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Director, Government and Community Relations

Wilfrid Laurier University

Job Description

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university renowned for its extraordinary learning environment and student-focused educational experience. As a comprehensive university with more than 19,000 students, Laurier has grown rapidly in research intensity while at the same time preserving its well-earned reputation for undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning excellence. With a multi-campus and multi-community culture, Laurier offers students an exceptional range and depth of more than 100 academic programs taught by award-winning lecturers across nine faculties across locations in Waterloo, Brantford, Kitchener, and Toronto. As a leader in higher education for more than a century, the Laurier experience is truly transformative as embodied in its institutional proposition: Inspiring lives of leadership and purpose.
The Director, Government and Community Relations is responsible for building strong, positive and strategic relationships with elected and non elected officials at all levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) and within the communities where Wilfrid Laurier University has strategic interests. The Director will advise Laurier on legislative matters that may affect the university by monitoring legislation and public policy development and advises Laurier administrators of potential intersection with the interests of the university.  In addition, the incumbent is alert to opportunities to mobilize federal or provincial funds and policies to support Laurier activities and will communicate such opportunities, recommend engagement strategies and plans, and mobilize those plans for the benefit of the university.

The Director, Government and Community Relations builds relations with other organizations and entities whose interests are similar or whose functions affect Laurier.  Given the importance of coordinating government and community relations across the University, the individual will be responsible for reporting on issues of importance, as appropriate, to the wider University on a regular basis.  The Director will also foster constructive partnerships with First Nations governments as appropriate. 

This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Waterloo campus.  The incumbent provides leadership in a multi-campus environment, requiring regular interaction, communication and collaboration with staff and stakeholders at the Waterloo and Brantford offices as well as stakeholders and influencers in the Milton community. The Director will ensure the unit’s policies, programs and services are delivered equitably across all campuses and reflect the needs of local stakeholders.


The ideal candidate will possess an undergraduate or graduate degree coupled with 10+ years experience in University of broader public sector government and community relations. The incumbent will have a proven ability to direct and evaluate effective government and community relations strategies; and assess, influence and implement public policy issues. They will have the ability to foster relationships with internal and external stakeholders and create effective partnerships with community organizations and local governments. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational ability and superior research capabilities are essential.

How To Apply

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

Should you be interested in learning more about this opportunity please visit for additional information and the online application system.  All applications must be submitted online by December 6th, 2020. Please note, a CV and letter of introduction will be required in electronic form.
Contact For This Position
Michelle Jutzi
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Ave W
Waterloo ON N2L 3C5

Telephone: (519) 884-0710

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Job Location
Waterloo ON
Job Level & Type
Senior Level
$100,000 - $149,999
Listing To Be Posted Until
December 19, 2020
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