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Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations) works closely with members of the senior administration to ensure McGill’s visibility and influence with the federal and Quebec Governments, and with the City of Montreal. The Senior Director, Government Relations leads a team of government relations professionals who, together, develop and steward relationships with all levels of government and public agencies, monitor government policy and engage in advocacy in support of the University’s academic mission and priority initiatives.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Manages a team of government relations professionals, including hiring, onboarding, setting objectives, reviewing performance and planning succession.
  • Working with members of the senior administration, leads the development of the University’s advocacy strategy and positioning as a partner with governments and key organizations.
  • Collaborating with the Senior Director, Integrated Strategic Planning, and the Director, Integrated Communications, enhances alignment with other CER units and service offerings
  • Apprises and advises the Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations) and senior colleagues on emerging advocacy issues and ensures consistency and coherence of all relevant government relations activity.
  • Establishes a comprehensive program to create awareness, build relationships and generate support for McGill’s mission and activities with government and institutional officials, and with partners.
  • Working with senior colleagues in administrative and academic units, leads the advancement of the University’s key files with the governments.
  • Monitors public policy in matters relating to the University’s strategic objectives and operations.
  • Acts as the main point of contact in matters relating to government relations and plans the activities and itineraries of officials invited to campus on official business.
  • Works closely with the University senior administration to produce major proposals, publications and other materials in support of government advocacy and outreach strategy with all levels of government.
  • Provides senior professional expertise, direction, and counsel to senior administration and other areas of the University in helping the institution prioritize government relations objectives and implement successful approaches.
  • Coordinates and contributes to the analysis and dissemination of information following the tabling of the annual budgets of the federal and Quebec governments.
  • Conducts or directs research and analysis in matters relating to public policy and leads the development of policy documents for submission to governments.
  • Advances positive relationships and ensures collaboration with institutional partners and counterparts across higher education networks in Quebec and Canada, notably through the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire, Universities Canada and U15.
  • Represents the University at meetings and events, as requested by the VP (Communications and External Relations).
  • Provides project management services and information analysis and synthesis for special projects and initiatives.
  • Prepares or oversees briefing materials, proposals, reports, strategic correspondence, letters and other materials.
  • Maintains and updates internal documents on various government matters and institutional dossiers.
Minimum Education & Experience:

Undergraduate degree
Eight (8) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities:
Master’s degree, in public policy studies or a related field, an asset. Sound knowledge of public policy, particularly as it affects higher education. Established and effective network of senior political and government contacts. Understanding of the University organizational structure and governance. Demonstrated experience in analyzing legislation, regulations and policies applicable to universities. Demonstrated experience and skills in writing briefing material in a succinct and highly professional manner. Track record in strategic analysis and identifying threats and opportunities. Proven ability to negotiate strategic issues on behalf of university with government. Experience working with and lobbying government on key issues toward successful outcomes. Ability to manage other professional staff. Strong ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and peers. Discretion, integrity and tact. Ability to communicate effectively on the full range of issues in French and in English (written and oral). Must be willing to work a flexible schedule and undertake occasional travel.

Reference Number: 20-0501/MR1307

Reporting To: Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations)

Salary Range: (Grade 09) $93,140 - $124,190 (midpoint) - $161,450

Faculty/Unit: Office of the Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations)

Position Type: Full-Time

Hours Per Week: 33.75

How To Apply:
Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Staffing:

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Staffing will only contact applicants selected for an interview.


Senior Director, Government Relations

McGill University

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McGill University
Montreal QC

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Job Location
Montreal QC
Job Level & Type
Senior Level
Full Time Permanent Staff Position
Listing To Be Posted Until
July 15, 2020