Manager Intergovernmental Relations

Requisition ID: 28015 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose & Function 
The Manager of Intergovernmental Relations is responsible for supporting the City of Vancouver’s intergovernmental relations efforts, representing the City’s position and interests by communicating and negotiating with other jurisdictions. This role works collaboratively across City divisions and agencies to build strong relationships with government partners as well as key local, regional, national and global stakeholders to support Council direction and advance the City’s strategic interests with a particular focus on transportation, climate action and blue/green infrastructure.


Reporting to the Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Strategic Partnerships, primary working relationships include City departments, City agencies (e.g. VEC, VPD), other levels of government, regional agencies and local stakeholder organizations.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Research, monitor, analyze and review regional, provincial, and federal policies, legislation and programs so the City can foster relationships, leverage opportunities and advance its policy objectives locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Plan, develop, manage and evaluate innovative intergovernmental relations strategies, policies and positions to enhance partnerships and strategic policy outcomes with all levels of government, First Nations, regional agencies, and local, regional, and national stakeholder organizations
  • Advise the Director of Intergovernmental Relations, the City Manager and other senior City staff on local, regional, national and global issues and policies that could impact the City, or where there are opportunities for the City to further leverage its expertise and/or achievements
  • Lead the development of strategic briefing materials for elected officials and senior staff for regional meetings (ie Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, Metro Vancouver)
  • Develop systems for managing sensitive and confidential intergovernmental information on behalf of the City of Vancouver
  • Supports the City Manager’s office, Mayor and Council in strengthening relationships with all levels of government
  • Provide timely information and prepare confidential briefing documents ahead of important meetings and events
  • Coordinate intergovernmental information gathering in a structured way with dedicated processes to communicate and establish alignment across City departments and agencies on priority files, ensuring delivery of appropriate and timely support to the City Manager, Mayor and Council
  • Work with other levels of government to achieve mutual objectives and informed decision-making by identifying shared issues and interests, exchanging information and seeking input on broad policy matters, as well as advancing key funding agreements between the City and its provincial and federal counterparts
  • Coordinate submissions to other governments on issues affecting Vancouver
  • Prepares reports for the Corporate Management Team and City Council with an intergovernmental focus
  • Participate on committees, in working groups, at conferences and other forums to represent the City of Vancouver to address intergovernmental priorities, such as housing, economic development, transportation and transit, infrastructure and sustainability
  • Facilitate a coordinated, consistent and concerted approach to participation in nongovernmental policy and advocacy organizations, at a regional and national level
  • Communicate and foster understanding of intergovernmental issues, processes and strategic partnerships across the organization
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned



Education and Experience:

  • A post-secondary degree in public administration or public policy or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience
  • A minimum of 5 years’ diverse professional experience including public sector government experience where programs and initiatives were advanced through superior relationships
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic stakeholder and intergovernmental relations plans


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of, and demonstrated skills in, developing and implementing intergovernmental, stakeholder and advocacy plans that advance public policy objectives
  • Proven ability to take initiative, plan, organize, set goals and outcomes, create processes, accomplish and measure objectives and results
  • Proven ability to work independently to produce quality results within tight timeframes
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong influencing abilities
  • Experience developing and making presentations to large groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive, contentious, complex and highly confidential issues involving multiple and diverse stakeholders with skill, tact and diplomacy
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with a wide spectrum of internal and external stakeholder groups and partners both in the course of day-to-day business and in exceptional situations that may be controversial, stressful and highly dynamic
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and patience to deal tactfully with staff, elected officials and the public; a proven ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion; demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment under tight deadlines and
  • constant change; and an ability to handle numerous projects simultaneously with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated understanding of the City of Vancouver’s policies programs and mandate


Business Unit/Department: Office of the City Manager (1010) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: May 2021 

Position End Date: May 2022 


Application Close: April 12, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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