JOB DESCRIPTION – VICE PRESIDENT OF POLICY

OCTOBER 2017 

The Vice President of Policy is a senior leadership opportunity with Western Canada’s foremost business association.  BCBC represents, and is funded by, the largest and most influential companies in the province, with assets and operations in every sector of the economy.  The organization’s membership also includes BC’s leading post-secondary institutions. 

This new position will increase the Business Council’s policy and research capacity and further our advocacy efforts at the provincial and federal government levels on key policy issues shaping the business and economic environment.  The focus of the VP of Policy’s work and responsibilities will align with the Business Council’s overarching objectives: fostering a growing and competitive BC economy; ensuring sustainable access to the land and resource base; investing in the physical and digital infrastructure necessary to support trade and economic development; encouraging reconciliation with Indigenous peoples; maximizing BC’s strengths in talent, skills and human resources; building a more innovative and productive economy; and advancing BC’s and Canada’s energy and natural resource advantages in a sustainable manner.  

The successful candidate will have a pivotal role in driving the Business Council’s work on a wide array of business, economic and public policy issues related to these priority areas.  The VP of Policy will also be looked on as a candidate to grow with the organization as part of our succession planning strategy over the next five years. 

The role will include the following specific responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of policy proposals, ideas and strategies to influence government decision-makers and other BC/Canadian opinion leaders.
  • Contribute to Business Council’s outputs through articles in BCBC newsletters, blogs, op-eds, research papers, and presentations.
  • Develop and deliver presentations and prepare background materials and policy papers related to the work of BCBC committees and task forces.
  • Act as lead staff support for selected projects, committees and task forces as required. Together with the chairs of BCBC committees and task forces, set meeting dates and agendas; develop, refine and execute on policy content and work plans; and consult with outside experts and business leaders as necessary.
  • Build and maintain relationships with government policy-makers whose portfolios touch on issues relevant to BCBC’s activities.
  • Become familiar and keep-up-to-date with academic and think tank literature that can help to inform the Council’s work on relevant policy files.
  • Present to outside audiences as required, and over time develop the skills to speak for the organization with the media and other external audiences.

In addition to performing these tasks, the VP of Policy will be a member of the Business Council’s Policy Group.  In this capacity, she/he will also contribute to the Council’s work in other areas beyond those enumerated above. 

The candidate will be expected to develop the skills, knowledge and contacts to anticipate emerging/prospective policy issues of interest to the BC business community. 

The VP of Policy will report to the Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer.  She/he will attend regular Policy Group and BCBC staff meetings. 

The desired requirements for this job are:

  • At least 8-10 years of post-university work experience.
  • A graduate degree in economics, political science, public policy, or business.
  • A demonstrated interest in and passion for public policy.
  • A good knowledge of the Canadian economic and political environment.
  • Excellent writing and research skills. 
  • An ability to work collaboratively as part of a small, high-powered team that strives to make a positive difference by helping to build a prosperous, innovative and competitive province and country.   

 


 

All candidates should submit their CV/resume and a sample of writing to opportunities@bcbc.com by close of business on Tuesday, 21 November 2017.

BCBC will respond directly only to those candidates who are shortlisted. We request that you please refrain from contacting us by phone or email should you not be contacted for a subsequent interview.