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Vice-President
Policy and Government Relations

Universities Canada is the voice of Canadian universities, at home and abroad. We are a membership organization serving university presidents and providing a unified voice for higher education, research and innovation.

Universities Canada advances the mission of our member institutions to transform lives, strengthen communities and find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world.

As one of Canada’s premier advocacy organizations, we are seeking an accomplished, bilingual, results-oriented leader to join our team as the Vice-President, Policy and Government Relations.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will use your superior leadership and advocacy skills to oversee and lead the policy, government relations and international relations teams in achieving their mandates.

As a member of the Senior Management Committee, you will contribute to setting the strategic direction of the organization, developing management policies and evaluating progress on organization wide priorities and supporting the values of the organization. You will work in tandem with the Vice-President, Member and Public Relations to advance our mission.

Your responsibilities: 

You will be responsible for the development and implementation of a multi-year government relations plan to guide the association’s research, policy development and advocacy on priority issues to address the needs of Canada’s universities. This includes strategic planning, overseeing, coordinating, and implementing a broad range of activities aimed at effectively driving Universities Canada’s advocacy including both national and international issues.

  • Develop Universities Canada’s advocacy positions, strategies and tactics to achieve results for Canada’s universities;
  • Cultivate relationships and execute government relations strategies and stakeholder engagement at the most senior levels of the federal government, allied stakeholder groups and member institutions;
  • propose, plan and coordinate policy-relevant research initiatives to inform Universities Canada work and policy positions across domestic and international higher education, research and innovation policy fields;
  • provide staff support to Universities Canada’s Research Committee, Education Committee, International Committee, and other ad-hoc working groups of university presidents. 

The ideal person for this role is: 

  • a strategic, politically astute, bilingual (FR/EN) government relations professional with 10+ years of progressive experience and success, including managing teams;
  • tenacious and can easily translate ideas and strategies into concrete plans and action to achieve desired outcomes;
  • diplomatic in responding to internal and external clients and audiences;
  • an adaptable coach who can manage people, projects and budgets;
  • a registered federal lobbyist (or can become one).

Your skills and abilities include: 

  • a strong understanding of the Canadian federal government’s decision-making processes, coupled with an appreciation for the political dynamics of the Canadian federation;
  • a capacity to work at the senior levels of government, the university sector and civil society;
  • an ability to analyze, understand and explain issues and events in complex policy fields, including an analysis of government projects/policies or any other initiatives that are likely to have an impact on Canada’s universities;
  • a sense of initiative and ability to work independently;
  • sound judgement;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in both official languages;
  • thriving in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment;
  • holding a master’s degree, preferably in management, public administration or a related discipline;
  • experienced in building high performing and empowered teams;
  • knowledge of the Canadian and international higher education landscape and policy-making environment would be a great asset in this role.

The position is based in Ottawa.  We are working remotely during COVID-19 and expect to be working remotely until October 2021. Though we cannot wait to meet our new teammate in person, we can offer a robust and welcoming virtual onboarding experience in the meantime!

We offer a rewarding mission and an engaged and supportive culture. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package. The hiring salary range for this position is from $118,921 to $148,651 commensurate with experience. Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter to the human resources service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1. Email address: careers@univcan.ca.

Applications will be reviewed throughout the summer with an expected start date of Fall 2021.

To learn more about us, visit us at www.univcan.ca or find us on social media.

Twitter: @univcan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/univcanada
Insta: univcanada
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/universities-canada-/

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged. 

Universities Canada promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. Universities Canada provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation. 

UniversitiesCanadarespectfullyacknowledgesthatouroffices aresituatedon thetraditionallands of the AlgonquinAnishinaabegpeople.

 

 

 

 

Human Resources and Payroll Officer 

Universities Canada is the voice of Canadian universities, at home and abroad. We are a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice for higher education, research and innovation. Universities Canada advances the mission of our member institutions to transform lives, strengthen communities and find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world.

We are currently looking for a bilingual human resources and payroll officer who will work closely with the payroll specialist and deliver payroll and benefit services to a few or our 30 outside organization payroll clients and will act as a back-up for the payroll specialist during absences. The incumbent will also administer and/or provide support to a broad spectrum of human resources related programs and processes such as, but not limited to, HR communications, the onboarding and offboarding programs, updating the Intranet, leave management and employment policies and benefits. administers and provides support to a broad spectrum of human resources programs and processes such as but not limited to HR communications, employment policies, orientation program, updating the Intranet, leave management, and benefits.

