Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week:
Commensurate with experience
Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.
Western creates, disseminates and applies knowledge for the benefit of society through excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Our graduates will be global citizens whose education and leadership will serve the public good.
The Government Relations team represents Western at all levels of government and community to advocate on behalf of the overall university community. Through advocacy directly on behalf of Western to various government Ministries and Departments, as well as working with our association partners at Universities Canada, The U15 and the Council of Ontario Universities, the Government Relations team ensures that Western is represented in a professional, beneficial and effective manner. The Government Relations team interfaces with and supports various faculties, departments/offices, faculty, and staff who are seeking advice and assistance on engaging with government on advocacy and promotion of priority files.
Reporting to the Executive Director, Government Relations & Strategic Partnerships, the Director of Government Relations will create and enhance relationships between the University and all levels of government, with a primary focus on the provincial and federal governments. The role will provide advocacy and advice regarding Western University’s government relations, and support the development and maintenance of strategic relationships with officials at the federal and provincial levels of government, as well as other public sector institutions. The Director will also coordinate and prepare briefing materials for meetings, support the development and implementation of university priority projects, and assist with determining the University’s position on government-related issues. Finally, the role will lead the coordination of campus-wide government relations strategies, activities and information sharing, and organize various visits and events involving visitors of provincial, national and international importance.
- Undergraduate Degree in a related field
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- 5 years’ experience working in a government relations role or in the government sector
- Experience in a post-secondary environment is preferred
- Experience coordinating projects in a complex environment is preferred
- In-depth knowledge of Ontario’s political and policy climate, including key stakeholders and relevant issues
- Proven ability to build both formal and informal professional relationships within, across, and external to organizational boundaries
- Compelling and persuasive communication skills to engage individuals and teams inside and outside the University
- Discretion, tact and maturity to deal with public relations issues related to higher education
- Ability to establish effective routines for excellent communication with all members of the team to maximize productivity
- Media skills with solid communications judgment to present and package information to maximize interest
- Ability to remain highly motivated, resilient, innovative, and collaborative when faced with challenges
- Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the University’s events and activities
- Computer skills with the ability to learn and use relevant software that achieves required outcomes and is in line with best practices
- Project management skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines and perform well under pressure
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at email@example.com or phone 519-661-2194.
Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.