Director, Government Relations and Grants

Director, Government Relations and Grants

Please note, the job description for this position is currently under review

The Opportunity

The Banff Centre is seeking a Director, Government Relations and Grants who will work collaboratively with cross-functional teams, to develop and implement a public sector and community relations program for Banff Centre. This program will align generous existing and new government and community organization investment opportunities and will advance the strategic direction of Banff Centre, supporting Arts and Leadership Programs and Banff Centre Operations.

This position will report to and work closely with the Vice President, Development and External Relations to identify, build, and manage key relationships with partners and stakeholders, government (municipal, provincial and federal), community organizations and other relevant individuals with the goal of increasing understanding, profile and awareness of the achievements, investment priorities and needs of Banff Centre. 

This position plays a critical role in Banff Centre’s external and community relations efforts through generating ongoing sustainable public sector support by completing and project managing the preparation, submissions and reporting of government grants (including from government agencies) both for unrestricted and restricted purposes.

Specific Accountabilities

Government Relations

  • Working with the Vice President, Development and External Relations advocates for and manages Banff Centre relationships with key public sector stakeholders at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. This includes coordinating Banff Centre event participation and experience for elected officials and their staffs.
  • This position is responsible for the accuracy and drafting of financial reports, grant applications and community investment opportunity documents. 
  • Oversees and implements a proactive Public Sector Engagement strategy.

Community Engagement

Oversee and manage a proactive Community Engagement strategy by:

  • Building long-term partnerships with community groups, etc. to support effective outreach and engagement.
  • Liaising with the Vice President team, Program Areas, Arts Marketing and the Development and External Relation teams to identify potential partnership opportunities and develop proposals as applicable.
  • Communicating and interacting on Banff Centre activities, achievements, needs, concerns, and proposals.
  • Ensuring community investment engagement initiatives align with Programming goals and assist Banff Centre in addressing Mission, Vision and Programming Pillars.

Public Grants

  • Develops and implements Banff Centre’s public grants strategy to secure revenue for Banff Centre in line with its strategic plan and the overall External Relations function.
  • Serves as the resident expert on grant compliance and performs related functions.
  • Fosters and manages relationships with key elected officials and public sector stakeholders, and acts as the lead contact for agreed upon relationships (e.g. program officers at Canadian Heritage, Canada Council, and Alberta Foundation for the Arts).
  • Initiates grant proposal/reporting analysis, control and review for public sector grants.
  • Carries out policy research as applicable that will help influence the grants program and other external relations work.
  • Develops government-related communication materials, such as briefing notes, executive correspondence, policy analyses, and other materials that will supplement the organization’s external relations strategy.
  • Develops and maintains networks within Banff Centre teams (e.g., Arts, Leadership and Marketing, Business affairs and General Counsel, Finance, Office of the Registrar, President’s Office, and other Development and External Relations team members) for the purpose of effectively delivering on the public sector and community investment in Banff Centre strategy.
  • Identifies synergies between the public sector and private sector work performed within Development. Collaborates with other team members to ensure efficient processes and a shared information flow.

Qualification and Educational Requirements

  • 7+ years of experience in relevant fields including the management and administration of public funding grant proposals and reporting of significant complexity including financial analysis, and alumni and public relations.
  • Exceptional understanding of how government works both provincially and federally. 
  • Degree in relevant discipline
  • Ability to develop relationships and work effectively at all levels
  • Ability to make decisions/recommendations under pressure
  • Sound financial acumen, including ability to read and develop budgets
  • Knowledge and experience of higher education and/or arts and culture sector
  • Proven writing and editing skills; ability to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts with a strong attention to detail.
  • Exceptional research skills to comprehensively and systematically investigate possible grant opportunities that support Banff Centre mission.
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills
  • Adaptability to work at both the macro and micro levels
  • Interpersonal skills to seek, obtain, and maintain cooperation and ongoing relationships with diverse internal colleagues and external government officials/agencies
  • Willingness to travel as required

Special Requirements 

  • This position will be working remotely temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will be required to work from the office in Banff, AB once restrictions are lifted.
  • Candidates offered a position with Banff Centre will be required to obtain a criminal record check verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be finalized.

Employement Terms  

  • In accordance with the terms of employment governing Management/PSP employees, this is a permanent, full time position, subject to a 6 month probationary period.

Application Process

  • Please include a cover letter demonstrating how your experience translates to this position and why you are interested in becoming part of our team. 
  • We will be accepting applications for Director, Government Relations and Grants until 11:59pm MT on Sunday, July 25, 2021, however, we will be reviewing resumes and screening candidates on an ongoing basis.