Government and external relations officer - CFNU

This position is in addition to CFNU's current GR/External Relations position.


Under the direction of the President and/or the Executive Director, the Government/External Relations Officers will establish a strong link with government officials, MPs, Canadian Labour Council, other unions, relevant professional associations and key stakeholders important to the work of the CFNU. The position is responsible for the development of briefs, position papers, correspondence and related documents. The positions are responsible for coordinating meetings for the President and may be called upon to represent the CFNU in different settings. The position provides strategic advice to the President regarding government processes and public policy development. These positions work in close collaboration with the full staff team, and in particular with the other GR/external relations staff. GR staff will work closely with the ED to determine division of tasks, projects and campaigns on an annual or semi-annual basis.


  • Annually to work with the Executive Director to create a GR work plan

  • To create high-quality documents from written materials or verbal instructions, relating to nursing, health care and labour issues

  • To undertake regular environmental scanning of political and government events and opportunities

  • To identify emerging issues and make recommendations for government and external relations

  • To proactively determine action required on internal and external communications

  • To develop strategies for the CFNU as it relates to proposed political and parliamentary policies, events and initiatives

  • To draft, produce and distribute reports and summaries for the elected officers

  • To identify and prepare key messages from action plans/minutes of meetings

  • To develop, write or oversee the development of speakers’ notes for elected leaders, members or staff

  • To prepare as required: presentations, briefs, letters, memos, position papers, letters to the editor, op-ed articles, organizational statements and policies related to health care and other CFNU priorities for internal and external audiences

  • To provide support and prepare briefing notes and background materials for use by the President and the National Executive Board (NEB), that will assist them in the decision-making process relating to the positions and policies of the Federation

  • To develop a strong working relationship with federal government officials, politicians across party lines, and ensure a consistent and positive presence for the CFNU and its leadership on Parliament Hill

  • To develop a strong working relationships with key contacts in unions, professional associations and other key stakeholder groups

  • To have current knowledge of activities within Member Organizations of the Federation

  • To work closely with the NEB and staff to ensure familiarity with issues specifically related to government policies and programs with possible effect on the Federation and its members

  • To provide support to the NEB on issues related to Human Rights and Equity

  • To provide support to the NEB and the International Solidarity Committee

  • To edit and proofread written materials

  • To achieve goals within budget and time schedule

  • Other duties as assigned by the President or Executive Director

Internal Contacts

  • National Executive Board

  • CFNU staff

  • Staff and committees within Member Organizations

External Contacts

  • National nursing and health stakeholder organizations, including Canadian Nurses Association

  • Government representatives, members of parliament, federal/provincial/territorial governments and their staff

  • Canadian Labour Congress, other national unions

  • Canadian Health Coalition, other health NGOs

  • International labour groups, including GNU and ILO

  • Other experts


  • Provides strategic advice and recommends action as appropriate and necessary to the President

  • Makes independent decisions, as appropriate, related to the above responsibilities


  • A university education in an approved social sciences, political science, journalism or communications program, and/or nursing program, graduate level preferred


  • Five years or more of experience as a senior policy analyst, government relations specialist or related discipline are required, with evidence of ability to combine health policy, government relations and advocacy knowledge/expertise

  • Work experience with a union, NGO or professional association, or as an assistant to a federal or provincial/territorial parliamentarian, is a definite asset

  • Knowledge and experience in working with board of directors and membership-driven organizations


  • Proven research and writing skills and capabilities

  • Demonstrated strength in policy analysis and synthesis

  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written; French would be an asset

  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to work and communicate with elected leaders, staff, government officials, stakeholders and external resources. An existing network of contacts with such stakeholders would be considered an asset.

  • Ability to work effectively with internal staff, elected officers, executive board and stakeholders

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of team

  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks with conflicting duties

  • Ability to anticipate problems and respond with solutions

  • Ability to realistically envision deliverables, coordinate and balance workflow to meet deadlines

  • Ability to think and work strategically in the evolving political landscape

  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills and familiarity with the web and its applications

  • Ability to work in French is desirable

The individual will work under a collective agreement and will be a member of Unifor Local 567.

Applications should be submitted online through the Charity Village portal before the deadline of Monday March 18th, 2019. Interviews will be conducted the week of March 25th.

Please Note: Applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter detailing how their qualifications match the above requirements.


Apply via Charity Village:​ 

Closing date: 

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 16:30


Please indicate on your cover letter that you saw this job posting at the CALM Job Board.