Senior Advisor, Government Relations (MT0640, COM3A ,GR6)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Summary:

Under the leadership of the Vice-Principal Communications and External Relations and the Senior Director, Government Relations,

  • Collaborate in the development and maintenance of strong partnerships with Quebec and City governments and with members of opposition parties in support of the academic mission and the strategic priorities of McGill University. Build productive relationships with government officials and opposition members as well as their staff, and with civil servants.
  • Become familiar with University strategic plans and priority initiatives. Collaborate with colleagues across the offices of the Principal, the Provost and the Vice-Principals in the development of advocacy strategies vis-à-vis all levels of government.
  • Provide strategic and tactical support to the senior leadership of McGill University on advocacy initiatives with government, and on participation by the senior leadership in membership organisations (Bureau de la coopération interuniversitaire, U15, Universities Canada etc.).
  • Build relationships and alliances with other universities in support of priority advocacy initiatives.
  • Guide and support members of the McGill community in their dealings with all levels of government.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the leadership of the Senior Director, Government Relations, carry out the following key responsibilities:

  • Monitor government policy initiatives that have an impact on McGill’s core academic mission and on the university community for the preparation of internal and external dossiers. Identify and appraise emerging advocacy issues.
  • Provide counsel to the University administration in setting priorities for government relations objectives and in communicating them.
  • Plan and schedule meetings with key government and opposition officials on a range of initiatives, develop agendas and briefing materials for these meetings. Attend meetings and lead discussions.
  • Prepare McGill University leadership for meetings with government officials and membership organizations.
  • Develop strategic policy documents advocating the University’s policy agenda and strategic priorities for submission to government officials, political and senior civil servants, and their staff, as well as for membership organizations, and maintain them as the political climate evolves.
  • Formulate a broad range of correspondence with government for signature by members of the University leadership.
  • Make recommendations for the development of pre-budget submissions in federal and Quebec government budget processes and in the preparation of University submissions in municipal consultation processes.
  • Oversee/manage special projects, initiatives and events.
  • Manage the logistics of campus visits by elected officials, government representatives and foreign dignitaries, as well as University participation in business luncheons.
  • Act as Government Relations liaison with the Director of Integrated Communications on events involving both Communications and GR, e.g. announcements involving government officials.
  • Collaborate as necessary with the Director of Community Engagement to advance the University’s priorities and enhance our reputation where appropriate.
  • Represent the University in membership organizations at the Quebec and municipal levels as required.
  • Make recommendations for inclusion in regular reports to government. Carry out other related duties as requested by the Senior Director, Government Relations, including covering for colleagues who are away on holiday or on leave.
  • Must be available outside of normal office hours as needed.

Education and Experience:

Undergraduate degree

Five (5) years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities:

Five (5) years’ related experience, preferably involving the analysis of legislation, regulations and policies, with increasing responsibility. Established and effective network(s) of contacts in the Quebec government and with the City of Montreal. Ability to think strategically, to obtain and interpret information flowing from government, and identify threats and opportunities. Sound knowledge of Quebec public policy, and knowledge of government structures at all levels, both political and administrative. Strong organization skills. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and peers. Discretion, integrity and tact. Experience advocating toward successful outcomes an asset. Experience working in an academic milieu an asset. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, including writing succinctly, in both English and French is essential.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Staffing:


McGill University, Human Resources (Staffing)

688 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 1520

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 3R1

Email [at]

The deadline to apply for this position is February 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Staffing will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

Employement Equity:

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at angela.campbell [at] or 514-398-1660.

Office of the Vice-Principal
Communications and External Relations
Salary Range: 
(Grade 06) $59,000 – $78,700 (midpoint) – $102,400
Six (6) months
Reporting to: 
Senior Director, Government Relations
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