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Manager, Safe Kids Canada - Government Relations & Public Policy

Date Posted:    March 9, 2009
Position Status:    Fixed term, Full Time
Department:    Safe Kids Canada
Available:    Immediately

Position Description:    

Safe Kids Canada is a leader in the areas of research, education and advocacy to prevent unintentional injuries to children and youth.  Reporting to the Director, Programs and Services, the Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy is accountable for formulating, developing, overseeing and directing both strategic and operational objectives for SKC.  This position directs relevant and innovative policy analysis to support informed decision-making by the Executive Direct and senior management team as it relates to government relations and policy.  The scope of this role and the initiatives taken, have an impact and reach at the international, national, provincial/ territorial and community-based levels.  

Requirements include:

  • A sound knowledge of the Canadian legislative system and processes, especially as it relates to health care/health promotion
  • Demonstrated ability and knowledge to monitor developments at all levels of federal/provincial/territorial government as well as internationally that could be related to injury prevention
  • The ability to work with internal and external stakeholders to develop tactics, strategies and communication in support of initiatives taken on by Safe Kids Canada
  • Liaise, manage and nurture relationships with elected and appointed officials on matters of interest to Safe Kids Canada
  • Experience in preparing briefs and position papers for team members, especially the Executive Director, in preparation for meetings with politicians and bureaucrats
  • Demonstrated ability to Investigate trends and developments in other jurisdictions, review reports and government documents, and prepare summaries
  • The ability to seek out opportunities to support others in achieving goals, recognizing and respecting individual differences
  • The ability to represent Safe Kids Canada on various internal and external committees and  act as a media spokesperson for the organization if required
  • The ability to manage teams, determining the financial and human resource (staff, volunteers, students) needs for each initiative and provide management direction to a coordinator, Government Relations & Policy
  • Act as SKC's "eyes" and "ears" to ensure the organization is involved proactively with changes to government policy at the earliest stages
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in both official languages, English and French


The successful candidate will possess a degree in political science or its equivalent and a  minimum of 5 years experience in public or government relations. A post-graduate degree highly desire and experience in the health care field would be an asset.  The ability to work in both official languages is required together with a demonstrated capability to represent SKC professionally to a variety of stakeholders and comfort serving as a media spokesperson.  Team player with a flexible, high energy and goal-oriented work style with the ability to become an integral member of the SKC team, actively contributing to and accepting consensus decisions.  

The successful candidate will also demonstrate superior written and oral communication skills; excellent research and analytical skills; proven organizational/time management skills and ability to manage multiple priorities with minimal direction; proven knowledge of government bureaucracies, protocol and decision making processes; excellent project planning management skills with demonstrated ability to deliver projects on time and on budget.  In addition the person must be proactive, adaptable and flexible with proven ability to work collaboratively in an outcomes-focused environment.  Familiarity with Windows based environment; strong word processing, spreadsheet, database and internet research skills.  A willingness and ability to travel to meet the demands of the job as required.

Hours:    35 hours per week
Salary:    Commensurate with experience
Available to:    Internal and External Candidates
Deadline:    March 23, 2009

Submit Resume to:   

Human Resources
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario  M5G1X8

Must Quote File Number SKC0902-AM

We thank you in advance for your interest. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

In accordance with our Hospital policy, employment at SickKids would be conditional upon you providing the Hospital with satisfactory documentation of tuberculosis testing and your immunization status.