Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is seeking a full-time Director of Government Relations based in Ottawa, Canada. Are you an experienced policy or advocacy professional? Does working as part of a small, dedicated team in the nonprofit sector excite you? Are you passionate about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)? If so, this might be the job for you!
Are you an experienced policy or advocacy professional? Does working as part of a small, dedicated team in the nonprofit sector excite you? Are you passionate about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)? If so, this might be the job for you!
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is seeking a full-time Director of Government Relations based in Ottawa, Canada.
The Director of Government Relations leads a team that develops advocacy strategies, legal and policy research, public engagement, and campaigns aimed at advancing sexual and reproductive rights in Canada’s development assistance, foreign policy and domestic laws, programs and policies. The Director of Government Relations is responsible for the organization’s relationships with government bodies and officials (both elected and unelected) and leads the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of advocacy strategies and campaigns targeting the federal, provincial and territorial governments. The Director of Government Relations establishes and coordinates legal and policy research priorities and projects, and directs collaborative advocacy with diverse stakeholders towards political gains.
As part of the management team, the Director of Government Relations joins five other managers and the Executive Director in supervising the staff team and providing strategic leadership for the organization. This position reports to the Executive Director.
Who You Are
You are a seasoned policy or advocacy professional with experience in the not-for-profit/NGO sector. You actively apply anti-racist and anti-oppression principles and practices to your work, including to the development of advocacy and campaign strategies. You are deeply familiar with ways to strategically advance advocacy goals, creatively leveraging government relations strategies. You enjoy working in a fast-paced, and often reactive setting, and have successfully supervised policy and campaign staff in previous roles.
Who We Are
Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights is a progressive, pro-choice human rights-based charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally.
We are an organization that works in Canada and around the world to promote health, wellbeing, and rights related to sexuality and reproduction. Building on the 50-year legacy of the organizations that formed Action Canada, we provide direct support, referrals, and information to the people who need it most, partner with groups and organizations on a range of campaigns using a collaborative, movement-building approach, and work with decision-makers to advance progressive policies on access to abortion, stigma-free healthcare, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, sex workers’ rights, and inclusive sex-ed.
We believe in a world where every person controls their sexuality, reproduction, gender expression, and health. In our fight for sexual and reproductive rights for all, Action Canada challenges the systems that create unequal access to information, health care, and rights.
For more information, visit actioncanadashr.org.
Job responsibilities include:
This position is based out of Action Canada’s Ottawa office, at 240 Bank Street. However, all staff are currently working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with no set return-to-office date. The successful candidate must be based in Ottawa and able to attend at the office, due to requirements of the position.
Send your cover letter and CV by 5pm EST on Monday, May 31, 2021 to:
SUBJECT: Director of Government Relations
Short-listed candidates will be contacted by Friday, May 27, 2021. We anticipate that interviews for this position will take place over Zoom during the week of May 31, 2021.
This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week), salaried position. Salary for this position is $75,000 to $80,000 per annum, commensurate with experience. Action Canada also provides a generous benefits program, including extended health and dental benefits, and RRSP contributions.
Recognizing that we are in the midst of an unprecedented and unusual time, we have made adjustments to our hiring processes. At this time, all staff at Action Canada are working from home, and the interviewing and on-boarding process will occur remotely. We acknowledge that COVID-19 has caused disruptions to many lives and people may require additional accommodations.
Action Canada is committed to working within an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework and dismantling the white supremacy inherent to the SRHR movement We are explicitly inviting women and gender diverse members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities to apply and self-identify in your cover letter. We welcome applications from people living with disabilities; please let us know if you require accommodations at any stage of the recruitment process.
We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.
May 5, 2021
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