Advisor, Public and Governmental Affairs

Public and Governmental Affairs

Status

Continuous service

Location

Montreal or Toronto or Ottawa

Deadline

October 30, 2020

Posting Number

2020/21-19

Description

Telefilm Canada is committed to building a skilled workforce that reflects the diversity of the Canadian population. The organization promotes diversity and inclusion, and encourages all individuals to voluntarily indicate if they identify as a woman, a member of an indigenous community, a person with a disability, a member of a racialized group or other.

YOUR ROLE

Reporting to and supporting the Director, Public and Governmental Affairs, contributes to the development and updating of public and governmental affairs strategies that foster good relations with all levels of government, members of the audiovisual industry and interest groups. In support of the Director, furthermore, ensures that links are maintained with government players and various partners (provincial counterparts and cultural organizations, associations, representatives of the audiovisual community, etc.) in order to bring business intelligence back to the organization and obtain support for the Corporation’s commitments and initiatives.

Strategy

  • Guided by the Director, develops and implements public and governmental affairs strategies adapted to the context at hand;
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the important files he/she has been entrusted with in relation to Telefilm Canada’s strategic and policy objectives by maintaining constant communication with the machinery of government or any other stakeholder. 

Advisory role

  • Informs and works closely with the Director on all emerging issues that could have an impact on Telefilm Canada;
  • Executes action plans for the implementation of funding programs that respond to the realities expressed by interest groups (at round tables) at both the national and provincial levels. 

Representation

  • Assists the Director as a dialogue partner with the incumbent minister’s office and the various ministerial offices, members of Parliament, government agencies, organizations and associations;
  • In support of the team, maintains a network of contacts with government agencies and other industry-related stakeholders of interest. 

Public and governmental affairs

  • Prepares or assists in the development of strategic documents—such as those required in parliamentary committees, defence of appropriations or others—for the Corporation in its dealings with political bodies;
  • Organizes and ensures the transmission to Cabinet and other appropriate bodies of useful information on funding files that may be the subject of public communications, and constantly monitors these files;
  • Monitors Question Period in the House of Commons in order to prepare responses on issues affecting the Corporation;
  • Monitors parliamentary proceedings and identifies opportunities for Telefilm Canada as well as government commitments;
  • Is responsible for the drafting of parliamentary fact sheets and ensures that various monitoring tools are kept up to date.

SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • University degree in political science or any other related field;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in a similar position;
  • ESSENTIAL: Excellent written and verbal communication skills and fluency in English and French at the CCC level (see https://telefilm.ca/en/careers/diversity-and-bilingualism);
  • Understanding of the political and governmental landscape at both the provincial and national level;
  • Thorough knowledge of the policies, rules and procedures in force in the Parliament of Canada;
  • Knowledge of the social and political environment of a federally regulated cultural organization is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the audiovisual industry (feature film, television and new media) is definitely an asset;
  • Superior interpersonal skills to develop and maintain a wide range of relationships and to engage and inspire internal and external stakeholders;
  • Sound judgment and political savvy;
  • Good analytical and synthesis skills;
  • Positive attitude and a proactive approach;
  • Excellent sense of professionalism and ethics;
  • Ability to manage several projects at the same time; strong business relations skills and organizational skills;
  • Home-office space and adequate Internet connection to support Telefilm’s work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.