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Director, Government & Community Relations (Brampton)

Full time @Sheridan College in Other
  • Ontario, Canada, L6Y 5H9 View on Map
  • Post Date : May 13, 2022
  • Apply Before : May 29, 2022
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  • Career Level Manager
  • Experience 5-10 years
  • Industry Development
  • Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree

Job Description

The Director, Government and Community Relations is a senior administrator, strategic advisor, and organizational lead who ensures leaders at Sheridan effectively build and steward key relationships with government officials (elected and non-elected), and key influencers across all sectors and communities specifically in Brampton, and across Peel region more broadly. The incumbent actively identifies opportunities and develops, implements and oversees strategies to inform and influence government decisions and approval of resources, in support of Sheridan’s mission and strategic priorities. The incumbent serves as an easily accessible, highly visible and involved point-person and representative of Sheridan with government officials and community leaders.

Sheridan seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism, and inclusion. Sheridan values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. Sheridan regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. Per Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code¸ post-secondary institutions such as Sheridan may implement “special programs” to address historical disadvantage for Code-protected groups.  This hiring initiative is a special program designed to achieve equal opportunity, respond to under-representation of groups, promote substantive equality, and eliminate discrimination.  As such, Sheridan seeks qualified candidates who self-identify as members of racialized communities.

What You’ll be Doing

  • Working collaboratively with members of the External Relations division, and other senior Sheridan leaders to develop comprehensive government relations, community engagement, and outreach plans in alignment with the organizational strategic plan, especially as it relates to Sheridan’s Davis Campus in Brampton.
  • Providing strategic input, counsel and oversight specifically for elements that deal with Government Relations strategy. Developing, coordinating, executing and evaluating annual strategic and comprehensive government relations plan.
  • Identifying opportunities to move Sheridan’s external relations priorities forward and strengthen an institutional culture that supports community engagement across Sheridan.
  • Maintaining consistent presence in community on behalf of Sheridan at events and collaboratives.
  • Preparing and presenting legislative summaries, policy options, presentations, briefing materials, proposals, reports, and other materials for the development of strong advocacy programs.
  • Raising awareness of Sheridan and its initiatives in local communities; works with administrators, faculty, students, alumni and others to nurture and grow Sheridan’s reputation and network.
  • Identifying and building relations with leaders of community and government groups (e.g. industry groups and associations, cultural and faith groups, labour, resident associations) to further advance Sheridan interests and to promote Sheridan as a resource to its community.
  • Creating and coordinating events designed to raise Sheridan’s visibility and profile and to generate engagement with, and support from, government, key influencers in the community, and industry partners.
  • Coordinating and organizing meetings for senior Sheridan leaders with elected officials and bureaucrats at all levels of government.  Working closely with municipal, provincial and federal staff to coordinate on-campus visits and media events by Mayors, MPPs, MPs, and other government officials.
  • Ensuring effective and efficient allocation of fiscal and physical resources within the portfolio, monitoring, analyzing and optimizing financial performance.

About You
You have the skills and knowledge to work with an increasingly diverse student and staff population as well as a proven commitment to anti-oppression, equity, and inclusion.

You bring cultural and linguistic competencies that enable you to thrive in the Brampton and Peel community.

You have proven political acuity and diplomacy with an understanding of government decision-making processes and knowledge of communications theory related to government relations.

You have an innate ability to analyze, interpret, and make recommendations on complex legislative, regulatory, community and government public policy issues.

You have superior interpersonal and relationship-building skills that allows you to build impactful and meaningful relationships with internal and external stakeholders who have diverse backgrounds.

The successful candidate will also meet the following qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in Political Science, Public Policy/ Administration, Public Relations, Government Relations, Communications or other related field, along with 9 years of government and community relations including networking with political/governmental contacts (Equivalency will be considered)
  • Experience working in a senior level position for an elected official (i.e. mayor, councilor, MP/MPP or minister) is required
  • Experience in an academic environment would be considered an asset;
  • Experience with senior level strategic policy and planning;
  • Strong political acuity and diplomacy, as well as strong relationship building skills

Who We Are:

Every member of the Sheridan community is passionate about the transformational role we play in people’s lives. Our strategic plan, Sheridan 2024: Galvanizing Education for a Complex World (, charts a path towards a new ground-breaking model of higher education that reshapes post-secondary education and better prepares students for the future. We are committed to demonstrably advancing equity, diversity and inclusivity.  Diversity is our strength and fuels our commitment to excellence.  Across our campuses, we’re making meaningful strides towards developing an equitable and inclusive community.

Other Details
Faculty/Department: External Relations
Campus Location: Davis (may be assigned activities at any Sheridan campus) once normal campus operations resume. This position is currently working remotely. 
Employee Group: Administrative
Payband: NO
Salary Range: $124,226 – $131,990
Application Deadline: May 29, 2022

Sheridan is deeply committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Sheridan is situated on these lands, and it is our collective responsibility to honour and respect those who have gone before us, those who are here, and those who have yet to come. We are grateful for the opportunity to be working on this land.

Sheridan is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources.

You may be asked to provide copies of your educational credentials at the time of interview. Upon hire, we require official confirmation of educational credentials and Canadian equivalency assessments, if applicable.

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