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Partnership Manager - Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

May 05, 2021
Ottawa, Ontario


The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ (CAP) advocacy and political representative efforts are to improve the socio-economic conditions of Off-Reserve, Non-Status and Status Indians, Southern Inuit of Labrador and Métis Peoples living in urban, rural, remote and isolated areas throughout Canada.  CAP meets with federal ministers, informs federal policies, raises political awareness and works to find practical ways to improve federal programs and services for this constituency of off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples.

The Partnership Manager will be responsible for the establishment of profitable and productive relationships with external organizations. They will assign and conduct market research and the creation of feasibility studies.  As a promoter of the Congress’ image and business interests, key elements of this individual's employment include the assessment of operational issues regarding competitiveness, the ability to stay current in trends and innovation that impact our business interests, and the review of these materials with regards to determining the benefits of establishing partnership arrangements. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and coordination of partnerships and networks that support and progress the objectives of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples;
  • Take appropriate actions to increase the visibility and stature of the organization promoting the mission and values of the organization both internally and externally;
  • Establish and maintain a partnership evaluation protocol that ensures that potential partner organizations are responsive, managed openly and effectively and work with similar or complimentary objectives;
  • Plan, develop and execute strategic partnership plans;
  • Represent CAP’s priorities and perspectives when dealing with external stakeholders;
  • Review research, feasibility studies and business plans to develop strategies for the improvement, development and customization of programs and services;
  • Stay current with external and internal developments in the environment for identifying new market segments;
  • Participate in ESDC-led working groups;
  • Identify and discuss issues raised by the working groups with stakeholders and provide input to the ESCD-leg working groups;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, business administration, marketing, Aboriginal studies, or a related field; 
  • Five to seven years' experience in a Business/Partnership Development Management position;
  • Must have an understanding of policy issues for off-reserve Indigenous Peoples living in urban, rural, remote and isolated areas throughout Canada


  • Ability to lead a team effectively;
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships both internally and externally;
  • Ability  to create, and assess feasibility studies;
  • Strong analytical and research skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and relationship management skills;
  • Excellent organizational, strategic, planning and implementing skills;
  • Ability to process vague, abstract verbal and written instructions;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Understanding of the industry and area of service;
  • Able to meet deadlines under stress and interruptions;
  • Confident with decision making in regard to determining project guidelines, purpose, following through and completion;
  • Understanding of financial reports including budgetary guidelines and project expenditures;
  • Computer  literacy, including effective working skills of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe products and e-mail required;
  • High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis, and/or reasoning to identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts;
  • Effective attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy;
  • High level of integrity, confidentially, and accountability;
  • Strong work ethic and positive team attitude;
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills; and
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both official languages is an asset.

Working conditions:

  • Reports to the Director of Partnership Development
  • Work will be performed from the CAP National Office in Ottawa, Ontario;
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals;
  • Occasional weekend and evening work and travel may be required;
  • This is a fixed term position- ends March 31, 2022, with potential for extension; and
  • Salary is commensurate with experience. Continued staffing of this position is subject to annual priorities and confirmation of funding from the federal government.

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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