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Senior Advisor, Public Affairs – 12-month contract

You are a masterful public affairs professional, who can switch easily between observing protocols expected within government relations to meaningful engagement with members of the general public. You are a skilled communicator, who can translate technical terms and processes into clear and concise information. With access to the right information and people, you manage your own projects and get stuff done.

Our client, a regional governmental organization, is seeking an experienced Senior Advisor, Public Affairs for a 12-month project working directly with the planning team. Reporting to the Manager, Government and Community Engagement, this key role will represent the organization to the general public as well as elected officials at different levels of government. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment in a large organization, enjoy working with external stakeholders, and have superb communication skills, consider applying for this challenging position.

About the role:
 
  • Leads development of government relations strategies and tactics, to build support and awareness of far-reaching business plans and recommend response strategies to public reaction
  • Develops and executes public engagement and consultation activities for stakeholders across multiple municipal jurisdictions, related to local planning as well as broad-reaching planning
  • Proactively maintains stakeholder relationships, and develops new strategic relationships related to the organization’s priorities
  • Collaborates with internal team members and other departments to develop government relations strategies and advise on outreach initiatives to support current issues, planning activities, and key messages
  • Meets with, and delivers presentations to, elected government officials and their senior staff members; facilitates focus groups for internal and external stakeholders; creates reports of outcomes and feedback
  • Ensures all legal and regulatory requirements for public consultation are met; advises internal staff related to government and public communications; monitors work of junior team members, contractors and consultants working with the department
 
About you:
 
  • 5+ years’ experience in government relations, ideally within a Crown corporation
  • Post-secondary education in communications, political science, intergovernmental affairs, local government administration, or related discipline
  • Strong understanding of the impact of government policies, processes, etc. on customers and other members of the general public
  • Strong government relations skills and evidence of positive relationships with politicians and other decision-makers, works confidently with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Comfortable building relationships with external stakeholders including mainstream and alternative media, advocacy groups
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking, development and presentation of engagement plans and strategic tactics
  • Solid planning and organizational skills, decision-making and analytical ability
  • Thrives in high-pressure, time-sensitive environments, with ability to work independently
  • Bonus points if you’ve completed the Foundations in Public Participation training program through IAP2


About Smart, Savvy + Associates

Smart, Savvy + Associates are experts in of recruitment of high caliber marketing, communications, creative, and sales professionals. Our specialty is strong relationships: we get to know our candidates and we take the time to fully understand the job requirements, cultural context and business objectives surrounding each hire.
 
 
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