Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC)

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Director, Public Affairs and Member Services

Jan 25, 2019
Ottawa Area, Ontario

Please note that this is a non-unionized position. Full proficiency in both English and French is a requirement for this position.


About the Organization

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s national coalition of international development and humanitarian organizations working to achieve sustainable human development. Our members some from across Canada and represent the wide diversity of actors in the international cooperation sector, from faith-based and secular groups to labour unions, cooperatives and professional associations.  CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all.    We play a critical role in ensuring that the Canadian international cooperation organizations work in a catalytic and strategic way to create and enhance the conditions for ambitious Canadian investments in global development cooperation. Learn more about CCIC at


About the Job

As a key member of CCIC’s leadership team, you will methodically expand CCIC’s relevance and influence by planning, leading and executing the strategies related to CCIC’s communications, campaigns and government relations.  Responsible for our member experience, you will constantly seek to improve member services and increase members’ perceived value for membership.  Your experience will drive a new era of engagement with our members, policy leaders, the public and media as we elevate investments into public affairs to match those we make in research and policy analysis.

At CCIC, we want to see if we can strengthen overall sector advocacy effectiveness in Canada, by (1) supporting sector advocacy strategy creation and activity coordination and (2) investing in communications work which can change the public narrative about international development.  We also want to expand membership by delivering services to our sector which they cannot get anywhere else.

You will champion a public affairs strategy which advances the values and interests of the international cooperation sector in Canada even as you ensure all your work is defined in terms of the value we provide to our members.  You will coordinate with networks of leaders from CCIC’s membership and beyond to execute on our policy influence strategy, refine our external narrative and advise stakeholders through a public affairs lens.  

Your entrepreneurial drive and outside-in thinking will inform a dynamic and data-driven approach to member services which attracts new members.   As a director, you will create, manage and communicate critical plans, initiatives and strategy.  Additionally, with member interests at heart, you will provide project management to support the strategic and operational priorities of the organization. 

At CCIC, we advocate for International Development and Humanitarian issues and need to play a part in high-profile debates which affect our sector. In this role, you’ll combine creativity and intellectual rigour with the organizational skills to manage different campaigns and projects to tight deadlines. You’ll apply your expertise to real-world scenarios, acting as an inspiring advocate and enthusiastic team player eager to help shape the future of Canada’s role in the world and our contribution to a better and safer world. 

If you are applying for this job, you are entirely bilingual (French and English), Public Affairs and Client Services are your things, you like a challenge and you love to build.  You understand business and, with sustainability in mind, you are good at actively recruiting supporters and resources to assist in your work.



  • Develop and lead the strategic public affairs efforts – government relations, campaigns, communications – of CCIC and of our membership to shape public and political dialogue in a way that raises progressive ambitions for Canada’s role in the world.
  • Support the development and implementation of robust internal and external communications capacities which leverage CCIC’s unique access to member content.  Guide significant growth of CCIC’s communications efforts, drawing extensively on data and best practice to deliver maximum impact in public outreach.
  • Strengthen overall development sector advocacy effectiveness in Canada, by supporting sector strategy creation and activity coordination. Convene Canadian civil society organizations on a regular basis around advocacy for greater ODA, facilitate the development and implementation of shared communications, policy and government relations strategies, and support the administrative elements of ongoing coordination.
  • Engage directly and coordinate relations with policymakers, trade associations, sector partners, key opinion formers, CCIC members and others to support approaches that will help create/maintain support for overall development aid effectiveness in Canada and which can unlock more ODA funding.
  • Guide member engagement strategy and implementation;
  • Mobilize resources which support your strategic mandate for public affairs and member services. Revenues you are expected to maintain and grow are from memberships, services provided, content subscriptions, grants/philanthropy, event sponsorships, and any other sources which logically align with your strategy. 
  • Active leadership and participation in the planning of CCIC events
  • Organizational management – strategic planning and implementation, staff recruitment and performance management, financial oversight of activity portfolio.



  • Fully bilingual in English and French (written and spoken);
  • Minimum of 8 years relevant work experience;
  • Significant experience working in advocacy, government relations and communications;
  • Significant experience managing and working with networks or coalitions;
  • Demonstrated experience with data-driven project management;
  • Strong organizational, facilitation, coordination and communication skills;
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and work under pressure;
  • Reputation for effective leadership, initiative-taking and collaboration in multidisciplinary settings, and across organizations;
  • Demonstrated tact and judgement, particularly in communications with leaders, media and public officials;
  • Experience managing others;
  • Familiarity with the Canadian international development community a strong asset;
  • Knowledge of development and humanitarian issues an asset;
  • Experience with online sales an asset.

Application deadline: Posting will remain open until the position is filled. 

Please send resume and letter of interest to:

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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