Director, Government and Policy Affairs
The Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production, and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema, and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences.
The CMPA is currently seeking a talented and experienced Director of Government and Policy Affairs to join our Ottawa office on a contract basis for 12 to 14 months. We are looking for someone who takes initiative and has a drive and passion for government relations and policy development. The ideal candidate is analytical, has superior writing and drafting skills, a keen eye for detail, results oriented, extremely proactive, and can handle a high volume of complex work in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
POSITION OVERVIEW: Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Government and Policy Affairs’ primary responsibility is to develop and execute various government relations strategies, but not exclusively, with respect to federal 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 priorities and objectives to high-level government officials and policymakers. The incumbent will also monitor proposed legislation, regulation and other public policy initiatives at the federal level, advise senior CMPA executives on their implications, 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.
Roles & responsibilities
The Director of Government and Policy Affairs will:
- Monitor daily the House of Commons and appropriate committee work and perform a proactive and reactive review of government positions impacting industry.
- Create and execute various government relations strategies as well as the related tactics and initiatives that support the association’s strategic priorities in consultation with senior CMPA staff and in collaboration with both internal and external resources.
- Monitor key policy areas and provide well-supported guidance to the senior CMPA staff on policy/positioning and strategy.
- Work in collaboration with the association’s stakeholders, including provincial associations and partner associations.
- Develop and execute advocacy initiatives including ‘Parliament Hill Days’ and Member set visits.
- Track and measure the performance of the association’s advocacy activities and report to the Board on initiatives.
- Develop and design the associations quarterly GR report for membership.
- Track stakeholder lobbying efforts and provide monthly report to the CEO and COO.
- 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 both the production industry’s and 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 production industry and/or the organization; and prepare appropriate responses 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;
- Budgetary responsibilities.
- Such other duties, generally consistent with the job description, as may be required and assigned from time to time, or as may be mutually agreed.
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 7 to 9 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;
- Be an engaging and effective advocate in your dealings with government officials, and display great comfort in operating in a fast paced and collaborative environment;
- Have a proven background of building and maintaining effective working relationships with elected officials, their senior staff as well as senior departmental officials;
- Have developed a solid track record of building and executing on successful advocacy initiatives including such activities seeking 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.
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; and
- A working ability with the French language (i.e., verbal, written and comprehension) is considered an asset.
In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the successful candidate will have honed the following skills:
- An excellent ability to think strategically;
- A strong interpersonal and communication capacity, including exceptional presentation abilities;
- Exceptionally good judgment;
- An excellent aptitude for writing and presenting briefs on complex matters;
- Superior research capacity and analytical thinking; and
- Strong aptitude for initiating and leading projects.
The CMPA is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in our organization and in our work. We welcome all applicants.
Accommodations are available on request for applicants taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Please submit a CV and cover letter by August 25, 2020 to Debra Bullis, Office Coordinator at Debra.Bullis@cmpa.ca with the subject line: Director, Government and Policy Affairs.