Job Posting #19026
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Government and Stakeholder Relations Consultant
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Salary Pending Review
About Niagara Region
Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.
Reporting to the Director, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs, the Government and Stakeholder Relations Consultant is responsible for planning and executing government and business relations activities and initiatives to support the Regional Chair, Members of Council, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Corporate Leadership Team (CLT). The Consultant will partner with all levels of Government (international federal, provincial & municipal), along with other public and private sector organizations to develop positive intergovernmental relations and raise the profile of the Region and the broader Niagara community.
Post-secondary degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Business or related field of study.
- 5 years of progressive experience in government, business & public relations, with a proven track record of advocacy success.
- Establishing and maintaining relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization, with other levels of government and key stakeholders (e.g. AMO and FCM).
- Experience interacting with, providing advice and guidance to and meeting facilitation for elected officials, senior and professional audiences.
- Project management experience of similar size and scope preferred
- Broad knowledge and understanding of: Federal and provincial legislative process, advocacy, governmental affairs, legislation, policy/practice, political landscapes & trends at all levels of government. Municipal government functions & priorities.
- Highly developed research, writing and analytical skills.
1. Advocacy and Coordination, Contribute to and execute the Region's advocacy strategy and programs aimed at governments (international, federal, provincial & municipal), other municipal and regional partners and key stakeholders.
- Contribute to the development of the Region's government & business relations strategy and annual work plan.
- Design and execute advocacy strategies which align with the Council's strategic objectives and advance the Region's targeted government relations advocacy and policy priorities.
- Develop and implement business advocacy strategies and stakeholder engagement plans to build awareness and support of Regional goals and priorities.
- Support the Director in providing strategic and consultative advice to the Regional Chair, Councillors, CAO and the Corporate Leadership Team to convey issues that influence provincial and federal decision making.
- Identify corporate-wide advocacy opportunities and ensure alignment with the overarching advocacy strategy and work plan.
- Work collaboratively with internal and external partners to identify opportunities to develop strategic advocacy campaigns and innovative engagement strategies across a range of issues.
- Participate on committees, working groups, and other related forums mandated to address intergovernmental, regional, inter-municipal and key community stakeholder priorities and issues (where required).
- Undertake initiatives that support the advancement of the broader municipal agenda.
- Provide input to federal and provincial government policy development, including submissions to federal and provincial standing committees, task forces and commissioners.
- Lead the implementation of the Region's proactive and ongoing engagement strategy with government and business leaders.
- Develop and continually leverage a well-developed network of trusted individuals and groups in government, business and interest groups on related issues.
- Maintain a comprehensive stakeholders list of government officials, private sector leaders and community influencers for networking, event and engagement purposes.
- Work with the Regional Chair's Office, support the Regional Chair and members of Council in their participation in municipal sector associations and external organizations including provincial and federal committees and task forces.
- Ensure high-risk matters are immediately escalated to the Director and senior management.
- Communicate and foster an understanding of intergovernmental and inter-municipal issues and trends across the corporation.
- Prepare speaking notes/presentations for major advocacy related political events and speaking engagements (as required).
- Lead and drive task forces or project teams designed to advance the Region's advocacy and policy priorities on specific government and business relations initiatives.
- Manage very complex or multiple complex projects, on time, on budget and to specifications e.g. .Niagara Week.
2. Research & Analysis
- Monitor and analyse trends and issues that are intergovernmental or inter-municipal in nature and are of interest to the Region, the broader Niagara community, and/or key external stakeholders such as the business community, education and health sectors.
- Provide timely updates and regular legislative analysis on developments and trends in federal and provincial government policy, legislation and programs, including advice on advocacy opportunities and challenges.
- Deliver analysis (i.e. memos/reports to the CAO and where appropriate Council) of key documents such as government agendas/reports, budgets, throne speeches, economic updates, policy papers etc. as they relate to Regional programs, services and infrastructure, including recommended approaches or responses to address issues identified.
- Monitor and advise on the impact the Region's financial stability and to identify external funding opportunities.
- Develop, implement and delivery of regular business sector and industry updates including identification of significant changes, impact to stakeholders, opportunities and mitigating recommendations.
- Provide strategic government relations advice and research support to Council-initiated tasks forces, special committees and internal stakeholders.
3. Relationship Support & Development
Coordinate and facilitate relationships and partnerships with other orders of government, municipal organizations and key external stakeholders.
- Develop and continually enhance an active and broad network of contacts and resources both within and outside the Region, at all levels of government, community agencies and other public and private sector organizations.
- Identify networking and participation opportunities for Council, the CAO and/or Corporate Leadership Team members.
- Communicate and correspond with elected officiates, civil servants and business leaders to improve awareness and enhance corporate reputation.
- Conduct and/or facilitate professional meetings where information is shared with government, business and community partners concerning the Region's advocacy and policy priorities.
- Support continuous intelligence and environmental monitoring by building and maintaining both internal and external networks to support intelligence and knowledge gathering.
- Represent and liaise with various internal and external stakeholders to promote and raise awareness of Regional initiatives through letters, presentations, submissions and attendance at meetings, commissions and other formal government committees.
- Prepare briefing and background/research materials on complex intergovernmental initiatives, issues and projects.
- Write and create intelligence reports, briefing documents and recommendations. Deliver through development of clear and concise written reports and/or presentations.
- Maintain high standards of reporting accuracy and thoroughness, as it will be relied upon by senior management to make critical decisions.
- Create and maintain an intelligence inventory, to facilitate knowledge sharing across the organization
- In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate.
- Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect.
Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow's challenges TODAY!
Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application.
We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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