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Position:  Public Policy and Government Relations Coordinator, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Reports to:  OCBCC Council

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Deadline for application: September 30, 2014

The OCBCC is seeking an advocacy leader who understands the principles of collaboration and collective action.  The individual will demonstrate exceptional knowledge of policy development and communication, child care legislation and funding, government structures, non-profit corporations and advocacy campaigns. 

Founded in 1981, the OCBCC brings together provincial groups, parents and early childhood education professionals and programs to advocate for a universal, high quality child care system. Membership includes more than 500 organization representatives from education, health care, child welfare, labour, rural communities, Francophone, social policy, anti-poverty, student, women’s organizations and community based child care programs.

General Responsibilities:

  • To research and prepare position and policy papers
  • Assist in preparing presentations and submissions to legislators, policy makers and others.
  • Develop and execute strategies to effectively communicate with members and the child care community.
  • Coordinate the organization’s activities, projects, policy development, and strategic planning;
  • Report on major activities and campaigns to the Council, Executive and membership
  • Represent OCBCC at public functions and with the media

The Public Policy and Government Relations Coordinator will be responsible for the following: 

  • Develop and coordinate advocacy campaigns including concept and ideas, timelines, written materials, other resources and evaluation
  • Develop campaign materials, including flyers, press releases, fact sheets, etc. as required
  • Monitor public policy developments that affect child care at all levels of government
  • Research and develop communications regarding public policy that affects child care
  • Develop and coordinate outreach materials including policy briefs, targeted communications and general promotional materials
  • Prepare and make presentations to membership, government and the media regarding OCBCC strategic directions and policy recommendations

 The successful applicant will have the following qualifications:

  • Post secondary school education at college or university in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of child care and its operations at all levels of government;
  • Experience in lobbying and advocacy at all levels of government
  • Experience working in coalitions and knowledge of the values related to coalitions
  • Ability and interest in public speaking to a wide range of groups
  • Ability to work with membership and the public from diverse social, ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds;
  • Experience in community development and working in a non-profit organization with a board of directors;
  •  Ability to work independently and within team environments;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including presentation skills;
  • Excellent facilitation, leadership and time management skills;
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and willingness to travel to various parts of the province
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Proficiency in French language is an asset

Work related experience in early learning and child care is an asset.

Salary: $61,698 plus comprehensive health care plan.

Hours of work: 35 hours / week, with occasional evening and weekend events.

Terms of employment: Staff are supervised by and responsible to a volunteer Board of Directors and unionized under CUPE Local 2484, with a 6 month probationary period.

Apply to: [email protected]

Please be advised that only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.