Position Profile

Job Title:  Program Policy and Data Analyst

Work Unit:  Seniors Services Division, Seniors Strategic Planning Branch / Research and Program Policy

Ministry:   Alberta Seniors and Housing

Competition Number:  1038540

Date:  October 2016



Reporting to the Manager of Research and Program Policy, the Program Policy and Data Analyst plays a key role in coordinating and supporting division research and program policy including special projects and initiatives. This position is responsible for supporting the initiation, development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of advanced strategic initiatives and program policies relating to seniors' programs. The position is responsible for providing briefings and project management support to increase the effectiveness of operational and strategic planning processes, as well as for supporting the development and coordination of research and data analysis.

This position is responsible for coordinating and supporting: data analysis, including identification and analysis of relevant program and external data; research activities, including identification of relevant high quality research, as well as development and maintenance of a research repository; program policy work, including issues identification, analysis, options development, and recommendations; and performance measurement and program evaluations. This work supports the continual improvement of programs and services for Alberta seniors.

The requirements of this position involve expertise in division programs, policies, and legislation, as well as awareness regarding the evolving needs of seniors' client groups (seniors, service providers, stakeholders, families and communities). The Program Policy and Data Analyst works with considerable independence; ensuring that accurate and relevant information is provided to senior and executive management regarding directions, implications, and issues impacting programs, seniors, and stakeholders.

Responsibilities and Activities


Coordinate division data analytics, including identification and analysis of relevant program and external data.


  • Coordinate and make recommendations on the collection, interpretation, and analysis of seniors data.
  • Analyze data from ministry databases and other sources to identify trends and promising practices, as well as to inform branch and system priorities and initiatives to support Alberta seniors.
  • Verify and supplement information contained in briefings, presentations, and correspondence.
  • Undertake independent data analysis.

Coordinate division research activities including the development and maintenance of a research repository.


  • Coordinate and make recommendations on the collection, interpretation, and analysis of research pertaining to seniors including that collected through cross-jurisdictional scanning.
  • Develop and maintain a research repository using data management software.
  • Analyze research from provincial, national, and international policy organizations and other sources to identify trends and promising practices, potentially impacting Alberta seniors.
  • Assess implications of research findings and bring forward recommendations for further consideration in policy and planning related activities.

Coordinate and support program policy evaluation and performance measurement.


  • Support ministry evaluation and performance measurement processes through data collection, analysis, and research including cross-jurisdictional scans.
  • Provide input to division evaluation and performance measurement reporting processes for seniors financial assistance programs, as well as policy-related initiatives.
  • Promote awareness and use of high quality program evaluation and performance measurement.

Coordinate and support program policy activities that address trends and issues pertaining to seniors.


  • Monitor and scan environment on an ongoing basis to identify and anticipate upcoming trends and issues, including how they may impact seniors and the activities of the division and ministry.
  • Identify and analyze emerging program policies, best practices, and developments in seniors' health and social services provincially, nationally, and internationally.
  • Develop and present policy materials including briefing notes, reports, presentations, memos, and other correspondence, for management and senior management teams.
  • Respond to action requests, as needed.


  • Independently represents the branch/division on ministry committees, teams and working groups that impact the programs, policies, operations, staff and clients of the branch. This role directly contributes to the overall effectiveness of the branch in terms of program policy and business improvement and alignment with overall government directions.
  • Works with branch management and staff to provide advice and support to help the branch achieve its goals.
  • Understands the interaction of ministry and the division programs and services with those of other ministries, other levels of government, and other service providers.
  • Ensures accurate research and analysis of information as is crucial to relevant decision making and planning activities, as decisions made may be based on the information presented by the position.
  • Assists in the development of recommendations to resolve issues, and provides input in the development of program policies.
  • Manages multiple priorities and communicates effectively to ensure clarity in direction and information provided.
  • Develops strong working relationships and works collaboratively with managers and staff from within the branch, division, and ministry.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A university degree in social sciences or a related field with 3 years progressively responsible related experience or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of government program policy, processes, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of seniors programs and services.
  • Knowledge of research methodologies (quantitative and/or qualitative methods) and ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize data from a variety of sources.
  • Ability to identify issues that may impact the branch or division.
  • Ability to interpret complex information in order to create concise accurate briefings, reports and/or advice.
  • Well-developed writing skills (e.g. articulate, clear, concise, grammatically correct).
  • Presentation, problem-solving, analytical, communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Project management skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills facilitating the ability to work well independently and in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint and data management software.
  • Competencies include problem-solving, systems thinking, agility, and developing networks.


  • Branch, division, and ministry staff, particularly in program, policy, and corporate areas - seek and share information, as needed; raise awareness regarding division research, evaluation, and program policy initiatives.
  • Manager, Research and Program Policy and Director, Seniors Strategies and Program Support - provide updates on projects; monitor and raises awareness regarding emerging issues and trends potentially impacting seniors; provide program policy research and analysis.
  • Executive Director, Seniors Strategic Planning - provide on-going assistance regarding seniors program policy, evaluation, and research.
  • Other units across the ministry - support development of planning documents; exchange information; represent division interests and perspectives; and collaborate on research, evaluation, and program policy initiatives.

Supervision Exercised

  Position does not supervise.


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