Senior Legislation and Policy Analyst (LEG2)

legal & protective services building & property
Location: City of Pickering, ON
Website: http://www.mpac.ca
Type: full-time
Posted On: Jan 10, 2018
Closing Date: Jan 23, 2018
MPAC Recruiting
Posting Date: January 10, 2018
Closing Date: January 23, 2018
 
 
Senior Legislation and Policy Analyst (LEG2)
$88,010 per annum
 
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation’s Legislation and Policy Support Services branch within the Legal, Policy and Compliance department requires one Senior Legislation and Policy Analyst to assume a lead role in providing policy and legislation support to senior management, head office and field office staff, and to Provincial Government Ministries, municipal clients and the public, while providing guidance to a team of legislation and policy analysts to achieve effective legislation and policy service delivery.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Review requests for legal opinions and interpretations, research legislation and regulations, existing opinions and court decisions and assign work to Analysts;
  • Research and prepare responses to complex legal interpretation requests;
  • Liaise with legal counsel and seek external legal opinions as required;
  • Review recommendations and written responses to legal interpretation requests, ensure accurate and consistent interpretations and recommendations prior to release from Legislation and Policy Support Services (LPSS) and determine files to be referred to legal counsel;
  • Provide technical and one-on-one guidance to Analysts and Assistants to improve their research, analytical and writing skills; review and conduct quality checks on Analyst’s work (i.e. LIRs, case summaries) to ensure legislative compliance and consistency;
  • Provide technical expertise in the review and interpretation of assessment policies and legislation for the effective delivery of legislation and policy support services;
  • Act as a resource for escalated issues and prepare briefing notes for complex and sensitive matters;
  • Review sensitive and/or complex legislation and policy requests, research legislation, regulations, policies, existing legal opinions and court decisions;
  • Provide input into the development of new policies and procedures;
  • Prepare communication material, including correspondence and briefing materials;
  • Participate in the development of core training content and review content for legislative compliance;
  • Review changes to MPAC products (e.g., Rolls, Notices) for legislative compliance;
  • Analyze and report on the impact and application of emerging legislative, regulatory and policy changes/issues to MPAC and stakeholder business processes, policies and procedures;
  • Draft policy statements and policy directives to MPAC staff and stakeholders for implementing policy and legislation changes;
  • Review and summarize decisions and advise MPAC staff on precedent-setting court decisions and significant ARB decisions;
  • Develop and deliver legislative, regulatory and policy-related training packages, presentations and materials for implementing new or changing legislation and policies, ensuring appropriate staff and stakeholders are trained and kept apprised of legislative and policy changes affecting work and processes.
  • Participate as a subject matter expert or may occasionally lead assessment legislation and policy-related projects as required including: assigning, planning and researching issues, assembling project team members and preparing business cases;
  • Participate as a subject matter expert in a technical capacity, representing the Corporation on external committees/projects, contributing to the review and analysis of established and proposed assessment policy, legislation regulations to determine feasibility and measure impact;
  • Establish collaborative and effective internal and external client and stakeholder relationships, liaising and consulting with stakeholders as required;
  • Provide expert advice to LPSS Management, MPAC senior management, head office and field office staff, provincial government ministries, municipalities, municipal associations, taxpayers and professional associations, private sector and other jurisdictions;
  • Identify issues with LPSS Management to be raised through the Change Management or Information Sharing Protocol with the Ministry of Finance; and
  • Assist Stakeholder and Government Relations staff in the delivery of formal presentations and responds to enquiries from external clients (taxpayers and their representatives, municipal and provincial representatives, Ombudsman, MPPs).

 

LOCATION: MPAC Head Office, Pickering, Ontario

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • Completion of post-secondary education in property assessment, law, political science, economics, public policy administration, or a related field;
  • Minimum 7 years of experience with MPAC policy, procedures, legislation and precedentsetting court and tribunal decisions, including sound knowledge of trends, issues and amendments related to assessment legislation, regulation and policies;
  • Accreditation with Institute of Municipal Assessors and/or Appraisal Institute of Canada is an asset;
  • Excellent knowledge of the Assessment Act, Municipal Act, 2001, property class regulation and other assessment- related legislation and regulations;
  • Knowledge of property valuation processes, policies and procedures, appraisal techniques and approaches to value;
  • Good leadership skills for providing guidance and training to LPSS staff;
  • Strong customer service orientation, excellent teamwork skills, and ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and confidential information;
  • Strong ability to prioritize activities and excellent time management and organizational skills to manage and complete assigned duties, in addition to monitoring and reviewing LPSS staff work;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills to review and provide guidance to staff on complex interpretations of assessment policies, legislation, and regulations, identify complex issues, analyze information and make recommendations;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to effectively prepare and communicate legal interpretation requests; and
  • Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office suite of products and related assessment tools.

 

AREA OF SEARCH: OPEN

 
To apply, please click on this link followed by the “Apply Online” once within the posting. Please use the Applicant Tracking System to create your Candidate Profile, upload your Resume and Cover Letter and apply to the posting by January 23, 2018. Please note, only applications submitted through the Applicant Tracking System will be accepted.
 
While MPAC thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent MPAC employees may be required to undergo a criminal and drivers abstract check.
 
ABOUT US:
 
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation funded by all Ontario municipalities. Our role is to accurately assess and classify all properties in Ontario, and with more than 1,700 employees in offices across the province, our assessors are trained experts in the field of property valuation. At MPAC, we know that maintaining work life balance is the key to fostering employee health, happiness and productivity. We offer generous vacation allowances, a self-funded leave program and flexible work arrangements to help ensure employees’ unique needs are met both at work and at home. For more information visit mpac.ca or aboutmyproperty.ca.
 
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and MPAC's Accessibility Standards for Ontarians with Disabilities Policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.