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Director, Policy and Advocacy

Job Type: 
Policy / Planning / Research
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
Competition Number: 
Job Description : 

Reporting to the Executive Officer, Policy & Advocacy, the Director is responsible for researching, developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies, policies, and programs that advance the vibrancy and sustainability of Alberta’s communities. Specifically, the incumbent provides strategic advice, manages sensitive policy issues, and leads complex projects and events that engage municipal elected officials and administrators in identifying challenges and opportunities and developing and advocating solutions. Preparing briefings, decision requests, presentations, correspondence, articles, and other materials is a key responsibility.

The incumbent seeks funding and other resources to advance initiatives that build municipal capacity and leads associated budget and contract management activities, including attraction and evaluation of contracted and/or seconded resources. Additionally, the incumbent plays a lead role in developing and overseeing the workplan and specific projects focused on exploring municipal funding models. Other activities include managing and leveraging relationships with AUMA Committees, member municipalities, senior government staff, partners, and various stakeholders. In addition, the incumbent represents AUMA on external committees and work groups.


Issues Management and Policy Development

  • Proactively identify, research, and evaluate complex and sensitive policy issues.
  • Develop and communicate creative and innovative options and solutions.
  • Prepare briefing notes and requests for decisions to inform and advise AUMA’s Board, Committees, and senior management team.
  • Prepare policy papers and resolution for significant policy initiatives.
  • Provide key messages and background information for media inquiries.

Program and Project Management

  • Develop Terms of Reference, work plans, and budgets for policy and program initiatives. This includes work related to the Municipal Government Act regulatory review and change management, other legislation, and exploration of municipal funding models.
  • Seek grant funding or other partnership opportunities.
  • Recruit and supervise staff.
  • Develop tools and other resources to build the capacity of municipalities in effective governance, the roles and responsibilities of municipalities, assessment and taxation, inter-municipal relations and other policy areas.
  • Carry out all stages of project management including identifying and mitigating risk, monitoring progress, tracking expenditures, providing progress updates, and submitting final project reports.
  • Promote programs and resources.
  • Evaluate and improve programs on an ongoing basis.
  • Oversee member resolutions process.

Engagement and Communication

  • Build and maintain relationships with municipal elected officials and administrators, provincial and federal government staff, service organizations, academic institutions, and other stakeholders.
  • Represent AUMA on work external committees and at meetings and consultations.
  • Plan and organize consultations with urban municipalities and stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain content for policy and program web pages.
  • Create presentations and speaking points for Board and Committee members, senior management, or self to deliver to municipal and other audiences.
  • Prepare documents and articles for newsletter to communicate policy matters to municipal leaders and other stakeholders.

Committee Secretariat

  • Develop various Committee Terms of Reference, support the development of annual mandate letters, and assist in the development of the annual operational plans.
  • Work with the Committee Chairs to manage and prioritize the issues that come before the committees creating agendas and supporting materials that enable the operational plans to be realized, while responding to emergent issues and opportunities.
  • Monitor and communicate the status of the Committee Operational Plans, Resolutions, and other actions.

Other Responsibilities

  • Work with the registrar of the Elected Officials Education Program (EOEP) to coordinate and implement the program, including providing oversight of materials for Alberta Elected Officials Education Program Corporation Board.
  • Provide input into various significant corporate and department initiatives (i.e. annual board strategic planning processes, business plan and KPI development, risk assessment and mitigation plan, and annual report).
  • Provide input into AUMA’s provincial and federal advocacy strategies.
  • Provide input into Advocacy’s monthly activity report to the Executive Management team.


The successful incumbent will possess:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Experience working in a politically charged, rapidly changing, and fast paced environment that requires tact/diplomacy, flexibility, impartiality, and confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of and experience in policy development, issues management, project management, and grant management.
  • Working knowledge of governance, economic, social, and environmental issues and trends affecting municipalities.
  • Working knowledge of federal/provincial legislation, policies, and processes.
  • Working knowledge of inter-relationships between the federal and provincial governments, municipalities, community associations, and other key stakeholders.
  • Extensive knowledge of AUMA’s governance and decision-making process.


  • Ability to effectively gather and strategically analyze information and develop policy options and solutions to complex municipal matters.
  • Strong computer skills (internet research, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, webinars).
  • Ability to recommend appropriate federal and/or provincial advocacy activities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for developing and maintaining effective work relationships and partnerships with municipal leaders, provincial or federal staff, academics, service organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to facilitate and influence dialogue with municipal elected officials and administrators with a view to understanding diverse views and objectively building consensus on solutions to municipal matters.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to speak confidently and articulately in delivering presentations and representing AUMA at external events.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills for working on numerous projects and coordinating multiple activities.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to be self-managed, while working in a team environment and sharing knowledge and skills.


A competitive compensation package including benefits will be provided. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.

Closing Date: 
October 18, 2017
Application Return: 

Quailified applicants are invited to submit thier resume and cover letter to:

Ardyce Kouri or Jeff Nixon

Davies Park

Suite 501 Fox One

10226 – 104 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J BY

Phone: 780-420-9900

Email: Edmonton@daviespark.com