We’re looking for a team player, someone who can delve into strategy and still flex your creative muscles while always being happy to roll up your sleeves and pitch in where help is needed. You will not be in this alone; you will draw on the strengths and expertise of the human resources team as well others throughout the organization who have contributed to the ongoing success as the voice for Canadian universities.

If you are right for this opportunity, you will possess the education and experience listed below:

Education, experience and knowledge

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • Two years of prior relevant experience.
  • Bilingualism is essential, including excellent English writing skills and verbal communication skills in both official languages.
  • Payroll compliance practitioner certification (PCP) or a professional human resources designation (CHRL), an asset.
  • Knowledge of payroll process and employment regulations.
  • Knowledge of a human resources and payroll management system such as Dayforce, an asset.
  • Prior experience working in a not-for-profit organization, an asset.

Abilities

  • You are a self starter, take initiative and have a ‘can do’ attitude’.
  • You have a high degree of tact and excellent networking, diplomacy, interpersonal and customer relations skills.
  • Comfort with numbers.
  • Prior experience with month-end reconciliation, an asset.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and professionalism in handling sensitive situations and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other staff across the association.
  • Strong management/administration/organization skills.

The position is based in Ottawa.  We are working remotely during COVID-19 and expect to be working remotely until October 2021. Though we cannot wait to meet our new teammate in person, we can offer a robust and welcoming virtual onboarding experience in the meantime!

The hiring salary range for this position is from $54,645 to $68,306 depending on experience.  Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity, in which case the candidate would be hired at a lower level than the position level.

Universities Canada is a National Capital Region Top Employer.  We offer a comprehensive benefit package which includes four weeks of vacation, an attractive pension plan, group insurance, free gym membership and scholarships for children of our employees.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter to the human  resources service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by August 2, 2021. Email address: careers@univcan.ca.

To learn more about us, visit us at www.univcan.ca or find us on social media.

Twitter: @univcan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/univcanada
Insta: univcanada
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/universities-canada-/

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged. 

Universities Canada promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. Universities Canada provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation. 

Universities Canada respectfully acknowledges that our offices are situated on the traditional lands of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people.  

Research Officer
Partnerships and Programs 

(term part-time position of three days per week until June 2022) 

Universities Canada is the voice of Canadian universities, at home and abroad. We are a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice for higher education, research and innovation. Universities Canada advances the mission of our member institutions to transform lives, strengthen communities and find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world.

We are currently recruiting a research officer who will provide research support to Universities Canada’s scholarship and international programs by conducting a longitudinal research project which will help inform scholarship providers on effective international scholarship program design. The incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of the project including collection and analysis of data, liaising with funding partners and disseminating results.

The successful candidate will possess the education, experience, and knowledge listed below:

Education and experience

  • A graduate degree in the social sciences (preferably international development or international relations) or a related discipline.
  • Three to four years of research experience.
  • Prior experience organizing and facilitating workshops.
  • Prior experience in conducting semi directed interviews and focus groups.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the Canadian higher education system.
  • Knowledge of best practices in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Knowledge of international research collaboration.

Abilities/Qualities

  • Strong ability to perform quantitative data analysis.
  • Capacity to liaise and manage external clients.
  • Bilingualism essential including excellent English writing skills and verbal communication skills in both official languages.
  • Strong cross cultural communication skills.
  • Strong management, administrative and organizational skills.
  • Proactive, responsive, nimble and flexible.
  • High degree of judgment, initiative, discretion and insight.
  • High degree of tact and excellent networking, diplomacy and interpersonal skills.

We are working remotely during COVID-19 and expect to be working remotely until October 2021. Though we cannot wait to meet our new teammate in person, we can offer a robust and welcoming virtual onboarding experience in the meantime!

The hiring salary range for this position is from $42,488 to $50,455 (full-time equivalent salary is $70,814 to $84,092) commensurate with experience. Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity, in which case the person will be hired at a lower level than the position level.

Universities Canada is a National Capital Region’s Top Employer. We offer a comprehensive benefit package which includes four weeks of vacation, an attractive pension plan, group insurance, free gym membership and scholarships for children.

Tell us your story! Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter to the human resources service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by August 8, 2021. Email address: careers@univcan.ca.

To learn more about us, visit us at www.univcan.ca or find us on social media.

Twitter: @univcan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/univcanada
Insta: univcanada
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/universities-canada-/ 

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged. 

Universities Canada promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. Universities Canada provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation. 

UniversitiesCanadarespectfullyacknowledgesthatouroffices aresituatedon thetraditionallands of the AlgonquinAnishinaabegpeople. 

Universities Canada