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30 Jul 2018

Clerical / Administrative Government Relations Officer

Colleges and Institutes Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Job Description



Position Identification:


Title: Government Relations Officer

Classification: Program Staff II

Supervisor: Director, Government Relations & Policy Research

Division: Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships

Salary: $59,449 to $72,770


Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director, Government Relations and Policy Research, the Government Relations Officer is primarily responsible for coordinating government relations initiatives to advance and promote the advocacy goals of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), in close collaboration with the Senior Policy Advisors in the Government Relations and Policy Research Team.


The Government Relations Officer will support CICan’s engagement with parliamentarians, federal officials and stakeholders by coordinating the organization of government relations meetings, and monitoring and sharing information about federal government initiatives related to CICan’s key advocacy files, with a view to advancing advocacy priorities and creating strategic opportunities for CICan’s members. The Government Relations Officer will support and contribute to the planning, program development, organization and delivery of CICan advocacy and policy events, including government relations activities associated with other CICan events, to facilitate engagement of member colleges and institutes with federal government partners. The nature of the work will require close liaison and collaboration with other divisions within CICan, including the President’s Office.


The work of the Government Relations Officer is reviewed by the Director, Government Relations and Policy Research based on objectives set annually. Input will also be provided by the Vice-President, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships.

General Expectations:

  • Support government relations, advocacy and policy activities and events in accordance with CICan’s core values, operating principles and code of ethics;
  • Perform various and complex tasks of a responsible and professional nature;
  • Manage multiple tasks and demands simultaneously;
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with CICan staff, senior and administrative staff from member institutions, government agencies, external agencies, national organizations, and partner organizations;
  • Organize work effectively and efficiently within a team environment and established timelines;
  • Function with tact, diplomacy, flexibility and autonomy;
  • Work under pressure and sometimes changing deadlines, with strong attention to detail;
  • Make efficient and strategic recommendations;
  • Troubleshoot as required and provide innovative problem-solving solutions;
  • Maintain a good understanding of the member institutions’ operations and capabilities, the diversity of their mandates and structures;
  • Treat everyone fairly and equitably and maintain high ethical standards; and
  • Be able to travel domestically.

Specific Expectations:

  • Coordinate the organization of government relations meetings, including the tracking of meeting outcomes and follow-ups;
  • Develop and maintain appropriate tools and processes to support government relations activities and events;
  • Prepare briefing notes for government relations meetings in collaboration with the Senior Policy Advisors to integrate relevant and current information and policy issues as they relate to advocacy priorities and issues of importance for CICan;
  • Monitor and track parliamentary and federal government studies, consultations, policies, programs, legislation and regulations as well as policy positions of other stakeholders relevant to CICan and its members;
  • Contribute to and support the planning, program development, organization and delivery of CICan advocacy and policy events, including government relations activities associated with other CICan events;
  • Provide support for the CICan Government Relations Network including preparation of regular communications;
  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Policy Advisors to proactively identify opportunities for policy influence related to CICan advocacy priorities;
  • Prepare briefing materials and summaries of advocacy activities and positions for member institutions;
  • Maintain an understanding of current political trends and policy developments related to CICan’s priority advocacy areas;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the CICan government relations strategy and work plans.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduate from a post-secondary institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience in a government relations function, preferably at the federal level
  • Demonstrated understanding of the college system in Canada, coupled with knowledge of the broader Canadian educational milieu;
  • Knowledge of how the federal government functions at both political and bureaucratic levels;
  • Excellent skills in information management, communications and project management
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and liaise with diverse groups of stakeholders at different levels;
  • Ability to work effectively and co-operatively with other staff including experience briefing senior level staff;
  • Strong research and analytical skills and ability to write at a professional level;
  • Ability to interact with senior officials and administrative staff at member institutions, government and other organizations;
  • Fluency in both written and verbal English and French;
  • Demonstrated ability using Microsoft Office Suite (strong level of proficiency).

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Roxanne Cantin, Senior Personnel Officer before 4pm on August 17th, 2018 via email to:

CICan is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. Do not hesitate to contact me if you require alternative arrangements to submit your application. We thank all applicants in advance however only those selected for an interview will be acknowledged.

Reasonable Accommodation We will make every reasonable effort to accommodate prospective candidates under any of the protected grounds of discrimination. Should you need an accommodation, please make the request as soon as possible. If the accommodation is related to a medical or health condition, you may be required to provide confirmation from a medical profession that you require the accommodation. All requests for accommodation will be considered in a fair and objective manner that will ensure applicants are treated with respect and dignity.

Job Categories: Full-time. Job Types: Clerical / Administrative. Salary: 60,000 - 80,000.

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