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Manager, Indigenous Connections

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date November 30, 2017
Type Full Time
Salary $79,931.51 - $107,564.63 - Annual
Location Edmonton, AB
Category Business / Management
Contact Information
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Job Title: Manager, Indigenous Connections
Job ID: 1046192
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Scope: Open
Closing Date: December 11, 2017
Classification: Manager 2
Ministry: Children’s Services

Salary: $3,062.51- $4,121.25 bi-weekly ($79,931.51 – $107,564.63 annually)

About Us:

A successful society is defined by its people and the opportunities available for them to fully and actively participate in all aspects of life and provide for themselves and/or their families. The Department of Children’s Services works alongside the Department of Community and Social Services to foster a society, in which families are secure and resilient, individuals have safe, sustainable employment, vulnerable Albertans have the supports they require, and no one is left behind. You can be part of helping us make a difference!

The Department of Children’s Services leads child care & intervention, early childhood development, foster & kinship care, adoption, and improvements for children & youth.
To find out more about our work visit:

The Policy, Innovation and Indigenous Connections division supports the ministry and its partners in taking a holistic perspective towards the needs of Indigenous communities and in building and strengthening relationships across the province. A specific focus is on improving outcomes for Indigenous people in Alberta through cultural understanding, relationship building and strategic leadership.

This division is also responsible for the ministry’s strategic policy functions by providing strategic guidance for other divisions and cross-ministry partners. The division works to frame and shape ministry policy, legislation and government priorities.

This position provides expertise and advice on a range of Indigenous culture, relationship-building and engagement matters that shape the Ministry’s action and direction on Indigenous issues. In addition, this position provides direction for the identification and sharing of best practices and innovative approaches to supporting and contributing to improved outcomes of Indigenous


The Indigenous Connections Branch of Policy, Innovation and Indigenous Connections is seeking an engaging, collaborative, and creative thinking professional to lead a team of professionals in taking a proactive , networking approach to manage relationships and interactions within the Division, Ministry and with Indigenous leaders, Elders, communities, persons with lived experience, Indigenous agencies and other partners.

The Manager provides leadership, collaboration, consultation and facilitation to ensure that Ministry initiatives, policies, programs and services are informed by Indigenous perspectives and that feedback shared through respectful, meaningful engagement activities informs the work of Children’s Services. The manager leaders a team of professional staff in undertaking all aspects of engagement and collaborative work with Indigenous communities in order to increase collective understanding of Indigenous perspectives; ensuring and Indigenous lens is represented within the Ministry and other ministries; and generates feedback and input that can contribute to system wide changes to improve outcomes for Indigenous children, families and communities.

Knowledge of Indigenous history, governance, community dynamics and protocols, as well as a broad and comprehensive understanding of Children’s Services strategic priorities, challenges, programs and services will be critical in this role.

Being creative and results-oriented, you will work collaboratively with other divisions, ministries, governments, partners and stakeholders to develop collaborative approaches to measuring improved outcomes for Indigenous people.

Accountabilities include:

– Building and strengthening relationships with Indigenous partners on behalf of the Ministry.

– Leading the development, maintenance and presentation of Children’s Services Indigenous Engagement Plans.

– Serves as a primary source within the Ministry on Indigenous engagement processes and government-to-government engagement protocols with Indigenous stakeholders.

– Contributes to the identification of strategic priorities to promote, facilitate and maintain overall progress to create continuous improvement of Children’s Services programs, services and responses to Indigenous people.

– Contributes to promoting increased Indigenous awareness throughout the Ministry including the meaning of protocols and other aspects of Indigenous culture.


Minimum of a University degree in a related field (Social Work, Sociology, Political Science, Native Studies, Public Administration, etc.) supplemented by at least four (4) years related experience is required. Related experience or education may be considered as an equivalency on a one-to-one basis.

A strong knowledge of Indigenous culture, Indigenous organizations, First Nations, Metis, non-status, Inuit, urban Indigenous and other Indigenous communities within Alberta, including their diverse backgrounds, interests, and socio-economic issues is required.

The ideal candidate would have extensive experience in the following areas: working with Indigenous communities and/or on Indigenous engagement initiatives, related management experience in a social services environment, stakeholder collaboration, project management, and leading community engagement.

Ability to speak an Indigenous language is considered an asset.


As part of the selection process short-listed candidates will be asked to complete an assignment. Assignments will be emailed to these candidates the week of December 18, 2017. Interviews will be scheduled the second week of January 2018.

Please clearly state in your cover letter and resume how your experience meets the requirements of this position by identifying Indigenous people/groups that you have experience engaging and what outcomes were achieved through your engagement efforts.

Final candidates for this position will be asked to undergo a security screening, in order to expedite this process, be prepared to complete a criminal record check.

This competition may be used to fill current and future vacancies across the Government of Alberta.

How to Apply:

Online applications are preferred. Please ensure that you include contact information including email address on resume. Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.

If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Alyssa Neis, Integrated Human Resource Services, 8th Floor Park Plaza, 10611 98 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2P7. Email:

For individuals who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada, it is recommended that you obtain an evaluation of your credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) and include the IQAS assessment certificate as part of your application. Further information on IQAS is available at:

Position Profile:

Closing Statement:

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted via email.

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