Manager, Government Relations
The First Nations Financial Management Board (The FMB) is Canada’s only legislated body that develops and publishes First Nations Financial Management and Financial Performance Standards and upon request certifies First Nations compliance to those standards. The FMB is an Aboriginal institution that provides a suite of financial management tools and services to First Nations governments seeking to strengthen their fiscal stewardship and accountability regime and develop necessary capacity to meet their expanding fiscal and financial management requirements.
The FMB is one of the First Nation institutions created through the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA). This federal legislation is designed primarily to provide participating First Nations with the tools and capacity needed to facilitate their participation in long-term pooled borrowing through the Capital Markets – on a similar basis as other governments in Canada – to support their social and economic development objectives.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer “CEO”, the Manager, Government Relations is a public relations specialist who coordinates legislative-related efforts by working with all levels of government. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining positive relationships with elected officials and key decision-makers at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. This position will also interact with National and Regional Indigenous governance bodies. At the request of the Board or CEO, this position may also interact with the media.
The role provides research and analysis of public policies as they relate to the operation of FMB while ensuring that internal strategic plans align with legislative requirements and the intentions of the FMB Board of Directors.
The Manager, Government Relations should have a passion for making a difference in the lives of Indigenous people, and for high quality standards suitable for First Nation governments and organizations. This position requires a high level of external client relation building with stakeholders including government officials and key decision makers.
Strategy Development and Implementation
- Develops, and leads the implementation of government relations strategies that position FMB to successfully meet the goals of the Board of Directors;
- Designs, manages and executes strategic campaigns to government officials and key decision makers;
- Monitors and assesses the impact of important legislative and public policy issues and initiatives, implementing appropriate strategies;
- Ensures that FMB’s government relations strategy and public messages are aligned, compliant and reflect the mission of the organization;
- Analyzes and monitors legislation and legal requirements and updates policies and strategic initiatives to ensure compliance;
- Collaborates with the Senior Leadership Team to provide input into business line strategic planning, budgeting and continual improvement of the FMB’s policies, procedures and operations;
- Collaborates with the Director, Strategic Operations on research related to public policy and corporate issues and delivers research-based briefings, recommendations and advice;
- In collaboration with members of the Senior Leadership Team, continually foster positive relationships with colleagues, industry officials and key stakeholders to achieve FMB’s strategic objectives;
- Contributes to and helps lead the development of new regulations under the FMA;
- Attends, organizes and coordinates meetings, presentations and special events in keeping with the FMB strategic plan;
- Ensures all FMB policies are implemented and adhered to in the line of business.
FMB Profile and Communications
- Ensures the FMB profile is positively communicated to government representatives, key stakeholders, decision makers and First Nations organizations.
- Ensures that complex policies and issues are communicated to a wide audience in an ever-changing political landscape;
- Leads the development of proactive communication programs and strategies from both a corporate and client group perspective;
- Ensures message continuity with the CEO and internal Directors;
- Prepares reports and presentations to deliver internally to management and the Board, as directed by the CEO;
- Prepares talking points and, as required, serve as a point of contact for the media;
- Represents FMB at industry forums and events;
- Manages internal and external communication between FMB and governments;
- Interacts with various media outlets as required;
- Assists the FMB key spokesperson in media interviews, at government meetings, scheduled engagement sessions and other events.
Government Related Policies and Initiatives
- Keeps current with government policies and initiatives to identify threats and opportunities that could impact the operation of FMB;
- Monitors news media and government sources for potential changes in regulatory and legislative areas to ensure that FMB reacts effectively to impacts on its operations;
- Supports FMB in its interactions with governments by providing advice and opening doors with elected officials and civil servants;
- Provides strategic recommendations to ensure FMB operations align with government regulatory or strategic policies and changes.
- Attends meetings with government officials and staff, as requested by the CEO and/or Board;
- Writes briefs on government policies, initiatives, and meetings for the Board, CEO, and internal Directors;
- Works within the terms of the funding agreement that defines the scope of work and activities;
- Adheres to finance policies, ensuring business line budgets and multi-year forecasts are aligned with the approved corporate plan and strategic plan;
- Advocates for policies and programs that encourage an open and constructive dialogue with all levels of government and related organizations;
- Cultivates cultural awareness initiatives to strengthen relationships between First Nations organizations, government officials, and key stakeholders.
The Manager, Government Relations performs other duties and responsibilities as may be reasonably assigned through the CEO, by the Executive Chair, or Board of Directors from time to time.
- Post-secondary education in business administration, communications, public administration, political science, economics, journalism or related discipline;
- Graduate degree preferred;
- Minimum 10 years’ experience working in a public or government leadership role, or in government relations at a management level, coupled with a strong understanding of Federal government processes and institutions;
- Extensive experience working with First Nations including day to day operational experience with First Nations and senior level government officials;
- Knowledge of Information and data management systems;
- Strategic and comprehensive policy development and implementation experience;
- Ability to view government relations from a strategic perspective and lead the initiatives to handle situations and challenges;
- Demonstrated leadership and effective management skills;
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, including outstanding oral and written communication capabilities and public speaking skills;
- Ability to effectively manage and deliver multiple projects with quality and timely manner, independently and under pressure;
- Solid understanding of Canadian political systems and public policy process;
- Strong research and analysis skills and experience;
- Willingness to participate in ongoing education and training for the role including Indigenous studies;
- Must be fluent in English (spoken and written), French language is considered an asset.
Equivalent or relevant education and/or experience may be considered.
- Lives the FMB’s core values and leads by consistent example; daily actions are consistent with espoused values and demonstrates expectations. Helps others understand the organization’s vision and values and keeps them at the forefront of organizational decision making and action;
- Maintains a professional and positive manner even under changing or uncertain conditions. Works well with a wide range of individuals to provide, support, coaching, encouragement and direction. Engages others in order to accomplish organizational goals and strategies;
- Gains support of ideas, proposals and solutions from others, helps others to understand complex initiatives and sensitive situations to resolve disagreements and conflicts and considers other opinions while holding strong to firm directions and goals.
- Works effectively and co-operatively with all stakeholders to foster on-going mutual respect and trust;
- Succeeds in understanding others. Is open and skilled in using one’s interpersonal style to meaningfully interact with others, including empathy, humility and patience.
- Communicates clearly and effectively, using conventions proper to the situation to promote engagement and increase understanding.; demonstrates openness and honesty; listens well during meetings and feedback sessions; asks questions to ensure understanding; exercises a professional approach with others using all appropriate tools of communication and uses consideration and tact when offering opinions.
- Analyzes and interprets the strategic direction of FMB, has a clear and firm understanding of the vision, mission, values and objectives, uses that information to develop responsibilities, tasks, goals and initiatives that align with long term plans and growth.
- Stays focused and balances changing or competing priorities and responsibilities, identifying the need for unique or modified approaches to achieving results and developing solutions to problems.
- Makes sound decisions; bases decisions on fact rather than emotion; analyzes problems skillfully; uses logic to reach solutions; handling sensitive and confidential information appropriately;
- Consistently displays professionalism and confidence; creates a positive first impression as an individual and as a representative of FMB.
- This position is based in Ottawa, Ontario
- Some national travel may be required
- Evening and weekend work may be required