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Canadian Nurses Association - Manager of Government Relations

CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 151,404 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded not-for-profit health system. To help achieve our objectives, we are currently seeking a:


The manager of Government Relations is responsible for the overall management of CNA’s government relations portfolio. The incumbent leads the development, implementation and evaluation of CNA’s government relations strategy that sets out clear policy priorities, targets and strategies to optimize CNA’s interface with Canada’s elected officials at federal, provincial and territorial levels. The manager works in collaboration with Senior Nurse Advisors and the Director to develop and implement policy instruments that profile CNA’s position on policy issues with members, health stakeholders, parliamentarians and relevant decision makers. The manager is responsible for the development of reports, communications and presentations to government, House of Commons and Senate committees and oversees the development, updating and implementation of CNA government relations resources such as Nursing Matters! and parliamentary scanning.

• Establishes, implements and evaluates CNA’s government relations strategy
• Assesses and makes recommendations to address and advance CNA’s government relations profile
• Advises CEO, senior management and serves as an advisor to board members on the parliamentary legislative and policy priorities of relevance to CNA
• Contributes to the overall policy and program direction of Practice and Policy
• Oversees annual CNA board activities with Parliamentarians
• Represents CNA in parliamentary and government relations events
• Keeps abreast of parliamentary trends and research
• Oversees daily, monthly and quarterly environmental scanning of political and government events and opportunities of relevance to CNA’s vision, mission and goals by analyzing and synthesizing qualitative and quantitative information from diverse sources and prepares regular report on parliamentary and legislative initiatives accordingly
• Manages the preparation of presentations, briefing and background material to support CNA’s government relations profile
• Contributes to the internal and external development and advancement of advocacy processes and capacity
• Supports Nursing Matters! through development and dissemination of information, prototype materials, and education modules
• Oversees the review and submission of monthly CNA lobbying activity reports to the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada and, as required, to senior management.

• Master’s degree in political science, health promotion, health administration, public administration or other relevant field of study
• 5-7 years’ experience in government or Parliamentary relations, ideally at the federal level
• Strong understanding of political and government processes, the federal policy cycle, structures, and current priorities and of national political parties
• Knowledge and strong insights into nursing and health policy issues and how they relate to federal, provincial and territorial governments
• Demonstrated ability to successfully engage members of Parliament and Senators as well as staff in political offices and in Parliamentary committees
• Knowledge of the health system, the key stakeholders and their roles
• Demonstrated ability to assess perspectives from different sources and to assess their relevance to organizational mandates and priorities
• Demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to motivate, develop and direct people as they work
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with diverse stakeholders
• Proven leadership and communication skills
• Sound judgment and decision-making skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office and related software

• Fluency in English and French
• Experience working in a professional association

CNA offers a competitive salary. For confidential consideration, please forward your resumé by August 29, 2014 to:

Human Resources,
50 Driveway • Ottawa, ON K2P 1E2
Fax: 613-288-5205 • E-mail:

If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please e-mail us your contact information for followup. We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code. We thank all applicants however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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