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Advocacy and Policy Consultant

Bandology is a proud Canadian non-profit dedicated to supporting more music for more kids via education, collaboration and community. We are looking to hire someone in the role of Advocacy and Policy Consultant to work collaboratively with the Bandology team to develop a strategic advocacy plan to further our mission.

About the Job:
  • Responsible for advocacy and policy development
  • Research, develop and implement an advocacy strategy and initiatives to advance and advocate for music education policy change, identifying specific goals and measurable objectives
  • Develop and produce briefs, submissions, fact sheets, white papers, talking points, conference presentations, proposals and other policy advocacy materials to support advocacy initiatives
  • Develop key messages, speaking notes and presentations
  • Collaborate with fellow staff to produce and disseminate advocacy materials via social media, presentations and media relations
  • Develop and establish relationships with policy makers/influencers including staff at similar non-profits, education policy makers, school board trustees, elected officials and other key stakeholders
  • Develop, implement, coordinate and facilitate partnerships, working groups and campaigns as required to advance policy and programmatic initiatives
  • Create a set of procedures, policies and timelines for ongoing advocacy and policy work to be implemented in the future
  • Participate in Band Camp (July 12-16, either in-person or online), ensure that all campers have a fun and fulfilling experience and gather material (photos, stories, interviews) for future advocacy and policy use
About You:
  • Enrolled or graduated from a post-secondary program specializing in policy, advocacy, public administration, political science, business, communications or similar
  • 2-5 years direct experience in an advocacy or policy role in the non-profit or public sector, including demonstrated success, either paid or volunteer as part of a co-op placement
  • Prior experience participating in advocacy and policy efforts to change norms, opinions or policies, whether through collaborative efforts, social marketing, direct access to decision-makers or other means.
  • Strong applied knowledge in influencing and advocacy with stakeholders at local, provincial and national levels
  • Knowledge of best practices and applied skills in fund development methods and techniques, and persuasive writing
  • Proficiency in drafting funding proposals and reports
  • Knowledge of current trends in digital engagement and strategy for non-profits
  • Excellent writing, research and presentation skills
  • Access to your own computer with reliable internet connection, as files and meetings take place online
  • Experience with Google suite of programs, social media and public speaking
  • A wide base of transferable skills including organization, time management, self regulation, collaboration and leadership
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively with the team
  • Creativity – new ideas are welcomed at Bandology! 
  • A background in instrumental music, whether from music class, piano lessons or personal interest
  • A passion for music and a belief in the long-term value of music education
  • Camp experience, either as a camper or counsellor, would be useful
About Us:

Bandology is dedicated to providing quality job experiences that allow young people the opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills in a safe and welcoming space, as well as the chance to pursue different aspects and applications of their passion for music and music education.

  • In addition to working with the staff team, staff may work closely with Board members from diverse backgrounds with varied experience who provide mentorship
  • Remote work utilizing a central Google drive for files and regular Zoom meetings. When able, we host an in-person meeting each week in Oakville, outdoors and physically distanced.
  • An extensive on-boarding program during the first week to learn about the organization, processes and procedures, and our culture.
  • A flexible work environment where you can set your own hours
  • All staff work together collaboratively during Band Camp week, July 12-16, and are expected to attend in person or online for the full week

Bandology is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an inclusive non-discriminatory work environment that respects the rights of all Canadians. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone.

Job Details:

With funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program, this position runs for 16 weeks from May 17 to September 3 for 35 hours per week at a rate of $14.25/hour. Bandology reimburses staff for any approved expenses or mileage. The Canada Summer Jobs program requires that all successful applicants are between the ages of 15-30.

To Apply:

Send your detailed resume to info@bandology.ca along with a cover letter (in ONE single PDF) that answers these three questions:

  • Music is important to me because…
  • I believe that the long-term value of music education is…
  • A special talent that I bring to Bandology is…

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