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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

(Full Time, Ottawa or Toronto)


Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Policy, the Director of Government and Policy Affairs’ primary responsibility is to develop and execute the Canadian Media Production Association’s (CMPA) government relations strategy primarily, but not exclusively, with respect to federal and provincial officials, and either directly and/or with the assistance of external GR resources.  This position requires the incumbent to represent the Association and its key objectives to high-level government officials and policymakers.  The incumbent will also monitor proposed legislation, regulation and other public policy initiatives at both the federal and provincial levels, advise senior CMPA executives on the implications of those proposed initiatives, and provide recommendations on appropriate responses and/or courses of action.  The Director will also support the policy work of the CMPA senior staff and help support other priority initiatives, as required.

Core Responsibilities

The Director of Government and Policy Affairs will:

  • Develop the CMPA’s annual Government Relations Strategy (GRS) as well as the related tactics and initiatives in consultation with senior CMPA staff;
  • Manage the execution of the GRS in collaboration with both internal and external resources;
  • Build strong relationships, as well as maintain an open and ongoing dialogue, with key federal and provincial Ministers’ offices, departmental officials and other key policymakers and industry stakeholders;
  • Arrange and attend meetings with elected officials and policymakers, and prepare presentations for such meetings;
  • Enhance the organization's image among key federal and provincial Ministers’ offices, departmental officials and other key policymakers;
  • Monitor and evaluate legislative, policy and government budget proposals; assess the impact of those proposals on the organization; and prepare the organization's response to those proposals;
  • Play an active role in developing and executing on 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;
  • Support the policy work of the CMPA senior staff, as well as other priority initiatives of the organization, including events;
  • Carry out other duties as may be required from time to time.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or an equivalent level of professional experience working in government affairs, public administration or a related field, 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 provincial legislatures, including the legislative and policy development processes;
  • 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 building and executing on successful advocacy initiatives including such activities that sought to engage and mobilize constituencies at the grassroots level;
  • Have successfully managed the work of external 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 knowledge of the business of producing film, television and digital 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 digital media production sectors in Canada;

Skills and capabilities

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

  • An excellent ability to think strategically;
  • A strong interpersonal and communication capacity, including exceptional presentation abilities;
  • 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 relatively 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 high professional level (i.e., verbal, written and comprehension) is considered a minimum qualification;
  • A working ability with the French language (i.e., verbal, written and comprehension) is considered an asset.

Please send your cover letter and C.V. to: sandy.dobson(at)

The CMPA will contact those candidates who have been selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.