Policy Advocacy Director

CJPME is looking for a highly motivated individual who is passionate about CJPME’s mission and who wants to play a major role in the growth and influence of CJPME with the public and elected officials.

Policy Advocacy Director, CJPME – CJPME Head Office

Start Date:



Montreal (Ahuntsic), QC


Full time

Job Category:

Professional position


Policy Advocacy Director

Relevant Work Experience:

Minimum 5 years

Career Level:


Education Level:

University degree, with preference for expertise in political science, management, org development and/or public relations


Commensurate with experience & qualifications


Non-profit sector


Daytime hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

CJPME is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to empower Canadians of all backgrounds to promote justice, development and peace in the Middle East, and here at home in Canada.  CJPME is a national, independent, non-partisan Canadian organization at the forefront of promoting human rights and justice for all peoples in the Middle East, and Canadians of Middle East origin. 

CJPME is a small organization requiring a versatile individual who can creatively contribute in multiple roles. The position requires skills in advocacy, policy development, public relations and communications.  Bilingual candidates will have an advantage, as part of CJPME’s constituency is uni-lingual French.   The qualified individual will report to CJPME’s President.

Job Description:

  • Advocacy
    • Be able to develop strategic policies, in various written/graphic formats, that meet advocacy needs, targeting potentially politicians, media, or the general public
    • Represent the organization to politicians, media, or the general public to articulate and socialize the organization’s policies and campaigns
    • Be able to speak publicly of the organization, its mandate, and its focal areas
    • Organize meetings/events/press conferences with the public, media, partners and volunteers, to socialize the organization’s policies and campaigns
    • Work as part of an advocacy team – involving staff, volunteers, and partners – to collectively carry out advocacy policy
  • Public Relations
    • Develop strategic relationships at various levels with individuals, organizations, and politicians to promote the work and mandate of the organization
    • Liaise with elected officials, partners, supporters and volunteers
    • Be able to speak publicly of the organization, its mandate, and its focal areas
    • Help organize events involving elected officials, the public, partners and volunteers
    • Represent the organization at community events, occasionally outside office hours
    • Help develop communications, brochures, promotional videos, or other vehicles for relationship building and messaging
  • Management
    • Assist in all aspects of the managerial/administrative work of launching and supporting advocacy campaigns
    • Carry out personnel administration and orientation of junior staff
    • Oversee and manage junior staff
    • Maintain and update organizational processes and templates
  • Communications
    • Provide advocacy and policy guidance for social media communications, by developing the written/visual communications, and by
    • Provide advocacy and policy guidance supporting the successful rollout of and engagement with organizational campaigns
    • Help develop outgoing communications with elected officials and the public
    • Help maintain platforms for policy campaigns and related
  • Bonus for Bilingual Candidates: Help with Translation work
    • Perform occasional translations to French.
    • Manage day-to-day translation work and assignments of volunteer and intern translators. Farm out work to approved translators.
    • Track and manage translation progress.


The ideal candidate would have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years professional experience with roles involving the above skills. 
  • University or post-secondary education
  • Strong knowledge of international humanitarian law, and international human rights law.
  • Strong academic knowledge of Middle East history, culture and politics.
  • Understanding of Canadian politics, and experience communicating with elected representatives.
  • Native language skills in English, spoken and written. Bi-lingualism (English-French) would be a huge asset. 
  • Excellent customer relations skills, in-person and over the phone
  • High integrity and passionate drive for human rights
  • Ability to work creatively with social media platforms.
  • Solid, hands-on, office experience, with strong experience with all Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and some experience with relational databases
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, and program development
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong public speaking ability
  • Organized with a high degree of attention to details
  • Active on new media tools and platforms (e.g. on-line tools, social media, etc.)
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed 

Application Procedure:

Serious candidates should email their CVs/resumes along with a cover letter to [email protected]

NOTE: No phone calls please. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Thank you.