Job Posting: Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer

Position: Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer
Reporting to: Executive Director
Status: Full-time
Salary: $45,000 plus benefits (health, dental, RRSP matching)
Deadline to apply: October 21, 2016
Applications must include: Cover letter, resume, writing sample (three pages max.)
Submit your application to: hiring@casa.ca

 

Position Profile:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer is responsible for: CASA’s federal and inter-provincial government relations; acting as a lobbyist for CASA; developing and maintaining partnerships with sector stakeholders and CASA’s membership; instructing and supporting CASA’s membership on effective advocacy techniques; and the preparation of briefs and policy documents relevant to the functioning of CASA and the interests of its membership.

 

Qualifications:

  • A degree from a college, university, technical institute, or equivalent combination of education and/or work experience
  • Strong background or relevant experience in political science, public administration, public relations, communications, and/or the post-secondary education realm
  • Experience working with government, politicians, and the civil service
  • Excellent writing and communication skills with experience crafting messages for multiple audiences
  • Analytical, and organizational skills; experience researching and developing public policy
  • Experience providing strategic advice to supervising officers and colleagues
  • Working knowledge and skills using Microsoft Office Software  / Mac OS and Internet
  • Thrives in dynamic team environment and enjoys working closely with others
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills; ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Time-management skills; with the ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Outgoing personality with an emphasis on networking and relationship building
  • Cannot have held a position that qualifies the individual as a Designated Public Office Holder within the federal government in the past 5 years subject to The Lobbying Act.

 

Asset Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of how student governments operate
  • Fluency in both official languages
  • Experience in media relations practices and with various types of media outlets
  • Strong presentation skills, comfortable speaking to large groups
  • Experience in conference organization and facilitation
  • Experience with content management systems (such as Basecamp and Highrise)

 

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates CASA’s government relations activities at the federal and inter-provincial level while serving as a lobbyist for CASA, working in conjunction with the Executive Director and providing advice on political strategy as required
  • Ensures that CASA remains compliant with the federal Lobbying Act
  • Represents CASA to the federal government, relevant inter-provincial bodies, working groups, boards, and committees as instructed by the Executive Director.
  • Develops and maintains key government contacts; maintains communication with Members of Parliament, Senators, political staff, government officials and public servants; keeps government informed of CASA Member’s policy positions and advocacy goals; provides feedback on government proposals and direction.
  • Assists the Executive Director, and member associations, to establish contact and with representatives of government and sector partners
  • Works with colleagues to prepare briefing materials and background information for meetings; assists in scheduling and other logistical mechanisms of government and stakeholder meetings for the Executive Director, and others where appropriate.
  • Maintains awareness of politics at the federal - and when necessary, provincial – level at all times paying special attention to effects on PSE;
  • As assigned by the Executive Director, represents the interests of CASA and the position of the Executive Director on various stakeholder and government working groups, boards and committees.
  • Maintains records of CASA’s government relations work and meetings with the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying and maintains internal databases.
  • Advances CASA’s advocacy goals and provides feedback to government
  • Develops public materials in-line with CASA’s advocacy goals and policy.
  • Works with CASA’s Communications staff to coordinate short-term media strategies focused on specific policy changes, CASA campaigns, or government initiatives
  • Works with CASA’s Communications staff to develop campaign and promotional materials
  • Conducts regular analysis of the effectiveness of CASA’s government and media relations practices
  • Oversees, with the Executive Director, CASA’s Annual Advocacy Week
  • Leads training activities to prepare CASA’s members to meet with public officials.
  • Occasional travel within Canada is required

 

The hiring salary for the Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer position is $45,000. In addition to a competitive salary we offer a generous benefits package including vision and dental, an employer matching RRSP program, tuition assistance and flexible working hours.

 

Interested candidates must submit their resume, cover letter, and writing sample to hiring@casa.ca from now until October 21, 2016. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and only those candidates who are selected for interview will be contacted.