On April 11, 2018
POSITION: Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager
LOCATION: Ottawa, Ontario
POSITION DETAILS: Full time, Permanent
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
WEBSITE: www.canada-organic.ca / organicweek.ca / choosecanadaorganic.ca
The Canada Organic Trade Association is the membership-based association for the organic sector in Canada: representing growers, processors, certifiers, provincial farmers' associations, importers, exporters, retailers and others throughout the organic value chain. COTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. COTA brings together the diversity of Canada’s organic sector: from farmer and processor to retail, including food products, fiber and textiles, personal bodycare, and emerging sectors such as organic aquaculture.
COTA is a member-service organization: providing information, data and strategic insights to its membership base, representing organic to the media and government, and leading consumer education and promotion campaigns to benefit organic. COTA is the co-founder of Organic Week and manages the national “Think Before You Eat” campaign. COTA protects organic by playing an active role in standard-setting and industry priority-setting, as well as influence on important regulatory issues. COTA also leads a series of export missions internationally: promoting Canadian organic products abroad, building market intelligence on key markets, and developing the market and regulatory conditions to benefit Canadian organic companies abroad. COTA has been a champion of organic equivalency arrangements to encourage trade and improve market access for Canadian operators.
COTA places a premium on its relationship with Canada’s government in Ottawa, and takes a leadership role on behalf of the organic sector to ensure our stakeholders and their needs are heard by policymakers.
We seek a talented and committed Government and Regulatory Affairs professional with a strong commitment to detail, excellent diplomacy skills, and with strong government relations and regulatory affairs experience to join our professional team.
This position will manage all strategic government relations, organic and trade regulatory issues and execution, member engagement on these areas and strategic outreach work to ensure effectiveness within the broader organic community. The Manager position will lead all Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs work, in conjunction with the Executive Director, including government engagement through a concrete framework (Organic Caucus and regular on-site meetings with Ministers and MPs), stakeholder communications, media relations, and employee engagement. This position will work closely with the Executive Director on messaging, engagement and all lobby efforts.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience. This position is full-time and a robust benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate.
HOW TO APPLY
A detailed letter describing your government and regulatory affair credentials, interest in the position, salary expectations, and a current curriculum vitae should be sent to the attention of: Tia Loftsgard, Executive Director.
All applications must be received no later than midnight Sunday, May 27, 2018.
Canada Organic Trade Association subscribes to the Ontario Human Rights Code. Every person has a right to equal treatment from COTA with respect to employment without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status or disability.
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