Indigenous Women’s Leadership Coordinator

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Indigenous Women’s Leadership Coordinator

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Author pmnationtalk
Date April 13, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Community Development
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization that empowers and supports Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario.

ONWA encourages the participation of Indigenous women in the development of Federal, Provincial, Municipal/Local government policies that impact their lives and ensure issues affecting Indigenous women and their families are heard at key government tables.

ONWA is committed to providing services that strengthen communities and guarantees the preservation of Indigenous culture, identity, art, language, and heritage.  Ending violence against Indigenous women and their families and ensuring equal access to justice, education, health, environmental stewardship and economic development, sits at the cornerstone of the organization.  ONWA insists on social and cultural well – being for all Indigenous women and their families, so that all women, regardless of tribal heritage may live their best lives.


The Indigenous Women’s Leadership Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the Building Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program is delivered and managed according to the contribution agreement,  ONWA standards and guidelines, and to facilitate achievement of agreed program deliverables. The focus of this position will be geared toward supporting ONWA Chapters and Councils through capacity and leadership development opportunities.

The Indigenous Women’s Leadership Coordinator is the first point of contact for membership (Chapters and Councils) and to those interested in becoming a Chapter or Council. This position is the primary contact person for ONWA staff, Board and Member(s). The Indigenous Women’s Leadership Coordinator will provide information sharing with the goal of increasing capacity in each of ONWA’s current and future Chapters and Councils.


  • Degree or Diploma in Social Sciences, or  Business along with 3-5 years’ experience in a community development setting.
  • Excellent facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Experience coordinating workshops and/or conferences.
  • Experience with resource development and implementation.
  • Knowledge of train the trainer model.
  • Ability to network with strong partnership building skills.
  • Awareness of local and provincial community resources.
  • Excellent administrative/coordination duties.
  • Excellent communication skills: written, oral, and computer.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and to manage time effectively.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current issues affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Experience with budget and financial management.
  • 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
  • Knowledge of incorporation process
  • 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 are required within this position
  • Knowledge of Indigenous Culture, Traditions, and Indigenous Community
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • The implementation and coordination of the Building Indigenous Women’s Leadership project. This includes program planning and implementation, the establishment and maintenance of linkages with Indigenous and other related services.
  • Develop capacity/leadership training modules including Asset Mapping, Diversity training, Strategic Planning and other modules requested by directors/management.
  • Enhance program development through evaluation, survey data and analysis of previous program/participation surveys.
  • To facilitate and complete strategic plans with participating Chapters and Councils.
  • Assist Chapters and Councils/organizations to plan, organize and deliver workshops and Public Education Campaigns.
  • Inventory existing Chapters and Councils, understanding aspects such as incorporation status/desire, capacity to deliver services and general connectivity to community, region, and provincial agencies/organizations.
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information and requests for presentations.
  • Maintain a database, using current resources (MS Outlook) a contact list for all current Chapters and Councils and update regularly.
  • Create/maintain an electronic record of local, regional and provincial resources, including partner agencies (i.e. Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centre locations and contacts, Metis Nation of Ontario service delivery, social service agencies/resources) and other Indigenous and mainstream agencies (i.e. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canadian Mental Health Association, women’s shelters).
  • Distribute resources and other materials through print, electronic or mail among ONWA Chapters and Councils
  • Work collaboratively with the Policy, Research and Evaluation department (specifically Research Coordinator) to conduct research, community consultations, interviews, focus groups, and compile statistical information, in accordance with standard Indigenous methodologies as required.
  • Contribute to correspondence, briefing notes, project proposals and reports as required.
  • Create a library of capacity development resource material.
  • Ensure all funding deliverables are completed in BIWL work plan and all timelines are met.
  • Complete all reports required as outlined in the contribution agreement and:
  • Forward completed reports to the Community Development Manager
  • Forward reports to the Community Development Manager, two (2) weeks prior to reporting deadline
  • Practice effective communication with fellow employees, supervisors, members and Board of Directors.
  • Act as an effective and contributing ONWA team member.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Complete monthly reports and submit to Manager/Director when required.
  • Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date.
  • Complete reports to funders as required.
  • Complete and attend supervisions with Manager/Director on a regular basis.
  • Other reports or admin as assigned.


  • Promote the program within the community.
  • To adhere to professionalism in representing the organization at all times and maintain good communications.


  • Adhere to the Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA.
  • Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs.
  • To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs. Maintain good communication.
  • Maintain professionalism at all times.
  • The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level.
  • Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy.
  • Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building.


To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in job description.


The Indigenous Women’s Leadership Coordinator will report directly to the Community Development Manager.

Indigenous Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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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