Senior Specialist, Government Engagement & Partnership | WWF-Canada

Senior Specialist, Government Engagement & Partnership

Posted on 14 October 2016
Position Description

Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer the position will support WWF-Canada’s intent to understand and act on the most effective options for engaging and building partnerships with the Government of Canada. The position requires a proven understanding of the federal political environment, an ability to identify and steward key relationships, and the skill to provide strategic direction, sometimes in response to fast moving political events, to senior WWF-Canada staff.

Key Responsibilities
Through developing relationships with departmental staff, government and opposition staff and MPs, and through the monitoring of Special and Standing Committee agendas, House of Commons and Senate Debates, and other Parliamentary events, the successful candidate will:
  • Monitor and analyze the federal political environment and current priorities related to specific conservation files, as well as emerging issues or opportunities.
  • Provide timely, well-supported and expert advice to WWF-Canada’s Senior Conservation Leadership team to advance specific conservation goals.
  • Facilitate strategic coordination, information-sharing and internal integration of government relations strategies and priorities within the Senior Conservation Leadership team.
  • Regularly liaise with, and be a resource to, government officials and elected officials seeking WWF-Canada’s conservation knowledge and expertise.
  • React quickly to requests for information from government and opposition.
  • Provide support to WWF-Canada colleagues in the form of briefing notes, agendas and minutes.
  • Participate in WWF-Canada meetings with government officials and politicians.
  • Provide strategic advice on attaining WWF-Canada’s goals as outlined in our 5-year plan.
  • Identify communications/media opportunities.
  • Plan and execute events on Parliament Hill that showcase the work of WWF-Canada.
  • Deliver weekly updates to senior Conservation team on Parliamentary business.
What We Are Looking For
  • Deep understanding of politics, decision-making and policy-making as well as the operations of government and conservation issues.
  • Proven track record of an ability to build and maintain results-oriented relationships and partnerships internally and externally.
  • Strong problem-solving, creative interpersonal and strategic thinking capabilities coupled with an outcome, delivery-oriented approach.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Passionate commitment to the mission and objectives of WWF-Canada, including our 2020 goals, and to its success in accomplishing these.
  • Completion of a post-secondary degree and a minimum 7 years relevant experience.
  • Fluency in both of Canada’s official languages, preferred.    
Other Information

This is a full-time permanent position based out of our Ottawa office that may require travel.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, you may do so online or via direct mail.


Click here to submit your application online.

Direct Mail

Attention:  Human Resources Department
245 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 410
Toronto, ON
M4P 3J1

If you are submitting your application via mail, please be sure to include your responses to the following questions:
  1. Apart from its mission, what do you feel makes WWF-Canada an employer of choice?
  2. Are you legally eligible to work in Canada?
  3. What are your salary expectations?
  4. How flexible are your salary expectations?
  5. When are you available to start?
  6. Where did you see this job posting?

Deadline to Apply

This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected.

Commitment to Diversity and Accessibility

WWF-Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal peoples.

WWF-Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity, please advise the Human Resources Representative in a timely fashion of any accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.
We thank all applicants for their interest in joining WWF-Canada.  Given the volume of applications received, we request that you do not follow up your application with a phone call.  We will contact only those candidates selected for interviews and thank you for your understanding.