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Director, Government Relations - ON

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Date: Jul 27, 2022

Location: Toronto, ON, CA

Company: LifeLabs

LifeLabs is the largest community diagnostics laboratory in Canada, serving the healthcare needs of Canadians for over 50 years. Our team members are truly centred around our customers, and we know that behind every lab requisition, sample being tested, or investment in technology is an individual and their family counting on us.

 

Consistently named one of Canada's Best Employers by Forbes, LifeLabs has also been recognized for having an award-winning Mental Health Program from Benefits Canada. The passion and commitment of over 6,000 diverse and innovative team members unites and motivates us to ensure our customers receive high quality tests and results that they can trust.  Agile, customer-centred, caring and teamwork: we live these values every day in what we do to support our customers and healthcare providers, driving forward our vision of empowering a healthier you.

 

Make a difference – join the LifeLabs team today!

 

The Ontario Director, Government Relations will be accountable for developing and executing on a government and stakeholder relations strategy to advance LifeLabs’ strategic objectives and reputation with government and other stakeholders and support the successful negotiation of key government contracts.

 

Core Accountabilities

  • Develop, implement, and oversee a government relations and stakeholder engagement strategy through all phases of the lifecycle of LifeLabs’ Ontario government / public sector contracts including prior to and during periods of contract negotiations and provincial and federal elections.
  • Develop effective relationships with key government leaders, administrators, and political leaders to advance the implementation of LifeLabs’ strategies.
  • Ensure full engagement with key stakeholders and community leaders, provincial governments, and agencies
  • Develop and articulate, in concert with internal subject matter experts, the company’s impact, relevance and value proposition to the government
  • Position LifeLabs with policymakers and represent LifeLabs with decision makers and other health care stakeholders
  • Responsible for development and execution of advocacy strategies and accountable for outcomes
  • Identify critical opportunities and challenges in policy environment based on strategic business objectives and development
  • Identify key decision-makers and influencers in policy and political space; ensure positioning, challenges and issues are communicated effectively.
  • Ensure Government Affairs’ activities are timed and positioned with other functional areas within LifeLabs to gain leverage, provide a cohesive voice, and ensure a smooth intersection of programs
  • Identify and support advocacy efforts with industry leading associations and bodies on behalf of the lab sector and employees. 
  • Engage with public sector stakeholders to build relationships, understand priorities, conduct research, represent, and advocate for LifeLabs’ interests and objectives
  • Engage with representatives of senior government officials in planning visits/tours and receptions
  • Support advocacy efforts with industry leading associations and bodies on behalf of the lab sector and employees
  • Work with ELT, SLT, managers to support the development of government relations initiatives, supporting both local and program-specific initiatives

 

Required Experience:

  • University or College graduate in a related field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience working in government, issues management, corporate communications, public relations, or media.
  • Strong government and public relations acumen, including deep knowledge of various levels of government.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; experience translating technical and sensitive or confidential information for various audiences.
  • Strong issues management and public relations.
  • Experience developing and implementing government relations plans.
  • Proven experience building and maintaining brand presence to help achieve an organizational vision.
  • Strong time management skills with minimal need for oversight.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Project management skills.
  • Results-oriented and client-focused with a commitment to excellence.

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At LifeLabs, we strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace where our team members and the communities we serve feel accepted, valued, and respected.

In accordance with LifeLabs’ Accessibility Policy, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the Ontario Human Rights Code, accommodations are available by request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process. For a confidential inquiry or to request an accommodation, please contact your recruiter or email careers@lifelabs.com.

 

LifeLabs is committed to providing a safe environment for our employees, customers, and the communities we serve. We have been a leader throughout the COVID-19 pandemic regarding health and safety measures and have always put our employees and customers at the center of every decision that we make. As an organization in the health care sector, we believe the COVID vaccination adds a layer of protection that complements the extensive and necessary health and safety protocols that we have taken to date. With this in mind, we currently require all LifeLabs employees, contractors, students and volunteers to be fully vaccinated.

LifeLabs operates under a distributed workforce model, where employee flexibility is a key priority. Further information will be provided during the interview process on what this means for employees.


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