Coordinator, Advocacy and Government Affairs - Internship/Returnship

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Ontario South (Greater Toronto)
Montreal, QC
Job description

The position entails, but is not limited to the following general responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development and execution of provincial advocacy campaigns in Ontario and Quebec
  • Develop briefing materials and draft correspondence to provincial government officials
  • Track correspondence and meetings between MPPs/MNAs and CNIB
  • Monitor the activities of Ontario and Quebec provincial governments including legislation, regulations, policies, committees, etc.
  • Build relationships with provincial government officials including legislators, their staff and bureaucracy.
  • Provide advice and implement strategies for strengthening existing relationships with government officials
  • Support research and impact analysis of legislation, policy and regulations of interest to CNIB
  • Provide policy and regulatory advice to the Manager, Advocacy and Government Affairs (Ontario and Quebec) and Executive Leadership
  • Maintain an in-depth understand of current socio, economic and political issues and government legislation/policies that are expected to impact CNIB
  • Support CNIB's national advocacy campaigns as they relate to Ontario and Quebec
  • Assist in mobilizing CNIB Ambassadors, Advocates and the wider community to support our lobbying efforts
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Candidates must be blind or partially sighted in order to participate in the CNIB Internship/Returnship Program
  • Must be bilingual (French and English) as well as have excellent communication skills in either language, written or oral
  • Professional experience working in government or qualification related to politics or public policy is preferred but not essential
  • Knowledge and experience in advocacy
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Building relationships with varying levels of stakeholders and public officials
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be able to travel independently within the region via public transit or car (taxi, Uber etc.)

Experience and Education 

  • High School diploma
  • Must have interest in government relations, politics or public policy
Working conditions
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Occasional travel within the region
Application and contact information

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please let us know what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a standard Criminal Record Check.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.