagement activities within a portfolio of public policy issues of relevance to Canada and its people with an eye to being “the think tank about tomorrow.” Although this portfolio will evolve over time, our focus on a handful of primary areas of inquiry allows us to build knowledge, relationships and reputation. Some areas will be more active than others at a given time. Our portfolio of activities currently consists of:

  • Economic Growth, Competitiveness and Living Standards
  • Climate Change & Energy Transition
  • Technological and Social Progress
  • Canada Amidst Geopolitical Change
  • Democratic Trust & Good Governance

A primary task of the Vice-President of Policy is to identify where PPF can be of assistance to policy-making in the face of changing circumstances and to design relevant research initiatives and event programming in support of a publicly interested agenda. All PPF initiatives draw on partnerships for intellectual and financial capital. Working closely with the partnership team, the Vice-President of Policy and the policy team interact with PPF’s diverse group of 200+ members, who reside on the frontiers of policymaking and policy impacts. The VP Policy also interacts regularly with PPF Media and PPF Academy.

The major activities of the Vice-President of Policy and Programming are:

Research and Policy Analysis                                                                                                           

  • In conjunction with the CEO, plan and execute PPF’s research and engagement activities, ensuring they are forward-looking, excellent and dynamic
  • Provide oversight and guidance to the policy team members working on reports and programs and ensuring they are consistently of high relevance and quality
  • Manage roster of PPF Fellows in organizing their contributions to PPF priorities, and lead the recruitment of future PPF Fellows
  • Through readings and ongoing conversations with contacts in government and elsewhere, ensure the ongoing monitoring of policy trends in PPF’s priority areas of concentration, and bring to the attention of the PPF team any emerging issues
  • Work closely with the PPF Academy to design curriculum opportunities flowing from the policy team’s research agenda and build economies of scale by leveraging resources and shared agendas
  • Collaborate with PPF Media and other PPF departments to heighten the impact of PPF’s policy work
  • Work with other members of the management team in securing research partnerships of various types
  • Work closely with the Vice-President Corporate & CFO and the Director of Operations and Planning on project budgets and project management

Outreach and Project Development

  • Collaborate with external partners to develop PPF’s projects and initiatives
  • Build broad networks reaching into the various communities with a public policy interest
  • Work with other members of the PPF team in liaising with foundations, private and public sector organizations, and other external partners in attracting funding for PPF initiatives
  • Serve as a public face of PPF in the media, external events, and within the policy community
  • Prepare and deliver presentations and briefings to policy conferences, membership meetings, and external parties

Management and Team Building     

  • Assign project work to policy team members, ensuring the team’s workload is managed effectively, that assignments are carried out, and that outputs are of consistently high quality
  • Mentor and develop the policy team to ensure both the quality of PPF’s work and the professional advancement of team members
  • Be a great colleague with a long-term stake in building a better organization and a happy, inclusive workplace

SKILLS & EDUCATION

  • A graduate degree or higher and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in a research or policy environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work in a dynamic and inclusive team environment
  • Entrepreneurial, take initiative, willingness to do hands-on work
  • Ability to help support the conception, development and implementation of multi-stakeholder, non-partisan policy dialogue and research projects
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and overcoming obstacles to deliver complex projects on time and budget
  • Ability to communicate with people at all levels on complex matters and to bring competing points of view to consensus
  • Ability to quickly develop a working knowledge of new subject matter
  • Strong knowledge of topical public policy issues and the public policy process in Canada
  • Excellent writing, editing and oral communications skills
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in both official languages is preferred

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

In our early years, inclusion entailed gathering government, business, labour and civil society in the same room. Today, the proposition is far more ambitious. As much as possible, we aim to incorporate a broader cross-section of participants and contributors – reflecting factors such as identity and geography – in our research, convening and learning processes.

PPF recognizes the existence of systemic racism in Canada. We are firmly committed to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and social justice for all communities. We subscribe to the 50-30 Challenge and seek to live our core belief that good policy makes for a better Canada.

We recognize there is more progress to be made and that good policy outcomes for everyone mark the ultimate measure of a successful society. As Canada’s think tank about tomorrow, we take our responsibility seriously to use our work to illuminate inclusive and diverse policy pathways.

Please send your CV and cover letter to: careers@ppforum.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Accommodations will be provided at all stages of the hiring process. We ask applicants to make their needs known in advance.