Two can play this game

Earlier, we reported Robin Ciceri had left her post as the top bureaucrat at the ministry of advanced education and labour market development to become president of the Universities Research Council of British Columbia. That's the principal lobbying group for the province's four major universities. And now we've learned the head of the ministry's advanced education division, assistant deputy minister Ruth Wittenberg, has left to become president of the BC Association of Institutes and Universities, effective Monday. That's the group that represents the interests of the University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Capilano University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. The following is a complete copy of the job description for that post.

Position posting

Executive Director - BC Association of Institutes and Universities

The British Columbia Association of Institutes and Universities includes the University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Capilano University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. We are post-secondary institutions with selected world-class specialty areas of learning ranging from trades and technical training to masters degrees.

The successful applicant will:

* Coordinate and develop relationships with Research Universities Council of BC (www.rucbc.ca), and the BC Colleges (www.choosebccolleges.ca);
* Provide counsel to members on strategies and approaches to government in various policy areas;
* Contact and confer with members and staff of all levels of government to represent members point of view and interests on policy, legislation or other actions;
* Provide media relations services on the advise and consent of members;
* Draft discussion papers, coordinate research, and/or develop informational material to support members' views, or as a response to government requests;
* Monitor information sources such as Hansard, reports of proceedings in the Houses of Parliament; government departments; think-tanks; non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other bodies, in order to keep clients informed of any developments related to their field of activity;
* Research, forecast and evaluate the effects of public policy on an organization, using public sources, political intelligence and personal contacts.

Requirements:

A post-secondary degree in a related area; extensive knowledge of BC post-secondary sector; background, contacts and understanding of the BC provincial government at both the political and bureaucracy levels; excellent communications skills; evidence of government and media relations experience.

Remuneration is commensurate with experience and contract details are subject to negotiation.

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