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Child Development Institute

POSITION: Government Relations Specialist
REPORTING TO: Director, Program Scaling & Strategic Partnerships
JOB TYPE: Full-time Permanent (35 hrs/week)
POSTED DATE: July 22, 2022

CDI is a leading children’s mental health agency in the City of Toronto offering a range of services to approximately 3,500 children ages 0‐12, youth ages 13-18 and their families each year. Our mission is to promote and support the healthy development of children and to strengthen the families and communities in which they live. We provide four streams of service to families in need: early intervention, family violence, healthy child development and specialized mental health services for children and youth with learning disabilities.

CDI is seeking a Government Relations Specialist to join our Research and Program Scaling team. Under the direction of Director, Program Scaling & Strategic Partnerships (the Director), the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the Director by coordinating all government and strategic partnerships initiatives, acting as liaison, developing, and executing communications activities related to government relations, and preparing and maintaining a dashboard to track all government relations activities.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to deal with evolving situations and multiple demands and priorities, often with competing deadlines. This role will work with various internal and external stakeholders and must demonstrated ability to work in a respectful manner with groups from diverse backgrounds and experiences.


Strategic Partnerships & Scaling:

  1. Prepare briefs, PowerPoint slide decks, and other materials to present to funders, policymakers, implementers, and other stakeholders
  2. Support with the development and preparing high-quality reports, briefings, submissions, marketing materials, and other correspondence
  3. Acts as a resource to internal stakeholders in relation to CDI’s responsibilities under the Federal Lobbying Act and provincial lobbying legislation, as required. Maintains the monthly federal lobby registry report and is responsible for other lobbying reports, as required.
  4. Maintains monthly tracking sheet and dashboard of external engagement activities. Provides a monthly summary report on activities for the Senior Management Team and Board.
  5. Provides protocol, planning, coordination, and onsite support for high-profile events including government relations activities (e.g., Ministerial announcements, funder visits, etc.)
  6. Coordinates all aspects of the Director’s participation in webinars, conferences and roundtables. May be delegated responsibility to make presentations on the Director’s behalf.
  7. Supports the development of effective proposals for research, service delivery, funding, social innovation, etc.
  8. Supports the Director in the strategic management of the Research and Scaling Division, including establishing and tracking KPIs.

Marketing and Communications

  1. Works in collaboration with the CDI communications team to ensure CDI’s communications products effectively target government and community audiences. This is to include pitching, developing, and issuing communications products such as news releases, story content, social media content, etc.
  2. Coordinates and executes marketing and communications strategies
  3. In collaboration with the CDI communication team, monitors news media, social media, and government press conferences as they relate to CDI and to the sectors in which we work. Provides the Director and CEO with immediate notifications, when appropriate, and a weekly briefing note.

Administrative Support

  1. Provides financial/budgetary support to the Director through reconciling invoices and expenses.
  2. Assists in monitoring, managing and responding to queries via phone, email, and in person.
  3. Manages and maintains a contact information database.
  4. Coordinates and arranges meetings – prepares agendas, reserves facilities, arranges catering, manages logistics, finalizes room set-up, takes minutes, distributes documentation, etc.
  5. Performs other tasks and carries out projects that are required or assigned from time-to-time.


  • University degree in Political Studies, Business, Marketing, Communications, English, or a related field.
  • Minimum three (3) years’ work experience in government relations, fundraising, stewardship, communications, or public relations.
  • Strong project management skills and experience, including developing and maintaining a project dashboard.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Expertise with business graphics, document layout, development of presentation materials, application of brand guidelines
  • Strong analytical abilities.  Detail-oriented.  Strong organizational, problem solving, presentation, and decision-making skills
  • Experience within the non-profit environment preferred.
  • ​Proficiency with MS Office 365 Suite
  • A dedicated and flexible team player able to positively interact with team members and colleagues at all levels of the organization.


  • Day-to-day job duties are governed by concurrent and dynamic deadlines, with competing priorities and frequent interruptions.
  • Fast-paced work environment.
  • Flexibility in hours will be required, including evening and/or weekend work due to meetings and events.
  • Day and overnight travel to meetings and events may be required.

COMPENSATION:  Salary is under review and is subject to skills, abilities, and qualifications.

Please submit a chronological resume plus a three (3) slide ppt deck that summarizes why you are the ideal candidate to:
Child Development Institute
Human Resources

Thank you in advance for your interest. However, due to the volume of resumes received, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Diversity and Inclusion:  

Child Development Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value inclusivity & diversity in the workplace. We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to,

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities; and
  • persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. We value the contributions that each person brings and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in our community.

Child Development Institute is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC). Child Development Institute will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment & selection process to applicants with disabilities.  During any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) you may require.   Any information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

All applicants are advised that offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a Vulnerable Sector Check.

Note: All CDI employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with CDI Mandatory Vaccination Policy. 

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