Manager, Government and Community Relations

SAIT Polytechnic

Manager, Government and Community Relations
Calgary, AB /
President & CEO – Government & Community Relations /
APT Temporary Salary
/ On-site
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SAIT is a global leader in applied education and an institution that empowers employees to make a difference in the lives of our students. Building on more than a century of history, we are looking for innovative employees wanting to create a future with us. As part of our team, you are encouraged to be bold and inventive, bringing new ideas to the table. Change excites you.
SAIT offers the chance to do work with a purpose — preparing the next generation of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, advocates and explorers. We develop leaders in the classroom and our workspaces, encouraging lifelong learning for both students and employees.
Your future starts now … at SAIT.
We are looking for individuals who align with our commitment to excellence and who demonstrates:
o a growth mindset through curiosity, creativity, and collaboration
o leads with a world-class customer experience mindset
o is dynamic and responsible to the needs of stakeholders, speed and agility are critical
o someone who embraces trial and error as an important part of learning
The Opportunity
At the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), we are the shapers. The makers. The originals, driven by a passion for excellence and results that count. We offer action-based learning, solution-focused research and enterprising collaborations with partners from around the world. We are a global leader in applied education, an Alberta Top Employer and a destination workplace empowering people to make a difference in the lives of students. Now is an exciting time to join this one-of-a-kind place … SAIT.
We are currently recruiting for a Manager, Government and Community Relations who will report to the Director of Government & Public Affairs.  Your primary responsibilities will be to support the development, management and maintenance of relationships between federal, provincial, local, other governments, and appropriate agencies and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to enhance the institute’s image and further its goals. Additionally, you will initiate and maintain a program of regular communication with elected and senior officials in government in order to advance SAIT’s strategic goals and aims. You will also be responsible for policy development and monitoring and make appropriate recommendations to senior SAIT staff about appropriate reactions and responses.
You will have excellent verbal and interpersonal skills and will be a relationship builder who is skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, across different levels of the organization and externally with the public, industry and government. You will be self-directed, tactful, diplomatic and have strong strategic development skills and ability to implement a strategic plan linked to institutional priorities. Additionally, you will have effective leadership skills recognized within the institution and will have the ability to create and sustain institutional government advocacy.
*Please note this is a one year temporary salaried position eligible for benefits*
The Role

    • Creates and implements strategic direction for institution’s government relations activities, supporting SAIT and Board priorities
    • Conducts environmental assessment of institutions, develops accountability measures and communicates findings to institutional stakeholders
    • Represents institution at senior level with external stakeholders
    • Communicates effectively and broadly with institution’s executive and management teams
    • Be aware of major policy and political developments as being driven by government
    • Responsible for management of department’s financial and other resources
    • Reviews direction and progress of government relations plan with Director and members of the senior executive team as appropriate
    • Develops and maintains contacts with significant SAIT constituencies including internal stakeholders: faculty, staff, students, SAIT’s Board of Governors, and external partners: media, industry, government, and post-secondary colleagues
    • Work in collaboration with other post-secondary institutions’ government relations staff to foster a greater understanding of SAIT’s strategic plan and to develop a unified post-secondary approach to governments where possible
    • Develop alliances with our corporate sector government relations personnel to ensure our message is delivered consistently and frequently

Qualifications & Experience

    • Post-secondary education in social sciences or equivalent; masters level education or equivalent combination of education may be considered
    • 3-5 years’ experience in government, public policy or community relations, or similar 
    • Must have valid Alberta Driver’s License and valid Canadian Passport
    • This role will be required to travel domestically within Alberta and across Canada
    • Political judgment and sensitivity with an understanding of the political landscape as it impacts SAIT
    • Understanding of specific needs that can be met through increased visibility among policy makers and public support
    • Knowledge of Governmental acts and regulations that affect the Institution
    • Knowledge of Provincial, Federal and Municipal policies, guidelines and procedures
    • Fiscal management skills to effectively utilize department budget

Job classification: Business Development Manager
Salary range: $85,000 – $94,500
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Position End Date: April 31, 2024
SAIT believes excellence is achieved through equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) because EDI creates the conditions for a healthy campus where everyone feels welcome, respected and empowered to succeed. SAIT values fairness, shared accountability and the importance of representation. The institution expects a commitment from its students and employees to continuously develop an equitable and inclusive mindset that celebrates diverse experiences and perspectives. SAIT’s vision is to be a global leader in applied education. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or comments related to EDI at SAIT .
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