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Volunteers needed - Government relations and advocacy task force

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The Government Relations and Advocacy Task Force assists with government relations activities in the BC and Yukon Division.  Government Relations efforts are aimed at improving legislation, policies, practices, opportunities and/or attitudes within different levels of government that impact people affected by
MS. 

Working closely with the Coordinator, Advocacy and Government Relations volunteers will support
the development and implementation of strategies to affect government policies and procedures at the provincial level that will benefit and enable people affected by multiple sclerosis.

volunteer application formComplete the online application form and send your resume to Heidi Jakop heidi.jakop@mssociety.ca. Include in the body of your email the position you are interested in. An interview, reference checks, and background check are required for client service volunteer positions. Apply now.

Government relations and advocacy task force volunteer position description 

Purpose:  To assist the Society by  researching and developing briefs that the MS Society can use with government and other stakeholders; interviewing clients with MS to ensure their voice is heard and captured; monitoring government activities; and liaising with other organizations that work with people with
disabilities to help build coalition. 

Responsibilities

  • Prepare briefs and backgrounders on identified topic areas that the MS Society can provide to government and other stakeholders
  • Interview clients with MS to ensure their voice is heard and their perspective is captured
  • Monitor provincial and territorial government policies, legislation and programs affecting people living with MS
  • Liaise with other organizations that work with people with disabilities or health-related issues
  • Participate in the development of media and other advocacy campaign strategies
  • Participate in Task Force meetings as appropriate

Skills, Attitude, Knowledge Required:

  • Undergraduate degree completed or in progress in areas such as law, legal studies, library studies,
    political science and other
  • Interest in advocacy and/or government relations experience is required
  • Detail – orientated
  • Computer skills:  e-mail access, Microsoft Word or equivant
  • Knowledge of MS are an asset but not required.

Training and Orientation:

  • Extensive training is provided to the volunteer including:
  • Orientation to the MS Society and multiple sclerosis
  • Advocacy specific training including learning how to:
    • Analyze and influence legislation or policies
    • Prepare briefing notes/position paper
    • Write persuasively
    • Deliver presentations
    • Work with the system
    • Lobby
  • Training is conducted by phone, in-person meetings, email contact, review
    of relevant materials and staff support as required

Time Commitment:

One year commitment minimum

  • Yearly time commitment varies, depending on the number of project requests
    accepted
  • Activities can be scheduled based on the convenience of the volunteer
  • Must be willing to attend 6 evening Task Force Meetings a year.

Supervisory relationships / liaison: Supervision is provided by the Coordinator, Advocacy and Government Relations and the Director, Programs.

Volunteer benefits:

  • Valuable training about MS and the effects of a chronic medical condition
  • Gaining in-depth knowledge about advocacy process and government resources
  • Opportunity to integrate and apply some of the knowledge and skills gained in the legal studies programs to real world government relations and advocacy problems.  
  • Experience working in the non-profit/health services sector.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is an international leader in innovative service provision for people with MS and their families and in the advancement of global research on the cause and cure of multiple sclerosis.

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