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Director, Indigenous Governance

Job Information
Author mmnationtalk
Date January 24, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Indigenous Governance
Salary $70,000 - $100,000 - Annual
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Institute on Governance
Contact Information
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The position is responsible for providing intellectual leadership to this business line as well as others, generating revenue to support IOG operations, and contributing to the long-term growth of the organization.  You will thrive in the IOG work environment if you enjoy intellectually challenging work and working in fluid teams in a performance driven environment.

Position Summary

This leadership position primary roles involve helping to secure new business, outreach to key stakeholders and partners, program development and delivery, and research.

The Institute has five service lines: Research, Learning and Advisory focused on public governance, Indigenous governance, modernization and board and organizational governance.

Key Responsibilities

A. Business Development, Marketing and Communications

  • Actively participate in the development of business strategy
  • Help to build the Indigenous Governance business line consistent with the IOG’s strategic directions
  • Identify and pursue business development opportunities, write proposals and secure contracts Identify and build relations with Indigenous leaders and communities across Canada; as well as leaders in the public service and civil society
  • Collaborate with IOG colleagues in the development of a broader IOG client base
  • Aid in developing and maintaining appropriate relationships with pertinent government departments and other organizations within the Indigenous governance practice in order to secure funding for the IOG’s activities
  • Promote and represent IOG at targeted events and conferences including helping to develop and make presentations and speeches
  • Contribute to the intellectual growth of the IOG through commissioned research, writing policy briefs and other think pieces

B. Delivery of Services

  • Manage projects in the Indigenous governance practice in an effective and efficient manner, including managing client relations, developing work plans and budgets, research, writing and delivering high quality results on time
  • Contribute to the development and work of other practice areas as required

C. Supervisory/Management

  • Provide advice and direction to staff as assigned to projects supervised by Director
  • Report regularly to the Vice President on the projects, research andactivities of the Indigenous practice area and on the activities as required
  • Provide input to the annual performance reviews for assigned staff


  • A post-secondary degree in a relevant area, preferably at a Masters level plus 5 years or more relevant work experience
  • A demonstrated knowledge of governance literature and issues, and experience working to resolve governance problems
  • Some management experience, budget preparation, working within timelines and budgets
  • Experience supervising the work and managing the performance of others
  • A solid network of contacts in the area of Indigenous governance
  • A demonstrated capacity to secure and deliver contracted work and a satisfied clientele willing to stand reference
  • An established track record of high quality work performed to time and within budget
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communications in English
    • fluency in French a definite asset
    • ability to write clearly and succinctly
    • ability to adjust communication styles for a variety of purposes and to a variety of audiences
  • Experience in training and/or facilitation
  • Ability and willingness to travel when required
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)

Personal attributes and characteristics

  • Self-directed individual able to work within and across teams
  • Ability to inspire team members and lead projects
  • Creative
  • Excited by challenging work
  • Entrepreneurial; self-starter/driven
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Willing to contribute wherever asked
  • Uncompromising attention to quality and detail Client-service oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal relations


The successful candidate reports directly to the Vice President, Indigenous Governance.


This position is based out of the Institute’s Ottawa office.

Note: Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants.  Bilingual language capacity is considered an asset.


$70,000 – $100,000

How to Apply

Note: Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants.  Bilingual language capacity is considered an asset.  The position is open until filled.

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