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Company Name:
Silvera for Seniors
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
10 - 20 years
Education level:
Master's Degree

Chief External Relations Officer

See Yourself in Our Story

Chief External Relations Officer

Do you want to be a voice for seniors in Calgary? Do you want to help build communities that support independence, dignity and aging in community? Do you want to be part of a best-in-class results-based organization?

Our employees make a difference in the Silvera story and in the unique stories of each of our 1,500 residents. Our team works every day in our resident’s homes as leading advocates and caring providers of affordable homes and services for lower-income seniors.

We believe in a diverse workforce, career advancement, employee recognition and offering competitive salary and benefits package. We are committed to ongoing training and support for all employees, which helps them to create their careers and excel in providing professional and superior service to our residents.

This, we believe, makes us an employer of choice and a great place to work.

See yourself in our story as a Chief External Relations Officer

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief External Relations Officer is accountable for developing the strategic external relations priorities, including government relations, community and donor fund raising and engagement and communications and marketing. This position will focus on the development and positioning of external corporate initiatives to enhance Silvera’s reputation with municipal and provincial government departments, as well as supervise and lead the communications and marketing and community engagement and donor relations initiatives.

A highly strategic thinker and a change leader, this position has a solid understanding of the complex not – for – profit environment and will focus on building long-term and sustainable future. This role has strong philanthropic literacy and a proven history of securing donor support and community engagement. The position interacts with the executive of the organization and board committee members.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Leads government affairs activities by establishing positive relationships with elected officials and municipal and provincial government employees for the purpose of understanding the work of Silvera and positively influencing funding and program support.
  • Identifies strategies to engage in public policy input, lobby campaigns and government relations advocacy opportunities.
  • Oversees the development of a strategic plan for government relations, fund development and communications and marketing, ensures consistent, timely and accurate stakeholder (financial stakeholder, volunteer, employee, community) communications around the organizational corporate public and government relations, fund development and communications and marketing strategies.
  • Leads fundraising vision and strategy to build stability and growth in community and donor investments, within ethical standards and CRA compliance.
  • Collaborates with the Board of Directors and CEO to participate in awareness and community engagement with the goal to help champion the fund development plan which increases annual, capital and reserve revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Provides strategic advice and counsel to support organizational leaders and departments on communications, government relations and donor and stakeholder relations
  •  Builds strong collaborative relationships with other provincial seniors housing organizations, monitor trends in the community or region and adapts public relations, marketing and communications and fundraising strategies as necessary.
  • Provides leadership coaching to marketing and communications and community donor engagement staff, build and manage key internal relationships at all levels of the organization, across departments and sites to ensure a good understanding of public relations, marketing and communication and community engagement-fund development functions is advanced.
  • Develops policies and procedures for the public relations, fund development and marketing and communications portfolio which reflect ethical, innovative practices.
  • Oversees the planning and evaluation of special public events (including fundraising and public relations events) to generate funds and/or government recognition for the organization in the external community.
  • Leads and oversees the preparation of the annual budget for fundraising, public relations and marketing and communications.
  • Provides clear, concise and appropriate information to the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and leadership teams and other internal audiences of the organization’s progress in the areas of fundraising, marketing and public relations with our government funders.
  • Oversees a comprehensive engagement and stewardship plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximizing public awareness of the fundraising activities.




  • The successful candidate will possess a university degree, preferably a Master’s degree in a related field such as Government Relations, Public Policy, Communications, Business, or a related discipline.  Additional professional designations in communications (ARP, ABC) or fund development (AFP) will be considered an asset.
  • Ten (10) or more years of progressive government relations experience, fundraising practices, coupled with a strong understanding of government processes and public policy, and communications and marketing.
  • Experience working in a not-for-profit environment would be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry projects and initiatives to completion while working successfully in a team environment and independently.
  • Successfully negotiating innovative and creative solutions to problems with external partners. 
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated initiative in recognizing opportunities for improvement and efficiency in
  • Processes and practices.
  • Strong analytical skills in order to resolve issues and evaluate possible solutions.


For further information about Silvera for Seniors, we encourage you to visit our website at

We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.