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Job Posting: Director of Government Relations 

Location: Ottawa

Description 

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Government Relations must help develop and deliver an effective Government & Public Relations strategy for strengthening B’nai Brith’s ability to project its human rights and community based agendas with government, and ensuring that the mission and vision of B’nai Brith in Canada is achieved through strong governmental, diplomatic and Ottawa based advocacy. The Government and Public Relations strategy will maximize volunteer, national and local Jewish community and B’nai Brith stakeholder engagement.

Government Relations

  • Ensuring that government understands the concerns of the grassroots Jewish community throughout the policy and legislative development process
  • Externally, you will work with government staff and officials, diplomatic missions, other advocacy groups, the local Jewish community and other stakeholders to develop beneficial policy positions and meaningful partnerships and relationships to further B’nai Brith’s goals
  • Responsible for ensuring B’nai Brith is in full compliance with all lobbying laws and regulations
  • Arranging regular missions and meetings in Ottawa for B’nai Brith leadership and stakeholders with diplomatic and political leaders
  • The Director of Government Relations will also be responsible for the development of advocacy reports and collateral materials including presentations and messaging, as well as media and public engagement strategies

Research & Analysis

  • You will be responsible for conducting research and monitoring legislation relevant to B’nai Brith
  • You will also track political and policy developments within government that could affect the Jewish and human rights communities, as well as proactively researching policies to seek opportunities and prevent potential conflicts with the B’nai Brith agenda
  • Regular analysis of government grant opportunities 

Advocacy & Communications

  • Playing an active role in ensuring the grassroots voice of the Jewish community is represented in Ottawa regarding issues of interest to B’nai Brith in Canada
  • Developing and implementing innovative programs on Parliament Hill
  • Ensuring B’nai Brith representation before committees of interest to the organization
  • This role will encompass both internal and external communications. Internally, this will include collaborating with other Directors, Managers and external advisors to ensure message continuity and connectivity between B’nai Brith brand and advocacy work.  More specifically, it requires close collaboration with the Chief Media Officer and the National Director of the League for Human Rights

Regional Development

  • Liaise with the local Jewish community and other groups as necessary
  • Developing, growing and maintaining a strong Ottawa based volunteer leadership group to assist in achieving the goals of B’nai Brith in Ottawa
  • Integrate local university campus leaders in your strategy to achieve B’nai Brith’s goals and objectives in Ottawa


 ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Identify key stakeholders, help develop and deliver appropriate messages and influence the agenda through effective communications in collaboration with the communications and advocacy departments (publications, events, face to face interactions etc.).
  • At all times display diplomacy, discretion, tact and political acumen
  • Develop, manage and monitor communication channels in support of strategy delivery 
  • Act as a liaison between B’nai Brith and national media resources in Ottawa to ensure a successful coordinated communication result, in collaboration with the communications department 
  • Work directly with the CEO and professional and volunteer leadership to analyze communication needs, determine objective plan strategies and design effective and comprehensive government relations strategies and programs in a timely and cost-effective manner 
  • Provide reactive crisis and issues management support as required
  • This role requires an entrepreneurial mindset. Your advocacy and the relationships you have, and will build, enable the growth of our brand and presence by ensuring a favorable government environment and a strong network of partners and stakeholders
  • You must be a self starter with ability to work independently
  • Accountable for human and financial resources in the B’nai Brith government relations office Manage all role relevant budgets and third party relationships 
  • Write or supervise the writing of materials in various formats (new media, brochures and newsletters, memoranda, feature stories, etc.) to meet the specific communication objectives for the governmental and diplomatic segments, as may be necessary
  • Other projects/duties as assigned or needed

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. Required Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Bachelor's Degree (political science, journalism, English, marketing or other related field) 
  • Master’s Degree or Professional Degree in a relevant discipline
  • Awareness and in depth knowledge of the key issues facing B’nai Brith and Canada’s Jewish community
  • Awareness of new and leading edge communication technologies for internal and external, government and public communications 
  • Expert level knowledge of the range of communication and media channels and demonstrated ability to write in a variety of formats, including news media, magazines, brochures, internal communications and newsletters; basic understanding of graphic design/layout principles and production 
  • Able to communicate effectively to a wider range of stakeholders using a broad range of styles 
  • Ability to effectively articulate B’nai Brith messaging in both private meetings and at public events
  • Strong attention to detail, copy reading and copy writing 
  • Ability to assimilate large amounts of information, and proactively identify and articulate key points of relevance 
  • Apply judgement to situations that are often highly ambiguous and rapidly changing 
  • Ability to interact with all levels within the organization, including senior level executives and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to develop comprehensive strategic plans and the ability to translate these plans to executable operational plans and tactical activity 
  • Demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines. Must have demonstrated superior competence in government relations and at least one of the follow areas: media relations, employee communications, project management, or public policy. 

Required Length & Type of Experience: 

  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in government relations, public relations, or communications
  • Must have an established network of senior relationships within the governmental and/or diplomatic communities in Ottawa

 

To apply, please forward CV and cover letter to jfoldes@bnaibrith.ca 

Position will be posted until filled.

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