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Senior Aboriginal Liaison Officer

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date December 23, 2016
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Public Service
Salary $73,769 - $107,220 - Annual
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Admin / Office
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Do you have a genuine interest in building partnerships and collaborating with Aboriginal communities in northern Ontario? If so, then consider this opportunity with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to lead, coordinate and facilitate relationships and partnerships in support of the government’s mineral and economic development goals and commitments in relation to Aboriginal initiatives and programs.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this position, you will:

  • provide expert advice to senior management and corporate support to ministry staff on Aboriginal issues and in the development and implementation of mineral and economic development policies and programs
  • provide front-line service and response to Aboriginal communities in support of consultation initiatives and develop and foster critical linkages and partnerships
  • plan, develop and coordinate the development of briefing materials, reports and issues management plans pertaining to Aboriginal matters for senior management
  • act as liaison between the ministry, Aboriginal communities, and partners
  • provide strategic planning, negotiation and facilitation in the development, and implementation of Aboriginal initiatives and programs

Location: Thunder Bay

How do I qualify?

Technical knowledge:

  • You have practical/operational experience and knowledge of Ontario’s Indigenous communities and organizations.
  • You have knowledge of land and resource development matters including community impacts, opportunities and perspectives.
  • You have knowledge of economic, legal, and political issues underlying Indigenous affairs, history, culture, governance, protocols, agreements and services affecting Indigenous communities.
  • You are aware of government priorities, policies and strategic directions for Indigenous affairs.
  • You have knowledge and understanding of the factors and issues impacting and influencing the Crown’s legal duty to consult, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and inter-governmental relations.
  • You understand the concepts, barriers and principles for engaging, consulting and building relationships with Aboriginal partners, communities and organizations.
  • You have the ability to demonstrate sensitivity to issues and decisions affecting Aboriginal communities

Communication, relationship management and facilitation skills:

  • You have excellent collaboration and relationship-building skills to develop trusting and positive working relationships with Aboriginal communities, colleagues, and other stakeholders.
  • You have facilitation, mediation and consensus-building skills to liaise with and resolve issues between Aboriginal communities, ministries and stakeholders.
  • You have communication skills, tact and political acuity to exchange information and provide informed strategic advice and issues management support to a broad range of internal and external clients with diverse technical and cultural backgrounds, and to represent ministry in inter-jurisdictional working groups, conferences and meetings.
  • You have demonstrated written communication skills to respond to issues, prepare briefing notes, presentations, within limited timeframes, etc.

Analytical and problem-solving skills:

  • You have the ability to identify current and emerging issues and resolve complex, inter-related, and highly political issues.
  • You have the ability to develop and implement strategies to engage and maintain relationships with Aboriginal communities and act as liaison for specific mineral economic projects as well as planning, issues, and related project delivery matters.
  • You have the ability to interpret Aboriginal case law and evaluate impacts on ministry corporate policy and programs.
  • You have analytical skills to identify gaps and barriers to Aboriginal economic and mineral development, and identify impact on communities.

Strategic agility and prioritizing skills

  • You have the ability to manage a range of complex issues and projects and to respond to requests within limited timeframes.
  • You have the ability to prioritize workload, multiple demands, and handle contentious issues which arise unexpectedly.

Salary Range: $73,769 – $107,220 per year

Additional information:

  • 1 Permanent, 435 James St S, Thunder Bay, North Region

Please apply online, only, by Monday, January 16, 2016, by visiting and entering Job ID 102428 in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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