MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Director of Government Affairs
University Relations

MacEwan University inspires students with a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences – ours is a connected culture that focuses on learner-centered teaching, and on providing opportunities for students to grow and achieve.

The university provides a transformative education in a creative, collaborative and supportive learning environment. 19,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 65 programs: four-year undergraduate degrees, applied degrees, university transfer programs and one- and two-year diploma and certificates. Additional offerings include university preparation, English as an Additional Language, professional and personal development courses and workshops, corporate training and the Conservatory of Music.


MacEwan University is seeking an experienced professional for our new Director of Government Affairs. Reporting to the Vice President University Relations and working with the President’s office, and the rest of the executive team, this role leads the development and implementation of an approach to effective and proactive government relations. This includes developing tools and strategies, building support and interest among relevant contacts, and reporting on measures and indicators of progress.

Position Requirements

Major Responsibilities:
The purpose of the position can be described by identifying key responsibility areas: government affairs strategy, advocacy and practice:

1. Act as a senior government affairs leader, providing counsel on all matters related to the University’s relationship with the three levels of government.
• Provide strategic advice and assistance to the President, and senior administration on a wide range of government affairs.
• Monitor, analyze, and present to leadership any new legislative, funding, policy and program changes that may impact operations.
• Monitor and maintain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the current federal, provincial and municipal policy and political environment critical to MacEwan and the Post- secondary sector.
• Work with the VP University Relations and senior executives to articulate institutional priorities with government and to coordinate efforts across the campus.
• Coordinate MacEwan’s legislative efforts and responses and engage local, provincial, and federal governments as appropriate.
• Work with administration and faculty to proactively identify and prioritize key policy risks and opportunities on which to focus effort.
• Confidently understand complex political, policy and regulatory matters and communicate these in a simplified manner to the leadership team.

2. Advance key University priorities with the three orders of government.
• Implement government strategies and tactics to influence policy, legislative or regulatory changes.
• Oversee the production of targeted materials that advance the University's reputation by telling institutional stories in a way that resonates with, and connects to, government audiences in each provincial and federal riding within Alberta.
• Position the University as a partner to government and the community, serving the needs of the public and solving grand challenges.
• Collaborate with colleagues across the University to plan tours, announcements, visits and meetings with government officials in university facilities in demonstrate the impact made by public funding and to showcase expertise and research excellence.

3. Cultivating a senior network of contacts across Canada within government, the lobbyist community, and liaises with this network on an ongoing basis.
• Participate in sector groups focused on federal and provincial legislative, funding, policy and program activity.
• Maintains MacEwan’s brand with representatives at all levels of government, business and trade groups, as well as special interest groups, community stakeholders and the public.
• Cultivate and maintain a network of relationships with key policy stakeholders and influencers, and help facilitate those relationships with the executive team


Master’s Degree in Business, Public Policy or related (or equivalent experience).

Skills and abilities:
• Demonstrated proficiency in technical skills:
o Policy development, response and advocacy on key priorities in a dynamic environment,
o Issues management: clear prioritization and execution of strategies
o Understanding of political process, anticipate changes in the act, policy and regulatory environment,
o Strong knowledge of compliance and reporting requirements, of both MacEwan and provincial, federal and municipal governments,
o Demonstrated ability to manage human and fiscal resources including the development/ evaluation of business plans, budget and reporting,
o Ability to direct and manage numerous projects simultaneously and assess relative priorities both short and long term.
• Demonstrated interpersonal and influencing skills:
o Diplomatic, persuasive and facilitative communicator,
o Inspiring and inclusive leader who creates high performing teams,
o Stakeholder relations: ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships.


Minimum 10 years progressively responsible experience in government affairs with a policy or legislative background, and a proven track record of advising and working with senior decision makers.

5 years progressive management experience. Senior management experience preferred
familiarity with Post-secondary environment and/or public-sector organizations at a decision-making level.


When you become part of the MacEwan team, you will enjoy a competitive salary. Our total compensation package includes:

• Competitive base pay
• Generous vacation time
• Secure pension plan
• Excellent benefits package
• Effective recognition and retention programs
• Continuous learning culture
• Opportunities for career growth

How to Apply:

Only applications received electronically will be considered. To apply, go to http://www.macewan.ca/careers and select the job posting.

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

This position is included under the Out of Scope employee policy (D1015).

MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and to self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Category Full-Time Continuing
Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing Date March 15, 2019
Competition No. 19.02.017

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