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.


MacEwan University is currently in a hiring restraint. As a result, job opportunities are limited. Available opportunities are listed below.

Government Affairs Advisor
Government and Community 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 Government Affairs Advisor for our Government and Community Relations department.

The Government Affairs Advisor reports to the Director, Government Affairs and plays a significant role in developing position that effectively represent the university to governments and effectively responds to requests from governments. This includes issues identification, environmental scanning, comparative research and analysis, coordination to develop strategies, tools and messages that effectively represent MacEwan University to all levels of government. The advisor applies excellent political acumen with advanced critical thinking, research and facilitation skills and project management expertise to identify issues impacting the university and develop the institution’s position and responses to government.


  • An undergraduate degree in the social sciences (political science, sociology, economics) public administration or policy, business administration, journalism, communications or related field

  • A minimum of two years' of directly related experience in government affairs with a policy or legislative background, or five years of experience in advocacy organizations, labour unions, government administration, public sector agencies or professional associations.

The successful incumbent must:

  • Have proven ability in areas of issues identification policy analysis on key priorities in a dynamic environment.

  • Have proven abilities in issues management and advocacy, including risk identification and mitigation.

  • Possess strong political acumen, an understanding of government process, and political positions.

  • Have exceptional information management and analytical thinking skills.

  • Be able to draw connections and identify patterns in high volumes of qualitative and quantitative data/knowledge

  • Be able to exercise professional judgment and critical thinking to provide perspective and insight and anticipate issues and needs.

  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Have excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, demonstrating a proven ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships, resolve conflict, and positively influence others.

  • Possess strong facilitation skills with the ability to initiate and guide conversations to solicit information and build consensus.

  • Be highly effective in project management, prioritization, multi-tasking, and time-management to progress multiple projects and meet deadlines.

  • Encourage teamwork and provides positive model for cooperation and collaboration.

  • Knowledge of post-secondary sector would be an asset.

  • Take initiative and explore processes with a view for potential improvements.

  • Be comfortable with a dynamic environment demonstrated through positive responses to change within departments and the University


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 MacEwan Staff Association Collective Agreement. Please note, initial salary placement for external candidates is limited to the first five steps of the salary grid.

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 $67,540 - $83,665
Closing Date December 5, 2019
Competition No. 19.11.190

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