Overview

Part-Time 0.5 FTE, Fixed Term Employee 13 Month Contract

The Alliance for Healthier Communities is the voice of a vibrant network of community-governed primary health care organizations. Alliance members serve diverse communities across the province of Ontario, and they are rooted in the communities they serve. They share a commitment to advancing health equity through the delivery of comprehensive primary health care.

Our Vision:  The best possible health and wellbeing for everyone living in Ontario.
Our Mission:  We champion transformative change to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities facing barriers to health.

POSITION:

Reporting to the Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, the Policy and Government Relations Lead is responsible for advancing Alliance’s public policy objectives. The priorities of this role is to lead policy and government relations work for the Alliance, with a high level of liaison with the provincial government ministries and members of the province’s legislative assembly.

This role is involved in ongoing coordination with Alliance’s member centres taking part in priority public policy initiatives and working with the Communications and Stakeholder Relations team to ensure achievements within this role and the team are aligned with Alliance’s strategic objectives, Mission, Vision and Values.

Issues advanced include, but are not limited to, harm reduction for people who use drugs, partnerships with other organizations on advocacy related to health equity and social determinants of health, and advancing community health in a time of health systems transformation.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Works with Alliance’s Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations to identify advocacy priorities to be included in Alliance’s yearly strategic plans.
  • Supports Alliance’s government and public policy stakeholder relations strategy.
  • Assists in the development, and plays a key role implementing government relations, political, legislative, and public engagement components of advocacy initiatives.
  • Supports the execution of government and stakeholder communication strategies, help build relationships between the Alliance and other community organizations and support identification of opportunities for collaboration.
  • Monitors political, legislative and ministerial developments identifying opportunities to advance Alliance’s strategic priorities.
  • Writes position and briefing papers and submissions.
  • Informs, mobilizes and activates Alliance’s membership to take part in advocacy initiatives.
  • Represents the Alliance at national, provincial, local meetings, conferences, provincial government committees and public policy tables.
  • Regularly contributes to communications with Alliance members.
  • Coordinates and supports a number of networks, committees and work groups of Executive Leaders of Member Centres. This includes implementing special projects as required; preparing meeting materials, agendas and minutes; providing subject matter expertise for information and decision support; and taking leadership to manage and follow-up on activities as appropriate.
  • Contributes to the planning and delivery of Alliance’s annual conference, providing support in programming content for both plenaries and workshops.

QUALIFICATIONS

Mandatory Requirements

  • Post-secondary education in political science, public administration or communications preferred.
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience working in community, government and/or political relations, and strategic communications.
  • Knowledge of public policy development and legislative process in Ontario.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the health care and community social service sector in Ontario.
  • Demonstrated professional and lived experience related to advancing health and wellbeing for racialized people in Ontario.

Requirements

  • Demonstrated skill in working collaboratively with different stakeholder groups including existing and potential members, representatives from government agencies, other organizations and the general public.
  • Competency in researching, analyzing, managing and synthesize large amounts of information in order to make recommendations for evidence-based decision-making.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop briefing notes, presentations and reports.
  • General understanding of community-governed Primary Health Care and its role in Ontario’s Health Care system.
  • Ability to function and respond effectively within a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Self-directed with initiative, with ability to work with limited supervision while contributing to a team environment.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to conduct work in keeping with the Alliance’s commitment to anti-oppression, anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Competency framework.
  • Committed to and supportive of the mission of the Alliance.
  • Bilingualism in English and French an asset.
  • Experience working in a non-profit, provincial association is an asset.

Compensation

ANNUAL SALARY:  $31,235 (pro-rated from 1 FTE salary of $62,469) COMPENSATION:  The Alliance offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package, including pension with HOOPP. Salary is commensurate on qualifications, experience and is set within the Alliance’s established salary grid and policy guidelines.

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  September 24, 2021 at 10:00am or until hired SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: 1.   E-mail your cover letter and resume as one (1) document in confidence to resumes@allianceON.org 2.   Put “Policy and Government Relations Lead” 410-092021” in the subject line of your email. We thank all applicants in advance however, only those under consideration will be contacted. The Alliance for Healthier Communities is an equity employer and encourages applications from Indigenous peoples and individuals from racialized groups, francophone communities and people of all sexual orientations and genders and persons with disabilities. Fluency in both French and English is an asset. Upon request, reasonable accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

About Alliance for Healthier Communities

The Alliance for Healthier Communities is the voice of a vibrant network of community-governed primary health care organizations. Alliance members serve diverse communities across the province of Ontario, and they are rooted in the communities they serve. They share a commitment to advancing health equity through the delivery of comprehensive primary health care.