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Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy

Ontario Dental Association

This is a Full-time position in Toronto, ON posted September 12, 2021.

* Central location, close to TTC * Growth and advancement opportunities available* Meaningful non-profit organization workThey say that you’re never fully dressed without a smile – but what’s a smile without clean, healthy, beautiful teeth to back it up?We’re the Ontario Dental Association ( , and we represent over 90% of dentists in Ontario: advocating on their behalf to improve dentistry for both dentists and patients, and keeping Ontarians smiling.Working with other health-care professionals, governments, the private sector and the public, the ODA provides a wide range of services, resources and continuing education programs to support ODA dentists in their pursuit of professional excellence and personal fulfillment.We’re looking for a talented and committed individual to join our Professional & Government Affairs team to deliver a high level of satisfaction for our members. We hope this search ends with you!Manager of Government Relations and AdvocacyIn this role, you’ll manage and advise on government relations and advocacy activity while developing and maintaining strong relationships with government officials and legislators to advance the priorities of ODA Dentists.You’ll utilize your strong written communication skills to draft communications, including briefing notes, position statements, talking points and more on a regular basis. You’ll also use your exceptional verbal communication skills to represent our organization to government and stakeholder groups, industry committees, chapters, and internal boards across Ontario.Practically speaking, you will:* Advocate to advance the ODA’s government relations objectives in support of the dental profession and the delivery of oral health care.* Communicate and engage with government stakeholders, including legislators, government officials, and political staff at all levels.* Coordinate with the Professional Affairs & Policy Team on the monitoring of government activity and research and analysis of government activities which could impact ODA.* Develop briefing materials as required for volunteer leaders.* Train, supervise and evaluate the performance of the Government Relations Assistant.* Coordinate and provide advisory services to ODA members on government dental programs and advocacy matters.* Support Component Societies with local advocacy activities as required.* Manage the ODA’s province wide Advocacy Network and support approved grassroots campaigns.You’re detail-oriented and able to find creative solutions to complex problems. You’ll leverage your communication skills to clearly and help continue to drive our mission forward. Finally, you’ll apply your customer service ethos by building and sustaining long-term and mutually respectful relationships.Working at ODAThis is a full-time, permanent position, with 35 hours per week Monday through Friday (remote work during the pandemic). In addition to a competitive salary, you’ll have access to a benefits plan that includes dental, as well as plenty of vacation days, personal days, and access to a health spending account.There’s nothing quite like coming into a one-of-a-kind office every day; ODA occupies a large, open, beautiful space that used to be a copper factory. Located in the heart of Yorkville, parks, transit and everything downtown Toronto has to offer is just steps away.ODA is proud to be one of the GTA’s Top 100 Employers ( – we think that says a lot about the culture and work environment we’ve built over the last 150 years. Every position in our organization offers both challenges and opportunities, and we encourage all our staff to establish themselves within and beyond their individual roles. Whether through our employee recognition program, or in our close-knit office environment, we make sure that support and opportunity are always within reach.Qualifications* 2-5 years of government relations or advocacy experience, preferably in a not-for-profit environment, or equivalent* Experience leading or supervising people in an office environment* Experience and understanding of federal, provincial and municipal public service and politics* Experience drafting and presenting briefing notes, position statements and reports on a regular basis for senior government officials, stakeholders, and the public* Bachelor’s degree in an applicable discipline (e.g. history, political science, policy, public administration, public affairs)And these are our nice to haves:* 1 or more years of experience in a legislator’s office and/or in another capacity with a Legislative Assembly is an asset* 1 or more years of experience working in a Minister’s office is an asset.* Applicable experience as a lobbyist or government relations consultant is an asset.If this sounds like you and you’re ready to use your policy and government relations experience to align our strategies with our member needs, we can’t wait to hear from you.How to ApplyOur online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete person – not just a resume. The application will assess your qualifications, personality traits and workplace preferences, and should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. After submitting, you’ll receive an email inviting you to log in and view your assessment results. We strive to build a team that reflects the diversity of the community we work in, and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people identifying as LGBTQ2SI, veterans, and people with disabilities.  If we can make your application easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please contact us using the “Help” button. We will review applications, with priority given to those who have completed the assessment and look forward to hearing from you.