Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Specialist, Public Policy Program

Specialist, Public Policy Program(1.0 FTE) 

The Organization 

Ever wanted to change the world for the better? We do too! Every day, our staff works towards SCIO’s vision of making Ontario a more accessible and inclusive community. We believe in the power of choice, for all, and we want to change the way the world sees people with disabilities. Our founders envisioned a better, healthier, more inclusive life for people with spinal cord injury and set out to make it so. We are honoured to carry forth that tradition every day in Ontario, as we work for and with people with SCI to live the life they choose.

Job Summary 

As part of a dynamic provincial organization, the Specialist, Public Policy Program will represent SCIO supporting the engagement of stakeholders in the SCI community to secure active participation in building and operating the public policy program as the lead content developer, project manager, and communications expert for Public Policy Program activities.
**The location for this position will be based both out of the provincial office and a home-based office**

Reporting to the Director, Public Policy you will: 

  • Represent SCIO in meetings with senior government officials, key stakeholders, and third-party influencers.
  • Provide operational support and project management for the public policy program while working within existing resources. 
  • Lead the development and design of material for government and stakeholder engagement including presentations, briefing notes, speeches, and other communications collateral to promote corporate direction and enhance organizational profile. 
  • Devise and implement communications strategies with the Marketing & Communications department to proactively influence, educate and inform government, media, and stakeholder audiences. 
  • Measure and analyze data to develop key insights and plan future communications content using a variety of channels including digital and social media to amplify our community voices within our Public Policy agenda. 
  • Work with internal subject matter experts to evaluate public policy priorities, opportunities and risk and lead organization-wide responses to legislative initiatives and consultations. 
  • Respond to general inquiries from elected and non-elected decision makers on key issues.
  • Develop implementing tactics and strategies to advance our advocacy priorities for the Public Policy Program.  
  • Supports organization of call-to-actions and campaigns.  
  • Regular regional travel with some extended travel within the province, as required.  
  • Occasional work on weekends and/or evenings, as required.  
  • Perform other duties, as required.  


  • Combination of training and/or a minimum of 5 years’ experience in public policy or 3-5 years working experience in an elected official’s office, or in government relations.
  • Relevant College/University degree in public policy, political studies, communications, health or social sciences, or related discipline.
  • Experience in public policy research, including legislative analysis.
  • Knowledge public policy processes including evidence informed policy development, an asset.
  • Excelling verbal and written communication skills including presentation/facilitation experience. 
  • Ability to work independently on multiple projects with time sensitive deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop and implement tactics to provide advice to support strategic operational objectives.
  • Possess a holistic knowledge of mobility disabilities and their functional implications, knowledge of community service/support networks. 
  • Excellent planning/organization and time management skills/ project co-ordination. 
  • Superior listening skills. 
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency. 
  • Supervisory/training skills, an asset in overseeing multiple projects. 
  • Event & Campaign planning skills. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and preferably French. 
  • Your positive relationship-building skills, dependability, commitment, and resourcefulness make you the ideal candidate for this position.

Given the essence of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, lived spinal cord injury experience will always be considered an important criterion among the criteria that are part of any given search. Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to achieving  accessibility in employment for persons with disabilities while ensuring inclusive, barrier free selection processes and work environments.  
SCIO is committed to equity diversity, and inclusion in our recruitment processes. We strive to create a workplace that reflect the communities we serve, and everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work with a sense of belonging. We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to: Indigenous peoples, members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin; persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities; persons who identify as women; and persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Reasonable and appropriate accommodation will be provided during the recruitment process upon request and addressed confidentially. We thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.  

Please forward your résumé and corresponding cover letter with salary expectations in confidence to: Human Resources , SCI Ontario, 520 Sutherland Drive, Toronto, ON M4G 3V9, Fax: 416-645-3265, Email: [email protected]

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