Director, Public Affairs

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Ocean Wise Conservation Association
July 19, 2017
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Established professional, Strategic advisor, Business leader
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Works with the president and senior leadership team to develop and implement key strategies to build and maintain positive relationships with stakeholder groups, and identify potential funding, with municipal, provincial and federal government representatives and agencies. Manages and leads the implementation of these strategies in a structured, systematic and effective manner achieving defined outcomes.

Candidates offered employment will be subject to a criminal background check.


Lead the overall development and execution of key strategies to build and maintain positive relationships with stakeholder groups by:

  • Working with VP, Engagement and senior leadership team to ensure the timely development, and to lead the execution of, a stakeholder relations plan;
  • Building and fostering partnerships between Vancouver Aquarium and municipal, provincial and federal government contacts, First Nations, and other external groups;
  • Identifying opportunities for collaboration among stakeholder groups on key initiatives;
  • Preparing briefing materials and information packages positioning relevant Vancouver Aquarium programs to stakeholders to support the implementation of the plan;
  • Monitoring/tracking and disseminating stakeholder information, as it impacts Vancouver Aquarium policies and activities, to senior Vancouver Aquarium staff;
  • Attending, in conjunction with senior staff members, briefings that clarify stakeholder policies, plans and actions that may impact the Vancouver Aquarium;
  • Contributing to strategic planning and partnership development across partner organizations;
  • Supporting Vice-President, Engagement, in coordinating Vancouver Aquarium response to specific stakeholder-related issues requiring action;
  • Preparing and distributing periodic summary reports on all current government relations issues impacting the Vancouver Aquarium, in a regular and timely manner;
  • Exercising a high degree of judgement, tact and diplomacy in dealing with issues that may involve communication of information that could have a significant impact on the image and credibility of the organization;
  • Evaluating Vancouver Aquarium public affairs initiatives on an ongoing basis.


Education and Experience

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a similar environment in the government, public and/or non-profit sectors;
  • An undergraduate degree (Communications, Journalism or Public Relations preferred) or a combination of post secondary education and relevant experience;


  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Superior strategic, analytic and organizational abilities;
  • Superior interpersonal, relationship-building and conflict resolution skills, including the ability to communicate and interact with diverse stakeholders and decision-makers;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage shifting priorities and competing demands within a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated competence in standard computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and the internet;
  • Understanding of government and how government works at the municipal, provincial and federal levels;
  • Positive outlook and personal energy.

Working Conditions

  • The incumbent works primarily in a standard office environment and visits to other locations may be required;
  • At times may require irregular hours to support various events;
  • The position is primarily non-physical;
  • Works frequently under pressure, with deadlines and shifting priorities that are often not under the incumbent’s control.

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