Consultant – Public Affairs, Ottawa

Public affairs Ottawa, Ontario


Position at Hill+Knowlton Strategies

H+K is looking for a passionate and high-performing Public Affairs Consultant to join our team in Ottawa. This represents an exciting opportunity to work on a diverse portfolio of clients across a wide range of sectors including health, technology, financial and professional services and energy. We are looking for not only incredible talent, but also great attitude, energy, and passion for H+K and our clients.

As a consultant, you will be responsible for tracking emerging policy and political issues, creating original messaging and outreach materials, researching and writing on policy matters, suggesting proactive ideas and programs to help meet achieve our clients’ business and advocacy goals.

Here’s what you’d be doing:

  • Supporting the creation and implementation of integrated public affairs plans that change public opinion and prompt government action
  • Proactively monitoring, interpreting, and reporting on government activities – including the political, parliamentary, legislative, and regulatory landscapes
  • Undertaking specific policy research activities in support of broader strategies and plans
  • Preparing prepare written materials such as agendas, activity reports, stakeholder maps, briefing documents, presentations, submissions, and leave-behinds, tailored for various audiences and platforms
  • Coordinating arrangements for client engagement with government representatives and stakeholders, directly representing client interests where appropriate
  • Working with teams to plan and execute virtual and in-person events and meetings
  • Overseeing or managing ongoing tracking and reporting on client activities and results
  • Providing insight and intelligence to account leads that could advance a file or client issue
  • Recommending strategies, messages and adjustments to client programs based on experience and feedback
  • Fostering relationships and building trust with colleagues, clients, government, and stakeholders

What else is in it for you?

  • Full health benefits package—including healthy paid time off, schedule flexibility, fitness reimbursement, and more
  • A career working with and influencing bold, creative teams and client accounts
  • A passionate, smart, fun, and creative office culture
  • Strong leadership with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking, training and mentoring to help you grow, expand your skills and become your professional best

What you’ll need to get here:

  • Minimum 2 to 3 years’ experience in a communications, public affairs, government or political role
  • Post secondary degree in political science, public policy, communications, or similar program
  • Outstanding written and presentation skills, bilingualism (oral and written French and English) is a considerable asset
  • Excellent grasp of public policy issues, factors that influence government decision-making, and parliamentary, legislative and regulatory processes
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, ability to clearly articulate complex content
  • Superior project and time management skills with attention to detail, ability to prioritize and to deliver projects in spite of obstacles
  • Creative thinking, initiative and problem-solving
  • Curiosity, passion, and a keen interest in growing your skills and network

About Us:

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K) is a public relations and public affairs consultancy providing services to local, multinational and global clients from its eight offices across the country. We help clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sector engage meaningfully with citizens, stakeholders and communities on key issues and decisions related to the most significant projects and complex policy questions in Canada today.

Globally, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has offices in more than 40 countries as well as an extensive associate network; and it is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies is dedicated to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified applicants. If you require any accommodation needs during the recruitment process, please reach out to us.

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.