New Public Policy Advisor Position

(TRI-CITIES) December 20, 2013 – The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is seeking an individual for the newly created position of Public Policy Advisor.

This is initially a 6 month contract position. At the end of 6 months, the position will be evaluated for extension.

See the job description below.

Interested parties should send a covering letter and CV to Executive Director Michael Hind

Deadline for applications is Monday January 13, 2014
Public Policy Advisor, reports to the Executive Director
General Function

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Public Policy Advisor will work with the Public Policy Committee on the policy development function of the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce. This position will also be responsible for developing strategic and tactical implementation plans to best communicate policy research findings and positions to internal and external organizations, policy makers, government departments and other stakeholders. In addition, this position will work with the Board of Directors, staff, committees, and consult with members to develop key communication messaging on Chamber and business issues. The role and responsibilities of the Public Policy Advisor includes, but is not restricted to, the following:

Policy Development

  • Reporting to the E.D. and working with the Public Policy Committee, develop and implement a policy research agenda/program that addresses the needs and concerns of the membership
  • Research, develop and prepare all position papers, briefs and submissions and other policy communication tools for various programs including but not limited to the BC and Canadian Chambers
  • Conduct membership polls and surveys as required
  • Anticipate and identify possible future policy issues
  • Develop a template for production of policy positions
  • Attend Committee and Board meetings as required.


  • Working with the Communications/Marketing Manager, ensure effective communication of all policy positions/issues to all stakeholders
  • Arrange media conferences as required
  • Develop and foster positive relationships and linkages with key government officials, departments and political representatives, particularly at the municipal and provincial levels
  • Prepare articles for inclusion in various Tri-Cities Chamber communication tools and write speeches, speaking notes, newspaper columns, letters to the editor, etc.
  • Develop and implement an effective member consultation process for two-way policy input and communication
  •  Publications – prepare articles in support of Chamber Policy initiatives.

Volunteer Management

  • Identify potential volunteers with the required expertise and skills to serve on committees and task forces
  • Coach and prepare spokesperson for interviews
  • Represent the Tri-Cities Chamber at external meetings as necessary


  • Assist with the identification and coordination of speakers for Chamber events
  • Prepare necessary reports and documentation as required for events and functions

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Minimum requirements for this position are Bachelor Degree in a relevant field and three years experience.
  • Supervisory as well as strong organizational and priority-setting skills are essential.
  • The person must also possess superior interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and be highly motivated. He/she must be dependable, enthusiastic, personable and detail-oriented. The individual must be multi-functional and enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.



The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is a proactive network of business-minded individuals that are committed to acting as an accessible, visible, supportive and reciprocal resource to our members and the Tri-Cities at large, communicating their collective voice to help shape a prosperous business community.

Michael Hind, Executive Director


Laura Melvin, Communications Manager