Municipal and Stakeholder Relations Advisor (rep term for up to 1 year)

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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
July 13, 2021
Vancouver, Canada
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Join an organization that plays a critical role in Canada’s economy. At the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, we focus on doing the incredible work it takes to become the world’s most sustainable port.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest and most diversified port. Our mandate as a Canada Port Authority, as set out by the Canada Marine Act, is to enable Canada’s trade objectives, ensuring goods are moved safely and responsibly through the Port of Vancouver. That means providing infrastructure and ensuring the safe and efficient movement of marine traffic and cargo within the port. It also means we carry out reviews of proposed activities and developments on federal port lands and waters to determine whether a project can go ahead without impacts to the environment and community that cannot be mitigated.

We are passionate about the work we do and what it contributes to our local communities, the region and our country. This is reflected in our values of collaboration, continuous improvement, accountability and customer responsiveness.

Be a part of a team that advances initiatives to promote economic prosperity through trade, a healthy environment and thriving communities for the future generations of Canadians. It’s a workplace where the intrinsic value of your contribution to help foster the continued growth of the Canadian economy becomes a tangible reality. Bring your unique strengths, perspectives and experiences to the port authority and join us in charting a course toward a sustainable future.

The Municipal and Stakeholder Relations Advisor is responsible for working closely with the Manager, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations providing advice to develop, coordinate and implement stakeholder engagement, outreach and communications programs, focusing primarily on local government, community and business association stakeholders. This position is responsible for identifying and monitoring issues that may impact corporate initiatives. The position is also required to identify, build and maintain strategic business relationships in support of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's strategic priorities and initiatives.

The Municipal and Stakeholder Relations Advisor will:


Communications, Advocacy and Engagement

  • Working closely with the manager, develop and implement government, regulatory agency and stakeholder communications and engagement activities, including participating/facilitating in meetings, planning and executing outreach programs, and tracking and managing issues
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with government representatives at all levels, ensuring communication goals are met
  • As required, provide VFPA representation in BC and across Canada with members of the provincial and federal government, industry, regulatory agencies, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders, where tact and diplomacy will be required to reconcile issues in a manner that advances VFPA interests
  • Monitor, identify, report and provide recommendations on current and emerging issues that may impact corporate initiatives
  • Under direction, develop and implement outreach, advocacy and other communications strategies, plans and tactics
  • Ensure communications activities are aligned with other departmental and organizational objectives and initiatives
  • Participate on cross-functional teams, providing subject matter expertise across the organization on government issues
  • Tracks engagement activities, action items and outcomes

Issues Tracking, Research and Reporting

  • Works with staff and external consultants to monitor regulatory, government and stakeholder issues nationally, provincially and internationally as appropriate
  • Tracks government policy and regulatory changes, providing advice on their implications
  • Researches and prepares briefing notes, submissions, binders, letters and other materials
  • Writes regular and annual reports on work activities and outcomes

The successful candidate will posses a university degree in communications or another acceptable business degree, along with a minimum of 4 years of combined experience implementing government relations and community engagement, and issues management programs and activities. This includes proven experience writing and implementing comprehensive engagement or communications plans including preparation of communications materials, and experience working directly with elected officials, government staff and community interest groups is required. Experience providing presentations and briefings to stakeholder groups is required. Computer literacy and in depth online research skills are required, including experience using a customer relations management tool to optimize stakeholder engagement tracking and reporting.

This position is ideal for a self-motivated individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy and the ability to liaise effectively and positively with both staff and outside contacts, including senior municipal staff and elected officials. Must have the ability to assess potential strategies and tactics in the context of broader municipal/community and port authority activities and issues. Requires an excellent command of the English language, both oral and written. This person must be a team player, with a "customer service" focus. Excellent organizational skills and flexibility to perform multiple tasks are required.


Normal office conditions with the occasional requirement to travel (including outside of B.C.), work evenings, and weekends to attend/participate in stakeholder meetings, presentations, events and conferences.


The Port Authority offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including an Earned Time Off program.

Please note this posting will remain open until filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

At the port authority, we are dedicated to employment equity and a workplace reflective of the diversity of our port community.

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