Reports to: Senior Director, Policy & Government Relations
of positions: 3
Closing Date: Open until filled
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a political advocacy organization representing the interests of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit women, girls, and gender diverse people, including those who are non-status. NWAC is an aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across Canada with representation in each province and territory, and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974.
This exciting opportunity aims to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people at both local and global levels.
The NWAC Senior Policy Advisor will:
· Plan, develop, and implement strategic policy work plans for NWAC policies and projects on a series of policy priorities impacting Indigenous communities;
· Conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis in various priority areas to support policy development within NWAC, other advocacy organizations, and government bodies to best advocate for Indigenous women;
· Establish and execute effective networking strategies with various rightsholders and stakeholders such as provincial and territorial associations, Indigenous women and gender-diverse community members and their families, Indigenous non-profit organizations, and private sector stakeholders;
· Provide thorough and concise briefings on policy areas to the President and CEO to help guide NWAC’s overall decision-making processes and policy directions;
· Plan and carryout community consultations, engagements, and information gathering sessions on a full range of policy areas;
· Develop various documents related to policy directions such as: press releases, research and analysis papers, data analysis reports, policy documents, fact sheets, project proposals, etc.;
· Participate in and represent NWAC at various policy meetings with rightsholders and stakeholders to support policy directions and report outcomes to the Senior Director.
What we Value
· We value diversity, sharing, adaptability and a willingness to learn;
· NWACs policy unit strives to be authentic, respectful, responsive, and anti-oppressive. We value decolonized and community-based approaches to policy that are informed by the lived experiences of Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people;
· We value inclusive, intersectional, and gender-based approaches to all our policy work.
How we Work
· Informed by our guiding principles, methodology, and ethics, we identify, research, and respond to different policy issues following our Policy Development Framework;
· We are prepared to research and advocate for short, medium, and long-term priorities as well as immediate and urgent needs as they emerge;
· To ensure we remain accountable, we continuously engage with our Board of Directors and communities, consistently apply our Guiding Principles, prioritize inter-departmental collaboration and knowledge translation, and conduct analysis and process evaluation.
Education and Experience Requirements
· University degree in policy, law, social sciences or other related studies;
· Master’s Degree is an asset;
· Significant and relevant experience in co-developing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research with Indigenous peoples, and presenting gathered information in various documents and reports;
· Experience working with senior officials and decision-makers, including Directors and above;
· At least 6 years of relevant work with NGOs, Indigenous organizations, interest groups, government agencies, or business/corporate entities in a policy function.
· Knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary concerns and issues Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people face on Turtle Island
· Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous best practices concerning the promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
· Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, our diverse cultures, histories, and traditions;
· Knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
· Understanding of Indigenous social policy including violence prevention, housing, education, languages, de-carceration, child and family services, disability rights, harm-reduction, etc.
Skills and Abilities
· Ability to respectfully conduct research and analysis with Indigenous peoples and present information in various reports;
· Ability to develop recommendations to support senior management with their decision-making processes with policy directions;
· Ability to develop and deliver presentations to various groups of rightsholders and stakeholders;
· Ability to resolve conflicts, facilitate meetings, and to seek solutions for policy directions;
· Ability to work in a fast-pace environment with changing priorities and short deadlines;
· Interpersonal skills
· Analytical skills
· Conflict resolution and mentorship
· Collaboration with diverse partners
· Integrity and respect
· Fluency in English is essential. Knowledge of Indigenous languages and/or French is a strong asset.
· Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.
· Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
· Interviews will be held on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa or by teleconference.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
- Dental care
- Extended health care
- Vision care
- Policy: 6 years (Required)
- Bachelor's Degree (Required)
- Temporarily due to COVID-19