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 an assistant director who will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of international relations based on an annual strategic plan that includes policy analysis and development, government relations, information-sharing and executing engagement activities in priority countries. Working with other members of the senior leadership team in the Policy and Government Relations team, the incumbent is responsible for helping to ensure that the international interests of Canadian universities are well understood in national and international fora. In addition, the incumbent will be proactive in developing networks in governments, member institutions, and international stakeholders to advance Universities Canada’s advocacy objectives on priority issues including international student mobility, education marketing, and immigration policy.
In order to advance Universities Canada’s international agenda, the ideal candidate will be pro-active, responsive, nimble and collaborative, with proven success in gathering strategic information, as well as in developing and maintaining information sources in government. The incumbent will effectively represent the association and advance its advocacy and international relations objectives with key government departments, partner organizations abroad, the diplomatic community in Ottawa, and national organizations involved in international education.
If you are right for this opportunity, you will possess the education and experience listed below:
Education and experience
- A graduate degree, preferably in international relations or a related discipline.
- Five to seven years of relevant experience.
- Prior experience working in international relations or within the federal government.
- Experience working in a university, national association and/or membership organization is an asset.
- Excellent understanding of higher education, research and innovation issues and trends.
- Knowledge of current federal political and policy environment, including parliamentary procedures.
- Knowledge of tactics for advocating to government.
- Tenacious and can easily translate ideas and strategies into concrete plans and action to achieve desired outcomes.
- Ability to analyze, understand and explain issues and events in complex policy fields, including an analysis of government projects/policies or any other initiative that is likely to have an impact on the international dimension of higher education and research.
- A capacity to work at the senior levels of the university sector, governments, international partners and other pertinent groups.
- Superior ability to plan, analyze trends and forecast activities.
- High level of tact and diplomacy, sound judgement
- Demonstrated ability to gather strategic intelligence, and to develop and maintain information sources in government and universities.
- Bilingualism essential including excellent English writing skills.
- Strong leadership and management skills.
- Excellent project management, organizational and planning skills.
- Ability to work under pressure while balancing competing priorities.
- High degree of discretion and insight.
The position is based in Ottawa. Universities Canada has adopted a hybrid work model where employees are expected to work in the office a minimum of three (3) out of ten (10) days.
The hiring salary range for this position is from $92,868 to $113,183 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 (five weeks after two years of service), 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 June 29, 2022. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.