The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) is the voice of the evolving electricity business in Canada. CEA promotes electricity as an indispensable social, economic and environmental enabler that is essential to Canada's prosperity. CEA members generate, transmit and distribute electricity to industrial, commercial, residential and institutional customers across Canada. To learn more about CEA please visit www.electricity.ca
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and managing the Government Relations (GR) team, the Director, Government Relations is critical to CEA’s success. The Director will work with colleagues across CEA to refine and package CEA’s policy positions, and has the authority to advocate on CEA’s behalf in meetings with federal officials. In addition, the Director must build and maintain an effective network of government officials, counterparts at other natural resource trade associations and CEA member company GR professionals. The Director will ensure that all internal and external GR team outputs, including policy submissions, letters to officials and publications meet CEA’s strategic and quality standards. The Director oversees the day-to-day operations of the GR function, including ensuring that Lobbying Act registrations are submitted correctly and on time and that tasks are appropriately delegated amongst GR team members.
The ideal candidate has a deep knowledge of the Canadian federal political system and current policy landscape. They are a strong writer and an engaging, credible speaker. Energy sector experience is an asset, as is bilingualism. The candidate must be organized, efficient and independent. They must have a critical eye, as they will be responsible for the quality of all materials produced by the GR team for highly visible external distribution.
- Oversee the development and execution of GR strategies in response to, and, where possible, ahead of, federal government policy processes.
- Lead CEA GR activities on a variety of high profile files, including those related to environmental legislation, infrastructure funding initiatives and innovation support.
- Serve as a senior GR advisor to the President & CEO, the Chief Operating Officer and CEA colleagues across the organization.
- Routinely brief CEA Councils and Committees on emerging policy issues and CEA’s ongoing results-oriented advocacy efforts.
- Represent CEA, both alone and along-side CEA’s senior executives, at internal and external meetings and events.
- Draft key GR-related CEA submissions and documents, such as the annual pre-budget submission.
- Draft and edit, primarily from a strategic viewpoint, both routine and atypical submissions and correspondence from CEA to various government officials, senior bureaucrats, thought leaders, CEA members and CEA management.
- Manage the activities of the Government Relations Strategy Group (GRSG) with a high degree of autonomy.
- Ensure that CEA’s Lobbying Act reporting is accurate and completed on time.
- Manage the daily activities of GR team members while supporting their professional development.
- A graduate degree relating to politics, public policy or economics is preferred.
- Proven ability to analyze emerging policy, develop credible proposals and successfully advocate positions.
- 5-7 years prior experience in a policy-oriented, government-facing role. Experience in the energy sector, and especially knowledge of the Canadian electricity sector, is a preferred asset.
- Strong political acumen and a demonstrated ability to act with tact and discretion in dealing with both external and internal stakeholders.
- An effective communicator both in writing and verbally.
- Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of products (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Ability to work independently.
- Effective management and teamworking skills.
- French / English bilingualism an asset.
Relevant correspondence (including résumés) can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank all candidates who apply. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. CEA is an equal opportunity employer.
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