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Position Overview:

Santis Health, a leading public affairs, communications and strategy consultancy focusing on the health care sector, is looking to hire an Account Director, Government Relations. Based in our Ottawa office, this ambitious, self-motivated individual will work closely with the Santis government relations team to provide strategic problem solving, public policy and communications services to the senior leadership of the firm.
Applicants should have a sound knowledge of government affairs, public affairs, stakeholder relations and project management, as well as the most pressing health care and life sciences issues of the day. Previous experience working in health care, in government or as a consultant would be an advantage. Direct lobbying is an asset but not a requirement for this role. Candidates will be considered regardless of whether they are currently under lobby restrictions/cooling-off periods.

Responsibilities Include:

Account Support
  • Working closely with Santis team members to manage a wide range of client projects and deliverables
  • Advising on government engagement, public affairs, and advocacy strategies
  • Interacting with government officials and decision-makers to build and maintain relationships
  • Tracking emerging and evolving public policy issues – and analyzing their implications to client organizations
  • Liaising with clients as part of ongoing project management responsibilities
  • Identifying key stakeholders and creating tailored stakeholder maps
  • Participating in client strategy sessions
  • Developing government relations initiatives, a wide range of briefing notes, slide decks and other communication materials
  • Developing project management plans and keeping the project team focused on meeting multiple, tight timelines
  • Build rapport and credibility with clients, based on trust and expert counsel
  • Lead project teams in all functional areas as dictated by current client needs
  • Maintain and grow relationships, recognizing and capitalizing on emerging opportunities, to help clients succeed
  • Undertaking direct, registerable lobbying (if possible)

  • Internal Support
  • Tracking and responding to RFPs (Requests for Proposals) and other business development opportunities
  • Assisting on development of proposals and other business development opportunities
  • Drafting Santis-branded blogs, op-ed publications, news releases, policy reports and think pieces
  • Participating in the continued development of internal products and processes
  • Take personal responsibility for mentoring and personal development of staff
  • Proactively identify, respond to and lead new business opportunities

  • Qualifications:
  • Degree in political science, public policy, economics, communications or a related field (or equivalent experience); post-graduate qualifications are beneficial
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience - government relations or advocacy preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of government affairs, public policy and politics in Ontario and across Canada
  • A solid mix of project management, policy analysis and communications experience

  • Required Skills:
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong research and analysis ability
  • Exceptional organizational skills with an ability to juggle multiple clients and projects
  • Skilled in priority-setting, efficient time-management and the ability to work independently
  • High level of professionalism
  • Bilingualism (French / English) would be an asset
  • Flexible schedule for some evening/weekend work

  • About Santis Health Inc:
    Santis Health is a Toronto-based consultancy dedicated to providing value-added strategic advisory services to clients within the Canadian health care sector. Santis navigates the intersection of public policy, advocacy, and communications. Our services include strategic planning, policy analysis and development, public affairs, and communications. Clients of Santis Health include leading health care organizations, charities, non-profits, and health care providers across Canada. We pride ourselves on understanding the system dynamics that drive policy making, resource allocation, and stakeholder opinion. To learn more, please visit:

    Santis Health is dedicated to fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment that is safe and respectful. Our aim is to ensure all employees and job applicants are given equal and equitable opportunity, and that our organization represents a diverse array of expertise, skills and backgrounds. We are committed to fair employment practices that do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, socio-economic status, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, national origin, religious beliefs, political beliefs, sex and sexual orientation, and other dimensions that are intrinsic to who we are as individuals.

    If you are interested in becoming the newest team member of Santis Health and believe you have the qualifications listed in the job description, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to by 5pm on December 9, 2022.