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Government and Stakeholder Relations Advisor (Term)

Vancouver, BC
A month ago



 Career Opportunity:

 Government and Stakeholder Relations Advisor (term for a period up to two years)

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of Canada’s largest port, and our vision is to the world’s most sustainable port. Want to work in a fast-paced environment using your skills to collaborate with dedicated people and benefit all Canadians? Join our team and connect your world to us.

The government and stakeholder relations advisor provides strategic advice regarding the government and key stakeholder relations components of critical files.  This includes: relationship building and maintenance, providing advice and guidance on strategic messaging, recommended approaches, and issues management, particularly, but not exclusively, as they relate to port authority-led infrastructure projects and tenant-led development projects. Reporting to the manager and strategic advisor, government and stakeholder relations, this position participates on and may lead, as appropriate, related tasks as required, including developing productive relationships with government and stakeholders, meeting and event scheduling and arranging, and the development of plans and strategies, reports, briefing notes, submissions, presentations and other materials. 

This role will:

  • Working closely with the manager, develop and implement  government, regulatory agency and stakeholder communications and engagement activities, including participating/facilitating in meetings, planning and executing outreach programs, and tracking and managing issues
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with government representatives at all levels, ensuring communication goals are met 
  • As required, provide VFPA representation in BC and across Canada with members of the provincial and federal government, industry, regulatory agencies, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders, where tact and diplomacy will be required to reconcile issues in a manner that advances VFPA interests
  • Monitor, identify, report and provide recommendations on current and emerging issues that may impact corporate initiatives
  • Under direction, develop and implement outreach, advocacy and other communications strategies, plans and tactics
  • Ensure communications activities are aligned with other departmental and organizational objectives and initiatives
  • Participate on cross-functional teams, providing subject matter expertise across the organization on government issues.
  • Works with staff and external consultants to monitor regulatory, government and stakeholder issues nationally, provincially and internationally as appropriate
  • Perform other assigned duties as required

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in political science or other appropriate university degree, along with a minimum of five (5) years of demonstrable experience in provincial and/or federal government relations in Canada and in developing and implementing government relations strategies around complex projects. Must have demonstrated, recent established relationships with provincial or federal government elected and public service officials. Strong networking and interpersonal skills, and strong knowledge of existing federal and provincial government structures, processes and priorities is considered an asset. Exceptional research, writing and analytical skills required. 

This position is ideal for a self-motivated individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy and the ability to liaise effectively and positively with both staff and outside contacts. Must be a strategic thinker with the ability to analyze individual initiatives in the context of the bigger picture, identify issues, provide advice and escalate situations when necessary. Must have an excellent command of the English language, both oral and written. Must be a team player with a customer service focus. Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and flexibility to perform multiple tasks are required.


Normal office conditions with occasional evening, weekend and off-site work, which will include travel within BC and other locations in Canada. Flexibility to occasionally respond to issues during non-working hours.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority offers a competitive total compensation package including an earned time off program.

If we have accurately captured your profile above, please apply on-line by visiting by September 13, 2019.

(Please note this posting will remain open until filled.)

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is dedicated to employment equity and a workplace reflective of the diversity of our community

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.