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Manager, Environment & Wildlife

Reporting to the Director of Policy Advancement and Assistant Director Policy Advancement, the Manager, Policy Advancement, is responsible for managing the development of policy programs and areas that improve the lives on Inuit across Canada.

The Manager leads a team of staff that work collaboratively across the organization to deliver on key initiatives and policies that may include, culture, health, social, economic development, environment and/or education.

The Manager oversees the production of policy positions and recommendations, and provides policy and project management oversight, guidance and work in collaboration with other Managers within the Policy Advancement team.


Policy & Planning

§  Manages and assists team members with all policy related activities

§  Acts as a lead on file specific matters as assigned and prioritized by the Director and Assistant Director

§  Drafts, edits and produces reports, studies, position papers, policy statements and other documents in relation to assigned policy areas i.e. social development issues, health issues etc.  

§  Identifies research needs related to assigned policy areas and participate in relevant research projects

§  Attends relevant conferences and participate in relevant working groups as time and resources permit

§  Designs proposals, work plans and budgets to funders

§  Participates in the development of departmental and organizational strategic, operations and work plans

§  Recommends priority areas of activity for the department and ITK as relevant to the file areas

§  Conducts analyses and formulate recommendations/positions as they relate to policy development at the national level

§  Facilitates and coordinates the efforts of various working groups and committees associated with assigned policy areas

§  Consults/collaborates with colleagues within ITK, Regional Inuit Organizations and provincial and territorial governments, and other relevant bodies working in various policy areas

§  Collaborates with relevant national policy stakeholders, organizations and associations

§  Monitors developing external trends, policies, programs and issues with actual or potential impact on issues and interests related Canada’s Inuit

§  Collaborates with communications to develop communications plans on key policy areas

§  Manages and assists team members with all policy and planning related activities

§  Oversees the establishment of work priorities, work plans, project budgets and projects activities

§  Acts as point of contact for staff for specific portfolios/files

§  Assists in disseminating strategic priorities and turning them into actions

§  Provides training, coaching and guidance to staff

§  Delegates resources as appropriate to ensure key priorities are delivered

§  Conducts staff performance reviews in conjunction with the Assistant Director

§  Assists the Assistant Director with recruitment and selection initiatives


§  Establishes and maintains working relationships with Inuit regional land claim organizations.

§  Attends meetings and conducts teleconferences (as necessary) to ensure regular communications with key stakeholders assigned to specific policy areas

§  Facilitates and participates in communications, relevant meetings, workshops and conferences

§  Participate in and lead internal working teams related to assigned policy areas

§  Trains, mentors and reviews the work of department staff as required

§  Monitors staff workload and performance. Works with the Director and Assistant Director (as required) to handle any staff issues


§  Disseminates relevant information to the appropriate stakeholders in an appropriate and organized manner

§  Oversees the management of assignments from start to finish, including budget monitoring, consultation activities, working group/committee work, workshop and teleconference organization and logistics, communications, and various reporting requirements

§  Establishes and maintains policy, research, and systems records as required


§  Represents ITK in meetings and conferences or on committees and working groups as assigned by the Director, including participation on task forces or working groups that bring together government departments and Inuit organizations


§  Works independently and co-operatively with a variety of individuals and groups, including government and land claim organizations.

§  Fosters strong working relationships with relevant Federal and Provincial/Territorial Government departments and Regional Inuit Organizations.

Working Conditions

§  Office environment: frequent use of computer and telephone

§  Long periods of sitting at a desk in front of a computer

§  Occasional travel and regular meetings

§  Operational direction is provided by the Assistant Director

§  Politically sensitive issues may become stressful

§  Frequent deadlines, which intensify when workload is large

Education and Experience

§  Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline: health, health sciences, nutrition, political/social science, environmental sciences, etc. with a minimum of 4 years of related work experience and/or field research in a similar role; OR

§  Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent and a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in a similar role

§  General research and policy development experience

§  Experience with project management or program development

§  Experience with partnership development and maintenance

§  Management or Supervisory experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

§  Good working knowledge and understanding of a breadth of policy issues as they relate to Inuit in Canada

§  Good understanding of community needs and traditional values in Inuit communities

§  Knowledge and understanding of Inuit land claim agreements and organizations and related legislation and policy frameworks

§  Familiarity with federal government programs and policy

§  Familiarity with the principles and practices of business administration, including program budgeting

§  Proven and effective writing, speaking, organization, facilitation, coordination, prioritization and time management skills

§  Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Access), internet, e-mail, and PowerPoint

§  Team player, self-motivated and directed

§  Ability to understand and interpret policy and legal documents, legislation, and regulation

§  Experience in analysis, program development, evaluation, and consultation

§  Sound problem solving and analytical skills

§  Sensitive to local, political and cultural issues

§  Spoken and written Inuktut language is desirable

Application Deadline: These positions will remain open until suitable candidates are selected.

ITK is an Inuit Representational Organization and qualified Inuit beneficiaries have hiring priority. We encourage applicants to self-identify.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for their interest in ITK however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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