Engagement Coordinator - Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

Sep 25, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

Engagement Coordinator

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ (CAP) mandate is to improve the socio-economic conditions of off-reserve status and non-status Indians, Métis and Southern Inuit living in urban or rural areas. CAP holds meetings with members of the government to find practical ways to improve federal programs, laws and services for off-reserve Indigenous Peoples.

The Engagement Coordinator will provide support to our Provincial organizations as they implement projects under the  CAP-Canada’s Political Accord, including a community mapping project and working with provincial and territorial affiliate organizations to support their capacity building projects for governance and membership.

This would include engaging with provincial organizations to identify any barriers they may have and provide support in program/organizational development, capacity and engagement. The coordinator would support the development of affiliate organizations in their design of programs that support good organizational governance, implement community mapping and develop membership systems.

Main responsibilities

  • Supporting provinces on the implementation of their individual agreements.   
  • Support community engagement sessions
  • Provide project review and analysis
  • Monitoring the status of agreements to support the implementation of goals and delivery of products and or services
  • Delivery status reports on a regular basis to senior management


  • Proven experience in project/program management and demonstrated work history related to Indigenous organizations;
  • Must have an understanding of issues for off-reserve Indigenous Peoples living in urban, rural, remote and isolated areas throughout Canada;
  • Experience in social science and/or economic research and demonstrated knowledge and application of research principles and skills;
  • Experience in building positive relationships with community-based organizations;
  • Experience leading collaborative work plans and managing complex projects with external partners to ensure organizational priorities are reflected in final products.


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in political or social sciences or a related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience


  • Strategic and critical thinking;
  • Sound judgment and high work ethics;
  • Self-motivated with ability to work in team environment and independently;
  • Leadership abilities to drive initiatives forward by problem solving, overcoming obstacles and ensuring results.


  • Excellent written and oral communications skills at the project management level in English. French is an asset.
  • Advanced writing skills including proposal and report writing ability, as well as public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to effectively coordinate multiple competing priorities to meet deadlines;
  • Effective listening skills, high levels of interpersonal competence and negotiating skills, as well as effective decision-making abilities.

Working Conditions

  • Work will be performed from the CAP National Office
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals
  • Occasional weekend and evening work
  • Occasional travel will likely be required
  • This is a full time contract position. Continued staffing of this position is subject to annual priorities and confirmation of funding from the federal government

This posting will be open until the positions are filled. Priority will be given to Indigenous candidates, please self-identify in your cover letter. 

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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