Overview

Department: Strategy, Policy & Research

Reporting to: Associate Director, Policy and Advocacy

Salary: $75K-$77K CAD

Location: Remote (Candidates based in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia or willing to relocate)

Number of Positions: 2

Contract: 12 – 14 months (Mat Leave)

Organizational Profile

World Education Services (WES) is a non-profit social enterprise that supports the educational, economic, and social inclusion of immigrants, refugees, and international students. For nearly 50 years, WES has set the standard for international academic credential evaluation, supporting millions of people as they seek to achieve their academic and professional goals. Through decades of experience as a leader in global education, WES has developed a wide range of tools to pursue social impact at scale. From evaluating academic credentials to shaping policy, designing programs, and providing philanthropic funding, we partner with a diverse set of organizations, leaders, and networks to uplift individuals and drive systems change. Together with its partners, WES enables people to learn, work, and thrive in new places.

If you are passionate about contributing to the mission of WES to help people learn, work, and thrive in new places and to help society recognize the value of people’s education and experience, we would like to hear from you.

The Opportunity:

WES Canada is seeking two contract (maternity leave) Managers, Policy & Advocacy, to support the capacity of WES Canada to engage in advocacy and influence policy and program solutions to advance the mission of WES. Your strong skills and advocacy orientation will help the team to drive the WES policy agenda forward.

The Manager, Policy & Advocacy role is responsible for leading and collaborating on policy analysis, developing policy advocacy positions and strategies; engaging stakeholders, including those directly impacted by the issues; and coordinating other policy activities (e.g., planning and evaluation). Each Manager, Policy & Advocacy will hold portfolios which may include integration of internationally educated health professionals or other regulated professionals; international students, refugees or other immigrant groups facing issues of social and economic inclusion, trades, or general immigration policy.

This role supports the capacity of WES Canada to engage in advocacy to influence policy and programmatic solutions that advance the mission of WES. The role supports policy initiatives related to global mobility, workforce development and equitable labour market inclusion for skilled immigrants and refugees, and international students.

We have a team of two Managers, Policy & Advocacy, reporting to the Associate Director, Policy & Advocacy. The Manager, Policy & Advocacy role is responsible for collaborating on policy analysis, developing policy advocacy positions and strategies; engaging stakeholders, including those directly impacted by the issues; and coordinating other policy activities (e.g., planning and evaluation). Each Manager, Policy & Advocacy will hold both general and specific portfolios, which may include any of the following:  internationally educated health professionals or professionals in other regulated professionals, immigrant youth, international students, refugees or other immigrant groups facing issues of social and economic inclusion.

Duties include, but not limited to:

Policy Analysis, Development, and Advocacy

  • Collaborate with colleagues across WES Canada teams (program, policy, operations, corporate) to provide policy insight and to develop policy positions, recommendations, and advocacy strategies on key priorities. This includes developing theories of change/logic models to define goals, outcomes, impacts and progress metrics.
  • Develop workplans and implement specific advocacy strategies.
  • Participate in monitoring, evaluation and reporting on activities.
  • Provide nuanced analysis, identify trends, developments, opportunities, and trade-offs.
  • Research, monitor and analyze information from a range of stakeholder perspectives; conduct environmental scans of research, news, policy and program developments, legislation etc.
  • Develop policy insight by directly consulting relevant stakeholders to inform policy advocacy positions, with a focus on those directly impacted and proximate leaders.
  • With the support of WES Communications teams, develop and disseminate policy-related materials reports, position papers, briefing notes, submissions, talking points, blogs for a range of audiences
  • Develop materials and present in meetings, conferences, workshops, and other fora.
    Represent WES with external stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Identify, build, and nurture relationships with a range of system stakeholders including those directly impacted, allies, partners, decision-makers and influencers in order to develop and implement WES’ policy agenda.
  • Engage with those directly affected by issues, and proximate leaders, to ensure that WES positions are informed by and amplifying those voices.
  • Lead, participate in and/or support stakeholder meetings including coordination, agenda-setting, planning, notetaking, and follow-up, including logging in Salesforce.

Project Management and Operations

  • Provide project management for policy and stakeholder initiatives through work-planning, managing critical paths, tracking, and reporting
  • Support department and division level planning and evaluation activities including tracking, reporting, and reflection/learning
  • Assist in the development and implementation of specials projects as assigned and perform other duties as and when required.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be excited about WES’ mission, and advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity.
  • Be able to navigate in evolving and dynamic situations to meet goals and objectives.
  • Have a deep-rooted intellectual curiosity and an openness to diverse ideas and perspectives.
  • Thrive an environment that values transparency, collaboration, and a learning orientation.
  • Build informal working relationships, quickly establish credibility in new areas of work, and mobilize people at all levels towards collaborative goals.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public administration, immigration studies, political science, knowledge management or other relevant social science field, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years of relevant, hands-on policy and advocacy experience.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including a proven ability to create and deliver presentations to a range of audiences and to communicate and liaise with senior leaders and decision-makers.
  • Work experience and/or subject matter expertise in immigration policy and economic inclusion of immigrants, with specialized knowledge in one or more of the following: occupational licensing, especially internationally educated health professionals; international students and post-secondary education; temporary workers; immigrant youth; competency-based hiring and employer engagement; or other areas aligned with WES mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate the political landscape and the policy making processes of a range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated political acuity to navigate among groups with diverse or divergent interests.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to support and work collaboratively with other team members and partners to advance shared goals and projects.
  • Strong research and analytical skills including demonstrated abilities to carry out basic quantitative research and data analysis.
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once.
  • Proven ability to apply a complexity-lens and systems thinking approaches to complex problems and dynamic/emergent environments.
  • Ability to navigate in evolving and changing situations to meet goals and objectives
  • High-level of computer proficiency, including MS Office suite (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), cloud-based systems, Teams and other common digital work tools.

Working Condition:

  • We are a remote-first work environment, and we have a team that is distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Employees who are based near our Toronto Office enjoy the flexibility of working in the office or at home. WES’ offices have a shared, open office environment with break-out and meeting rooms and light to moderate noise.
  • Office environment and/or remote work.
  • Fast paced environment with multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Based in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, or Nova Scotia, with occasional travel within Canada and US.

Diversity Statement:

WES values diversity in all its forms and recruits qualified individuals at all occupational levels that reflect the diversity of our clients and our community. We strive to foster a workplace in which all individuals maximize their potential. We are committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation to complete this application, we will work with you to meet your needs.  Please contact Human Resources. Accommodation may be provided at all stages of the hiring process.

For more information about WES, please visit our website at www.WES.org

Tagged as:

Compensation

Salary: $75K-$77K CAD

How to Apply

Please apply on the link below: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/WOR1020WEDU/JobBoard/e69cea0c-67ff-4625-8ec3-58d077d22d6b/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=9f6e85ef-c744-48e7-86f1-0fa3197dead3

About World Education Services

World Education Services (WES) is a non-profit social enterprise that supports the educational, economic, and social inclusion of immigrants, refugees, and international students. For nearly 50 years, WES has set the standard for international academic credential evaluation, supporting millions of people as they seek to achieve their academic and professional goals. Through decades of experience as a leader in global education, WES has developed a wide range of tools to pursue social impact at scale. From evaluating academic credentials to shaping policy, designing programs, and providing philanthropic funding, we partner with a diverse set of organizations, leaders, and networks to uplift individuals and drive systems change. Together with its partners, WES enables people to learn, work, and thrive in new places.

If you are passionate about contributing to the mission of WES to help people learn, work, and thrive in new places and to help society recognize the value of people’s education and experience, we would like to hear from you.