Senior Manager, Policy & Government Relations

Job description

The BC Tech Association (BC Tech, for short) is guided by a mission to make British Columbia the best place to grow a tech company while creating a globally recognized, top 10 technology ecosystem.  For more than 20 years we have been providing opportunities for the tech industry in BC to collaborate, learn, and grow together.  We are dedicated to connecting companies, developing talent, sharing stories, and advocating on behalf of our industry to keep tech in BC thriving.  We live by our core values: Be of Service; Succeed Together; and Pay It Forward.


Policy & Government Relations is one of the core pillars at BC Tech and in this hands-on role, you will be responsible for leading our policy development and government relations efforts. The BC Tech Association serves to advance the interests and growth of the tech community, affecting positive change in the BC tech ecosystem, and making BC tech competitive on the global stage.  As the leader of the Policy and Government Relations team you will report to the CEO and will be an integral member of the leadership team.

This is a full time opportunity based at the Innovation Hub on Great Northern Way.  Compensation includes base salary, bonus, benefits including MSP and vacation.


WHAT YOU’LL DO

Policy Development

  • Compose and update BC Tech's 4 Point Plan for Growth, a policy platform focused on 4 key pillars: access to talent, capital, markets and scale;
  • Conduct ongoing and ad-hoc member company, stakeholder and C-level consultations to develop informed policy briefs to address issues our community raises (via surveys, meetings, committees, roundtables, c-councils, etc);
  • Research, compose and publish informed and data-driven policy discussion papers, letters and proposals to influence policy asks across all levels of Government;
  • Participate in Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) group meetings and organize Annual Ottawa Policy Forum, confer with other national and regional policy development groups/organizations to further BC Tech’s policy priorities.

Government Relations

  • Engage with officials within the Federal, Provincial and Municipal government to advance our policy priorities and relevant tech community interests;
  • Coordinate delegations and visits within BC and to Ottawa with government officials to promote the tech industry, raise awareness of tech companies and advance our policy agenda;
  • Host and participate in events including government roundtables, meetings and hub tours;
  • Seek and secure funding opportunities with government and industry for programs that advance the mission of the organization.

Program Management

  • Lead the efforts in researching, writing and publishing BC Tech Association’s bi-annual reports on the BC Technology Report Card and the TechTalentBC Report
  • Develop internal and external strategies, processes and engagement channels; and collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure policy/GR efforts align with organizational plans and programs;
  • Work with the internal teams - Growth, Member Experience, Talent, Marketing, Community  -  to translate policies into implementation as a program offering;
  • Write content/articles on policy and advocacy-related news, stories, announcements and insights on the tech sector from the BC Tech Association, ecosystem partners and government;
  • Educate team on policy/GR efforts via lunch & learns and other internal communications).

Requirements

  • You believe that effective advocacy can affect positive change
  • You have a strong understanding of BC and Canada's political and economic system(s);
  • You have a minimum of 5 years policy and/or government relations experience;
  • You possess subject matter expertise in policy development, economics and political science and you have had experience working with the tech sector;
  • You have strong networks within government and the ability to develop and strengthens relationships with key decision makers and influencers
  • You are comfortable working with and facilitating dialogue with C-level executives and high-level Government officials and partners;
  • You are a strong writer and storyteller, and have a knack for data and numbers -- - you can take complicated data sets and create a compelling narrative/insights for our community;
  • You have research skills with a high attention to detail and are able to connect the dots between different sources of data/information;
  • You are able to prioritize and manage multiple projects and hats (from strategy to execution) under tight deadlines;
  • You are a self-starter, intrapreneurial, quick learner,  adaptable and agile -- you are keen to take initiative on projects without much structure and are quick to adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment;
  • You are a team player and excited to collaboratively work with internal stakeholders to ensure your efforts are clear and well integrated across the organization;
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Economics, International Relations or related fields;
  • Excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills;
  • Excellent project management, communications and interpersonal skills.

Nice to haves

  • Experience with Google Apps, Excel, Powerpoint, and CRMs such as Salesforce;
  • Experience working in a tech company.


Apply with an updated CV or LinkedIn profile including any federal, provincial or municipal level initiatives and projects you’ve led or been involved with.


Please note that only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.