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Senior Specialist, Government Relations & Public Engagement

Position: Senior  Specialist,  Government Relations & Public Engagement
Reports to: Director, Mission
Department: Mission
Location: Calgary or Edmonton, Alberta
Status: Permanent, Full-time


Reporting to the Director, Mission, the Senior Specialist, Government Relations & Public Engagement is responsible for development and implementation of initiatives and partnerships to meet the Mission priorities of Heart & Stroke. The Specialist leads the development and execution of government relations and public engagement strategies to improve the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health of Albertans and to influence heart and stroke health systems improvement, with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and advocacy in Alberta and NWT. The Senior Specialist works closely with the Director, Mission to assess the government environments, identify and refine policy positions, build collaborators and opportunities to advance Heart & Stroke positions, and mobilize the public as well as volunteer and other champions to realize Heart & Stroke advocacy goals. The role collaborates with colleagues across the country to set priorities and achieve impact in advocacy, health systems, and survivor support.   


Advocates for health

  • Leads health policy advocacy initiatives in Alberta and NWT 
  • Collaborates with the Policy, Advocacy and Engagement team to activate provincial opportunities for advocacy
  • Participates in advocacy coalitions including the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention and Campaign for Smoke Free Alberta
  • Develops and broadens relationships with provincial and municipal levels of government 
  • Works with partner organizations to develop common advocacy positions and strategies that further Heart & Stroke strategic priorities
  • Contributes to planning, organizing, and monitoring of provincial activation of national advocacy initiatives
  • Builds provincial advocacy capacity through volunteer involvement
  • Collaborates with Communications to amplify advocacy

Influences heart and stroke health systems improvement  

  • Acts as an ambassador and spokesperson to inspire health and health systems improvement 
  • Develops, activates, and monitors the provincial response to national mission initiatives, including but not limited to heart and stroke health systems improvement, best practice application and the women’s initiative
  • Considers and promotes health equity for all initiatives
  • Liaises with Alberta Health Services, Strategic Clinical Networks, women’s organizations, coalitions and relevant stakeholders to advance Heart & Stroke initiatives 
  • Liaises with Specialist, Health Impact & Research to navigate and influence health systems improvement
  • Engages volunteers to enhance capacity and impact
  • Initiates and manages student practicums

Leads public engagement

  • Develops, activates, and monitors the provincial response to national public engagement and advocacy initiatives
  • Identifies opportunities to engage Albertans and NWT in H&S provincial advocacy campaigns; designs and monitors campaigns to enhance our practice and impact
  • Facilitates environmental scans and SWOT analysis to inform public engagement
  • Engages with people with lived experience (PWLE) and the broader public through consultations, focus groups and other interactions to build awareness and relevance of our activities
  • Continuously improves initiatives through the use of evaluation results to course correct, innovate, assess risk and increase impact

Transfers knowledge on impact to raise support

  • Documents the highlights and achievements of identified mission initiatives for understanding impact, in collaboration with national colleagues in both mission and Development teams
  • Works with Development and Communications teams in dissemination of success of high-impact mission initiatives
  • Provides input and support to Development to assist in preparing proposals and presenting to stakeholders

Collaborates to achieve success

  • Contributes to planning of collective national and provincial mission initiatives
  • Works in a collaborative manner with core functional areas, teams, and stakeholders
  • Participates on national mission working groups including, but not limited to, Government Relations & Advocacy
  • Facilitates effective communication 
  • Provides support, representation, and leadership for relevant advisories, provincial networks, and coalitions 
  • An undergraduate degree in political science, health policy, or health science is required
  • Education in adult learning is an asset
  • 5 years’ experience in government relations and advocacy
  • Experience in developing and implementing initiatives across a variety of sites including feasibility assessment, project planning, implementation and evaluation 
  • Experience working with health care institutions, community groups, and volunteers
  • Experience in the not-for-profit and voluntary sector preferred
  • A high degree of independence, initiative, and accountability
  • Interest in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health and disease conditions
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including experience in presenting to the public and with media
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills, including knowledge of project management techniques and tools
  • Ability to facilitate teamwork, collaboration, and partnership with diverse teams
  • Ability to delegate effectively and empower others 
  • Solid analytical and critical thinking skills to quickly implement actions to optimize results
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Computer skills (word processing, PowerPoint, spreadsheets, etc.)
  • Ability to travel to attend meetings with stakeholders

If you have the qualifications, and share our passion for our mission, we invite you to forward your resume and cover letter (including salary expectations) to 

Please be sure to include the reference number SGRPE2019AB and your name (first and last) in the subject line of your email so that your application is received by the appropriate party.

We thank all applicants for their interest however, due to volume, we can only contact those selected for interviews. 

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require an accommodation due to disability to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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