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Manager of Stakeholder Relations

Specific duties of a Manager of Stakeholder Relations can vary from business to business — along with factors like company culture, work environment, and team dynamics — it’s vital to tailor any template-based description to your company’s needs and expectations.

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Manager of Stakeholder Relations Interview Templates

Why you should hire a Manager of Stakeholder Relations

Managers of Stakeholder Relations create and execute stakeholder strategies to maximize engagement and ensure a business is achieving its stakeholder/membership objectives. They ensure all parties are deriving value and are mutually benefitting through relationships with the business.

In this hiring guide, we'll provide everything you need to hire a great Manager of Stakeholder Relations.

Top 12 Skills for Managers of Stakeholder Relations

Stakeholder Relationship Management

Verbal/Written Communication
Relationship Building
Collaboration

Program Design and Implementation

Program Management
Conscientiousness
Learning Agility

Inclusivity

Humility
Empathy
Inclusiveness

Leadership and Navigation

Strategic Thinking
Political Acumen
Influencing

Sample Manager of Stakeholder Relations job description

Managers of Stakeholder Relations are primarily responsible for creating and/or executing a stakeholder engagement strategy which involves building and strengthening relationships and strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders as well as building external support for the organization. Doing so requires them to keep a close pulse on stakeholder interests and perspectives to ensure program(s) are delivering value to stakeholders while also being strategically aligned with the goals and objectives of the business. These managers often work closely with Operations Managers and senior leadership to collect input and provide feedback on program performance. This role requires extensive program planning, management, and evaluation skills to ensure stakeholder initiatives are aligned with the business’s strategic goals. It also requires strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to manage and build strong partnerships in service of helping the organization achieve its strategic priorities.

Sample questions for Managers of Stakeholder Relations

Question 1

Tell me about a time your team collaborated with a specific community to co-create an Equity Diversity Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) strategic initiative. How did you collaborate, and why was it successful?

Victoria Kuktez
Victoria Kuketz
Manager of Stakeholder Relations - 13 years professional experience

What does this question reveal?

Candidate has the ability to apply principles of inclusivity and co-creation

Answer tips

  • Suggests structured approach for consulting and managing stakeholder involvement
  • Exhibits openness to learning by actively soliciting feedback from stakeholders on initiative
  • Follows up with stakeholders who provide feedback to demonstrate authenticity in their efforts
  • Shares any challenges they encountered and how they overcame them
  • Clearly describes how their strategy was connected to EDIA main objectives

Question 2

Can you think of a time where you’ve built a strong relationship with a stakeholder/client? What strategies did you use to build trust and rapport, and how did you know it was successful?

Victoria Kuktez
Victoria Kuketz
Manager of Stakeholder Relations - 13 years professional experience

What does this question reveal?

Candidate has the ability to develop and maintain high quality relationships with stakeholders

Answer tips

  • Explains how they researched/gathered information to understand the stakeholder’s key priorities
  • Applied empathy and compassion when engaging with stakeholders
  • Maintained open lines of communication and responded in a timely manner
  • Understands the business importance of engaging with stakeholders
  • Recognizes that stakeholder relationship maintenance is an ongoing activity