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Manager, Policy and Programs

Do you want to impact animal welfare in Canada? The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, Canada’s voice for animal welfare representing humane societies and SPCAs across the country, is currently seeking a dynamic, creative, lateral thinker to join our vibrant and energetic management team! The Policy and Programs Manager is responsible for the development of the government relations and policy agenda of the organization, managing programs, providing analysis, developing and advancing advocacy positions and engaging with key stakeholders to improve animal welfare.

Key Responsibilities

-Develop, implement and evaluate a fully integrated policy and government relations strategy that includes all CFHS key result areas for animal welfare.

-Produce options and recommendations on a range of policy issues including companion animals, farm animals, animals in research, wildlife, multiple levels of legislation and industry specific issues.

-Consult with CFHS members, field experts, and government officials to inform policy directions.

-Work with and provide staff support to committees and task forces, as well as represent CFHS on external committees and councils.

-Develop, implement and evaluate CFHS programs related to improving the legislative framework that governs animals in Canada including the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty.

-Scan for and identify emerging policy and legislative issues that impact animal welfare in Canada.

-Provide timely information on policy and legislative issues to CFHS staff and members.

-Contributes to CFHS publications and materials such as the website content, social media, newsletters and annual report.


University degree in a related field, including animal welfare, public policy/administration and law (Master’s degree preferred), plus a minimum of 5 years’ work experience in a management position.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

-Five (5) years of progressive experience in government relations and the development of policy material either for engagement with government or within government

-Strong knowledge of how the federal government functions at both political and bureaucratic levels and demonstrated success in influencing government policies and positions

-Experience with multiple levels of government would be considered an asset

-Demonstrated knowledge of policy research and analysis

-Experience managing integrated programs with internal and external audiences

-Law degree would be an asset

-Able to work with multiple stakeholders, facilitate change and find win/win solutions

-Excellent written and verbal communications skills, with the ability to write compelling copy for different audiences

-Knowledge of animal welfare in Canada and specifically farm animal welfare and the legislative framework governing animals in Canada

-Able to work autonomously, as well as part of a team, in a flexible, fast-paced environment

-High degree of professionalism with the ability to prioritize to meet required deadlines

-Understanding of and commitment to principles and values espoused by Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

This is a full time position. Compensation commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to by February 16.

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