Director of Policy and Government Relations

Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
Job Description
Director of Policy and Government Relations
Chief Executive Officer
The Director of Policy and Government Relations will be responsible build, implement and manage all aspects of the government affairs program of the Chamber, inclusive of a pro-business agenda, policy research, grassroots efforts, managing issues committees, working with elected officials and coordinating educational opportunities.  Represent the interests of the business community at the local, provincial and federal levels.
The Director of Policy and Government Relations position requires the ability to communicate well, excel in volunteer coordination, understand and articulate advocacy issues, handle details and to perform well in a multi-tasking environment. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are needed on a daily basis.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Excel in volunteer coordination.
  • Ability to work independently in a busy environment is paramount.
  • Ability to prioritize and to recognize when priorities need to be shifted to accommodate emerging issues or projects is a necessity.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions or assumptions from limited information is essential.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Managing the organization, structure and communication for the Chamber’s research, policy and advocacy work.
  • Monitor issues of strategic importance to business and develop implementation plan for support or opposition as necessary.
  • Attend meetings and events of City Council to monitor and advocate.
  • High-level problem solving abilities, using both analytical and abstract thinking.
  • Creating position statements for the board’s consideration (per recommendations from councils/committees/task forces) along with executing the communication strategy on each position. This may include creating calls to actions, sample letters, letters for signature, op-ed pieces, drafting position papers, comments, and correspondence.
  • Provide guidance and/or research for Chamber member companies seeking assistance on issues, lobbying and/or communicating with government officials.
  • Develop annual budget for the advocacy initiatives of The Chamber.
  • Conduct independent research and analysis (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • Analyze trends and issues, identify and develop options and solutions.
  • Managing advocacy intern(s) as needed.
  • Representing the Chamber, as necessary, during local, provincial and nation-wide issue or advocacy related meetings.
  • Maintain relationship with and communicate with councillors and legislators as needed.
  • Track and report the Chamber’s lobbying activities:
    • Report to the CEO
    • Register all lobbying activities with the registrar
  • Researching advocacy issues at the local level and working with the other staff to ensure issues are handled, via committees, formation of task forces and or proper information supplied to committees in order to make position recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • Handling or overseeing all advocacy related content on the website by ensuring it is current and reflective of our recent calls to action, position statements, etc.
  • Developing and executing advocacy events as appropriate.
  • Provide oversight for advocacy related committees/task forces when active.
  • Ensure all active and in-active council, committee and task force members have been communicated with during the year.
  • Plan and coordinate candidate briefings prior to each election.
  • Oversee special projects and programs as may be appropriate.
  • Work with staff to develop media campaigns and strategies for issue advocacy through media placement.
  • Attending Chamber events as requested.
  • Professional appearance and demeanor is required.
Education and Experience
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Business, Political Science, Policy or a related field.
  • Three to Five years of experience in the legislative, lobbying or political arena; experience managing divergent policy and political priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise professionalism in a nonprofit environment.
  • Firm understanding of politics and their processes; government relations is ideal.
  • Proven ability to lead, motivate, select and develop others.
  • High degree of self-motivation and the ability to self-manage time and priorities.
  • Computer proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications, survey tools and database software.
  • A cooperative attitude in a supportive work environment.
  • High standards of personal conduct and integrity.
  • All departments and volunteers within The Chamber and Chamber Affiliates.
  • Local, Provincial and Federal legislators and their staff.
  • Board of Directors.
  • Chamber Membership.
Personality Attributes
Accessible; personable; diplomatic; professional; confident; listener; innovative; researcher; analytical; influencer; detail-oriented; assertive; knowledgeable; collaborative; empowered; humility; motivated
Respect; trustworthy; honesty; accountability; transparency; integrity.

The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce has been advocating on behalf of their members since 1903.  The Chamber continues to be a powerful and effective advocate for both small and large businesses on key issues while following their mission to build and promote a strong community through prosperity in business.
Applications will be accepted until February 19, 2019. 
An attractive compensation package is available for this position that includes Group Benefits.        306.244.2151
Contact Information
Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce


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