Director of Public Affairs and Communications

BluePrint ADE, Toronto, ON

Closing Date December 3, 2021 Location Toronto, ON Work Type

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Job Description

Join Blueprint as our Director of Public Affairs and Communications

 Blueprint is looking for a public affairs leader to help us advance solutions to complex problems.

About Blueprint

Blueprint was founded based on the simple idea that evidence is a powerful tool for change.

We work with policymakers and practitioners to create and use evidence to solve complex policy and program challenges. Our vision is a social policy ecosystem where evidence is used to improve lives, build better systems and policies and drive social change.

Our team brings together a multidisciplinary group of professionals with diverse capabilities in policy research, data analysis, design, evaluation, evaluation, implementation and knowledge mobilization.

About the role

As our first Director of Public Affairs and Communications, you will help Blueprint improve policy and program innovation and outcomes, bringing a new approach to building and using evidence. Reporting to the President and CEO, you will head our efforts to shape national policy discussions, bringing solutions that support mission-oriented innovation, scaling of new approaches, and respond to system inequities. We are looking for a creative public affairs leader with a deep understanding of how government works in practice, an eye for building relationships across sectors, and a talent for cutting through complexity. This is a unique chance to shape the public policy voice of an innovative organization with a start-up mentality, proven track record of success, and commitment to moving the needle on Canada’s most pressing social challenges.

Success in this position means you will:

  • Build meaningful working relationships with decision-makers to advance new approaches to generating and using evidence to make programs, services, and policy better for Canadians
  • Engage policymakers and practitioners, making the connection between data-driven insights and real-life improvements to policy and programs
  • Work collaboratively across the organization and with partners to bring the insights of practitioners and communities to policymaking
  • Generate buy-in for evidence practices that are human-centred, solutions-oriented, innovative and rigorous
  • Proactively identify and act on opportunities to shape policy conversations and decisions, acting as a strategist and champion for Blueprint’s evidence agenda.

 

Your responsibilities will include:

Government relations and engagement: In this role, you will be responsible for

the development and implementation of Blueprint’s government relations strategy

across the federal, provincial, local, and Indigenous governments. By engaging political and public service decision-makers, you will position Blueprint to bring insights and analysis to policy innovation.

 

Thought leadership: You will build a strategy to bring Blueprint’s expertise to key audiences in an accessible and compelling way. This work will connect the perspectives, stories, and experiences from real world initiatives into policy discussions, broaden understanding and engagement with Blueprint’s evidence and innovation agenda, and support innovation in policy and program approaches.

 

Strategic communications: In this role, you will help us tell the story of our work and why better evidence practices matter for better outcomes for Canadians. You will be responsible for planning our communications and ensuring they are engaging for a variety of audiences. You will provide leadership and day-to-day management to Blueprint communications professionals and external support as appropriate to ensure success.

Field building: You will play a key role in Blueprint’s work to expand the field of practice in generating and using evidence for better policies and programs in Canada. This will include creating opportunities for knowledge exchange across partner organizations and thought leaders.

 

What we offer

  • An opportunity for impact: Our work is focused on innovation and evidence practices and pipelines that directly shape program design and create better outcomes for Canadians. Together with our partners, we have seen concrete results and this role is a part of our investment to achieve that impact at scale.
  • An inclusive workplace focused on developing talent: You’ll work with great colleagues in an organization committed to growth, development and inclusion. Our culture is collaborative, curious, and values-based.
  • A nimble organization: While Blueprint has grown considerably since we started four years ago, we move quickly to respond to new ideas, initiatives and opportunities. We offer a flexible hybrid remote and in-office work environment.
  • Competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package: Salary ranging from $140k - $200k depending on qualifications and experience, plus generous benefits package and RRSP matching

 

What we’re looking for

  • A track record of effective policy and public affairs leadership whether from within government or in a public policy advocacy/government relations role
  • Deep understanding of the public policy process and social policy priorities in Canada
  • Leadership experience developing and implementing public affairs strategies and building inclusive teams
  • Experience conceptualizing and writing a variety of communications and advocacy materials, preferably with experience doing editorial work and/or “knowledge translation” for policy, science, or research
  • A talent for strategic storytelling and for making complex ideas understandable and appropriate to specific audiences
  • Understanding of and ability to meet lobbying requirements for the federal government and most provincial governments
  • Experience building effective working relationships with stakeholders and partners, particularly with social services and community-based organizations
  • Alignment with Blueprint’s values: people-centred, curious, optimistic, accountable

Our recruitment process

Blueprint is committed to equal opportunities in employment and reflecting the diverse communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all identities and lived experiences, including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We honour the lived experiences of intersecting identities and recognize that diversity enriches our approach to problem solving and contributes to an inclusive work environment.  If you feel that your experiences position you to excel in this role but do not meet the requirements above, please highlight this in your cover letter.

How to Apply

Please share your resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in Blueprint by December 3rd, 2021 by clicking on the following link: https://forms.gle/M2Xxo46UJBchJtDy6

We thank all who apply, however, due to the expected volume of candidates, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Candidates selected for further screening can expect up to two interviews with members of our team. We also review written submissions on an anonymous basis during our screening process as part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Accommodations

Blueprint is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive workplace. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Accommodations are available on request for candidates at any point in the hiring process, i.e., application, selection, interview, etc. Please contact Molly Doan at [email protected] to ensure that we can best meet your needs.

COVID-19 policies

Blueprint is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment and preventing the transmission of COVID-19 infections among Blueprint team members and our visitors. All in-office staff and visitors must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated (i.e., having received the completed series of a vaccine that has been approved for use by Health Canada or the World Health Organization). They must undergo COVID-19 specific health and safety training, wear PPE in shared spaces in the office, complete daily symptom screening, and abide by Blueprint’s Workplace Safety Plan.