Career Opportunities

Government Relations Specialist

Every year in Canada, nuclear technology helps avoid 80 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by displacing fossil fuels; generates more than $6 billion in revenue; creates more than 76,000 direct and indirect jobs; and supplies 70 per cent of the global supply of cobalt-60, radioisotopes that are used, among other things, to treat cancer. It is a little-known fact that nuclear power is one of the largest contributors to the clean energy mix in Canada, a role that will expand with the next generation of nuclear technologies, small modular reactors.

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) is a non-profit organization established in 1960 to represent the nuclear industry in Canada. The CNA leads the dialogue amongst key stakeholders concerning Canada’s nuclear future and acts as the voice of the industry. To this end, CNA offers a range of services including: regulatory and government affairs, research and policy development, marketing and awareness and industry coordination.

The Opportunity

The CNA is seeking an energetic, engaged and results-oriented professional to join our team in the role of Government Relations (GR) Specialist. Reporting to the Director of National and International Government Affairs, the GR Specialist will play a supportive role in driving our public policy and government affairs initiatives and engagements that align to our strategic plan. You will assist in the implementation of the CNA’s government relations program by leading and coordinating initiatives according to our scheduled events, as well as working on initiatives that happen almost overnight. It encompasses parliament and legislative days, meeting programs and supports services to CNA members in government relations activities. The CNA’s government relations program has federal and provincial components that requires proactive program development and implementation, as well as issues management.

What will you do?

As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Assist the director in the development, planning and execution of the strategic plan priorities as it relates to government relations and regulatory affairs. This means you will be evaluating issues, completing research and providing input on pending public policy and legislation that affect the nuclear industry, as well as preparing recommendations and plans for consideration.
  • Monitor and report on key parliamentary committees and government, political and policy announcements. Propose government relations strategies in response to or ahead of (where possible) federal and provincial government policy processes. You will also need to monitor and track government appointments, consultation activities, announcements and parliamentary processes on a wide variety of issues and provide up-to-date information to the Director of National and International Government Affairs and other CNA staff.
  • Plan and lead the execution of certain activities for federal and provincial member outreach programs in coordination with the director. You will have the opportunity to develop and recommend targeted meeting programs. You will need to develop and maintain appropriate tools and processes to support government relations activities and events, including preparing briefing notes and supplementary work for the director.
  • Prepare letters and emails with key messages to government officials and parliamentarians.
  • Act as a delegate for the Director of National and International Government Affairs for some meetings or events, sometimes representing CNA, both alone and along-side CNA directors at internal and external meetings and events.
  • Work collaboratively with the CNA Communications team on issues and response as needed.
  • Ensure CNA’s Lobbying Act reporting is accurate, up to date and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Aid in the execution of the activities of the Government Relations Working Group with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Lead certain policy initiatives and files that support the implementation of the CNA’s government relations strategies and work plan after gaining experience.
  • Build effective working relationships with all staff, members and stakeholders.

What are we looking for?

  • It is important that you have bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Relations, Government Relations, Business or a related field. Candidates with equivalent experience will also be considered. For this role, you must have three (3) to five (5) years of experience working in a legislature or parliament, working directly with parliamentarians or elected officials in an advocacy or policy development role, or working in a government relations consultancy environment.
  • You will need experience in government advocacy and lobbying, including developing policy positions, drafting submissions and letters. You must have a strong understanding of legislative processes, government procedures, issues management and their possible risk implications. Knowledge of government decision-making at both a political and civil service level is essential.

The following items describe important experience and competency areas you will have demonstrated in your current or previous roles to be successful in this role:

  • It is important that you understand Indigenous affairs, which requires proven awareness, knowledge and sensitivity of the connection between historical and current government practices affecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, including colonization, residential schools, treaties, bills and land claims. This also includes an understanding and respect for the cultural diversity of Indigenous people and their varying perspectives, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.
  • You have shown you can build and maintain effective stakeholder relationships. This means you have effective written and oral communication skills, and you are able to clearly communicate with diplomacy and discretion with stakeholders, both internal and external to the organization
  • You must be a quick learner and innovative thinker with strong problem-solving skills to propose solutions to current and future challenges. You have prepared and presented effective documentation and presentations, and you demonstrate ethical ways to influence or persuade others.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy that feeling of taking initiative, delivering results and making a difference. You will need exceptional organizational skills to execute time-sensitive deliverables, adapt to changing priorities and effectively manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word to assist with creating presentations and written submissions.

It would be great if you had the following as we consider these as an asset:

  • Past work experience working in a not-for-profit organization or association
  • Past work experience in one or more policy fields, such as energy, science and technology, public safety and security, economic development or health

What we have to offer you:

  • Generous and flexible vacation
  • Work-life balance
  • Flexible hours
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • December holiday shutdown
  • Regular all-staff meetings with CEO
  • Regular social and team-building get-togethers for all team members — virtual during COVID-19
  • Free refreshments during the day — Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, purified water and lunch from time to time (on hold due to COVID-19)
  • Competitive base salary and incentive
  • Group Retirement Savings Plan — percentage employer-matched contribution from Day 1
  • Competitive benefits package including medical, vision care, dental insurance and paramedical
  • Life and long-term disability insurance

To Apply

If this opportunity intrigues you and relates to your experience, then we want to hear from you in October. Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter and résumé. Show us your written communication skills and the art of crafting a communication to accompany your résumé. We want to hear your story — your background, your achievements, and why this role is a good fit for you.

We will start to contact candidates for a preliminary interview between Oct. 20 and 30 with formal interviews beginning the week of Nov. 2nd. We thank all applicants for their interest, and your application will be acknowledged. If you have any questions in advance of applying, please connect with us, and we would be glad to answer. Please submit your cover letter and résumé to

The CNA is committed to providing an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. Please contact Sue Kavanagh at in confidence and provide notice in advance if you require accommodations at any stage of the recruitment process. All requests for accommodation will be considered in a fair and objective manner that will ensure applicants are treated with respect and dignity.