Manager, Indigenous Relations

Job Information
Author metrolinx123
Date October 26, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Metrolinx
Salary Competitive - Per Hour
Location Toronto, ON
Category Government
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Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario and our goal is to create a transportation network that enhances the prosperity, sustainability and quality of life for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. We lead planning in the region with a Regional Transportation Plan that guides the work and investments of the organization. This includes building light transit, bus rapid transit and Regional Express Rail, as well as operating GO Transit, UP Express and PRESTO.

Reporting to the Director, Community Relations and Communications, the Manager, Indigenous Relations is responsible for leadership and direction of Metrolinx’s Indigenous Relations strategy and policy framework and to build positive working relationships and knowledge between members of Indigenous communities, Metrolinx and the community at large.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage relationships, structures and tools to support the co-design of an Indigenous Collaboration Framework with internal and external stakeholders and partners, including action plans, goals and high level outcomes, specifically for PAR-related activities and Duty to Consult obligations.
  • Identify areas of alignment with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action, the Metrolinx Community Benefits Framework and strategic priorities, and develop recommendations to advance dialogue and make progress on Reconciliation
  • Develop and implement plans for external stakeholder mobilization to contribute to Metrolinx’s work including ways to foster new partnerships and further develop existing relationships with a range of indigenous organizations and sectors
  • Design tools and processes to ensure that diverse perspectives are meaningfully included in Metrolinx work and inform ongoing learning and framework development
  • Act as a subject matter expert on Indigenous priorities and engagement and contribute to initiatives led by internal stakeholders including Communications and Public Affairs, Capital Projects Group, Environmental Programs & Assessment, Human Resources, Sustainability, Procurement, and Planning & Development.
  • Prepare and deliver reports for executive teams including the Board of Directors
  • Ensures programs align with the approach and content of human resources programs such as employee on-boarding, professional development, performance improvement, engagement, and succession planning
  • Executes reporting and monitoring mechanisms that track the progress and overall effectiveness of programs, initiatives, and activities
  • Keeps current on Indigenous issues, programs and developments by maintaining a wide professional network
  • Lead the Indigenous Relations policy development process and perform complex and sensitive policy analysis, as required
  • Provide input to the preparation of budget and allocation of resources to support the organizational priorities within the portfolio
  • Monitors progress to ensure that program objectives are delivered on time and within budget, and that anticipated business results are achieved
  • Manages and provides overall direction to the team, including defining team roles, responsibilities, and expectations; provides feedback and ensures they are equipped with the necessary tools and information to enable their full engagement

Location:                     10 Bay Street, Toronto


  • Completion of a bachelor degree in Business Administration or Human Resources or a related discipline – or a combination of education, training and experience deemed equivalent.
  • Minimum eight (8) years’ experience in public and/or private organizations with large employee populations
  • In depth knowledge, lived experience and/or expertise in the Indigenous communities’ priorities including familiarity with key Indigenous stakeholders
  • Excellent project leadership skills to plan, coordinate and implement project activities, guide team members and a variety of stakeholders
  • Highly developed analytical skills and use independent judgement to problem solve
  • Strong political acuity, sound judgment and highly developed problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and manage contentious issues to resolution
  • Knowledge and understanding of the factors and issues impacting and influencing Indigenous policy development, the Crown’s legal duty to consult and Indigenous and Treaty rights.
  • Understanding of the concepts, barriers, best practices and principles for engaging, consulting and building relationships with Indigenous partners, communities and organizations.
  • Excellent written communication skills to prepare a variety of correspondence (e.g. reports, presentations, etc.) and demonstrated ability to brief and present materials to various audiences, including Indigenous audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills to liaise with internal and external partners, particularly Indigenous partners, stakeholders and provide briefings to senior management.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills to proactively assess and address issues affecting Indigenous people

To apply for this position, please submit your resume online via (, no later than November 11, 2018.

Please note that applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Accommodation will be provided throughout the hiring process, as required.  Applicants must make their needs known in advance.

Please be advised, Metrolinx uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. A Criminal Record Search may be required of the successful candidate. Should it be determined that any background information provided be misleading, inaccurate or incorrect, Metrolinx reserves the right to discontinue with the consideration of your application.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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