Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor

  • Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Feb 27, 2018
Full time Business Development Information Technology

Job Description

Who we are:

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is a leading organization at the heart of Canada’s Internet.  We’re best known for managing the .CA Internet domain, but we’re doing much more to strengthen the Internet in Canada and around the world. We are building programs, products and services that leverage all the Internet has to offer to help build a better online Canada, while providing a safe, secure and trusted online experience to all Canadians. Most recently, CIRA has used its extensive expertise in DNS operations to create D-Zone Anycast DNS that is available to organizations worldwide to reduce DNS latency and protect against DDoS attacks.


With over two and a half million .CA domain names registered and growing, and as one of the fastest growing country code domain registries in the world, CIRA has experienced significant growth over the last few years and has been named by AON as one of Canada's 50 Best Small and Medium sized employers for 2015 and platinum status for 2016 and 2017. We are looking for talented professionals who are passionate about the future of the internet and who value working with a seasoned team.


What you’ll do:


Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor is responsible for providing policy analysis, environmental monitoring and issue specific recommendations on Internet governance.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an advocacy strategy that advances CIRA and its members’ influence with key stakeholders and is consistent with CIRA’s goals and objectives
  • Keep abreast of regulatory affairs and the passage of relevant legislation, as well as the activities of international internet governance bodies, identifying opportunities and points of leverage, so CIRA can influence and contribute.
  • Participate in international working groups and meetings (e.g. ICANN, The Internet Governance Forum) and Identify opportunities for CIRA to be represented at relevant forums, events and conferences – to increase its capacity for effective policy advocacy and influencing on internet governance
  • Conduct and manage Internet and telecommunications policy research that influences or affects the following organizations:
    • The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
    • The United Nations and its various bodies involved with Internet policy issues, such as the Internet Governance Forum.
    • Canadian, U.S .and European legislative/regulatory developments affecting telecommunications and Internet service providers (ISPs).
    • The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
    • Other organizations affected by developments in Internet regulation.
  • Responsible for the development of process mechanisms used to gather and share information that contributes to the formulation of policy positions.
  • Conduct education sessions on a regular basis for CIRA staff on policy developments.
  • Develop and strengthen CIRA’a contacts with key policy influencers and decision-makers in Canada


What you bring:

  • Undergraduate University Degree in Political Science, Economics, Business, Communications or a related discipline is required. Master’s Degree or LLB is preferred.
  • 10 years of domestic and international Telecommunications and Internet policy experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. French is an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of policy development processes and the ability to influence outside stakeholders
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of international constituencies.
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Strong primary and secondary research skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time in Canada and Internationally


CIRA offers a fast-paced, challenging work environment in a dynamic, growing organization full of talented team players. CIRA provides competitive salary, generous benefits, and a location in the heart of Lansdowne Park, Ottawa. 


CIRA will accommodate people with disabilities throughout the hiring process. If accommodations are required, applicants are encouraged to make their requirements known in advance.