Job Posting 71585

Coordinator, Government Relations
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Work From Home, Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Thompson & ...
closed 11 days ago (Sun, 13 Jun)
part time - term / contract  •  Under review

Position Title:                         Coordinator, Government Relations

Location:                                  YMCA Regional Development Centre – Canada West


Terms:                                      Temporary, Part-Time

Hours of Work:                      12 - 15 hours per week


Start Date:                              As soon as possible

End Date:                                October 1, 2021


Salary:                                      Under review

Reports to:                              General Manager, Government Relations



The Canada West Regional Development Centre (RDC) is an integral part of the service delivery system of YMCA Canada. Reporting to the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the RDC focuses on overall health, governance, leadership, fiscal sustainability and growth of YMCAs within Western Canada. Government relations (GR) is a critical function in supporting the mandate of the YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs in Western Canada to create healthier communities. Through government relations, we are building the capacity, relationships and collective strength to influence public policy, government strategies, and investments in order to meet our mission. 


RDCs supportive role in GR is operationalized in three main ways: inform associations about emergent provincial government actions that create opportunities or risks for the YMCA; support associations to build capacity to steward government relationships;and coordinate and implement collective, province-wide GR and advocacy strategies


Nature & Scope:

The Coordinator, Government Relations is responsible for supporting government relations (GR) and advocacy efforts, under the guidance of the General Manager, Government Relations, with the YMCAs in Canada West. The coordinator will scan, analyze, and interpret news, developing issues and potential opportunities/risks within provincial governments. Sources of information may include government policies and documents, provincial health orders, legislation/regulations, media, and legislative debates. The information will help to inform provincial GR and advocacy strategies.



Major Responsibilities:

  • Monitors, analyzes, and interprets media, government documents, and legislative debates for relevant COVID-19 and government relations opportunities and/or risks for YMCAs
  • Writes regular briefs (1-2 times per week) for YMCAs in Canada West
  • Supports development of materials/resources for government relations/advocacy
  • Conducts research of existing dataand evidence to support advocacy positions



  • University degree in public policy, communications, or in a related field
  • Exceptional communication and knowledge translation skills: good writer with the ability to consolidate information and put it into context
  • Ability to communicate professionally to senior leaders, including CEOs
  • Enjoys working independently, and remotely,within a small team
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and change
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct thorough research, particularly around government relations, policy, legislation, and COVID-19
  • Interest and passion in politics/government, particularly how it pertains to a not-for-profit community organization
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office and applications such as OneDrive and SharePoint
  • Preference given to candidates living in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta or British Columbia.
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Records Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date

We encourage applications from equity-seeking groups including those identifying as female and/or gender-diverse, LGBTQ2SIA+, Black, Indigenous, and other racialized youth, newcomers to Canada, and people with disabilities.



In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, the candidate should possess the following competencies:

Leading Self

  • Evolve in Professional Capability – Commit to being better
  • Achieve Excellence and Authenticity – Show up with the best version of you

Leading Others

  • Develop the Potential in Others – Help people grow and lead
  • Create a Culture of Connection – Build bridges between people and partners

Leading Mission

  • Think and Act Strategically – Make good decisions and act on them
  • Make an Intentional Impact – Advance the strength and cause of the Y

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