Director of Languages

Job Information
Author ahnationtalk
Date February 16, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Assembly of First Nations
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Higgins Executive Search
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afn-logoDirector of Languages

Assembly of First Nation.

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

The AFN and the federal government are both highly committed to advancing a new national program for Aborig-inal languages. In the newly created role of Director of Languages, you will establish and lead a team of dedicat-ed professionals that are passionate about maintaining and revitalizing Aboriginal languages. As a seasoned leader, your team will deliver recommendations for legislation that are time sensitive. With a proven reputation and ability to develop broad strategies and policy positions that reflect AFN’s priorities, you will lead the planning, de-velopment, implementation and evaluation for the mandate of AFN’s Aboriginal languages initiative. You will also lead the development of broad strategies and policy positions that reflect the AFN’s priorities.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Languages, will work closely with the Chiefs’ Working Com-mittee and Technical Committee for Aboriginal languages. They will oversee the planning, development, implemen-tation and evaluation of the department’s mandate. The Director of Languages will ensure the programs and ser-vices offered by the Language Department contribute to the AFN’s mission, and that the recommendations and policies reflect the priorities of the First Nations communities. The Director will be the lead in establishing positive and reciprocal relationships with Heritage Canada and other government departments as well as with First Nations on a national, regional and community level and with international Indigenous groups and organizations.

The successful candidate will be a politically savvy professional and have a strong understanding of the legislative process in Canada. A post-secondary degree in political science, law, or related field of study, and 5 to 7 years of directly relevant senior experience will be required. Equivalent combination of education and experience and a minimum of 5 years’ experience with First Nations politics and policies will be taken into consideration.

For more information or to apply for this unique national, Ottawa based opportunity, offering strong benefits and a 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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