Senior Manager Government Relations, Habitat for Humanity Canada

Position Type: Full Time

Territory: National, Habitat for Humanity Canada

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Date ad posted: November 15, 2022

Experience: 5 years related work experience/
Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline or
Equivalent training
Application deadline: December 5, 2022

The Opportunity

At Habitat for Humanity Canada, we believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership and other housing solutions across Canada and around the world.

As a federated organization, we work with all orders of government – federal, provincial, and territorial and municipal - directly and through 48 local Habitats. This role will primarily focus on supporting the 24 local Habitats in Ontario as well as providing limited support for other provincial and municipal engagement in other parts of the country.

We deeply value our culture and colleagues, and we have collaboratively created the following vision statement: “We foster and build equity through affordable housing, by fully integrating diversity and inclusion into everything we do. Every individual involved with Habitat feels safe and encouraged to bring their whole selves to our mission and they know they are valued, heard and respected.”

The successful applicant will have sound knowledge of public policy, especially as it relates to affordable housing, excellent writing skills and attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.

This position will report to the National Director, Housing Policy & Government Relations at Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Key Responsibilities

Government Relations – Ontario

  • Build relationships with key provincial elected and public service officials relevant to housing.
  • Represent the Ontario Habitat affiliates at consultations, key meetings, on working groups or convenings of housing stakeholders in Ontario and / or support the participation of a member of the Ontario Government Relations Committee.
  • Work directly with the Ontario Government Relations Committee to develop and execute an Ontario-focused government relations and advocacy strategy.
  • Create briefs, memos, letters, and other communications activities in support of advocacy work.
  • Monitor legislative and policy developments related to housing provincially and municipally in Ontario and respond as needed in consultation with the Ontario Government Relations Committee.
  • Seek opportunities to raise public awareness of Habitat for Humanity and specific Habitat Ontario advocacy on housing affordability and affordable homeownership.

Government Relations – Other

  • In consultation with the National Director, put systems in place to monitor provincial, territorial, and municipal housing policies, legislation, and funding.
  • Develop content and share relevant information with the Federation.
  • Help to develop provincial fact sheets on housing affordability.
  • Help to create guides and toolkits to support affiliates across the country in engaging with their provincial and local government.


  • Undergraduate degree or commensurate experience in public administration, political science, communications, journalism or other relevant field.
  • Demonstrable experience or education in Ontario housing policy or program delivery.
  • Must be able to register as a lobbyist with all relevant jurisdictions.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Skills & Attributes

  • Self-motivated and well-organized worker.
  • Proven success and passion for building and sustaining strong collaborative relationships with colleagues, government representatives, partners, consultants and community stakeholders. Federation or association experience will be an asset.
  • Sound knowledge of Ontario housing policy. A degree in public policy studies or another related field will be an asset.
  • Excellent writer with strong communication skills. Strategic communications and media experience will be an asset
  • Established or ability to quickly establish relationships with relevant provincial government and industry contacts.
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing and identifying threats and opportunities in legislation, regulations, and policies relevant to Habitat. Ability to undertake quantitative analysis and ability to demonstrate economic costs and benefits of proposed changes in government policy and taxation will be an asset.
  • High ethical standards and a great reputation for integrity.
  • Willing to work flexibly and to undertake occasional travel.

Salary Range: $80,000 – $95,000

How to Apply

Please note that we will be reviewing and evaluating applications on an ongoing basis and we therefore encourage early submissions.

Qualified and interested applicants are invited to forward their cover letter and resume as one document to with the subject line: Regional Government Relations. Please indicate your salary expectations as well as where you saw the job posting.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Habitat, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace. So, if you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Applications must be received before 5PM EST on 5th December, 2022

Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applicants need to make any accommodation requests for the interview or selection process known in advance. Habitat for Humanity Canada will arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

We thank all applicants for applying however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted (no phone calls please). We are a committed to Equal Opportunity Employment.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 48 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries.