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Public Affairs Officer

Job Type
Full Time
Date of Posting
November 5, 2021

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Public Affairs, the Public Affairs Officer is primarily responsible for supporting the CFC Government Relations Strategy within a team environment.

Key Responsibilities

Government Relations Strategy
  • Manages the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying registrations for the organization and Board of Directors – ensures that CFC’s government relations activities remain within legal and ethical guidelines as per the OCL; coordinates with Board Directors and staff liable under the registry
  • Alongside the Director of Public Affairs, co-leads the coordination of large-scale events between farmers, and Parliamentarians and their offices such as lobby days, farm tours, and receptions. This includes:
    • coordinating with external partners and vendors
    • drafting materials such as invitations and correspondence
    • liaising with Parliamentarians’ offices and scheduling of meetings
    • develops social media content surrounding these events
    • leads the Parliamentarian recipe contest when applicable
  • Works on outreach and building relationships with Parliamentarians and their staff throughout the year, particularly when the House of Commons is sitting
  • Helps develop briefing materials, correspondence, advertisements
  • Where applicable, drafts updates for the Chicken Farmer newsletters and memos for the Board of Directors
  • Coordinates and books ads in the Hill Times, iPolitics, etc.
  • Tracks government and private members’ legislation that may have an impact on Canadian agriculture
  • Consistently updates the CRM database and uses it to better track meetings, issues, and correspondence with Parliamentarians and government officials
  • Posts Public Affairs content on MyCFC and works with the Communications unit to update the chickenfarmers.ca website with government relations content
  • Scans and distributes Parliament Now daily and other government news sources (i.e. iPolitics, Hill Times, National Newswatch)
  • Liaises with external government and public relations consultants
  • Attends political conventions with Board members and other political party-related events – prepares outreach as needed
  • Works with outside partners such as the SM4/5 or provincial boards on areas of collaboration
  • Staff lead on planning the Joint Annual Reception with the national poultry groups
  • Participates in the planning, attending, and/or execution of agriculture-related events such as the Downtown Diner, Canada’s Agriculture Day, Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Conference
    • Creation of social media content surrounding these events
  • Working with the Executive Director, Director of Public Affairs and CFC Executive Committee, helps draft an annual government relations strategy
  • Helps execute the CFC election strategy when applicable
  • Attends other stakeholder events on Parliament Hill
Public Relations Support
  • Supports the Public Relations Officer in the development of video, social media and hard copy content for distribution to the public and Parliamentarians (including the Inside Coop social media handle and annual Briefing Book)
  • Works with the Public Relations Officer on the Young Farmers Program and Swimming Canada partnership

Carries out all other duties as assigned by the Director of Public Affairs and/or the Executive Director.

Education, Competencies and experience

  • Bilingual (English/French)
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in either political science, communications, public policy, or significant experience in the field or as a political staffer
  • Excellent writing skills required
  • Candidate is required to be prepared and willing to travel within Canada (post-pandemic)
  • Flexibility to work evenings or weekends, when needed

Please state your salary expectations in your covering email/letter and send to hr@chicken.ca 

Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Please contact Lisa Riopelle if you need accommodation at any stage of the application process.