Policy Analyst

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Full-time with health benefits and a pension plan

Toronto, ON

Salary range: $55,000 to $65,000 a year

If you are a strategic thinker with strong policy advocacy and writing skills and a passion for working with Ontario’s nonprofits, please apply to be our policy analyst.  

What are we looking for?

An early career policy generalist with a gift for writing who is passionate about advocacy and public policy development. The Policy Analyst will contribute to the achievement of ONN’s policy agenda through research, analysis, and writing, as well as engaging the ONN network in policy advocacy campaigns. The successful candidate will enjoy working with a small team (11 staff) in a “get stuff done” environment, and will have a passion for working with a variety of Ontario nonprofits.

Who are we?

Ontario’s nonprofit sector is diverse, with over 58,000 organizations in communities across the province. The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) plays a unique role: developing and analyzing public policy, connecting nonprofits across the province with engagement opportunities and advocacy campaigns, and channeling collective expertise to find solutions to issues facing the sector. ONN engages its provincial network to create innovative ways to strengthen the nonprofit sector. ONN is committed to advancing racial justice in the nonprofit sector and encouraging nonprofits to play an active role in truth and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

What will the Policy Analyst do?

Reporting to the Director of Policy, and working with ONN’s staff, Policy Committee and various working groups, the Policy Analyst will be responsible for: 

  • Policy research, analysis, development, and implementation of advocacy campaigns, focused on priorities within ONN’s three main public policy areas that critically affect the ability of nonprofits to achieve their missions
  • Coordinating ONN’s government relations activities (meeting preparation, records management, tracking outcomes, etc.)
  • Convening and providing policy/logistics support for ONN’s Policy Committee and working groups
  • Convening informal policy networks and presenting to groups of nonprofits on public policy issues
  • Supporting programming and activities for ONN’s annual provincial conference
  • Participating in organization-wide strategies on anti-racism/anti-oppression, truth & reconciliation, and data management (Salesforce).

Required qualifications

  • Post-secondary education in public policy, nonprofit management, political studies, economics or related field (or related experience)
  • A strategic and critical thinker, with strong policy development, analysis, and advocacy skills 
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Ability to design, plan and carry out complex projects by established timelines
  • Job experience working in the nonprofit sector (2-3 years minimum)
  • A team player who exhibits and embraces the values of ONN.

Preferred experience

  • Training and/or experience in Indigenous cultural safety and anti-racism/anti-oppression 
  • Training and/or experience with financial/economic analysis and/or survey administration
  • Database management and/or experience with Salesforce CRM and/or experience with advocacy campaign software (e.g., NationBuilder, SalsaEngage, NewMode).

Job specifications

  • Full-time (37.5 hours/week) position; health benefits and pension plan after three months; three month probationary period
  • Salary range: $55,000 to $65,000
  • Open-concept office based at Yonge and St. Clair, Toronto, Ontario (This position is eligible for work-from-home arrangements until the pandemic-related public health guidelines permit the resumption of office work in Ontario).

To apply

Please submit in a single PDF document to info at theonn.ca by Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 at 5pm:

  • cover letter, resume
  • one writing sample (approx. 5- 10 pages, preferably a policy-related brief, article, or excerpt from a report).

As part of its commitment to racial justice and reconciliation, ONN is actively encouraging Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour candidates to apply for this position. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

ONN gratefully acknowledges the support of United Way Greater Toronto.


$55,000 to $65,000 a year


27 Jan 2021
Ontario Nonprofit Network
Toronto  Ontario
Policy Development & Advocacy
Regional Development