When you join the City of Guelph, you join a team of 2000 full and part-time employees who deliver services the community relies on every day. Together, we are bringing to life Guelph’s vision of an inclusive, connected, and prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.
As a regional top employer, the City of Guelph values its employees and offers competitive salaries, excellent benefit packages, opportunities for professional development, a healthy work-life balance, and many roles with flexible work options. Our corporate values are integrity, service, inclusion, wellness, and learning. Guelph is consistently ranked as one of the best places in Canada to live, work, and play—all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.
Resumes are being accepted for the position of Manager, Policy and Intergovernmental Relations. Reporting to the General Manager, Strategy, Innovation, Intergovernmental Services, the successful candidate will act in a support role to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Executive Team, Corporate Management Team and other City staff as well as support for the Mayor and Council to further the City’s strategic and intergovernmental advocacy priorities, expand and grow strategic partnerships, and develop supporting policies. Guided by the strategic priorities and directions in the City of Guelph Strategic Plan, and committed to the corporate values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness, and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the vision of an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.
Relationship Building and Networking
- Develop and continually enhance a broad network of contacts and resources both within and outside the corporation, inter-municipally and at multiple levels of government (governmental officials, municipal associations, community agencies and other organizations)
- Identify networking and participation opportunities for the CAO, and/or Executive Team members and Council
- Manage, develop, and coach the Intergovernmental Advisor as part of your team
- In partnership with the Intergovernmental Advisor, specializing in Indigenous Relations, lead the City’s relationship-building with key First Nation and Métis government partners and provide advice to City departments on Indigenous relations with the aim of advancing reconciliation.
- Ensure the City is meeting its legal and procedural obligations as it relates to Treaty rights and Aboriginal rights (commonly referred to as Indigenous rights)
- Cultivate City relationships with other regional partners that will lead to greater collaboration on a variety of issues and equitable funding arrangements
- Coordinate and partner with Finance to conduct the grants process (provincial, federal and others) for City departments from start to finish, including, but not limited to, identifying, tracking, monitoring, assisting with applications, application advocacy and information gathering from funders.
- Create and organize meetings, forums and senior level presentations to support the CAO, Executive Team and Council in building relationships and advancing requests with Provincial and Federal Ministers and their senior political staff, local representatives (MPP & MP) and community organizations
- Participate regularly in provincial network forums, committees and workgroups to establish Guelph as a municipal leader
Tracking and Monitoring
- Explore, monitor, identify and report on policy and program developments in other jurisdictions that may impact City service delivery on an ongoing basis
- Consult and liaise with other municipalities, governments and stakeholders on policy initiatives
- Research and assess developments in legislation, intergovernmental policies and trends and provide analysis and advice
- Monitor, scan and propose recommendations related to policy and platform developments from federal and provincial governments, with other partners, associations and professional networks.
- Deliver political insights and strategies including analysis of legislation, economic updates, budgets, etc.
Strategic and Policy Project Management
- Lead policy driven corporate projects and initiatives including the development of a formal advocacy planning framework and the implementation of a stakeholder relationship management model in conjunction with internal corporate communications resources
- Lead coordinated, organization wide intergovernmental policy positions, communications and briefing materials to ensure that City interests are well developed, articulated and represented in dealings with other levels of government, a wide range of representative bodies (e.g. FCM, AMO) and public boards
- Coordinate strategic communications tactics and approaches that support policy and advocacy work and associated educational and influence campaigns
- Develop background briefing notes for Council, the CAO and Executive Team.
- Support the completion of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and other forms of agreements as required to ensure clear roles and responsibilities.
- Considerable experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through post-secondary education in public administration, political science, business or a related field and experience in a senior advisory position within the municipal, provincial, federal or public sector environment. Candidates with equivalent education and experience may be considered.
- Knowledge and understanding of municipal, provincial and federal government roles, responsibilities, processes and political landscapes in Ontario and Canada; demonstrated political acuity
- Awareness of current intergovernmental affairs, legislation, policies and trends
- Solid understanding of the role of the CAO, Mayor/Council positions in a municipal environment and how to best support the related intergovernmental advocacy needs to ensure the success of the City in this regard
- Sound knowledge of public administration policy and practice at multiple levels of government and able to identify, develop and recommend solutions
- Awareness of current intergovernmental and Indigenous relations issues, trends, and developments
- Familiarity with public sector terminology and culture, as well as a high level of political acumen
- Evidence of ongoing professional development/learning in public policy, project management, stakeholder engagement, government relations etc.
- Highly developed research, writing, and analytical skills
- Excellent communication (written, oral, presentations) skills with strong interpersonal, relationship management, networking, collaboration and time management skills
- Well developed critical thinking, consulting and facilitation skills (defining issues; clarifying relationships and managing client expectations; researching, developing and recommending options; and when asked, facilitating implementation)
- Previous experience in managing, directing and coaching junior staff is an asset
- Due to the nature of this position, some travel, evening and weekend work will be required
In keeping with our corporate value of Wellness, The City of Guelph recognizes the many benefits of hybrid work arrangements including flexibility and better work-life balance for our employees. Where the work permits, employees will have the ability to participate in our Hybrid Work and our Flexible Time programs. Please note, this position is eligible for Hybrid and Flexible work arrangements (subject to change).
How to apply
Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Monday, December 5, 2022. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.
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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.
Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.