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Associate Director, Government Relations and Innovation



Multiple locations
Posted on Friday, January 27, 2023

ApplyBoard simplifies the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process by connecting international students, recruitment partners, and educational institutions on one intuitive and personalized platform. ApplyBoard is a mission-driven, hyper-growth organization. It has been attracting dedicated individuals for more than eight years who are inspired every day to break down barriers to international education and take their careers to new heights at a company that will invest in their career growth. Our six core values are our compass in our mission to Educate the World and the foundation of our unique company culture. As an organization built on a foundation of diversity, it’s important that our team members are representative of the students from more than 140 countries that we support.

The Opportunity:

The Associate Director, Government Relations and Innovation will build exceptional relationship management skills, policy proposal experience, communication and problem-solving skills to work within the Office of the CEO. You will focus on developing and managing Canadian and international government relationships, technical writing (including proposals and policies), jurisdictional scanning, research and data analytics, interfacing with internal and external stakeholders, and identifying opportunities to deepen existing sectoral and business relationships.

This position can be based anywhere in Canada but ideally Ottawa, given the extensive facetime required with the federal government.

What you’ll be doing everyday:

  • Leverage your understanding of, and existing network within Canadian federal and provincial governments to build high quality relationships.

  • Be an ApplyBoard brand ambassador, to tell our story to governments, and build rapport to embed our organization as a valued stakeholder and contributor to government initiatives

  • Build an understanding of international government functions and priorities, especially in the largest source markets for international students, with a goal of building similar relationships as currently exist in Canada

  • Build and deepen partnerships with post-secondary education sector stakeholders

  • Cross-jurisdictional scanning and reporting

  • Develop high quality proposals, RFP qualification documents, presentations and research

  • Identify, build, leverage and win new opportunities to drive enhanced stakeholder benefit

  • Present and share knowledge on developments and trends gained through media scanning and events

  • Drive sector thought leadership

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of ApplyBoard's business & priorities, and how they intersect with and support sector and government priorities

  • Independently drive and manage initiatives attuned to timelines and competing priorities

  • Act as point-person on government reporting with respect to the Lobbying Act and other regulations with which ApplyBoard is required to comply

What you bring to the table:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in business, economics, management or a related discipline; master’s degree or MBA is beneficial

  • 5+ years of Government Relations experience and/or experience working with the Canadian PSE sector

  • Experience in government and/or existing relationships with government

  • Outgoing personality that thrives on building relationships that are meaningful and beneficial to both parties

  • Strong writer, both in technical proposal writing and policy; policy and advocacy work experience is an asset

  • Strong research and analytics experience

  • Skilled at building an understanding of government priorities from legislative and media monitoring

  • Experience working with and building a government relations strategy in support of organizational strategies

  • A natural curiosity, entrepreneurial mindset, and enthusiasm for building solutions to longstanding problems.

  • Track record of successful large proposals in response to Canadian federal government RFPs

  • Bilingual (French/English) is an asset

  • Regular travel is required between Ottawa, Toronto and Kitchener (HQ). If based in Ottawa, less travel would be required.

  • We are looking for someone who thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Life at ApplyBoard:

By joining our team, you have the opportunity to:

  • Join one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Canada, with many opportunities for growth and advancement.

  • Work alongside a globally diverse team of over 1,500 team members based in over 25 countries, who speak more than 75 languages.

  • Make a difference in the lives of thousands of students as they explore educational opportunities

  • Want to learn more about ApplyBoard, read our Life at ApplyBoard Blog, and be sure to follow us on our LinkedIn page.

About ApplyBoard

ApplyBoard empowers students around the world to access the best education by simplifying the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process to more than 1,750 institutions across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. Headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and with an additional operational office in Gurugram, India, ApplyBoard has helped more than 600,000 students from over 150 countries fulfill their study abroad dreams since 2015.

In 2022, Deloitte named ApplyBoard one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Canada for the fourth consecutive year, ranking #30 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and #170 on the 2022 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list. ApplyBoard ranked on LinkedIn’s 2022 Top Startups List in Canada in 2020, 2021, and 2022 and was recognized as CIX’s Innovator of the Year 2022 and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 Ontario Winner.

Thank you for your interest in joining ApplyBoard on our mission to Educate the World. Please note that only qualified applicants that have been selected for an interview will be contacted.