Advocacy Coordinator - Canadian Federation of University Women

Sep 27, 2020
Ottawa (Parliament Hill), Ontario

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a non-profit organization that works to advance the human rights of women and girls, promotes life-long learning and fellowship. CFUW is organized into one national office with almost 100 member Clubs across Canada comprising almost 8,000 members.


Reporting to the Executive Director, and working with the Vice Presidents of Advocacy, Education and International Relations, the national Advocacy Committee and the Advocacy Coordinating Committee, the Advocacy Coordinator participates in the planning, development and implementation of CFUW domestic and international advocacy related to organizational policies and interests, particularly violence against women and girls, women’s economic equality, child care, leadership, and education. Managing the advocacy portfolio involves developing and maintaining relationships with members of the Board of Directors, the CFUW club executives and liaising with House of Commons and Senate committees, government and parliamentary officials and staff, as well as other NGOs and national organizations working in CFUW’s policy areas.


Research and Monitoring

  • Monitor all news and currents events that might affect women in Canada and internationally
  • Conduct research and analysis of federal and provincial government positions and policy on women, their families and communities for preparation of briefs and letters to parliament and government
  • Monitor Canada’s implementation of relevant United Nations Conventions and International agreements and prepare shadow reports
  • Track federal and provincial legislation and policy related to CFUW areas of concern
  • Inform the Executive Director of any emerging issues that might require CFUW attention.

Support to CFUW Club Advocacy

  • Prepare advocacy campaign and tools and materials on CFUW resolutions to engage and assist CFUW clubs in doing their advocacy
  • Provide support to CFUW National Study Groups and to the Chair of Resolutions

Assist clubs in initiating and carrying out actions for social change in Canadian communities.

Planning and Organizing 

  • Work with VPs Advocacy, Education and International Relations to establish advocacy priorities and plans
  • Participate in the development of work plans and advocacy training for CFUW
  • Assist in the planning and execution of advocacy-related events
  • Provide support in organizing the CFUW delegation and preparing statements to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)

Government/Parliamentary Relations

  • Monitor federal and provincial legislation and policy related to women’s issues
  • Prepare briefs and letters on relevant issues to Ministers, Opposition Critics and House of Commons / Senate Committees, and Government officials
  • Appear before Parliamentary Standing Committees as required
  • Participate in advocacy and lobbying work with the federal government
  • Attend meetings with parliamentarians and other decision makers to inform them of CFUW’s perspective on issues affecting women and girls


  • Develop and maintain relationships with the Board of Director’s Vice President, Advocacy, VP Education and VP International Relations, Club executives involved in advocacy and liaise with government and parliamentary officials and staff, and committees.
  • Maintain contact with CFUW’s allied NGOs, labour unions and other organizations involved in related work
  • Contribute to joint campaigns with allies
  • Initiate and support activities with social justice partners at the national  and international levels

Publications, Website, Media

  • Prepare advocacy materials for the national newsletters
  • Maintain and update the advocacy section of the CFUW websites
  • Maintain and update the Advocacy blog, Facebook and Twitter
  • Write and send out media releases and respond to media inquiries when required
  • Other communications materials as required

Other Duties

  • Provide logistical and content support for the CFUW AGM and Conference
  • Other duties as required


  • Degree in women’s or political studies or other relevant area
  • 1-3 years of public affairs or advocacy experience with knowledge of Canadian parliamentary processes
  • Committed to social justice and feminist principles
  • Knowledge of United Nations Conventions and Bodies
  • Sound knowledge of issues related to women’s rights
  • Excellent diplomacy and relationship building skills
  • Ability to work under stress and deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands
  • Excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills
  • Strong digital communications skills including experience with website and social media management
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and French essential.

Please submit cover letter and résumé, including salary expectations by August 12, 2020.

We thank all applicants but regret that we can only contact those to be invited for an interview.

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