Government Relations & Innovation Manager


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ApplyBoard simplifies the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process by connecting international students, recruitment partners, and academic institutions on one platform. With an exceptional team from around the world and speaking more than 75 languages, our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Our core values, such as Caring About Each Other, Innovating and Improving, and Making Work Fun, propel us forward together and continuously strengthen our engaging culture. We are in growth mode and are looking to empower passionate and exceptionally talented team members. 

The Opportunity:

We are seeking an experienced and passionate Government Relations professional with 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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Required: Experience in government and/or existing relationships with government
  • 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 the fastest-growing technology company 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 1,500 institutions across Canada, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. ApplyBoard, headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, has helped more than 300,000 students from more than 125 countries along their educational journeys since 2015.

ApplyBoard was named the fastest-growing technology company in Canada by Deloitte, ranking #1 on the Technology Fast 50™ list in 2019 and #2 in 2020.

ApplyBoard was also been named to LinkedIn’s list of Top Startups in 2020 and 2021 and TechTO’s list of top Canadian Rocketship companies to accelerate your career in the Tech Industry. 

In 2021, ApplyBoard announced a C$375M Series D funding on a C$4B valuation. This funding will allow us to further invest in our technology, grow our team around the world, and serve more students on our mission to educate the world. Thank you for your interest in ApplyBoard. Please note that only qualified applicants that have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

ApplyBoard is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. If you require any accommodations or assistance during the recruitment process, please let us know.

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