• Type: Full Time
  • Ottawa

Website Canadian Association of University Teachers

Policy and Government Relations Officer  (Temporary, Full-time)

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is seeking to fill one 12-month term and one 18-month term, full-time positions of Policy and Government Relations Officer.

CAUT is a progressive labour and professional organization representing more than 72,000 faculty, librarians, researchers, academics, and general staff at 124 universities and colleges. It promotes the economic and political interests of its members, advances the standards of the profession, and seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in Canada.

Reporting to the Director of Political Action and Communications, and under the coordination of the Senior Policy and Government Relations Officer, this position is responsible for researching, monitoring, advising, and lobbying on public policy initiatives, while working closely with the Communications, and Organizing, Research, Legal, and Education teams. The incumbent is a professional with experience in government relations and public policy.


  • Works in consultation with the Senior Policy and Government Relations Officer to execute the priorities for all public policy and government relations strategies in support of CAUT’s vision and objectives.
  • Monitors emerging and ongoing issues and government initiatives relevant to the post-secondary education sector and the CAUT membership.
  • Stays current on social, political, and economic developments to advise effectively on these topics.
  • Monitors and analyzes relevant legislation and initiatives affecting the post-secondary education sector in order to identify impact on CAUT members and strategic responses.
  • Consults and liaises with internal and external stakeholders to inform advocacy and policy decision-making.
  • Gathers and analyzes information and data in support of policy development and/or amendment.
  • Produces and ensures proper maintenance, distribution, and storage of high-quality policy documentation.
  • Writes briefs, reports, speeches, presentations, letters, and notes.
  • Maintains relationships with external decision-makers and provides guidance on government relations to senior CAUT leadership
  • Adopts new tools and systems as relevant to the role.
  • Adheres to established processes and quality control systems for policy workflow and recommends enhancements to improve quality or efficiency.
  • Participates in Political Action and Communications team and Policy and Government Relations team activities including operational planning, adoption of cross-functional initiatives, and regular team meetings to ensure alignment on goals, progress against priorities, and two-way communication.
  • Ensures lobbying activities are within the limits of the law and keeps the lobbying registry up to date.


Education & Experience: 

  • Completion of post-secondary education degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Relations, or other relevant field.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in a similar capacity.
  • Significant experience in developing policy and advising on government relations.
  • Professional experience in an association, trade union, and/or not-for-profit organization preferred.

Language Requirements: 

  • Ability to work in both official languages at an advanced level is a strong asset; fluency in verbal and written English essential.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 

  • Ability to work independently in consultation with the Senior Officer while exhibiting a high degree of initiative and sound judgment.
  • Strong communication skills with the demonstrated ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing to a range of audiences including the whole spectrum of partisan and non-partisan stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build appropriate and constructive relationships with internal and external contacts, founded on credibility and trust.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and with tact as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated planning, time management, and project-management skills to effectively balance competing requirements and multiple priorities and deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Strong research and analysis capabilities.
  • Strong ability to advise on actions concerning existing programs, protocols, or legislation.
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity.
  • Strong political judgment and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of lobbying tactics and strategies.
  • Understanding of and commitment to keeping up to date lobbying activity legal limits.
  • Significant awareness of the current Canadian political environment, parliamentary procedures, and government processes.
  • Understanding of and commitment to CAUT’s policies, practices and procedures and alignment with CAUT’s values and objectives, including social justice, equity, and human rights
  • Legally eligible to undertake lobbying activities

This position has been classified as Category 4 in the Collective Agreement between CAUT and COPE Local 225. The hire rate for this position as of July 1, 2022, is $117,789. The position includes five (5) weeks of vacation annually as well as a generous benefits and a defined contribution pension.

CAUT is committed to the principles of employment equity in hiring and in all its employment practices and seeks to diversify its workforce. Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQ2S, racialized people, and women are actively encouraged to apply.

CAUT is also committed to creating and maintaining an accessible, barrier-free work environment including working with applicants with disabilities requiring accommodation during the recruitment, assessment, and selection processes. If applicants require accommodation, they should communicate this to Human Resources when contacted.

Interested candidates should submit their applications via CAUT’s Career Centre at www.caut.ca/careers by December 4, 2022. All applications must be addressed to the Executive Director including a cover letter and resumé. All applications will be treated confidentially. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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