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  • 05-Jul-2019 to 03-Aug-2019 (EST)
  • Vaughan, ON, CAN
  • Vaughan Chamber of Commerce

This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, positive self-starter with an interest in research and advocacy working as a Government Relations and Policy Analyst. This position is for you if you have exceptional time management, organizational and people skills, experience in government relations, public policy or politics, a passion for creativity, and a degree in political science, public administration or equivalent. You are comfortable and competent working with diverse individuals and groups. You thrive in a challenging position and adapt well to change.

The Government Relations and Policy Analyst is a support position shared between the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce and the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, reporting directly to both Chambers though the Manager of Government Relations and Policy.  This individual will play a significant role in coordinating the Chambers' public policy research and development initiatives to further the interests of members.  The successful candidate must be aware of current trends and capable of reacting quickly to changes within the business landscape or within York Region.   Highly developed communication, relationship building, and conflict resolution skills are required as there will be recurrent interactions with external stakeholders.

 

Organizational Overview:

The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce is the premier membership and networking association in Vaughan.  The VCC proudly represents business from all sectors of the economy including large corporations and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).  Our core member offerings include facilitated networking, large-scale signature events (Business Achievement Awards, Women's Symposium, Mayor's Luncheon), and exclusive member-to-member products and savings.  VCC members also benefit from business leads, learning seminars, professional peer groups, and co-branding opportunities. The VCC is a strong voice on public policy issues of importance to the local business community, such as infrastructure, transportation and opportunities for business growth.

The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in a variety of ways, including advocacy and development of public policy. The Chamber offers programs, events, resources and connections to help member companies learn, connect and thrive. It promotes trade and commerce and leverages the skills and knowledge of its network to increase the vibrancy of the Newmarket community.

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week

LOCATION: Vaughan Chamber Office (with travel throughout the area)

REPORTING TO: Manager of Government Relations and Policy

 

Job Duties:

  • Conducts background policy research and analysis to support existing projects as well as proposals for new bodies of work; segments and synthesizes research findings to identify and recommend best practices.
  • Extracts, collects and aggregates data across databases, information sources, survey responses, and other data sources; ensures data quality; cleans and checks exiting data for consistency and accuracy.
  • Assists in the research, development and implementation of a policy research program that addresses the needs and issues of the membership and addresses the strategic plan objectives.
  • Assists with researching, analyzing, developing policy positions, papers, briefs, resolutions and other policy communication tools.
  • Works closely with Manager of Government Relations and Policy to advance public policy positions of interest to the Chambers by building partnerships and coordinating with members, key stakeholder groups, levels of government, and elected officials.
  • Applies advanced critical thinking skills and experience to conceptualize and define policy challenges and opportunities and recommend innovative policy solutions using the best available evidence.
  • Helps build community consensus on public policy issues through coordinating workshops and consultations, and represents the Chamber at public policy events.
  • Assists with one-pagers and topic briefs to support both the Newmarket and Vaughan Chambers' work as a business advocate.
  • Assists with creating and maintaining a policy manual of Chamber issues, positions and internal policies.
  • Monitor Municipal and Regional council meetings, community meetings and legislative activity to assess and identify advocacy opportunities for the Chambers.
  • Assists in coordinating content for Chamber publications, articles and other communications.
  • Assists in planning and executing media events and briefings.
  • Assist in the preparation of articles for inclusion in various mediums; prepare speeches, speaking notes, key messages, letters to the editor, etc.
  • Takes minutes at committee meetings.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Core Competencies:

  • Superior research skills     
  • Strong communicator                                                       
  • Innovation 
  • Negotiating
  • Networking and relationship building
  • Strategic and critical thinking                   
  • Political aptitude   

Requirements:

  • University degree in Political Science, Public Administration or Policy, Commerce, Business Administration, Journalism, Communications or a related field.
  • A minimum two years of directly related experience including volunteer work. 
  • Experience working in the not-for-profit sector and/or for a membership-driven organization is desirable but not required.
  • Highly effective project management, prioritization, multi-tasking, and time management skills to meet deadlines.
  • Strong portfolio of writing samples required. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with proficient computer skills.
  • Valid driver's license and use of a reliable personal vehicle.
  • Ability to work well with others, and handle direction and constructive criticism in a positive manner.
  • Energetic, self-motivated, and results-oriented.
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills as well as political and cultural sensitivity.
  • Strong problem identification and resolution skills.
  • High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis, and/or reasoning to identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with regional knowledge and connections.
  • Must have background in creating and monitoring social media.
  • Works ethically and with integrity; follows policies and procedure. Maintains a commitment to privacy.
  • Consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

Working Conditions:

  • Some travel is required.
  • Ability to attend and conduct presentations; may be outside regular office hours.
  • Overtime as required
  • Some event set-up required, including lifting and carrying up to thirty (30) pounds.

 

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