Director of Advocacy and Communications

The municipal sector in Newfoundland and Labrador is one the most challenging policy environments you can hope to find: rural sustainability, regional government, clean drinking water, wastewater treatment, a complex legislative framework, and massive demographic shifts.

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking a Director of Advocacy and Communications to lead our substantial policy development, advocacy and communications activities. As the Director of Advocacy and Communications for MNL you will have the opportunity to solve these challenges. To literally change the world!

You'll do it with a team of talented, passionate professionals who are known for getting things done in their own creative way. And you'll be working in our fresh, innovative, and connected new headquarters building.

If you crave the buzz of solving complex policy problems - problems that nobody thought could be solved - then you need to work with us.

As Director of Advocacy and Communications you will:

  • develop and coordinate our advocacy strategy;
  • provide direction to policy and communications staff;
  • prepare the written materials, plan the research, and coordinate the activities associated with our advocacy strategy;
  • coordinate partnerships contributing to our advocacy objectives; and,
  • coordinate the resolutions process and the communication strategy for MNL.

Candidates should have completed a post-secondary education with a major in areas related to the focus of our work, e.g., Political Science, Economics, and Public Administration or have an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Candidates should possess significant knowledge of and experience with all three orders of government and the issues facing municipal councils in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This is a senior management position. Candidates should have at least five years of progressively responsible experience and have had experience with managing other professional staff.

Position Description

1. JOB PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE

  • Plan, coordinate and develop the advocacy activities of MNL.
  • Provide direction to policy and communications staff.
  • Prepare the written materials, plan the research and coordinate the activities associated with our advocacy strategies.
  • Coordinate partnerships contributing to our advocacy objectives.
  • Coordinate the resolutions process and communication strategy for MNL.
  • Report to the CEO.

2. KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS:

Planning, Coordinating and Development of Advocacy Activities

  • Coordinate the work of staff in policy and communications departments to ensure that the responsibilities required in the planning, coordination and development of advocacy & communication activities are implemented
  • Oversees and develops written material, position papers, briefs, speeches, etc. for the MNL President, Executive and Board of Directors, for presentations to Provincial and Federal elected officials, task forces and committees.
  • Oversees and develops letters and background notes on municipal issues as determined by the Board of Directors. Makes recommendations to the Board and its committees.
  • Interacts with municipal officials, government representatives and researches/reviews various documents i.e. provincial and federal government reports, newspaper articles, legislative proceedings and other related material.
  • Reviews legislation and regulations to determine their impact on municipalities. Develops summaries of government bills and monitors their progress through the legislative process.
  • Acts as the representative for MNL on external committees and liaises with other government agencies.
  • Coordinates membership resolutions for presentation to the regional meetings and the annual convention.

Directing/Assisting with Communication Activities

  • Coordinates and develops information for the MNL Annual Report. Assists in determining content for other publications.
  • Responds to requests for information from municipalities and outside individuals and organizations.
  • Assists with coordination of agenda topics for MNL functions.

Leadership and Staff Development

  • Providing group and individual feedback to policy and communications staff.
  • Developing a professional development plan with staff, including educational opportunities.
  • Conducting staff evaluations.
  • Ensuring staff have the support and resources they require to excel at their job.

Special Projects

  • Coordinates content for meetings between MNL and Provincial Cabinet Ministers, NL federal caucus, & provincial cabinet committees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the CEO.

3. JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completion of post-secondary education with major in social sciences e.g.: Political Studies, Economics, and Public Administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to travel within the province and to other provinces for MNL business.

Significant knowledge of:

  • federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • issues affecting the three levels of government
  • Microsoft Office 365

Ability to:

  • interact with federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • apply strong written and oral communication skills
  • communicate and interact effectively with Senior Executives, Board Members, Government Officials, Municipal Representatives, management, employees, suppliers and clients.
  • problem-solve and provide leadership
  • manage, plan, coordinate and organize projects/programs
  • successfully meet deadlines and exercise good judgment while working independently or as a team member

Applications should be forwarded to cpollett@municipalnl.ca no later than February 22, 2019.

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