Director, Regulatory Strategy and Government Relations

Technical Safety BC

Closing Date November 30,2021 Location BC Work Type


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Job Description

The Opportunity

The Director, Regulatory Strategy and Government Relations provides leadership and strategic direction for legislative, regulatory, and policy activities to support and enable business plan goals and tactics. The Director applies informed judgement and best practices to develop and mobilize political and social capital, and strategic policy to enable the effective implementation and refinement of Technical Safety BC’s vision, mission and 10-Year Strategy. The Director ensures alignment amongst the Regulatory Strategy & Government Relations department, and other key areas including Technical Programs, Operations, Legal, and Data Analytics and Decision Science to oversee Technical Safety BC’s regulatory affairs, acts as the primary liaison responsible for strategic and governmental relations to preserve and advance Technical Safety BC’s corporate reputation. The Director will also be accountable for ensuring the team pursues innovation in the design of regulatory frameworks and applies advanced analytic techniques in the development of policy initiatives of strategic importance to the organization.

Status: Regular, Full-Time, Excluded

Location: Vancouver, Victoria or any of our BC regional offices

Reports to: Vice President, Regulatory Leadership & Corporate Secretary


As a Director, Regulatory Strategy and Government Relations, you will:

  1. Strategic Planning and Decision Making: Develops the vision and overall management of legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks at Technical Safety BC and then provides strategic direction to support the vision and 10-Year Strategy. Directs development of Technical Safety BC’s regulatory affairs to ensure consistency across technologies within the enterprise.
  2. Regulatory Leadership: leads organizational efforts to maintain and enhance the legislation, regulations, codes, and standards that will address technical safety risks in BC. Collaborates with internal departments to amend regulations to encourage greater participation in the safety system and create shared value and accountability among safety system participants.
  3. Collaborative Partnering (external): Builds partnerships and collaborative working relationships with various levels of government, primarily the BC Government (e.g., Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, Ministry of Advanced Education, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, etc.). Builds partnerships with other regulators and governments across Canada and represents TSBC interests at the National Public Safety Advisory Committee (NPSAC), Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PTAC), as well as on advisory committees for applicable Codes and Standards (e.g., Policy Advisory Committee for the CSA’s CEC). In addition, builds collaborative working relationships with industry stakeholder associations, and BC regulatory agencies and organizations (e.g., WorkSafeBC, Oil and Gas Commission).
  4. Collaborative Partnering (internal): Builds partnerships and cross-functional collaborative working relationships with Directors and Leaders throughout Technical Safety BC to promote alignment of team strategies and connection to the business plan and 10-Year Strategy. Participates on the Directors’ committee to develop objectives, tactics and measures for the annual business planning process. Provides ongoing advice to the Executive Team and Board of Directors, as well as Directors, Leaders, Provincial Safety Managers and Regional Business Leaders on the impact of Technical Safety BC’s strategic direction on government, stakeholders, clients and the public.
  5. Regulatory Innovation and Advanced Analytics: Pursues innovation in the design of regulatory frameworks and oversees the application of advanced analytic techniques in the development of policy initiatives of strategic importance to the organization. Sources critical information inputs from government and elsewhere and applies applicable analytical lenses to inform Executive and Senior Management decisions on issues of key importance to the organization.
  6. Stakeholder Engagement and Information Sharing: Oversees the management of the Safety Standards Act Administrators’ Group (SSAAG) to maintain open communication and sharing of relevant regulatory and policy developments with Local Government technical representatives. Ensures the range of technical knowledge, expertise and experience is in place to foster a healthy dialogue on safety issues and that committee participation is valued both internally and externally. Reports to the Executive Team and the Board of Directors on emerging issues and advises how risks can be appropriately mitigated. Leverages stakeholder input where appropriate to inform policy decisions. Establishes, maintains and enhances relationships with key strategic partners and identifies and exploits opportunities to build information sharing relationships with such partners that advance the regulatory effectiveness and policy objectives of the organization.
  7. Issues Management: In coordination with Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, oversees and manages sensitive and complex issues involving government and provides strategic policy counsel to Technical Safety BC’s Executive Team, Board of Directors and subject matter experts. Represents Technical Safety BC with government in a transparent, professional, and accountable way to preserve and advance the corporate reputation.
  8. Budget: Oversees the development of the annual budget for Regulatory Affairs and Policy, establishes and manages the goals, and builds reporting and analysis of key performance indicators.
  9. Leadership: Models leadership behaviours that support the engagement of employees, and drives culture and change management initiatives. Manages, develops and coaches team members, conducting ongoing performance management and succession planning where appropriate.
  10. Employee Management/Employee and Labour Relations: Manages, recruits and selects employees, including interviewing applicants and determining who will be hired; plans, assigns and monitors employees’ activities; initiates and applies corrective performance measures, including counselling, training, and disciplining employees up to and including suspensions from employment, as well as recommending more serious disciplinary actions, including termination of employment. Provides input on relevant employment and labour relations; interprets and applies the provisions of the collective agreement pertinent to employees; represents the employer at the first step of the grievance procedure in grievances dealing with employees he or she manages. Identifies issues relevant to employees in the collective agreement to be addressed in negotiations and proposes appropriate changes to the collective agreement.  Develops and administers work and performance measurements, and standards for employees; manages employee leaves, ensuring adequate coverage; appraises the volume of employees’ work and redistributes as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience you have:

  • PhD, Master’s degree or equivalent education required.
  • Requires a degree in political science, public administration, governance or other relevant discipline supplemented by a minimum of 10 years field experience, with at least 5 years in a senior level position working with or within government.
  • Substantial experience in a wide range of public policy functions and considerable management experience in a government and/or corporate environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of government structure and experience with legislative, regulatory and policy making processes.
  • Familiarity with applying advanced analytic techniques and approaches in regulatory and policy development.
  • Knowledge of effective management including recruiting and selecting, training, coaching, mentoring evaluating and disciplining of staff.
  • Ability to work with Executive Management Team and Board as a trusted advisor for strategic decisions.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the technical disciplines regulated by Technical Safety BC.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of people with different levels of technical background.
  • Ability to work and thrive within policy networks, including a variety of policy actors (national, provincial and local governments, indigenous governments, business, industry, non-profit associations and educational institutions).
  • Strong business and financial acumen skills.
  • Excellent presentation, communication and relationship building skills.
  • Strong people management skills and the ability to lead cross functional teams to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Excellent writing, editing, computer, interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to respond to issues and enquiries in a timely and professional manner.
  • Ability to identify potential government/stakeholder/public concerns.
  • Ability to represent Technical Safety BC with national, provincial and local governments.

About Technical Safety BC

Technical Safety BC is an independent, self-funded organization that oversees the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment across the province. In addition to issuing permits, licenses and certificates, we work with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research. Through simplification of our initiatives, we promote understanding and engagement, making safety accessible to everyone. As society changes, we create and adopt new ideas, skills, and tools that will enable us to meet the safety challenges of a highly-connected world.

We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the safety system in B.C. We are strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. Technical Safety BC welcomes those who would contribute to further diversifying our organization, as we are an equal opportunity employer.

Our values guide our work.

  • We See Genius in Diversity
  • We Foster Confidence
  • We Make the Complex Simple
  • We Adapt


How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please apply online by the deadline of 5:00PM PT November 30, 2021. This opportunity will remain posted until filled; however, priority consideration will be given to those who apply by the deadline. To see a full list of our \