We have a permanent, full-time opportunity for a Public Affairs Officer. Reporting to the Manager, Government Relations, the ideal candidate will have a blend of policy analysis, government relations, or stakeholder engagement skills and have 2+ years’ previous experience working in government relations, government, politics, or policy development.  

The Public Affairs Officer is a key contributor to YVR’s External Relations team and will be responsible for government engagement, policy analysis and stakeholder relations. They will develop influential communications materials to support the advocacy and outreach program on YVR’s most high-profile issues, projects and policy development priorities. You can give policy briefings on relevant projects and issues on short notice, and respond to tight deadlines and urgent matters, without neglecting longer-term deliverables. You will represent YVR publicly and will develop and maintain relationships with municipal, provincial and federal governments. 

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Supporting multiple, concurrent projects while balancing ad hoc requests to advance defined corporate and operational objectives
  • Conducting quantitative and qualitative research and analysis on public policy issues and developing organizational positions and advocacy plans
  • Preparing written communications reflecting research results and YVR’s corporate position
  • Actively monitoring relevant government and business trends
  • Developing options and recommendations for developing partnerships with federal, provincial, and local governments and agencies
  • Liaising with federal, provincial, and local government and agency counterparts to proactively manage emerging issues 
  • Monitoring parliamentary activity and the policy development process 
  • Supporting YVR’s lobbying activities

Key qualifications include:

  • At least two years’ experience in a public policy, research, economic or legislative environment, supplemented by a bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, public relations or a related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Strong analytical and research skills to help shape the Legislative Affairs agenda at YVR
  • Proven ability to write reports and briefs, as well as prepare highly complex material for various audiences
  • Understanding of the aviation sector and its role in the Canadian economy and a keen interest in government relations, politics and public policy
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Canadian provincial and federal legislative frameworks, including local government and Indigenous governance
  • Commitment to accuracy and thoroughness
  • Proactive, self-starter and effective self-manager who can work well interdependently in a collaborative environment with cross-functional colleagues
  • Fluency in French is an asset

This position is open to both Vancouver Airport Authority employees and external candidates. Previous job performance will be taken into consideration for all internal candidates that apply for this position. 

Health and safety are at the core of how we operate at YVR. We are committed to ensuring a safe workplace for our workforce and protecting the health and safety of our employees, passengers, partners and community by taking reasonable, preventative measures to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a valid exemption is granted for those unable to be vaccinated.

Apply online at https://careers.yvr.ca/en/job/vancouver/public-affairs-officer/38253/27533805056