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Project Manager - Urban Indigenous Rights - Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

Sep 20, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

During the first phase of the Urban Rights Project, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples undertook a legal analysis of existing and current case law in relation to Indigenous rights and in particular how those rights apply to the Non-Status Community. The review identified what cases are pertinent to our community and provide possible options for a path forward and future application. A manager was hired to coordinate the analysis and legal and secure expert advice to produce the final documents.  

We are now entering the second phase of the project where the information would be shared with the larger legal community through a legal symposium with experts who are currently working in this area. It is hoped that the sharing of this information would help to encourage further research and analysis by those in Indigenous rights space.   

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is now looking for an Urban Rights Manager to review and analyse the reports that were developed in the first phase and organize the symposium in partnership with supportive agencies and organization interested in further developing this area of research.

The Manager would be responsible for:

  • Overall management of the project including administrative and final reporting;
  • Supervise the project and administrative staff;
  • Ensure the development and preparation of complex briefing notes, reports, position papers, letters, fact sheets on urban Indigenous rights if required;
  • Develop work plans and provide work instructions, as needed;
  • Undertake partnership outreach to engage with the legal and academic communities
  • Lead the organization and coordination of the urban Indigenous rights symposium
  • Research policy issues and provide strategic advice on urban Indigenous rights;
  • 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;

The successful candidate for this position should have the following abilities:

  • Excellent file management and record keeping;
  • Assign specific portfolio and tasks to team members as applicable
  • Complete relevant administrative tasks;
  • Be a positive team member with an open communication style;
  • Ability to set clear goals;
  • Communicate clear instructions;
  • Manage the day-to-day administration of the project; and
  • Adhere to and when required delegate tasks and set deadlines.

Experience and Education Requirements:

  • 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 five (5) years of experience working in the area of policy and or law.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in a managerial role;
  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset;
  • Experience working with diverse workforce.

Key Skills:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to supervise and have good interpersonal skills;
  • 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 facilitate meetings;
  • Ability to work with a team;
  • 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  rights;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Some knowledge of key issues impacting non-status and off-reserve Indigenous people in Canada;
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

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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