Correspondence Manager, National Chief’s Office

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Author ahnationtalk
Date February 17, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Assembly of First Nations
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Higgins Executive Search
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Correspondence Manager, National Chief’s Office

Assembly of First Nations

Established in 1982, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is modelled after the United Nations General Assembly. AFN is a national advocacy organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nations communities and in cities and towns across the country.

First Nations leaders (Chiefs) from coast to coast to coast direct the work of AFN through resolutions passed at Chiefs As-semblies held at least twice a year. The AFN National Executive is made up of a National Chief, 10 Regional Chiefs and the chairs of Elders, Women’s and Youth councils. The role of the National Chief and the AFN is to advocate on behalf of First Nations. This includes the facilitation and coordination of national and regional discussions and dialogue, advo-cacy efforts and campaigns, legal and policy analysis, communicating with governments, including facilitating relationship building between First Nations and the Crown as well as the public and private sectors and the general public.

The Role

It is an exciting time with numerous changes on the horizon for AFN that will lead to significant and positive change for First Nations in Canada. With many priorities and a mandate to lead this change, AFN is seeking an incumbent for the newly created role of Correspondence Manager in the National Chief’s Office (NCO). Reporting to the Chief of Staff the Correspondence Manager will be a detail oriented and strategic thinker who can manage po-litically sensitive correspondence on behalf of the National Chief and his office. Responsibilities include coordinat-ing, analysing, drafting and reviewing incoming correspondence, assessing the content and priority, determining the proper response schedule and departmental responsibility and ensuring that a rapid and precise response mechanism is in place for all correspondence. The Correspondence Manager will liaise with other AFN depart-ments to ensure the quality and consistency of information and will register and track all correspondence to ensure responses occur within the timeframe indicated on the routing slip. This position is critical in providing the NCO with an effective, timely and responsive mechanism to address all incoming correspondence from Chiefs and Councils, regional Chiefs organizations, First Nations organizations, all levels of government and First Nations citizens.

The successful candidate is knowledgeable and current with First Nations and Indigenous issues and politics, na-tionally and internationally. As a strong communicator and writer, they will bring excellent planning skills and are adaptable to meet the challenges of a fluid work environment Bringing a passion for communications, the ideal candidate will possess a relevant post-secondary degree, excellent writing skills, strong experience in office pro-cesses and time management as well as proven experience in politically charged environments. English/ French bi-lingualism and/or French and Aboriginal language abilities are considered an asset

For more information or to apply for this exciting Ottawa based opportunity offering strong benefits and pension plan and relocation assistance, please contact Brenda LaRose at 204-515-3828 ext. 103 or submit your resume and related information electronically to

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