Employment Opportunity - Advisor, Government Affairs

Reporting to Manager, Public Affairs, this role will be responsible for providing comprehensive, timely and professional advice and support to members, senior management and stakeholders. They will act as subject matter expert on parliamentary procedure and provide regular reports and analysis on political developments of interest to the association and industry. They will collaborate to inform strategy and tactics and will prepare briefings for the members and senior management on relevant issues. They will initiate and coordinate consultation activities with government officials, and attend committee meetings when required.


  • Developing briefing documents, presentations, and other materials required to support the Government Relations (GR) Strategic Plan;

  • Briefing senior management and the Board on GR issues;

  • Anticipating changes in the political and regulatory environment;

  • Disseminating timely information to senior management, the Board, and members on emerging issues and policy trends to ensure AIA is well positioned;

  • Evaluating pending legislative, program and policy changes and their impact on the automotive aftermarket sector and work with senior management to develop AIA’s response to support coordinated future communications with government officials;

  • Ensuring that AIA operates according to lawful and ethical standards, and requirements, including provisions of the Lobbying Act;

  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with Government Ministers, Ministers’ staff, Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Parliament, government departments, ministries and agencies to promote AIA’s priorities on behalf of the membership;

  • Working with AIA members to bring membership issues to light with government. This includes prepping members for meetings, providing them with GR training, and ensuring a good understanding of member issues.

  • Developing and maintaining a comprehensive database of government contacts and information;

  • Working with AIA’s Communications team to develop key messaging in response to government initiatives, funding and policy changes, and to prepare presentations and speeches related to Government Relations;

  • Attend and participate in various committee meetings as required.


  • An undergraduate degree in a related field;

  • 5 years working in government relations, communications or industry affairs;

  • Demonstrated understanding of government, association management, and the Canadian economy;

  • Working knowledge of government legislation and priorities at all four levels with the proven ability to analyze and interpret legislation, and stay up-to-date with relevant legislation;

  • Understanding of the culture, motivations, and expected outcomes of government officials;

  • Proven ability to seek feedback and adjust work priorities/direction according to feedback;

  • High level of diplomacy, tact, and discretion, with the demonstrated ability to negotiate;

  • Proven ability to quickly establish rapport and gain support;

  • Understanding of lobbyists’ code of conduct;

  • Strong critical thinking, research, organization, prioritization, attention to detail, and writing skills, with the proven ability to strategize and develop tactics;

  • Bilingualism is an asset;

  • Association experience is preferred.


Traveling may be required. This position has a professional growth plan that may lead to management opportunities based on performance.
Must be able to register with lobby registry.


Please email your resume and cover letter by August 1, 2016.

Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. If you are one of the applicants we feel matches up well with our needs, you are shortlisted for an interview. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.