Executive Director

University of Alberta
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Will remain open until filled.

University Relations raises awareness and enhances understanding of the University of Alberta internally and externally, locally, nationally and internationally. The portfolio brings to light stories that showcase university faculty, staff and students, connects the university with its many communities and advocates for the university to advance the promise of uplifting the whole people.

The Executive Director, Government Relations, plays a key leadership role in delivering an integrated approach to the university’s government and community relations, advancing the university’s vision, presence, engagement and impact locally, provincially and nationally. Reporting to the Associate Vice-President (Government and Community Relations), the Executive Director provides strategic advice and support to the President, Vice-Presidents, senior administration and faculties in relation to the university’s engagement activities and relationships with all orders of government. The Executive Director plays a key role in advancing the university’s relationships, partnerships, reputation, public policy interests and securing resources.

The position is accountable for delivering on strategies as articulated in Objective 18 of the university’s institutional strategic plan, For the Public Good: Seek, build, strengthen and sustain partnerships with local, national or international research agencies, governments, government ministries and agencies, universities, Indigenous communities, libraries, not-for-profits, industry, business and community organizations.

Key areas of responsibility and accountability:

  • Provide strategic advice and assistance to the President, President’s Executive Committee and Senior Administration on a wide range of matters.
  • Oversee the university’s compliance with accountability legislation and regulations, including, but not limited to, the Post-Secondary Learning Act, the Lobbying Act, the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct and the Lobbyists’ Act.
  • Leverage and contribute to the work and reach of regional and national partner organizations and stakeholders to advance post-secondary education initiatives and to enhance the university’s regional and national presence.
  • Oversee the creation and production of briefing notes, key messages, advocacy documents, submissions, white papers, accountability reports and other relevant communications materials for the use of both internal and external audiences.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the university’s campuses to plan tours, announcements, visits, meetings, roundtables and other strategic engagement opportunities that involve government officials and other stakeholders.
  • Oversee the research and monitoring required to provide timely, accurate and strategic information and advice regarding government priorities, public policy, legislation, regulations, accountability requirements, issues, post-secondary education trends, challenges and opportunities.
  • Provide leadership, coaching and supervision to a team of dynamic government and stakeholder relations professionals.
  • Ensure the coordination and accuracy of the university’s engagement records in compliance with relevant legislation, institutional requirements, information technology security, data collection practices and institutional analysis needs.
  • Oversee the operations, planning and budget of the Office of Government and Community Relations.


  • The successful candidate will possess a post-secondary degree (bachelor’s degree required, advanced university degree strongly preferred) and a significant progressively responsible background in government relations.
  • Ten or more years of government relations experience at a complex institution.
  • Proven leadership skills and experience in motivating and collaborating with others to build and sustain successful relationships, partnerships and teams.
  • A demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement and a focus on excellence in work product and service is imperative for success in the role.
  • Superior problem solving skills and the ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, identify and communicate consequences of proposed actions, recommend best options and implement approved solutions.
  • Excellent oral presentation and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated competencies in professionalism, results orientation, teamwork, flexibility/adaptability and relationship building and management.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and manage stressful situations in a solution-oriented way with a positive attitude.
  • Proven success as an inspirational team leader. Must also have the ability to oversee and execute multiple projects simultaneously while working effectively under the pressure of last-minute deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively within the university’s organizational structure and in compliance with institutional policies and procedures.

In accordance with the Management and Professional Staff Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at https://www.ualberta.ca/faculty-and-staff and a competitive salary. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

A review of applications and initial interviews will begin in the second half of October but the competition will remain open until filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

Along with a resume, interested candidates should submit a cover letter stating qualifications and outlining how they make meaningful contributions as a government relations professional, and the name of three references. 

How to Apply

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, MĂ©tis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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Edmonton , Canada