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Government Relations and Membership Specialist

Government Relations and Membership Specialist

Imagine Canada is a national, bilingual charity that works with and on behalf of Canada's charities, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs to create an operating environment in which social good can thrive. We believe in a stronger Canada where charities work together, alongside business and government, to build vibrant communities.


The Government Relations and Membership Specialist will be responsible for the maintenance, execution and evaluation of Imagine Canada’s federal government relations (GR) program and activities. Reporting to the Director of Advocacy & Knowledge Mobilization, the individual will inform the organization’s overall GR strategy, identify and manage short-term plans to influence government decision making, coordinate and conduct meetings, track follow-up, and interact regularly with political and departmental staff. They will also manage key aspects of the engagement of members in the organization’s public policy agenda and the Public Policy Team’s activities, including Hill Day, regular advocacy campaign efforts and other strategic pursuits. The specialist will work closely with the Public Policy Team and other teams across the organization to deliver on one of Imagine Canada’s strategic priorities of influencing the environment in which nonprofits and charities are best able to serve their communities.

Primary tasks and responsibilities 

Government relations (GR) activities:

  • Work with the Public Policy Team towards the development and implementation of sector-facing GR strategy and quarterly plans. Manage program activities in timely and responsive alignment with government and policy cycles.
  • Contribute to the monitoring of legislative, policy and regulatory activity that may affect the nonprofit sector. Both lead and contribute to the drafting of knowledge products, consultation submissions and official correspondence with GR targets. 
  • Hold regular meetings with federal officials, either alone or alongside other team members, including the President & CEO.
  • Advance select policy priorities in accordance with Imagine Canada’s public policy agenda; support the advancement of reactive and proactive policy files led by other team members.
  • Ensure government relations meetings, town halls are planned, prepared, executed and concluded in accordance with policy file-specific advocacy strategies and in support of the team's quarterly targets.
  • Support and lead development of both regular and ad hoc communications (MailChimp campaigns, direct messaging, government cycle outputs, KMb materials), manage delivery to GR targets; management and lead curator of Imagine’s regular e-newsletter to Members of Parliament.
  • Regular tracking of the team’s government relations activities and updating of the Lobby Registry.
  • Regular proactive outreach and positive relationship building with government contacts, including political staff, politicians, and civil servants. 


Membership engagement

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with sector colleagues outside of Imagine Canada, particularly among Imagine Canada’s membership.
  • Annual Hill Day execution, and other creative opportunities to directly engage members in government relations activities.
  • Relationship building with members where our policy and GR interests align. Work with other team members to build policy alignment among and with members where possible.
  • Seek to gain and maintain knowledge of members’ priorities, supporting engagement of these stakeholders in the development and advancement of Imagine Canada’s policy agenda. 
  • Work with the Public Policy Team to execute advocacy campaigns; inform and support the Early Alert program with a membership lens. 


Other duties

  • Attend events as a representative of Imagine Canada.
  • Undertake select government relations capacity-building activities for nonprofit sector organizations. These may include toolkits, how-to webinars, and blog posts.
  • Working with the Public Policy team and Digital Experience team, draft updates and communications for the public policy section of Imagine Canada’s website.


Key qualifications and competencies


  • Strong command of English language.
  • 3-5 years experience in either public policy development, advocacy or government relations.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Understanding of the environment in which Canadian charities and nonprofits operate and appreciation of the diversity of Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector.
  • A university degree in political science, political management, public administration, social science, or a related discipline.
  • Advanced knowledge of Parliamentary institutions, federal government departments, and the federal decision-making process.
  • Resourceful and risk tolerant self-starter attitude with the ability to adapt and multi-task in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to write compelling copy in a multitude of mediums; strategic communications experience an asset. 
  • Willingness to travel. 



  • Experience working for a charity or a public-benefit nonprofit.
  • Experience with federal advocacy and networked organizations.
  • Bilingualism (French and English) considered an asset.


What We Offer 
  • Be part of a growing national organization in a collegial environment with a smart group of dedicated staff and volunteers.
  • Attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary and generous benefits.
  • Opportunity to engage with a variety of thought leaders from charities and nonprofits across the country collectively working toward common goals.
  • Opportunity to learn leading practices and emerging trends in the charitable sector.
  • Leadership is forward-thinking, entrepreneurial, and supportive operating in an environment of integrity and collective commitment to achieving long-term goals. 


Employee Values

Imagine Canada offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in Canadian communities. We are currently actioning an anti-racism and anti-oppression roadmap that embeds equity into our processes, human resources, and mission area programs. We are committed to fostering a culture that exemplifies our employee values:

  • Collaborative: We believe different perspectives create great things.
  • Integrity: We are principled professionals who embrace trust and honesty.
  • Levity: We take our work seriously and fuel it with moments of joy and good humour.
  • Creativity: We create using our resourcefulness, ingenuity, and imagination.
  • Candour: We communicate with a truthful and sincere frankness.
  • Remarkable: We produce quality work that turns heads.


Terms & Conditions 
  • Terms of Employment: Permanent & full time.
  • Location: Preference for Ottawa-based candidates. Flexibility/hybrid home/remote & workspace. Arrangements will be made to provide a workspace close to Parliament Hill. 
  • Annual Salary Range: $70,000 - $82,500 annually; health/dental benefits, Group RSP, Employee Assistance Program.
  • Deadline to apply: Open until filled.


How to Apply

We invite you to send us your resume and a brief statement expressing your interest in the role, including area(s) of subject matter expertise, to using the subject line, “Government Relations and Membership Specialist”.

No faxes or phone calls, please. We thank all interested applicants; however, only those candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.

Imagine Canada, as a national organization representing a diverse sector, has embarked on an anti-racism organizational change process and is committed to diversifying its team. We particularly encourage applications from Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2+ community and those with varied areas of expertise and lived experiences. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. 

Feel like you can’t tick all the boxes above? If you have some of the skills and experience that we’re looking for and are willing to use your talent to learn the rest, we encourage you to apply!