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Director of Policy - Native Women's Association of Canada

Sep 19, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario
Entry Level, Early Career

Reports to:           Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations

Term:                    Permanent

Closing Date:       Open until filled

Location:              85 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON 



The Director of Policy will have general oversight and overall responsibility for a policy unit at NWAC focusing on key issues affecting Indigenous women. The Director of Policy will direct the work by working collaboratively with all NWAC units.

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 Director of Policy will:

  • Supervise the Unit’s research, policy, project and administrative staff;
  • Ensure the development and preparation of complex briefing notes, reports, position papers, letters, fact sheets and responses to correspondence within tight deadlines for the Senior Director and funders;
  • Develop policies, procedures, forms, templates and work instructions, as needed;
  • Monitor, review,  help develop, and change legislation affecting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Provide leadership and management of quantitative/qualitative data collection and analysis;
  • Conduct community- based consultations
  • Conduct community -based research activities in accordance with appropriate Aboriginal Research Ethical guidelines;
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative research on racialized, sexualized violence against Aboriginal women and on the status of Canadian and International law as it relates to the human rights of Indigenous women and girls;
  • Research policy issues and provide strategic advice on international and domestic policy issues impacting indigenous women;
  • Ensure proper consideration and application of culture and gender based lenses with a focus on Métis, Inuit and First Nations and the LGBTQ2S communities;
  • Maintain good relationships with government offices, partners, stakeholders, and members of the public;
  • Adhere to all standards of excellence in file management and record keeping;
  • Assign specific portfolio and tasks to team members as applicable;
  • Complete relevant administrative tasks;
  • Create an inspiring team environment with an open communication culture;
  • Set clear goals;
  • Communicate clear instructions to the team;
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the unit; and
  • Delegate tasks and set deadlines.


Studies and Experience Requirement

  • University degree in the area of policy, law, social sciences or other related studies or equivalent lived experience working on Indigenous issues will be considered;
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience working in the area of policy and or law.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in a managerial role;
  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset;
  • Experience in managing a diverse workforce.


Key Skills

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to supervise a team and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to carry out culturally-appropriate 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 Provincial/Territorial Member Associations and with diverse stakeholders;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings;
  • Ability to work with a team;
  • Ability to carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Senior Director of Policy.   


Knowledge and Managerial Requirements

  • Experience with managing a diverse workforce;
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles and practices;
  • Knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary concerns and issues  Indigenous; 
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • 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, housing, etc.);
  • Knowledge of government systems and bureaucracy with regards to funding, politics, public policy and legislation;
  • Bilingualism is an asset.


Working Conditions

  • Overtime as required.


Please send CV's to


Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.


We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Accommodations will be provided at all stages of the hiring process. We ask applicants to make their needs known in advance.

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