Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto. Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad.
The IOG’s vision is to be the pre-eminent, independent Canadian source of knowledge, research and advice on governance and its continuous improvement.
The IOG works with a wide range of clients and partners, including governments, communities, business, the not for profit sector and other public purpose organizations to assess their governance and to develop programs for improvement. While much of our activity takes place in our home base in Canada, we also work with international partners and governments.
Provides advisory services to a wide array of organizations on strengthening governance practices including strategic planning, governance assessments and renewal, organizational structure and process, accountability and performance reporting, stakeholder engagement, partnerships and other collaborative arrangements etc.
Provides professional development, leadership and capacity-building through courses and other learning events
Designs and facilitates multi-stakeholder meetings and convenes events
Undertakes applied research
The position is responsible for providing senior analytical leadership and support to the Indigenous practice area. Under senior leadership, this position contributes to knowledge development and advisory services at IOG. You will thrive in the IOG work environment if you enjoy intellectually challenging work and working in fluid teams in a performance driven environment.
To assist in the conception, design, development, management and delivery of programs, projects, special events, and support in the design and delivery of conferences, workshops or training sessions.
To analyze and prepare position papers or background papers for programs and/or projects, the elaboration and analysis of public policy options.
To research and prepare case studies or comparative practices on
governance themes across jurisdictions, including planning and conducting interviews, synthesizing reports.
To contribute to the intellectual growth of the IOG through commissioned research, writing policy briefs and other think pieces, attending and presenting at conferences and seminars.
Under the leadership of a senior staff members, help to identify and pursue business development opportunities within a defined area of Indigenous governance. Assist in assessing request for proposals and support and/or lead the preparation of proposals in response to formal request for proposals and direct request from clients.
Support the marketing of the Institute’s research, intellectual property and services through print, web and social media.
Reporting Relationships & Working Environment
The IOG has an immediate need for a Senior Analyst in the Indigenous Governance Business Line.
The Institute has a matrix management environment. The incumbent will report to a single senior staff member but could expect to work for several individuals concurrently on different projects and must be able to balance priorities accordingly. The Institute is small (30 full time staff), therefore teamwork and a willingness to set your hand to what needs to be done is important. An ability to work in a fairly unstructured setting helps, as does a willingness to take initiative.
The Institute receives no core funding and relies on projects funded by client organizations for its revenues. It is therefore a fairly entrepreneurial place. The pace of work can be intense at times; deadlines and priorities may be subject to change at short notice and professional standards are high. People who have worked in the IOG in the past tend to say that the working environment is demanding but enjoyable and collegial. Staff development is encouraged through both formal and informal means.
Qualifications: Professional & Personal
Knowledge of Canadian public administration, political science and the function of government and governance issues;
A post-secondary degree in a relevant subject area, preferably at a Masters level plus relevant work experience;
Substantive knowledge of other facets of governance related to the themes of IOG work. Candidates with knowledge and/or experience in Indigenous Governance and/or working with Indigenous organizations will be given preference
Experience in research, data collection and analysis (interviewing skills, internet research, literature reviews, surveys, statistical analysis, etc.);
Experience in business development and writing proposals for clients;
Excellent interpersonal skills; able to get things done through others; ability to deal well with senior people in person and on the phone;
Excellent written and spoken English; good at synthesizing material, note-taking and accurate summarizing; clear style; (a writing test is part of the interview process).
Ability to work in an unstructured environment; self-starter; self-reliant; good team worker; clear thinker and well organized, with close attention to detail;
Ability and willingness to travel when required; and
Strong computer skills (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
Self-directed individual Creative
Excited by your work
Excellent time management skills/well organized
Willing to contribute/lend a hand when needed
Uncompromising attention to quality and detail
Excellent interpersonal relations
The position reports to the Vice President, Indigenous Governance. The Institute has a matrix management environment as such the position can work for several individuals concurrently on different projects and must be able to balance priorities accordingly.
This position is based out of the Institute’s Ottawa office.
$40,000 – $60,000
How to Apply
Note: Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants. Bilingual language capacity is considered an asset. The position is open until filled.