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Director of Policy

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
Contact Information

Director of Policy

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.

In the past year, the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the AFN on a New Fiscal Re-lationship. The AFN is now developing key principles that will guide this work to be undertaken in this area. In the fall of 2016, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has been seeking input on five policy areas including: Treasury Board Policy on Transfer and Payments, Funding Model, Default Management and Prevention Policy, General Assessment Trans-parency and Accountability

The Role

The new Director of Policy will have a well-timed opportunity to make a significant contribution to First Nations nationally by leading the development of new legislature and providing recommendations for establishing new policies for the areas chosen by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada as well as numerous other areas. Building upon your current team of policy professionals, you will ensure the Policy team is highly engaged supporting the National Chief’s mandate, the achieve-ment of work plans and objectives, and effective national advocacy strategies in all First Nations policy related issues.

The Director of Policy will be leading AFN’s planning initiatives and developing broad strategy and policy positions on all First Nations matters. They will develop positive, reciprocal relationships with First Nations on a national, regional and community level as well as with international Indigenous groups and organizations. They will also collaborate with mainstream leadership and representatives, while working closely and regularly with government officials, to negotiate, advance and promote First Nations positions, policies and interests in all matters.

The successful candidate will have significant knowledge, understanding and a passion for updating and contributing to pol-icies that affect First Nations communities. They will demonstrate superior interpersonal and negotiation skills, strong leadership, and sound judgement. A post graduate degree in political science or a relevant field of study and 5 to 7 years of directly rel-evant senior management experience is required. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be taken into consideration.

For more information or to apply for this exciting Ottawa based opportunity offering strong benefits and pension plan and relocation assistance, please contact Brock Higgins at 613-788-8254 ext 101 or submit your resume and related information electronically to

For more information on the Assembly of First Nations please visit


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