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Senior Policy Advisor


Job Description:  Senior Policy Advisor:
Business – Employment –
Labour and Economic development

Reports to: Executive Director
Salary Range: $50,000
Term: To March 31, 2017 with a possibility of extension
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Ottawa


The Senior Policy Advisor Business – Employment – Labour and Economic development is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of Native Women’s Association of Canada’s strategies related to advocacy and policy from both a national and international perspective. This position will support developing and executing our official positions in Business – Employment – Labour and Economic development areas. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.

General duties

The NWAC Senior Policy Advisor Business – Employment – Labour and Economic development will:

  • Actively maintain a Strategic policy work plan incorporating relevant priorities as identified by Senior Management and based on NWAC Board identified priorities, and operational needs;
  • Provide technical expertise in the areas of Business, Employment, Labour and Economic development to the President and the Executive Director;
  • Research policy issues and provide advice on international and domestic human rights issues impacting Indigenous women and girls and related to Business, Employment, Labour and Economic development;
  • Engage in background research, prepare documents and reports, and analyze data;
  • Communicate and collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations as necessary;
  • Maintain regular and ongoing communications with the Strategic Policy Team and the Executive Director;
  • Work with other NAO’s and NGO’s to address Business, Employment, Labour and Economic development issues impacting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Write reports, factsheets, briefing notes, shadow reports, or other policy-type documents;
  • Write proposals; and,
  • Other related duties as required from time to time.


  • Undergraduate degree in policy, law, social sciences or other related studies or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Key Skills

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic styles;
  • Ability to work in a Team and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to carry out culturally-relevant gender-based analysis ( training will be provided);
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
  • Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with the NWAC PTMAs and with diverse stakeholders;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings;
  • Ability to supervise or carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Work/Volunteer Experience

  • At least 3 years of relevant work or volunteer experience with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government or government agencies or business/corporate entities.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Some knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary concerns and issues in the doing of Indigenous business in Canada;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Some knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
  • Some understanding of social policy (including violence prevention and impacts, health, housing, etc.);
  • 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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