Community Engagement Coordinator

Community Engagement Coordinator

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Author pmnationtalk
Date November 23, 2022
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association
Location Toronto, ON
Category Coordinator
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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Community Engagement Coordinator

**Indigenous Women are encouraged to apply. First preference will be given to all qualified Indigenous applicants.**

Why make ONWA your career choice?

Make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples by supporting and advocating for positive change. ONWA prides itself on providing all employees with a total rewards package that is generous and supports our workforce and their family members:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous paid vacation time
  • Paid time off at Christmas above paid vacation time
  • Additional paid stat and civic holidays
  • 35 hour work week
  • Comprehensive benefits program including health, paramedical, dental, vision and EAP. All premiums covered by the employer.
  • Healthcare Spending Account and Lifestyle Spending Account
  • Competitive Retirement Savings Plan up to 16% with organization match pending position
  • Paid sick days
  • Paid cultural/personal wellness days
  • Flexible scheduling to support work-life balance
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • Possible reimbursement on portion of cell phone and internet expenses
  • Remote/hybrid work offered for various positions


At the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), we celebrate and honour the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community, provincially, nationally and internationally for generations to come.


The Community Engagement Coordinator will provide communication, collaboration and planning support to the ONWA Research and Evaluation Portfolio. The Community Engagement Coordinator will develop, implement and support community engagement activities as part of the Research and Evaluation team. In addition, the Community Engagement Coordinator will ensure that engagement functions and resources are effectively integrated, organized and leveraged to meet strategic and operational needs. They will be responsible for developing and enhancing key community relationships and improving engagements with ONWA services and membership, Indigenous Communities, internal and external stakeholders.


  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies, with a minimum three (3) to five (5) years’ work experience in community service delivery in a community engagement coordination role.
  • Knowledge and experience in research and engagement processes and protocols.
  • Expert knowledge in local, national, and international guidelines, recommendations, and legislation relating to Indigenous research
  • Expertise in research collaborations with Indigenous communities, leadership and Indigenous Women’s organizations.
  • Ability to work cross-culturally, and especially across the range of Indigenous communities, internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to take initiative, gain consensus and work with people representing varying interests
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to participate in engagement, draft meeting summaries, reports, and briefing materials, and actively participate in task teams, and working groups
  • Experience in integrated knowledge translation engaging multiple audiences and users of knowledge in the research process, is required.
  • Experience in designing, proposing, conducting, and carrying out systematic reviews is required.
  • Must have the ability to analyze and then articulate ideas from research findings with clarity and nuance.
  • Proven successful work experience on a community committee specifically related to Indigenous people
  • Experience coordinating, facilitating meetings, workshops and engagements.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully write proposals.
  • Demonstrated administrative management and coordination skills.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous Culture, Traditions, and Indigenous Community.
  • Strong awareness of issues affecting Indigenous women and people and awareness of community resources within the province.
  • Strong communicator – excellent written, oral, and facilitation skills.
  • Solution oriented with proven analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of and relationships with other service agencies, ability to network and create/maintain these relationships.
  • Experience with resource development and implementation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current issues facing Indigenous Women and their families
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
  • Capacity to solve problems and to see different perspectives.
  • Ability to plan, organize and manage time effectively.
  • Highly motivated individual with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills and an ability to follow through on assigned duties independently with strict deadlines.
  • Knowledge of Not-For Profit Organizations.
  • Proficient working knowledge of MS Office Software, internet, and general office equipment.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Reliable vehicle, appropriate vehicle insurance coverage and valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license.
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • A cellular phone and internet access is required within this position
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible working from home arrangement if required.  This may include a combination of virtual remote work in your home and in office arrangements.  This will be based on operational needs and will be determined by the ONWA.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • ONWA is committed on implementing measures to protect its community members, staff, and other stakeholders from COVID-19. As a result, ONWA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Exemptions will be made for those with a valid medical exemption; proof of the exemption will be required.


  • Inter-cultural Competency Informed – Understands to incorporate a personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables.
  • Indigenous Gender-Based Analysis Informed – Understands to incorporate an intersectional approach to gender, race and discrimination and subsequent intergenerational impacts affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Trauma-Based Practice Informed – Understands to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and the necessity of supporting Indigenous women in a culture of tradition and safety in her healing journey.
  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Understands to incorporate the Four Agreements within daily responsibilities and combined with ONWA’s cultural teachings contribute to the empowerment and leadership of Indigenous women within their communities.


  1. Establish and lead the development of strategic engagement plans, and capacity building to support the Research and Evaluation Portfolio.
  2. Provide direction, expertise, and support to the Research and Evaluation Portfolio to create and maintain a climate of commitment to relationships with Indigenous Women’s organizations and communities.
  3. Facilitates and/or develops and implement effective cross project collaboration strategies and plans (e.g., risk management) to proactively address a range of opportunities, issues, and project challenges.
  4. Directs and/or leads the collaborative engagement process for projects to support the organization’s mandate and establish/improve and provide for consistent, long-term relationships associated with existing and future major engagement projects.
  5. Develops and maintains authentic, and collaborative relationships through effective dialogue, focused on enhancing the ONWA’s reputation and credibility, fostering confidence, support, and success for the engagement process, and influencing collaborative outcomes.
  6. Remains current about relevant legislative changes and ensure they are communicated and implemented.
  7. Identifies possible sources of research funding and assists to facilitate opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaboration
  8. Monitors the progress of research activities; develops and maintains records of research activities and prepares monthly reports.
  9. Overall planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of community engagement activities.
  10. Maintain audio/visual resource library using content management system and data archiving rules.
  11. Develop appropriate project reporting products that are useful, accessible, and interactive. This could include data transcription/translation, report writing, visual resource design.
  12. Assists the research team in formulating data gathering approaches regarding questionnaires and evaluations.
  13. Ensures the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of research and data collection activities.
  14. Articulates a formal community accountability framework supporting low-barrier participation, that is reflective and responsive to Indigenous community needs related to research in collaboration with Indigenous Women’s organizations and community, researchers, Elders and people with lived/living experience.
  15. Plan, schedule, attend and facilitate stakeholder meetings.
  16. Prepare engagement content including display boards, information session discussion guides and fact sheets
  17. Anticipate, identify, and develop reasonable mitigations to any potential Stakeholder Relations issues that have the potential to adversely affect the ONWA.
  18. Develop and implement a strategic engagement and an action plan.
  19. Follow up on action items from all meetings including proposal writing, analysis and recommendations to move forwards.
  20. Collaborate on research and evaluation proposals.
  21. Develop and implement a partnership implementation strategy to address barriers identified for Indigenous Women and identify areas for further development.
  22. Develop and implement a communication process for all stakeholders
  23. Attend/facilitate all relevant meetings including any Provincial Partnership and Municipal meetings and engagements as required and write comprehensive reports on outcomes.
  24. Ensure all deliverables are met and delivered within designated timeframes.
  25. Compile, draft and submit all relevant reports and statistics as required by the ONWA.
  26. Draft and execute an annual work plan to align with the goals of the Research and Evaluation Portfolio and the ONWA, ensure all work plan objectives are met.
  27. Other duties as assigned.


To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in the job description.


The Community Engagement Coordinator will be directly accountable to the Director of Research and Evaluation for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

As Indigenous leaders, ONWA is continuing full operations including hiring, while working from home, as supporting our community members is a priority.  ONWA is scheduling all interviews, providing all training, onboarding and orientation for new employees, through the use of virtual tools.  We will continue to accommodate remote and home based work arrangements in an effort to keep our ONWA employees healthy and safe.

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