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Director, Regulatory

Canadian Media Producers Association

Posted Apr 10 - Ottawa or Toronto

Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, the Director, Regulatory is responsible for managing the CMPA’s regulatory file. The Director will monitor existing and proposed broadcasting and telecommunications legislation, regulation and other related public policy initiatives, advise senior CMPA staff on the implications of those initiatives and provide recommendations on appropriate responses and/or courses of action. A key part of the Director’s role will be drafting CMPA interventions and proposals, and working with the CMPA’s senior staff appearing to present these interventions. The Director will also support the policy work of the CMPA senior staff and help support other priority initiatives, as required.

Core Responsibilities
The Director, Regulatory will:
• Monitor and evaluate existing and proposed legislation, regulations and government policies as they relate to the independent production sector’s regulatory environment. Assess the impact on the organization and its members and prepare the CMPA's responses;
• Research and draft CMPA interventions and submissions to the CRTC and other government departments and organizations on all regulatory matters related to broadcasting programming, broadcasting distribution and telecommunications. Assist with, and sometimes make, presentations at various hearings;
• Work with the CMPA’s Director, Research to identify and undertake research and data collection initiatives in the broadcasting and telecommunications areas for the purposes of policy development and communications to government, regulatory agencies, production funding bodies, media and CMPA members;
• Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with government officials in the areas of broadcasting and telecommunications policy, officials at the CRTC, staff of relevant House of Commons and Senate Committees, funding agency personnel and staff of other trade associations and other relevant organizations in order to facilitate communications, provide advice to senior CMPA staff and the CMPA Board of Directors and to build awareness of production industry issues;
• Provide support and advice as needed to the CMPA’s CRTC Regulatory Committee and any other committees or task forces that may be formed from time to time to deal with broadcasting or telecommunications-related issues. This includes the ongoing supervision and organization of teleconferences and meetings, the preparation of relevant research, the oversight and preparation of follow-up correspondence, memoranda or interventions on behalf of the CMPA;
• Play an active role in developing and executing on the CMPA’s external communications as they relate to regulatory matters;
• Support the policy work of the CMPA senior staff, as well as other priority initiatives of the organization, including events;
• Carry out other duties as may be required from time to time and in keeping with the level of the position.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate will:
• Possess a university degree in Business, Communications, Arts, Social Sciences, or Law. A relevant graduate degree would be considered an asset;
• Have a minimum of three (3) years relevant experience in the regulatory field, including but not limited to the policy, decisions and operations of the CRTC;
• Possess exemplary writing skills;
• Have a proven background of building and maintaining effective working relationships with government officials, volunteers and staff;
• Have successfully managed the work of external firms and consultants;
• Be willing and able to travel.
It will be considered an asset should the candidate:
• Possess knowledge of the business of producing film, television and digital media content, and the related industries for delivering that content to consumers, particularly in Canada; and/or,
• Possess knowledge and understanding of the various public policy and regulatory measures in support of the film, television and digital media production sectors in Canada;

Skills and capabilities
In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the successful candidate will demonstrate or possess:
• Exceptionally good judgment;
• Superior research capacity and analytical thinking;
• Strong aptitude for initiating and leading projects;
• Superior ability to prioritize, organize and manage a multitude of projects concurrently;
• The ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team in an inclusive and collaborative manner, and with relatively little supervision;
• The capacity to build and maintain internal and external partnerships;
• Proficiency with standard office computer software such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.

• Proficiency with the English language at a high professional level (i.e., verbal, written and comprehension) is considered a minimum qualification;
• A working ability with the French language (i.e., verbal, written and comprehension) is considered an asset.

Eligible applicants may submit a CV and cover letter by April 30 to Erin Finlay, Chief Legal Officer at erin.finlay@cmpa.ca with the subject line: Director, Regulatory.

The CMPA is an inclusive employer. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of any selection process.
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