Director, Regulatory Affairs

The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) represents Canada’s largest national and international passenger air carriers:  Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation LP and WestJet.  We promote safe, accessible, sustainable and competitive air travel by advocating for the development of policies, regulations and legislation to foster a world-class transportation system.

Our advocacy efforts shape crucial policies and measures that promote a Canadian airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility.  We achieve this by working collaboratively with numerous industry partners and with governments to continuously improve air travel as the indispensable connective network that is essential to Canada’s prosperity, economy, and global competitiveness.

As the industry emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, NACC is in search of a Director, Regulatory Affairs to join our team.  Reporting to the Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations and Regulatory Affairs, the mandate of this position is to represent and advance the interests of NACC’s members on a variety of regulatory, operational and technical issues.

The Director will work closely with NACC’s Committees and membership to formulate policies and positions on a wide range of issues.  Key Duties will include:

Regulatory Development

  • Monitoring and providing regular updates on the status and changes to regulations, rules, standards and guidance material and determine the impact to NACC airlines.
  • Providing support to member airlines by exploring ways to increase safety and efficiency.
  • Liaising with various government and industry stakeholders such as Transport Canada, NAV CANADA, etc. and applicable international aviation organizations.
  • Working with NACC members, Committees, and external bodies to develop regulatory positions and policies on a range of issues impacting our members.
  • Sharing and communicating regulatory positions and policies using a mix of tools, including correspondence, briefs, reports, presentations, articles, etc.
  • Conducting research, compiling and analyzing various data in support of NACC initiatives.
  • Working with like-minded coalitions to develop joint policies and positions on a range of policy and regulatory issues.

External Representation

  • Representing NACC at applicable meetings, conferences, and committees and various industry working groups.
  • Organizing and coordinating meetings with industry stakeholders on behalf of the organization.
  • Actively participating in external coalitions, consultations, stakeholder meetings, government task forces, etc.
  • Preparing correspondence, speaking notes, issues summaries, briefs, etc. to enable senior NACC representatives to effectively represent the association.
  • Communicating NACC’s positions publicly through production of articles, editorials, policy papers, blogs, etc.

Engagement with NACC Members

  • Serving as the staff liaison and secretariat for a number of NACC’s Committees; scheduling meetings, presenting topics, and performing follow-up.
  • Attending Executive Committee meetings if/as applicable and the biannual Board of Directors meetings and yearly AGM; presenting key updates and information.

Essential Qualifications

  • A postsecondary degree in a relevant field of study / or an equivalent level of experience in aviation.
  • Minimum 5 years experience working in an aviation policy and/or regulatory setting. Examples could include airlines, airports, international aviation bodies, relevant public agencies (e.g., CATSA, NAV CANADA, CTA, etc.).
  • A self-starter, someone who takes initiative and can work independently.
  • Must be able to work with absolute integrity and sense of fair play to represent a diverse NACC membership.
  • Must be a consensus builder; someone who can forge common positions among multiple interests.
  • Must be able to effectively facilitate communication and advocate positions on behalf of NACC member carriers in a positive, even-tempered, and non-confrontational manner.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Bilingualism (English, French) is an asset.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen to obtain required security clearance if/as required.

Working Arrangement

NACC offices are located in Ottawa, Ontario. Team members enjoy flexible working arrangements as agreed to by the President and CEO.  Attendance at in-person meetings, and travel will sometimes be required.

NACC offers a competitive salary, benefits and vacation package.

If you feel this position is right for you, please send a cover letter explaining why you would be a good candidate for this role, and a copy of your most recent C.V, to Jeff Morrison c/o [email protected] by January 20, 2023.

NACC is an equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.   We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.