The Director, Government and Public Relations interacts with government entities and officials and media while advocating for the industry’s best interests. He or she is also responsible for keeping members abreast of any legislation that may impact the industry so members can adjust their business strategy as necessary.
The Director, Government and Public Relations will report to the Executive Director. He or she will work cooperatively and interact effectively with staff, members, Board of Directors, Government Affairs Committee members, partner organizations and government in researching, developing, implementing and communicating policy positions, as well as programs in support of the organization’s objectives.
Responsibilities of the Position
- Interact with government officials and agencies and advocate for the needs of the association.
- Manage and oversee HPBAC stakeholder relationships with a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations.
- Work in conjunction with the Executive Director to create strategic partnerships to support industry advocacy efforts.
- Provide staff leadership for the HPBAC Government Affairs Committee, working with the Committee Chair to ensure its responsibilities and deliverables are met on an ongoing basis.
- Ensure strong cooperation with HPBA (US) Government Affairs staff and committee on government affairs issues.
- Identify, research and monitor issues, legislation, regulations, policies, guidelines and by-laws of importance to the industry, such as – but not limited to – codes and standards, environment and energy policies, and safety issues.
- Understanding industry trends and insights and communicating them to stakeholders.
- Developing, implementing and managing an ongoing grassroots mobilization strategy, leveraging member companies and their employees, to increase the visibility of the sector with stakeholders.
- Attend industry affairs or regulatory meetings, as required, as an HPBAC representative which would require some travel.
- Work in conjunction with the Executive Director and other staff on ongoing industry/ membership relations issues to achieve successful outcomes for the Association.
- Identify opportunities for expanding educational programs and working with the appropriate committee and other staff to develop programs for members and for related professions such as building officials, architects and builders.
- Work in conjunction with external partners to promote the industry to related professions and the general public.
- Respond to members’ inquiries and provide guidance and information as required.
- Assist, as required, in development and delivery of general Association programs, functions and activities (i.e. annual convention, members’ meetings, education programs, etc.)
- Adhere to and promote the mission and vision of HPBAC.
- Relevant educational credentials preferably with an environmental science, political science or related University degree.
- Adapt and be flexible in situations that are highly collaborative and have shifting priorities.
- Ability to maintain neutral and objective position within a multi-stakeholder environment.
- Experience in research and policy analysis and familiarity with research tools and methods. Strong analytical skills are essential.
- Proven experience developing and managing strategic relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
- Presentation experience and highly-developed verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders.
- Understanding of public policy development and legislative processes.
- Proactive, innovative self-starter with the ability to motivate and engage volunteer committee members.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn other software products and web-based tools, including social media.
- Must be able to provide own vehicle for business travel.
- Experience working with, and supporting, volunteer boards/committees preferred;
- Association experience and government/public sector advocacy preferred;
- Knowledge of hearth, patio and barbecue industries an asset;
- Willingness to work flexible/extended hours on occasion.
- An outgoing, service-oriented attitude is critical.
- French language skills would be an asset
Our office is located in the Muskoka, Ontario region and, while location in the community would be ideal, consideration would be given to accommodate remote work.