Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Employment Opportunities

Manager, Government Relations

Full Time
(Permanent, 35 hours a week)

Description:

Are you someone who is passionate about the work that you do? Do you want your next adventure to be part of a great cause? If so, look no further than the MS Society of Canada! Our team is looking for a Manager, Government Relations located in British Columbia working 35 hours per week.

We have a bold vision of a world free of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Our mission is to connect and empower the MS community to create positive change and you can be part of that!

Who we are

Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with an estimated 90,000 Canadians living with the disease.

We are privileged to be a part of a determined group of change agents who are working tirelessly to create a world free of MS. Some 1500 Canadians affected by MS serve as leadership volunteers on division and chapter councils and committees and an estimated 13,500 volunteers work tirelessly delivering programs, fundraising events, public awareness campaigns and social action activities.

Through discoveries, innovation, and collective action, we will work together to alleviate the uncertainty that MS causes, help provide accessible options for disease management, and reach out to partners to eliminate physical and social barriers in our communities.

Our strategy not only lays out the roadmap in our journey to create a world free of MS, but we hope it also provides inspiration for all in the MS community to connect and collaborate in order to advance treatment and care, enhance well-being, understand and halt disease progression, and prevent MS from happening. Discover. Innovate. Act.

What we offer

At the MS Society of Canada, we have a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, short-term disability, an employee and family assistance program (EFAP) and travel insurance, to name a few. We also offer a RRSP matching program. Not only do we close between Christmas and New Years, but we also have half day Friday’s before long weekends! On top of that, we offer flexible working arrangements and opportunities to work remotely as well! Who wouldn’t want all of that?

The role you will play

Government Relations and Advocacy

  • Leads the government relations and advocacy activities for the respective regions within their responsibility (i.e., Western Canada)
  • Monitors and evaluates government policies, programs, budgets and legislation and other initiatives affecting people with multiple sclerosis and ensures key staff and volunteers are kept current on changes in public policy

Strategic Planning

  • Responsible for analysis of policy priorities impacting MS Community
  • Provides advice, guidance and counsel to the Director, Government and Community Relations
  • In coordination with MS Advocacy team, contributes to the establishment and implementation of MS advocacy operational plans

Project Management

  • Develops strategies and campaigns based on the policy priorities matrix developed for resource allocation (political feasibility and MS Society ability to impact)
  • Creates and implements project plans and engages in projects (including digital) as needed to meet MS Advocacy goals (i.e., MS Advocacy Days, Digital Advocacy Campaigns)

Communication:

  • Develops oral and written communications to appropriate stakeholders (i.e., public, government officials and ministries) to broaden awareness of policy priorities facing people affected by MS (e.g., briefing documents, position papers, pre-budget submissions, etc.)
  • Participates in and presents at workshops, conferences and consultations as appropriate
  • Maintains relevant provincial lobby registry

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships:

  • Actively engages with partners internal and external and provides support to our MS Society partnerships
  • Establishes and maintains constructive working relationships across functional areas and colleagues nationwide.
  • Actively participates as member of national GR Committee and connects regularly with relevant committee members (i.e., Western Canada)
  • Encourages team building by facilitating open communication and positive working relationships with staff and volunteers.
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with elected officials at all three levels of government, civil servants, key departmental staff, volunteers and other health charity organizations and/or relevant coalitions
  • Identifies key coalitions and committees in which to participate to remain up to date on public policy and works cooperatively to press government for necessary changes
  • Engages the MS Community to take collective action in the strategies and actions developed to advance the policy priority areas

What you will bring

Are you someone who can/has:

  • Relevant training (e.g. university, community college, online courses, etc.) in political science, humanities, social sciences or public policy/administration with 3-5 years’ related professional experience, preferably in the not-for-profit sector or the equivalent education and experience?
  • Sound knowledge of the voluntary sector, political processes, government relations.
  • Experience working in digital advocacy platforms, leadership volunteers and people with disabilities?
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with a variety of key stakeholder groups including elected officials, senior staff, volunteers and policy makers?
  • Excellent team leadership skills; strong interpersonal skills?
  • Ability to work well within complex, multi-functional organization?
  • Excellent organizational and communications skills in English and French (both written and verbal) (French considered an asset)?
  • Ability to work with deadlines, multiple projects and problem solve?

If this sounds like you, then we want to hear from you!

If everything you have read so far has made you want to be part of this fantastic team, please send your application that includes your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to joinus@mssociety.ca by July 28th, 2021. Applications without salary expectations will not be considered.

All positions at the MS Society of Canada will require a criminal background check.

The MS Society is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture amongst the whole workforce where people from all backgrounds can thrive.

Our aim is to ensure that all employees, volunteers and those interested in joining our team are given equal opportunity and that our organization is representative of all sections of society. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

We are committed to accommodating applicants’ needs throughout the selection process. Please contact joinus@mssociety.ca should you need accommodation.

To learn more about the MS Society of Canada and the great work that we do, we encourage you to visit www.mssociety.ca.

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