Specialist, Government and Community Relations

Specialist, Government and Community Relations

Your new company
Our client is a leader in the mining industry, our responsibility is to positively impact our people, communities, and the environment. We value our workforce and offer continuous training and career development opportunities for our people.

A global leader in the production of iron ore and one of the largest producers of nickel. Active in Canada for over 100 years, our client employs nearly 6,000 people across our corporate office in Toronto and sites in Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Applying the latest technologies to sustainably produce nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum group metals, gold and silver is at the heart of what we do.

With our global headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and approximately 125,000 employees in over 30 countries, our client is constantly growing and changing. We invite you to be part of our evolution.

Your new role
We are currently seeking a Specialist, Government and Community Relations to join our North Atlantic Project Studies team in Sudbury, ON. This is a permanent position. The Specialist, Government and Community Relations role is responsible for coordinating overall Government, Community, and Indigenous Relations matters across all feasibility projects and engineering solutions in mining projects for the Canadian Operations. This role will inform the shaping of the project such that social and regulatory license to operate is obtained in an expeditious manner. The Specialist will coordinate with local Corporate Affairs teams to ensure a coordinated approach to studies, partner engagement, and Indigenous community consultation and accommodation. The role holder is responsible to build support for the Company’s actions within communities and proactively create solutions associated with social obstacles to project success. Additionally, in this position you will:

Health, Safety and Environment
  • Leads and actively promotes behaviours with Vale’s public safety goals for all partners including employees, contractors, customers, government, Indigenous communities, and other members of the community
  • Promotes a healthy working environment.

  • Exhibits Vale’s values while engaging with external partners
  • Influences project team members performance and their activities to ensure social performance objectives achieved.
  • Communicates regularly with the Project team on strategies to ensure that goals and priorities are clearly understood
  • Recommends to the Manager, Project Engineering Studies and respective Project Leads any requirements for additional resources and strategies to maintain the schedule.

  • Leads the external face of the project portfolio to ensure business outcomes are achieved.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Project Team and contractors to ensure no aspect of the project is overlooked or lags in progress and assists in the development and implementation of recovery plans to ensure regulatory and community approval.
  • Leads, co-ordinates and supervises studies and contractors within their responsible area to ensure project requirements are achieved.

  • Prepare government, community relations and Indigenous Rights Holders plans with input and alignment with local Corporate Affairs and Environmental teams.
  • Implement community and Indigenous relations engagement, consultation and accommodation plans while ensuring plans align with local Corporate Affairs strategies and plans.
  • Participate in project meetings and advise on potential social risks and community concerns
  • Advise on social risk mitigations, including implications to project schedule and costs
  • Integrate Vale’s social performance expectations and requirements into project studies and plans and provide suggestions for continuous improvement
  • Leads and ensures compliance to project procedures and regulatory requirements, including the management of project documentation and ensuring these are applied for, received, reviewed, commented, responded, and incorporated in project archives.
  • Ensures that project activities align and conform to approval conditions and commitments.
  • Maintains condition/commitment registers for tracking purposes.
  • Leads and coordinates the outputs of their assigned project team or teams in line with the detailed scope, cost, and schedule control baselines and leads any project changes in terms of this agreed baseline.
  • Mitigates project delays by coordinating the different functions and establishing priorities.
  • Collaborate with government and non-government officials.

What you'll need to succeed
  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Degree in Communications, Public Relations and/or Indigenous Relations related field is preferred

  • 11 to 15 years of experience in a similar subject area

Skills and Experience:
  • Unwavering commitment to safety
  • A bias to action and a proven history of delivering results.
  • Experience in community relations and Indigenous Affairs in Canada
  • Operational experience in extractive or infrastructure industries.
  • Understanding of underground and open pit mining, transportation, and mineral processing
  • Experience in large/mega project studies and their execution in extractive or infrastructure industries
  • Knowledge of social aspects and impacts associated with mining and construction projects
  • Understanding of regulatory and legislative processes requiring Indigenous and community consultation
  • Understanding of sophisticated social and business issues
  • Ability to clearly articulate key messages to target audiences (project teams, community, government).
  • Ability to present detailed and complicated concepts and information succinctly and persuasively.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact and influence others in a positive and productive way with key audiences (employees, senior leadership, community partners, etc).
  • Ability to manage and multi-task on a variety of issues & activities.
  • Experience with communicating with government and non-government officials.
  • Be creative, not only using past practices but also promoting new ways of doing things to improve the value of our mineral resources.
  • Ability to evaluate alternative options and recommend preferred solution while outlining benefits and downside risks.
  • Ability to work with various groups and gain alignment.
  • Flexibility for domestic and international travel.

What you'll get in return
The Specialist, Government and Community Relations position will allow the right candidate to shape our mining operations. Additionally, our clients offers a series of benefits including:
  • Competitive salary
  • Attractive pension and benefits (company paid core coverage, flex health and dental coverage, flex accounts, disability plans and optional insurances)
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation, flex, sick, top up for maternity/parental)
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Work culture dedicated to safety, diversity & inclusion, and career growth
  • Grow your career in a large and global company, and mining industry leader
  • Employee Family Assistance Program
  • Online training and career development opportunities
  • Opportunities to advise and oversee the design, budget and construction of new mines and expansions

What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
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Job Type
Energy, Utilities & Mining
Competitive salary

Talk to a consultant

Talk to Shreyas Patel, the specialist consultant managing this position, located in Toronto (EN)
8 King Street East, 20th Floor

Telephone: 4162036256