Director, Government Relations - Ontario Caucus, Habitat for Humanity
Position Type: Full-Time Contract
Date Ad Posted: September 27, 2019
Experience: Minimum of five (5) years
There are 26 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the province of Ontario who work both individually and collectively to transformationally change the lives of families in the communities they serve through the power of safe, decent and affordable housing solutions. Collectively, all Habitat affiliates in Ontario are members of an informally constituted Ontario Caucus. A primary focus for the Habitat Caucus in Ontario is the establishment and advancement of a government relations presence and strategy that will enable Habitat for Humanity to significantly increase its profile provincially, and then more organically at the regional and municipal level. The Caucus is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Director of Government Relations.
The Director of Government Relations for the Ontario Caucus of Habitat for Humanity will be responsible for strategically engaging with Ontario government legislators, policy advisors and changemakers and other such stakeholders to advocate on behalf of Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Ontario in matters of relevant policy to significantly support and advance the Habitat for Humanity mission in this Province. This position has no direct staff management responsibilities or accountabilities.
There is flexibility for the incumbent to work partially from a home-based office. However, there is a requirement to attend the offices of Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga at 1800 Appleby Line in Burlington a minimum of once each week, and more or less often as may be deemed necessary by the Chair of the Government Relations Committee.
In addition, frequent travel to Queen’s Park and to other such meetings, conferences or gatherings as may be necessary to complete the duties of the position will also be required as will participation, as appropriate, in designated meetings via phone or video conferencing.
Education & Experience
The incumbent to this position will have a minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience working in a Federal, Provincial, regional or municipal government relations context with preference given to candidates with experience gained in a not-for-profit or community service setting. They will have a broad working knowledge of the Ontario legislature, accepted practices for lobbying/interacting with legislators, government civil servants, policy developers and legislative stakeholders.
As a portion of the duties include acting in the role of ‘In-House Lobbyist (Organizations) the incumbent will be required to follow the Lobbyists Code of Conduct and to maintain detailed records of all communications had, or planned, with members of public office (i.e. MPPs and their respective staffs)The incumbent will have the demonstrated ability to positively and proactively lead and manage change and will possess exceptional written and oral communication skills along with a strong track record as both a team leader and a team builder. At minimum, the incumbent will hold an undergraduate degree in political science, public policy, public administration or the equivalent.
Scope of Communications
The nature of the position is such that the incumbent must have the ability to engage in and facilitate clear, consistent and timely communications with all levels of government and participating Habitat for Humanity stakeholder groups. As such, the incumbent will be a consensus builder and an active, empathetic listener, and a stellar communicator with demonstrated excellence in preparing and delivering all manner of presentations to a broad cross-section of audiences.
Duties and Responsibilities
Appreciating that a comprehensive government relations program includes well-formulated and strategic communications, an informed and engaged constituency, legislative and regulatory monitoring, lobbying, research and intelligence gathering, policy oversight and analysis, and issues management the Director of Government Relations for the Ontario Caucus of Habitat for Humanity will identify the current, medium and long-term objectives of the sitting Provincial Government relative to Housing inclusive of ministerial mandates, legislation, service plans, programs and services that may provide or present opportunities for the Ontario Caucus of Habitat for Humanity. By extension, they will then work with the Caucus to plan specific priority, results-oriented projects or initiatives within a defined timeframe which represent a high probability of success in advancing the mission of Habitat for Humanity in Ontario.
While the focus of work will be primarily with/within Ontario, the incumbent will be required to work closely with Habitat for Humanity Canada and other provincial Habitat for Humanity Caucuses to address policy matters and issues germane to the success and advancement of the Habitat mission at the Federal level.
For further clarity, with a tri-focus on engagement, advocacy and policy, the Director of Government Relations for the Ontario Caucus of Habitat for Humanity will:
How to Apply
If you believe you are sublimely suited to the position of Director of Government Relations for the Ontario Caucus of Habitat for Humanity as your next great adventure, please write us a cover letter stating why. Please include references and your salary expectations and then send it, along with your current CV, to:
Chair, Government Relations Committee
Ontario Caucus of Habitat for Humanity
c/o 1800 Appleby Line – Unit 10
Burlington, Ontario L7L 6A1
… or email it to:
No calls please.
Kindly note that we while we sincerely thank all applicants for their interest in working with our dynamic Habitat for Humanity team in Ontario, only those under consideration will be contacted.