Manager, Government Relations & Communications Strategy
The Brampton Board of Trade is an association that unifies local businesses to foster economic growth, create opportunity, and drive change within our community. As a voice for businesses, we provide the resources, connections, and guidance to elevate Brampton — and the businesses that shape it — to its greatest heights.
Brampton businesses find success through the Board of Trade. Whether it's solving business challenges or capturing new opportunities, the Board of Trade is a community that attracts smart business people eager to share their experience.
The Brampton Board of Trade is looking for a Manager, Government Relations and Communications Strategy to join our team. This role will require you to collaborate with our team, vendors, and BBOT members to ensure we invite and interview knowledgeable persons for the right meeting. You’ll also work closely with the CEO so ensure member needs are noted and met. This includes responsibility to manage small group meetings, develop programs and agendas, manage social media, prepare minutes, blog postings and video summaries and more.
What you'll do:
Specifically, your role would be divided into two main categories:
Issue Research and Policy Development
- Monitor major legislative and policy developments at the local, provincial and federal levels of government, and ensure the Board responds where appropriate. Maintain contact with Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Toronto Region Board of Trade, and other associations for ensuring consistency of messages
- Draft Board policy positions and correspondence, ensuring relevant content, proper messaging, and consultation with committees/stakeholders and other associated interests
- Mine online databases and business media to identify prospective members and event registrants
- Manage invitation and distribution lists, segmented by member business issues, policy need
- Follow current members online to identify successes, challenges and opportunities to serve
- Track policies, calls, visits and correspondence in CRM
- Prepare an annual plan of advocacy events, forums, meetings and networks
- Work with staff and communications contractors to design creative, coordinate social media campaigns and ensure consistent communication
Planning and Delivery of Communication and Advocacy Campaigns
- Develop effective lobbying/government relations campaigns in collaboration with committees, staff, and community partners. Ensure relevant information is directed to the appropriate decision makers
- Create and distribute media releases, announcements and advocacy-specific newsletters
- Work with team to prepare advocacy events throughout the year including, but not limited to State of the City, Annual General Meeting, Prosperity Forum, professional development, networks and advocacy related events
- Create and manage group meetings and events to engage, discuss and discover opportunities
- Develop working relationships with appropriate staff in local municipal governments, particularly in the areas of economic development, planning, finance, transportation and infrastructure. Ensure that local officials are aware of Board positions and provide transmission of information through meetings, correspondence and other methods
- Ensure local municipal elected officials are aware of the Board’s advocacy initiatives and priorities. Draft presentations for delivery to committees and task forces. Ensure appropriate follow-up to resolve any potential contentious issues
- Develop working relationships with staff at the Offices of local MPPs and MPs. Schedule meetings with elected officials as directed by the CEO and ensure logistics and transmission of relevant briefing materials
- Maintain advocacy files for prompt access of information for internal and external purposes. In particular, ensure information is available for media calls or inquiries from government, members, and stakeholders
- Draft media releases for Board events and significant policy announcements. Prepare speeches and speaking notes for Board officials presenting to government, business functions, or other community events.
- Collaborate with Board business development representatives on addressing member issues and ensuring that potential member concerns are responded to in an appropriate manner. Ensure business development representatives are briefed on significant policy positions and victories in order to communicate to members and prospects.
Who we're looking for:
Our new Manager, Community Operations will come to us with a 1-2 year successful track record in business research and writing. We’re looking for a digitally savvy, energetic team member that can bring fresh new thinking to our communications, events and relationship strategies. You might not be able to do everything, but with a strong foundation in project management, relationship-building, event planning and digital competencies, you have what it takes to learn.
If you have the following assets, skills and experiences, this is the position for you.
- 1-2 years successful track record in event planning, business sales or marketing role
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- A degree or diploma in project management, event planning or a related field
- Experience in delivering Business-to-Business (B2B) meetings, events and forum
- Experience delivering engagement strategies – campaigns and analytics to recruit attendees etc.
- Basic knowledge of Customer Relationship Management platforms such as Salesforce
- Project management skills to meet deadlines and juggle multiple projects at the same time
- Access to a car so that you can assess and choose the best venues for meetings and events
- Flexibility to work irregular hours
Why join our team?
This is the perfect position for someone who doesn't want to be put in a box. You will have variety when it comes to daily tasks, giving you the chance to learn new skills and drive your own development. Through collaborating with Stryve, our member agency partner, you'll also be given the opportunity to learn from an accomplished and experienced digital team. Visit stryvemarketing.com to learn more about them.
In addition, working with the Brampton Board of Trade means working with Brampton's best. With this comes the opportunity to build relationships and learn from the business leaders and influencers who shape our community.
Above all else, you're a self-starter who can take ideas and run with them. When things fail, we learn from them as a team and together we bounce back. We’re looking for humble, sharp, and digitally savvy folks to join the BBOT team. If you think you might be a fit, please apply!.
You will also receive:
- Extended health care
- Vision care
- Dental care
- Vacation & paid time off
- Remote work available
Sound like a fit?
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Diversity & Inclusion
The Brampton Board of Trade embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We view diversity in backgrounds, identities, and perspectives as a vital part of our success. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities (or people of all abilities). Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you require accommodation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.