Job title: Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Policy Analyst

Company: Government of Alberta

Job description: Job Information
Job Title: Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Policy Analyst
Job Requisition ID: 52386
Ministry: Tourism and Sport
Location: Edmonton
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Scope: Open Competition
Closing Date: February 12, 2024
Classification: Program Services 4 Market Adjustment (024PSAMA)
Salary: ​$2,757.39 to $3,604.17 bi-weekly ($71,967 – $94,068/year)
The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported.
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Tourism and Sport – one of the Government of Alberta’s newest and most exciting ministries! We lead the development, sustainability and growth of Alberta’s visitor economy. We also lead the growth of Alberta’s non-profit sport system as well as the promotion of safe and welcoming environments for sport, physical activity and recreation.
The Sport, Tourism and Recreation (STAR) Division leads programming for the department. The Division is comprised of the Assistant Deputy Minister’s office; the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (SPAR) Branch; and the Tourism Policy and Strategy Branch. The STAR Division collaborates with many Government of Alberta Ministries and with a broad range of tourism, sport, physical activity and recreation stakeholders. In modeling the Alberta Public Service Values, the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Policy Analyst has an essential role in collaborating with the SPAR branch and division team, as well as other ministries and stakeholders to obtain achieve organizational goals.
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Role Responsibilities
Reporting to the Director, Strategy and Policy, this position provides leadership and expertise in issues identification, policy analysis, and strategic advice pertaining to sport, physical activity, and recreation in the province. The SPAR Policy Analyst leads various projects including the planning, development, delivery, evaluation, and implementation of initiatives targeted at supporting government and pan-Canadian policy priorities. Responsibilities also include research, performance measurement, reporting, and providing recommendations to management. The SPAR Policy Analyst works in close collaboration with internal stakeholders, other government departments, other levels of government, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
As the SPAR Policy Analyst, you will use your previous education and experience to provide expertise and advice pertaining to sport, physical activity and recreation policy and standards for the Province of Alberta to internal and external stakeholders. This will be done by conducting research and analysis, identifying issues and trends, providing input into policy development, and being an active committee member.
Research and Analysis: to improve sport, physical activity, and recreation policy alignment across the ministry, the greater Government of Alberta, and across Canada you will complete cross-jurisdictional research, provide evidence based analysis, and summarize your findings into professional documentations for review by senior management.
Identifying Issues and Trends: staying up to date on what is happening in the sector, you will utilize your research and analysis skills to identify emerging policy issues and consider system implications in terms of policy development and the impact on both internal and external stakeholders.
Policy Development: you will provide input, recommendations, and advice on policy related to physical activity within the Government of Alberta.
Facilitate/Support Collaboration: working with cross-ministry partners, other jurisdictions, and orders of government you will act as an advisor and/or the ministry lead for assigned sport, physical activity, and recreation initiatives (including pan-Canadian committees).
APS Competencies
Competencies are behaviors that are essential to achieve our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in-depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.
This link will assist you with understanding competencies:
Systems Thinking: Considers inter-relationship and emerging trends to attain goals. Seeks insight on implications of different options. Analyzes long-term outcomes, focus on goals and values. Identifies unintended consequences
Creative Problem Solving: Focuses on continuous improvement and increasing breadth of insight. Asks questions to understand a problem. Looks for new ways to improve results and activities. Explores different work methods and what made projects successful; shares learning. Collects breadth of data and perspectives to make choices.
Develop Networks: Works on maintaining close relations with all stakeholders. Identifies key stakeholder relationships. Has contact with range of interested parties. Actively incorporates needs of a broader group. Influences others through communication techniques
Build Collaborative Environments: Works to exceed goals and partner with others to achieve objectives. Plans based on past experience. Holds self and others responsible for results. Partners with groups to achieve outcomes. Aims to exceed expectations

  • A university degree in Social Science, Public Administration, Political Science, Recreation Administration, or other related field
  • PLUS a minimum of four years of related experience in the area of sport administration is required.

Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of:

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  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

Relatable experience must also include:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the policy development process
  • Experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research
  • Demonstrated ability to write professional business communications
  • Experience conducting presentations and facilitations


  • Knowledge of the sport and recreation sector
  • Knowledge/ experience in infrastructure and capital planning
  • Business writing, presentation skills and facilitation experience
  • Previous grant administration/management experience

As this role requires excellent verbal and written communication skills your cover letter will be considered as part of the screening process. Applicants must provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements
Hours of Work: 7.25 hours/ 36.25 hours a week
Location: Edmonton, AB
Any costs associated with obtaining the required documents/checks as noted or interview travel expenses, will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in.
Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees:

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  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
  • Opportunity to participate in flexible work arrangements such as working from home up to two days per week and modified work schedule agreement
  • Leadership and mentorship programs

How To Apply
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.
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It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)( ) or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information ( ).
It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.
Closing Statement
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.
We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, please contact Gloria Ducharme at .

Location: Edmonton, AB

Job date: Sat, 03 Feb 2024 05:31:02 GMT