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Director, Government Relations



The Department of Government and Community Engagement in University Relations is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Director, Government Relations.

The University of Calgary is seeking a Director, Government Relations to lead the university’s government relations activities. The ideal candidate is an innovative and experienced individual with a proven track record of advocacy success. Reporting to the Associate Vice-President (Government and Community Engagement), the Director, Government Relations is a key member of the Government and Community Engagement team (GCE). S/he leads the university’s Government Relations Office and manages the institution’s day-to-day government relations activities. The position is suited for an experienced individual who can provide solid leadership and effective management in all areas of advocacy, project management and administration.

As part of the broader GCE team, the Government Relations Office is mandated to position the university as a key partner with governments by developing and furthering the university’s relationships with the three levels of government, and to promote to governments the university’s perspectives, positions and priorities. It fosters and supports the university’s overall engagement with government.


Summary of Key Responsibilities
(job functions include but are not limited to):


Strategic Advocacy Related Activities:

Identifying key policy issues in the provincial and federal governments, and provide strategic advice to the Associate Vice-President on those issues 

Supporting the Associate Vice-President through policy research and developing advocacy materials 

Creating and implementing annual advocacy plans with clear objectives, strategies and methods of evaluation and in alignment with the university’s government relations and Eyes High strategies 

Developing project-specific government engagement plans 

Identifying opportunities for the university to participate in and influence the development of public policy in areas central to its mandate


Government Relations: 

Preparing carefully-considered written and oral briefings for use by the senior management in communicating with government 

Building and maintaining relationships with government officials, elected representatives and staff at all levels in the federal and provincial governments 

Developing working relationships and policy understandings of stakeholder groups that affect the university’s interaction with government 

Ensuring the university community is aware of new policy, development of programs, announcements and legislation where the university’s operations, development prospects, and/or performance may be impacted by legislative or regulatory change

Developing and maintaining a contact map and database of federal and provincial governments

Keeping government stakeholders informed of the university’s impact, activities, needs, concerns and proposals 

Investigating the potential for the university to access non-traditional government grants and funding opportunities, sharing information internally as required


Supervision and Staff Management: 

Managing personal and team time effectively to ensure that projects, reports and communications are completed on a timely basis 

Directing the recruitment, selection, performance management and retention of Government Relations staff 

Overseeing the Government Relations budget and provide advice to the Associate Vice-President regarding expenditure allocations


Qualifications / Requirements:

Post-secondary degree in business, public administration, political science, communications or a related field is required 

At least 7 years of relevant work experience in an advocacy capacity and/or senior position within government, demonstrating gradually increasing responsibility 

Proven track record of advocacy success 

Comprehensive knowledge of government structure and decision making processes 

Thorough understanding of the relationship between the university and the different levels of government 

The ability to develop positive working relationships with government officials, elected representatives and staff at all levels 

Strong interpersonal skills, tact, creativity, analytical and strategic thinking 

Superior written and verbal communication skills 

Knowledge and expertise in formulating competitive strategies and managing policies, project management and industry best practices 

Available for work-related travel and other requirements outside traditional work hours


Application Deadline:  September 13, 2015

This position is classified in the Management Career Band, Level III of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about our competitive salaries and benefits, and why we are a great place to work and learn, please visit the Staff Careers website .

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