Job Description: Senior Policy Advisor:
Business – Employment – Labour and Economic development
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary Range: $50,000
Term: To March 31, 2017 with a possibility of extension
Closing Date: Open until filled
The Senior Policy Advisor Business – Employment – Labour and Economic development is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of Native Women’s Association of Canada’s strategies related to advocacy and policy from both a national and international perspective. This position will support developing and executing our official positions in Business – Employment – Labour and Economic development areas. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.
The NWAC Senior Policy Advisor Business – Employment – Labour and Economic development will:
- Actively maintain a Strategic policy work plan incorporating relevant priorities as identified by Senior Management and based on NWAC Board identified priorities, and operational needs;
- Provide technical expertise in the areas of Business, Employment, Labour and Economic development to the President and the Executive Director;
- Research policy issues and provide advice on international and domestic human rights issues impacting Indigenous women and girls and related to Business, Employment, Labour and Economic development;
- Engage in background research, prepare documents and reports, and analyze data;
- Communicate and collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations as necessary;
- Maintain regular and ongoing communications with the Strategic Policy Team and the Executive Director;
- Work with other NAO’s and NGO’s to address Business, Employment, Labour and Economic development issues impacting Indigenous women and girls;
- Write reports, factsheets, briefing notes, shadow reports, or other policy-type documents;
- Write proposals; and,
- Other related duties as required from time to time.
- Undergraduate degree in policy, law, social sciences or other related studies or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
- Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic styles;
- Ability to work in a Team and good interpersonal skills;
- Ability to carry out culturally-relevant gender-based analysis ( training will be provided);
- Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
- Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with the NWAC PTMAs and with diverse stakeholders;
- Ability to facilitate meetings;
- Ability to supervise or carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Executive Director.
- At least 3 years of relevant work or volunteer experience with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government or government agencies or business/corporate entities.
- Some knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
- Knowledge and understanding of contemporary concerns and issues in the doing of Indigenous business in Canada;
- Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
- Some knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
- Some understanding of social policy (including violence prevention and impacts, health, housing, etc.);
- Bilingualism is an asset.
Please submit resume and covering letter to:
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
(Email submissions preferred).
Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.