CNIB provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. With 900 employees and 10,000 volunteers working out of offices across the country, CNIB serves thousands of Canadians of all ages. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-563-2642.
March 27, 2013           
Job Title:  
Director, Government Relations & Advocacy, Ontario-Nunavut
18-24 month contract
Toronto, ON
As a member of the Ontario-Nunavut Management Team, and National Government Relations Team, takes a leadership role for the development, coordination, implementation and management of the CNIB Government Relations Program in Ontario-Nunavut. The primary focus of the Government Relations Program is to foster partnerships with Ontario government to increase sustainable government funding for CNIB services and to ensure vision health and rehabilitation services are well-integrated in government health and wellness programs.
Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):
·        Provides leadership to the Government Relations program and provides advice on strategic partnership and funding opportunities
·        Is accountable for reaching annual government revenue projections
·        Supports the planning and coordination of activities for the Ontario-Nunavut Advocacy Committee of volunteers
·        Develops partnership strategies with various government ministries
·        Increases profile and raises awareness of CNIB services and programs within provincial levels of government
·        Prepares customized funding proposals for Ontario-Nunavut and coordinates delivery of proposals by appropriate service and operations staff and volunteers. Collaborates with the National Government Relations team on proposal as required
·        Creates on an annual basis: business and operating plans, project critical paths, reports, internal and external correspondence
·        Monitors, analyzes and advises staff and volunteers on historical, current and new legislation, program and policy development, and elected officials’ postings and mandates
·        Responds proactively to relevant government policy developments
·        Provides training to staff and volunteers on government relations practices
·        Leads the Ontario-Nunavut consumer advocacy strategy and implements national CNIB advocacy initiatives
·        Manages Government Relations staff
Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience)
·        Bachelor’s degree in the area of political science, public administration, social policy, or relevant bachelor’s degree combined with related work experience
·        Post-graduate degree, designations or equivalent are an asset
·        Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office
·        5 years experience in government relations, social policy, public administration or fund development, having had direct leadership of a government relations’ portfolio
·        Solid understanding of the health and social services arenas, vision health, rehabilitation services, public education, research and revenue generation
·        Sound knowledge of government funding processes and policy formulation
·        Significant experience identifying, cultivating and negotiating government funding
·        A good relationship builder
·        Well developed interpersonal and communications skills
·        Excellent written communications and oral presentation skills
·        Professional attitude, self-starter, and flexible
·        Experience with vision loss would be an asset (if applicable, please indicate your experience in your cover letter.)
Closing Date for Applications:       April 15, 2013
Please Send The Application To: and quote the job title in the subject line.
Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position..
We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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