Manager, Government Relations

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
  • Government Relations
  • Volunteer Management / Coordination
Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-09-112019-09-27

Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, making MS Canada’s disease. The MS Society of Canada is the country’s leading MS advocate, funding leading research in MS and programs & services that help people live well with the disease.

Reporting to the President, Ontario & Nunavut division and Director, Government and Community Relations, the Manager, Government Relations (GR) is primarily responsible for leading government relations, developing provincial strategy on public policy matters and advancing advocacy across a variety of groups (e.g. government, healthcare etc.) on key issues impacting people living with and affected by MS in Ontario & Nunavut. Provides input and support to national government relations priority setting and related activities.

This position is a position of trust. The incumbent will be required to complete the screening process including completion of appropriate background checks in compliance with the National Screening Measures Policy.

Key Responsibilities:

Government Relations

  • Leads all government relations and advocacy activities for the division
  • Evaluates and monitors Ontario government policies, programs, budgets, legislation and other initiatives affecting people with multiple sclerosis and ensures key staff and volunteers are kept current on any changes in public policy
  • Leads development of public policy priorities for Ontario in consultation with volunteers, senior staff, and Director, National Government Relations to ensure alignment with national GR strategy
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with elected officials at all three levels of government, bureaucrats, key departmental staff, volunteers and other health charity organizations and/or relevant coalitions
  • Develops oral and written communications to appropriate Ontario government officials and ministries to broaden awareness of issues facing people affected by MS (e.g., briefing documents, position papers, pre-budget submissions, etc.)
  • Develops strategies and campaigns for effective Ontario public policy advocacy and government relations.
  • Leads and organizes opportunities for the MS Society of Canada to meet with Ontario government officials on identified social action issues
  • Leads preparations and execution of Ontario & Nunavut’s annual advocacy “Day at Queen’s Park”.
  • Hosts consultations and facilitates discussion with key staff and volunteers, including the Research, Programs and Services committee to gather input on challenges facing people affected by MS in order to establish key provincial priorities, develop pre-budget submissions, etc.
  • Participates in and presents at national workshops, conferences and public consultations
  • Actively participates as member of national GR Committee and works cooperatively with Director, Government and Community Relations, fellow division GR staff and volunteers in support of Federal government relations and advocacy activities 

Volunteer Recruitment, Engagement and Support

  • Acts as a key staff partner to Ontario division Council and Chapter Council Government Relations volunteer Leads
  • Assists with recruitment and provides training, advice and support to engage, facilitate knowledge sharing and enhance the skills of GR volunteers
  • Serves as MS Society representative on appropriate coalitions and provides training and support to volunteers representing the MS Society on community coalitions, etc.
  • Prepares recognition materials for volunteers (e.g nomination for Ontario Division awards, thank you letters, articles that spotlight volunteers in Divisional publications)
  • Works in partnership with the President, Ontario & Nunavut division and Ontario division Council volunteer GR Lead in identifying and prioritizing activities for the Ontario Social Action Committee (ONSAC) 

Networking and alliance building

  • Seeks out opportunities to collaborate with other relevant organizations to strengthen advocacy efforts on common priorities
  • Identify key coalitions and committees in which to participate to remain up to date on public policy and work cooperatively to press government for necessary changes


  • University degree or College diploma in political science, humanities, social sciences or public policy/administration with 3-5 years’ related professional experience, preferably in the not-for-profit sector or the equivalent education and experience.
  • Sound knowledge of the voluntary sector, political processes, government relations.
  • Experience working with leadership volunteers and people with disabilities would be an asset.
  • Ability to work in both English and French would be an asset
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a variety of key stakeholder groups including senior staff, volunteers and policy makers
  • Excellent team leadership skills; strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well within complex, matrix-style organizations
  • Excellent organizational and communications skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to work with deadlines, multiple projects and problem solve.
  • Excellent computer skills including ability to work with Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, SharePoint and Outlook, etc.

Special Considerations:

  • Office setting with some opportunity for flexible work arrangements.
  • Occasional travel within Ontario and nationally as required.
  • Willingness to volunteer/participate at special events

Location: Toronto, ON

We are working on a world free of MS, where improving people’s quality of life is a part of our everyday life. If you too are passionate about our mission, we invite your expression of interest and resume submission to:

Lisa McCoy

President, Ontario and Nunavut Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada


Application Deadline: September 27, 2019

Please note:

  • Applicants must include a cover letter and state salary expectations within their application in order to be considered
  • Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada to be considered for this position

The MS Society has a bold vision for the future. We have a team of dedicated professionals who share a common goal to end MS and to improve the lives of those affected by MS. We strive to be an employer of choice and provide a working environment that values diversity, team work, and professional development.

The MS Society of Canada embraces diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. We are committed to accommodating applicants’ needs in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code throughout the selection process. Please contact should you need accommodation.

More information about the MS Society is available at