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Senior Manager, Government Relations and Public Engagement

Heart & Stroke is a special type of organization. We’re a foundation, a place that values championing health and has a bias for action as we tackle heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment. Our mission is to promote health, save lives and enhance recovery. We do so by raising funds to support critical research, and by helping people reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment through risk factor awareness, promoting healthy lifestyles and advocating for healthy public policy. Six core values unite us: Champion Health, Practice Humility, Embrace Change, Drive Impact, Learn & Grow and Be Heartfelt.

Who we need

Reporting to the Director, Health Policy and Advocacy, we need a Senior Manager, Government Relations and Public Engagement. Based in Ottawa, this is a front-facing, cutting edge position for someone who enjoys the spotlight and the pressure of making things happen. This is an opportunity for someone who wants to be the voice and catalyst of change; someone who can develop, execute and evaluate our federal government relations priorities and oversee the development of supporting documents. It’s a chance to be the first person to focus on our public engagement strategy; a genuine opportunity to create a movement that engages Canadians across the country with our initiatives. This is an opportunity to work with partner organizations, stakeholders and coalitions to develop common advocacy positions that further our strategic objections. It’s an exciting chance for someone who can open doors to federal government officials and their staff, departments and agencies and to senior leadership in national, non-governmental organizations to represent the Foundation and articulate our public policy positions while providing feedback and recommendations on opportunities and risks with government priorities.

What’s in it for you?

You want the challenge of creating government relations and public engagement campaigns at an influential, national foundation that plays a crucial role improving the lives of people in Canada - across all communities and under-represented groups - including their families, living with or facing consequences of heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment. You want to synthesize emerging evidence and trends into content and action items for decision-making stakeholders. You want to play a critical role in advancing change within our health systems, through education, advocacy and strategic government-level conversations.

Who you are

You have the inside track into influencing and affecting change. You are connected through government relations experience at the municipal, provincial or federal level. You can generate ideas, develop strategies and execute plans. You are meticulous and patient, with a deep understanding of the time and dedication involved in converting a concept and campaign into a policy. A consultant and strategic leader, you can build strong internal and external relationships, influence decisions and create pathways of possibility and adoption.

How you will make an impact every day. You will focus on:

  • The Federal Healthy Eating Strategy including restricting the marketing of foods and beverages high in salt, sugar and saturated fat to children 12 and under; revisions to the Food Guide; and front-of-package nutrition labelling.
  • Advocacy campaigns to push for the prioritization of women’s heart and brain health.
  • Driving for a national pharmacare program that meets the needs of women.
  • Ongoing tobacco control work to continue to push the dial forward on our progress limiting access to tobacco products and restricting marketing.

You will:

  • Spearhead Internal and external meetings.
  • Monitor progress, threats, regulations and support of our efforts on Parliament Hill.
  • Create new campaign materials.

What you bring:

  • The education and experience. You have a degree in political science and 3+ years experience in government relations. You have a deep interest in public engagement.
  • The political exposure. You have worked on election campaigns and have experience lobbying. You have a virtual address book of contacts and the ability to rapidly expand your network of connected influencers. You have experience monitoring and analyzing government policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives and identifying opportunities.
  • The desirable assets. You are bilingual. You have experience working on health policy issues and you have worked as an assistant to a parliamentarian or as a government relations specialist.
  • The innovation. You are strategic with proven critical thinking. You can assess and create plans to mitigate risk, communicate issues and provide realistic solutions.
  • The leadership skills. You can influence others by articulating sound, rational arguments.
  • The communication and relationship skills. You can adapt approaches in light of stakeholder needs/priorities and develop appropriate strategies. You can provide confident consultative advice across organizations.
  • The technical skills. You are comfortable with MS Office, SharePoint, a CRM and workflow tools to support and advance the work of the team.
  • The project management abilities. You have excellent leadership and project management skills to ensure projects are delivered within set timelines, to effectively and efficiently use resources, and to arrange information and files in a useful manner.

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If you want to join the fight against heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment while building an engaged and giving community, apply here.

To learn more about our mission, our values and the difference our foundation makes in the lives of Canadians at every age, visit our website or check out our latest posts on Twitter.

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise, and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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