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Parliamentary Officer


Job Description:  Parliamentary Officer
Recent Law Graduates Welcome!

Reports to: Senior policy advisor – Human Rights
Salary Range: $40,000 -$50,000
Term: To March 31, 2017 with a possibility of extension
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Ottawa


The Parliamentary officer is involved in all aspects of the legal/policy input required from the Native Women’s Association of Canada by the Parliament of Canada. As the liaison between NWAC and the Parliament, the Parliamentary officer is responsible for reviewing and providing comments on various pieces of legislation on behalf of NWAC.  This position will support the mandate of the Organization by making sure that a gender and indigenous perspective is taken into account in law and policy- making. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women and girls in Canada and around the world!

General duties

The NWAC Parliamentary Officer will:

  • Actively maintain a Strategic legal review work plan incorporating relevant priorities as identified by NWAC Board, and operational needs;
  • Undertake legal research in support of law-reform;
  • Lead the preparation within a team environment of briefs, comments and submissions on legislative issues;
  • Communicate and collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations as necessary;
  • Maintain regular and ongoing communications with the Parliament on behalf of NWAC;
  • Work with other NAO’s and NGO’s to address potential issues within proposed Bills impacting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Write reports, factsheets, briefing notes, shadow reports, or other documents;
  • Other related duties as required from time to time.


  • Graduated in civil (LL.L) or Common law (J.D) or a Lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada/Quebec Bar Association.

Key Skills

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic styles;
  • Good analytical and thinking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a Team;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
  • Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with diverse stakeholders.

Work/Volunteer Experience

  • Some work or volunteer experience with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government or government agencies.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the Canadian parliamentary system;
  • Some knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Knowledge of the principles, values and mandate of the Native Women’s Association of Canada;
  • Some knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

Please submit resume and covering letter to:

Lynne Groulx,
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
[email protected]

(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.

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