Job Posting - Government Affairs and Advocacy Coordinator

October 13, 2023

Are you a young professional interested in developing your understanding of policy and politics?  Can you work collaboratively to manage relationships and create actionable content for government and Parliament? Are you passionate about sustainability, world-leading environmental stewardship, and accelerating the pace of economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities? If  so, then the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)  is looking for someone like you to join our team as a Government Affairs and Advocacy Coordinator.

About FPAC: FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, paper, and forest bioproducts producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. As an industry with annual revenues exceeding $73 billion, Canada’s forest products sector is one of the country’s largest employers operating in hundreds of communities, providing 205,000 direct jobs and over 600,000 indirect jobs across the country. FPAC and its members are committed to collaborating with Indigenous leaders, federal and provincial governments, labour partners, community groups, and other rightsholders and stakeholders to secure and advance the sector’s environmental, social, and economic potential for the long-term.

Role and Responsibilities:  In this role, you will support FPAC’s advocacy through coordination and strategic engagement with policymakers and other stakeholders. Reporting directly to the Director of Policy and working closely with the VP of Government Relations, your responsibilities will include:

  • Stakeholder Management and Outreach: Secure and coordinate meetings, research and identify the appropriate points of contact for FPAC advocacy on specific issues and advise the GR team regarding the timing and manner of outreach to key stakeholders within government.
  • Government Affairs:  Develop and leverage your understanding of politics and policy to identify opportunities, challenges, and influential stakeholders in the federal landscape.
  • Advocacy Support: Assist in formulating FPAC's advocacy efforts to support sector, worker, and community interests, ensuring that policy positions and recommendations are science-based and substantive.
  • Strategic Policy Messaging:  Contribute your understanding of the political landscape to craft compelling, actionable recommendations for parliamentarians and officials.
  • Research Support: Support the policy team in reviewing and understanding relevant research. Engage in media and legislative monitoring, synthesizing key information for internal and external partners.

Location & Travel: This is a hybrid role based out of Ottawa. While there may be some travel requirements associated with this position, they are not extensive.


  • Bachelor's degree in political science, public policy, or a related field.
  • Some experience in government, public policy, or related areas.
  • Experience managing diverse stakeholders, and an ability to be determined and persistent in outreach.
  • Knowledge of Canada's forestry, resource management, or natural resource issues.
  • Exceptional communication skills with a desire to develop advocacy and lobbying skills.
  • Ability to understand and evaluate diverse perspectives to create objective analyses.
  • A detail-oriented approach combined with the ability to see the bigger political picture.
  • A strong foundation in standard Microsoft office software.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: FPAC is firmly committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. We believe that diverse perspectives contribute to innovative solutions, and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Contract Type: This is a full-time, permanent position.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter emphasizing how their experience and qualifications align with the role.

Benefits: FPAC offers competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, and numerous opportunities for professional development.

Note: Only candidates shortlisted will be contacted for interviews.

Application Deadline: Applications are due by December 4, 2023.

Apply using this link:

For more information, please contact Eric Johnson (VP, Government Relations) at or 613 809 1677.

For more information contact:
Kerry Patterson-Baker
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
(613) 563-1441 x 314
Follow FPAC on Twitter: @FPAC_APFC
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