Job Posting 89897

Director, Government Relations
Diabetes Canada
Toronto Metro area, Ottawa area
Toronto, Ontario
closes in 29 days (Fri, 30 Dec)
full time

A world free of the effects of diabetes is our vision. That’s why we’re working together to improve the quality of life of people living with diabetes. We’re sharing knowledge and creating connections for individuals and the health-care professionals who care for them; advocating through public policy; and funding research to improve treatments and find a cure to end diabetes.

Join our dedicated, talented Diabetes Canada team and together, #LetsEndDiabetes!

Role Overview:

Reporting to the Executive Director, Government Affairs & Policy, the Director, Government Relations is responsible for developing and leading Diabetes Canada’s provincial government relationships. The Director will develop and implement strategic advocacy and partnerships in Ontario and in the eastern provinces to improve services, care, and access (except Québec). This role will also be focused on implementing appropriate concrete responses to the recently tabled Diabetes Framework. The Director will assess trends and issues within each assigned provincial government and other key provincial decision-making bodies and determine appropriate actions with key stakeholders and volunteers.


Ontario (preference for Ottawa or Toronto residents). A flexible work agreement policy in place allows employees to work on a hybrid schedule. Employees must be willing to travel for meetings and events when needed.

This role includes, but not limited to:

  • Develop and plan a strategy for advocacy to improve services for people living with diabetes in Ontario and Atlantic provinces.
  • Monitor and report on activity taken by provincial governments to identify issues or trends affecting people living with diabetes in the assigned provinces.
  • Encourage and support provinces to take measures to implement Diabetes Framework.
  • Oversee Diabetes Canada response and proactively influence provincial healthcare related bills, legislation, regulations, and policy.
  • Develop and foster relationships with relevant and/or diabetes-related partners, decision-makers, stakeholders, volunteers, and coalition groups in each province. Identify opportunities for Diabetes Canada to partner with them to advocate on issues affecting people living with diabetes in the provinces.
  • Lead the process for all Diabetes Canada in Ontario and eastern provincial government policy submissions, recommendations, and responses.
  • Provide ongoing guidance and support for all provincial Diabetes Canada advocacy activity across Canada.
  • Build the knowledge of Diabetes Canada staff and volunteers of its strategic advocacy plan.
  • Serve as liaison between Regional Teams and the policy and Advocacy Team.
  • Support the Executive Director, Government Relations & Policy on other projects and initiatives, as required.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in a related field
  • University degree in political science, public administration or related field, with a Master’s Degree preferred
  • Proven experience in leading successful advocacy campaigns
  • Working knowledge of the Canadian non-profit sector
  • Knowledge of the Canadian health care system, and of provincial politics
  • Demonstrate partnership and relationship management skills, both internal and external
  • Executive level communication skills
  • Proficiency in both official languages is an asset
  • Ability to provide the political insight to make decisions that will likely impact the credibility of Diabetes Canada and its stakeholders. 
  • Highly motivated and driven to create and provide solutions to challenges
  • Strong time management skills to balance urgent and important deliverables.

What Diabetes Canada Can Offer You:

  • A meaningful role, making a difference every day for people living with or at risk of diabetes.
  • An entrepreneurial environment, working for a national organization where you feel valued, recognized, and rewarded.
  • A high-performing, collaborative team environment with proven leadership and highly skilled colleagues and commitment to excellent work culture.
  • Competitive paid time-off benefits and a comprehensive group benefits plan, including health/dental, life insurance, disability, EFAP and company-match Pension/RRSP.
  • Flexible work agreement policy in place allows employees to work regularly remote and/or hybrid schedule. 

At Diabetes Canada, we are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other legally protected status. We are dedicated to a high-performance, diverse, and inclusive workplace. We strongly believe that having a diverse organization with various skills and abilities will inspire creativity, drive innovation, and promote belonging. We are committed to building a team representative of different backgrounds and perspectives, and we encourage applications from all qualified candidates who represent the full diversity of communities across Canada. 

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Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada and, where applicable, must have a valid work permit or study permit that allows the candidate to fulfill the requirements of the role.

We thank all interested applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diabetes Canada is not accepting recruitment agency/firm referrals.

Safe Place to Work - Diabetes Canada is committed to protecting the health and safety of our stakeholders and mitigating the risk of COVID-19 spread. A mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program is in place and provides direction on the conditions under which individuals are permitted to be employed with DC.

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