Municipal & Economic Partnerships Associate

Municipal & Economic Partnerships Associate


This position provides support for PRPA’s government and external affairs initiatives by proactively providing research and analysis, stakeholder engagement and tracking, public affairs and communication support, and execution of legislative and public relations advocacy initiatives, related but not limited to municipal governments, economic development stakeholders, Chambers of Commerce, and community and not-for-profit stakeholders within the Prince Rupert Gateway – Prince Rupert, BC to Edmonton, AB.
In addition, the Municipal & Economic Partnerships Associate monitors, tracks, researches and writes briefing materials and submissions on relevant issues, decisions and legislation from municipal governments that impact PRPA and Port of Prince Rupert corporate objectives. Associate also supports communication and event management, speaks on behalf of PRPA with government and external stakeholders, and performs related duties as assigned.

As a member of the Government and External Relations team, the Municipal & Economic
Partnerships Associate may be engaged in any or all of the following accountabilities, as
directed by the Manager, Government Relations:

Public Affairs & Event Management

  1. Assists in representing the Port in public forums, trade and civic functions with
    municipal elected officials, external agencies, and business and industry stakeholders. Serves as external liaison with Manger, Government Relations.
  2. Plans and participates in PRPA promotional and consultative events, such as
    receptions, community meetings, press conferences, tours and visits.
  3. Supports PRPA at special events and tradeshows; attends to enquires for the public.  Supports the planning and execution of tours of Port facilities for municipal
    government, regional communities, and industry stakeholders.
  4. Identifies need for, and assists with design, writing and production of
    communications material required for government relations activities.

Research, Analysis & Submissions

  1. Monitors daily government decisions, bills, news and engagement opportunities and
    develops a system to update Manager, Government Relations and Public Affairs department.
  2. Provides briefing materials, critical analysis and recommendations related to PRPA
    strategic initiatives with government and external stakeholders.
  3. In collaboration with Manager, Government Relations, research and prepare
    municipal and external stakeholders’ submissions for consultations and ongoing engagements, such as budget consultation, Chamber of Commerce resolutions, trade association white paper recommendations, etc.
  4. Tracks stakeholder engagement and participation in PRPA initiatives within a CRM
    Tracking System and develops reports for PRPA management and executive staff.

Municipal Government Relations

  1. Monitors publications, social media and networks for relevant information pertaining
    to PRPA’s agenda. Reports significant information to Public Affairs department.
  2. Municipal Government Relations – Northern BC & Alberta. Provincial based municipal association engagements, UBCM, AUMA, FCM.
  3. Ensures proper reporting of PRPA government relations with relevant Lobbyist
  4. Development of presentation collateral including, PowerPoint, PRPA handouts, etc.

Economic Partnerships

  1. Supports the development and execution of initiatives designed to analyze the
    economic benefits of Port operations and trade, labour force requirements, local competitiveness factors, and other local economic issues relevant to the community.
  2. Assists in creating new sponsorship opportunities, activations and advocacy with
    community and business stakeholders, such as Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Agencies and Associations, trade and industry association, including the management and administrative details of confirming sponsorships and joint communication and advocacy initiatives.
  3. Manages the promotion and execution of PRPA’s programs which aims to provide
    funding for local economic organizations to support export-based economic development initiatives.
  4. Coordinates PRPA’s Prince Rupert Gateway engagement which aims to manage vast
    local stakeholders in promoting Northern BC and Alberta as an export economy.
  5. Supports the management and execution of the Prince Rupert Gateway Council
    agenda to support the promotion and advocacy of the Port of Prince Rupert in collaboration with Council members.


  1. Attends internal and external stakeholder meetings, as necessary.
  2. Collaborates with the execution of PRPA Public Affairs Strategy including supporting overarching external, community and Indigenous relations initiatives and engagement.
  3. Performs other related duties, as required.


  • Position to be based in Prince Rupert.
  • Works predominately in an office environment, but with frequent external
  • engagements.
  • Regular, full-time position (37.5 hours per week). Regular working hours are
  • Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM with 1 hour lunch break (unpaid).
  • At times, work hours may be varied for operational reasons. Frequent evening and weekend work requirements should be anticipated.


Formal Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Business or related field.

Related Experience

  • Two to four years’ related work experience in Municipal Government, Maritime and/or Transportation industry.
  • General knowledge of relevant British Columbia municipal government and legislative
  • processes.
  • Experience in proactively engaging and building relationships with municipal
  • government officials, advocacy organizations and business professionals.

Other Requirements

  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated. Works well individually as well as in a team
  • environment, maintaining an effective working relationship with all levels of employees.
  • Ability to apply writing style and presentation techniques appropriate for differing
  • business, legislative and public relations purposes.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, accurate and completed briefing analyses, reports,
  • submissions, correspondence, records and other written material.
  • Ability to comprehend government policy and legislative decisions, and the impact
  • on PRPA and the Port of Prince Rupert.
  • Utilize applicable internet, technology, social media and external publications to
  • research legislative and policy issues, and track government officials and external
  • stakeholder issues, interests and public communication.
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement tracking and reporting and use of
  • Customer Management System (CRM) tools.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Experience in event management, tradeshows, and sponsorship activation.
  • Thrives in high-paced entrepreneurial environment.
  • Provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by
  • Health Canada.
  • Able to obtain security clearance under Transport Canada’s Security Clearance
  • Program.
  • Possess valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence.
  • Possess valid Canadian Passport.

Individuals of Indigenous descent are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application in confidence by Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

Manager, Human Resources
Prince Rupert Port Authority
200 – 215 Cow Bay Road
Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1A2
Fax:     (250) 627-8980

No telephone inquiries please.

Municipal & Economic Partnerships Associate

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application in confidence by Tuesday, October 18, 2022.


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