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Posting ID : 2489
Apply By : 5/23/2013
Position Title : Director, Government Relations
Department : Office of the President
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Toronto
Reports To : President & Vice-Chancellor
Position Summary : The Director, Government Relations is responsible for the development and management of strategies to inform and influence public policy at the provincial and federal levels of government with a particular focus on issues and in areas of interest to Laurier, and to advise Laurier on legislative matters that may affect the university. More specifically, the Director monitors legislation and public policy development and advises Laurier administrators of potential intersection with the interests of the university. In addition, the incumbent is alert to opportunities to mobilize federal or provincial funds and policies to support Laurier activities and will communicate such opportunities, recommend engagement strategies and plans, and mobilize those plans for the benefit of the university. The Director, Government Relations understands the interests and builds relations with other organizations and entities whose interests are similar or whose functions affect Laurier. Given the importance of coordinating government relations across the University the individual will be responsible for reporting on issues of importance, as appropriate, to the wider University on a regular basis. The Director, Government Relations fosters constructive partnerships with municipal and First Nations governments as appropriate.
Accountabilities :
  • Establish honest and positive relations with senior officials at both the political and bureaucratic levels of the federal and provincial governments whose policies and recommendations may relate to Laurier.
  • Maintain high credibility to ensure that Laurier proposals and interventions on legislative matters that may affect Laurier have credibility and have a high capacity to influence positive government funding decisions and policy directions.
  • Liaise effectively with the key collaborating offices and individuals at the Waterloo and Brantford campuses to ensure clear and timely information flow, coordination of advocacy campaigns, planning, and information sharing.
  • Advocate with the provincial and federal governments on issues of importance to Laurier and confer with officials of government concerning the interests of Laurier and the functional impact of proposed legislation; suggest modifications as appropriate.
  • Serve as policy advisor to the President and the President’s Group on issues related to provincial and federal governments and on the intersection of public policy with wider university interests and needs.
  • Represent Laurier to appropriate organizations or coalitions (including but not limited to the COU and the AUCC) to establish and maintain contacts that aid and foster positive government relations activities for Laurier and the post-secondary education sector collectively.
  • Research, monitor, analyze, and evaluate legislation and regulation issues that may have an impact on Laurier to determine needs for action and recommend action to be taken.
  • Drafts and consults on the development of written advocacy materials, papers and submissions, that accurately and effectively reflect Laurier’s interests, for government and public audiences in conjunction with Communications and Public Affairs
  • Develop and implement a communication program to keep the Laurier administration informed of governmental issues.
  • Seek and identify opportunities for government grants as appropriate for priority University initiatives and projects.
  • Alert the university to operational or other changes that might arise or are necessitated by new legislative mandates; where appropriate, recommend alternative policies and procedures to government that will enable Laurier to accomplish its objectives.
  • From time to time, and at the request of the President, provide high level assistance with fund-raising, public affairs, alumni, faculty-level and other initiatives in the GTA and Greater Golden Horseshoe area.
Qualifications : • Undergraduate or Graduate Degree (preferred) coupled with 10+ years experience in University or broader public sector government relations
• Proven ability to direct and evaluate effective government relations strategies; and assess, influence and implement public policy issues
• Experience building and maintaining an effective network of relationships with government and other organizations
• Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
• Excellent organizational ability and the capacity to balance a multitude of projects and tasks, many with critical time constraints
• Superior research capabilities and problem-solving skills
Grade : MG-3C
Salary : $114, 734 - $140, 229
Please Note :

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.


Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. The University welcomes applications from qualified women and men, including persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007.

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