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Director, Government and Policy Affairs | Canadian Media Producers Association

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Director, Government and Policy Affairs

Director, Government and Policy Affairs
Reports to: Senior Vice President, Policy
Ottawa, Ontario
Position Status: Full-time
Salary Range:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications


The Director of Government and Policy Affairs’ primary responsibility is to develop and execute the Canadian Media Production Association’s (CMPA) government relations strategy with respect to federal and provincial officials, public agencies and key policymakers. This high-profile position requires the incumbent to represent the Association and its key objectives to high-level government officials and policymakers. The incumbent will also advise senior CMPA executives on the implications of proposed legislation, regulation and other public policy initiatives at both the federal and provincial levels, and provide recommendations on an appropriate response. The Director will also support the policy work of the CMPA senior staff, as required.

Core Responsibilities

 The Director of Government and Policy Affairs will:

  • develop the CMPA’s annual Government Relations Strategy (GRS) and its underpinning initiatives in consultation with the staff;
  • execute the GRS in collaboration with both internal and external resources;
  • build strong relationships, as well as maintain an open and ongoing dialogue, with federal provincial officials, public agency executives and key policymakers;
  • arrange and attend meetings with elected officials and policymakers;
  • enhance the organization's image among those authorities;
  • evaluate legislative, policy and government budget proposals;
  • assess the impact of those proposals on the organization;
  • prepare the organization's response to those proposals;
  • play an active role in developing the CMPA’s external communications related to government and policy affairs;
  • write submissions, briefing documents, talking points and presentations, as required;
  • work with staff and other organizations, as may be needed, to obtain media coverage and assist in developing effective public awareness campaigns; and,
  • carry out other duties as may be required from time to time.


 The successful candidate will:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or an equivalent level of professional experience working in government affairs or public administration either provincially or federally;
  • Possess at least 5 years of professional experience working in government affairs or public administration at either the provincial or federal level;
  • Have a thorough understanding of the functioning of Parliament and the legislative process;
  • Have a proven background of building and maintaining effective working relationships with elected officials and their senior staff;
  • Have developed a solid track record of successful advocacy;
  • Have successfully managed the work of external lobby firms and consultants; and,
  • Be willing and able to travel, and possess a valid drivers’ license.


It will be considered significant assets should the candidate:

  • Possess an above-average understanding of the business of producing film, television and interactive media content, and the related industries for delivering that content to consumers, particularly in Canada; and/or,
  • Have considerable knowledge and understanding of the various public policy and regulatory measures in support of the film, television and interactive media production sectors in Canada;


In addition to meeting the minimum qualification criteria, the successful candidate will have significantly honed the following skills:

  • An excellent ability to think strategically;
  • A strong interpersonal and communication capacity;
  • Strong understanding of and propensity for social networking;
  • Exceptionally good judgment;
  • An excellent aptitude for writing and presenting briefs on complex matters;
  • Superior research capacity and analytical thinking;
  • Strong aptitude for initiating and leading projects;
  • Superior ability to prioritize, organize and manage a multitude of projects concurrently;
  • The capability to focus and pay attention to detail;
  • The ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team in an inclusive and collaborative manner, and with little supervision;
  • The capacity to build and maintain internal and external partnerships;
  • Proficiency with standard office computer software such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.


  • Proficiency with the English language at a very high professional level (i.e., verbal, written and comprehension) is considered a minimum qualification;
  • Bilingualism (i.e., verbal, written and comprehension) will be considered a significant asset.


Eligible applicants may submit a CV and cover letter by June 7th to Sandy Dobson, Vice President, Finance & Operations at with the subject line:  Director, Government and Policy Affairs.