Senior Government Relations Advisor

Covenant House Vancouver is the premier provider of services to at-risk and homeless youth in Vancouver.  With over 200 employees and an operating budget of $17M annually, Covenant House is poised to continue its growth, providing more services to more youth.

The Government Relations department has been providing strategic guidance to the executive team for two years.  During that time, we’ve successfully increased our profile and advocacy with all levels of government and secured additional government funding to complement our private fundraising.

If you love government relations and advocacy and want to help change the world for young people, join our team!


Job Description:

The Government Relations Advisor is responsible for supporting the long-term growth of government revenue to Covenant House Vancouver. This position plays a vital role in proactively developing and maintaining strong, sustainable relationships with relevant government ministries and departments. As an ambassador for Covenant House Vancouver, this position has the skill to create and implement a sound government relations strategy, navigate in complex environments, and the ability to identify issues and trends that are relevant to and/or may affect the work of our agency. The Government Relations Advisor will work with the Executive Director and Program Director to create proposals to generate revenue, and displays an exceptional level of interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.


Government Relations

  • Raises the profile of the agency with the civil service and elected officials in local, provincial and federal governments.
  • Liaises with and builds strong relationships with all government stakeholders and clients
  • Identifies and pursues sources of government funding for CHV projects, capital expansion, and operations
  • Plans and manages government relations, political outreach strategy, and advocacy.
  • Sets policy goals, tactics, action plans/campaigns, with measurable deliverables, in order to advance CHV’s strategic interests.


  • Supervises the preparation of proposals and grant applications for funding
  • Conducts research and drafts reports on government activities and priorities.


  • Identifies, monitors and evaluates legislation and regulatory developments regarding issues of concern to the agency.
  • Monitors and conducts research on relevant public policy, legislative, regulatory and political issues


  • Develops documents, key messaging, letters, social media content, and other collateral required for government relations activities.
  • Plans various government relations meetings and events.
  • Approves correspondence, presentations and formal policy submissions to elected and non-elected government officials.


  • Supervises the Government Relations Coordinator
  • Participates in budget planning for the department

Job Requirements:



  • University degree in political science, public administration, or related discipline.


  • Five years of experience in a policy-related position in any level of government, a government relations position in a non-profit organization, or a senior position in social services or healthcare.
  • Proven track record in achieving contract relationships with government, preparing strategic briefings, reports/analyses to stakeholders, and messaging to the general public.
  • Has established good, long-term relationships within the BC and federal government bureaucracies
  • Experience identifying, monitoring and evaluating government programs, projects, and services.
  • Experience working with the wide diversity of cultures within the workforce and the community in general and a proven ability to build credibility internally and externally.
  • Healthcare/ social services sector experience is preferred
  • Successful experience presenting complex issues and opportunities to high-level officials and third-party partners


  • Shows initiative and acts in a proactive manner.
  • Team player with a positive attitude and solutions-focused orientation.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with and influence others.
  • Demonstrates organizational ability, problem-solving skills, and commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications and internet resources.
  • Proficient in the use of project management principles, practices, and tools.


  • Excellent verbal presentation and written communication skills, comfort with legislative language and ability to translate complex issues into simple messages.
  • Excellent project management, communications and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent at prioritizing and working under tight deadlines on multiple initiatives
  • Proven team player who can work with and motivate/align people from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, to lead campaigns and mentor others.
  • Proven track-record in a provincial government and/or a government relations environment
  • Understanding of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the political system


If this sounds like something you’d be interested in and would like to be a part of a family like organisation with excellent growth opportunities, please send us your resume. We also offer a great benefits package, competitive salary and the opportunity to attend a variety of training courses all paid for by Covenant House

Covenant House Vancouver celebrates quality and diversity in the workplace. Our commitment is to ensure equity in employment, and we affirm and welcome applicants from all backgrounds of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation and age, except as prescribed by law.  We encourage applicants from qualified aboriginal persons, persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and others with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage with those from diverse backgrounds


Position Start Date

As soon as possible


Application Due Date

Posting will remain open until filled