PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Policy Officer will work under the authority and supervision of the Sr. Director - Environment, Environmental Policy and will help develop and implement policies and strategies at the national and international levels on environmental issues.
The Policy Officer is involved in all stages of policy cycle including identification, analysis, stakeholder consultation, developing supporting materials and providing recommendations. With a high degree of independence, the ideal candidate will provide technical expertise in policy and legislation.
The NWAC Policy Officer will:
- Plan, develop, and implement strategic Environment policy work plans for NWAC policies and projects on a series of policy priorities impacting Indigenous communities;
- Assist in providing technical expertise in the areas of Environment Policy development;
- Research policy issues and provide advice on international and domestic Environment policy issues impacting Indigenous women and girls.
- Conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis in various priority areas to support policy development within NWAC, other advocacy organizations, and government bodies to best advocate for Indigenous women;
- Establish and execute effective networking strategies with various rightsholders and stakeholders such as provincial and territorial associations, Indigenous women and gender-diverse community members and their families, Indigenous non-profit organizations, and private sector stakeholders;
- Provide thorough and concise briefings on policy areas to the President and CEO to help guide NWAC’s overall decision-making processes and policy directions;
- Plan and carryout community consultations, engagements, and information gathering sessions on a full range of policy areas;
- Develop various documents related to policy directions such as: press releases, research and analysis papers, data analysis reports, policy documents, fact sheets, project proposals, etc.;
- Participate in and represent NWAC at various policy meetings with rightsholders and stakeholders to support policy directions and report outcomes to the Sr. Director - Environment.
- Write proposals as needed.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- University degree in Environmental Management or Environmental Studies, Indigenous Studies, Project Management or other Environment related discipline;
- Master’s Degree is an asset;
- Relevant experience in co-developing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research with Indigenous peoples, and presenting gathered information in various documents and reports;
- Experience working with senior officials and decision-makers, including Directors and above;
- Relevant work with NGOs, Indigenous organizations, interest groups, government agencies, or business/corporate entities in a policy function.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The employee must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:
- Knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary concerns and issues Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people face on Turtle Island
- Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous best practices concerning the promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
- Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, our diverse cultures, histories, and traditions;
- Knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
- Understanding of Indigenous social policy including violence prevention, housing, education, languages, de-carceration, child and family services, disability rights, harm-reduction, etc.
- Fluency in English is essential. Knowledge of Indigenous languages and/or French is a strong asset.
Skills & Abilities
The employee must demonstrate the following skills:
- Strong writing ability;
- Ability to respectfully conduct research and analysis with Indigenous peoples and present information in various reports;
- Ability to develop recommendations to support senior management with their decision-making processes with policy directions;
- Ability to develop and deliver presentations to various groups of rightsholders and stakeholders;
- Ability to resolve conflicts, facilitate meetings, and to seek solutions for policy directions;
- Ability to work in a fast-pace environment with changing priorities and short deadlines;
The employee must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of Policy Officer. The employee must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:
· Interpersonal skills
· Analytical skills
· Conflict resolution and mentorship
· Collaboration with diverse partners
· Integrity and respect
NWAC strives to be an employer that properly resources and supports all employees with a conviction to place the employee’s health and happiness along with her family first. To that end NWAC, endeavors to provide a clean, safe and secure workplace with various support mechanisms and operational flexibility. The following list includes specific assumptions about the organization’s working conditions:
· Remote work;
· Overtime may be required at times; (these hours must be pre-approved by the GM);
· Employees are expected to multi-task with possible interruptions from colleagues, management or other persons.
Preference will be given to First Nations, Metis, Inuit and women and gender diverse of Indigenous ancestry, please self-identify.
Interviews will be held by teleconference.
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.
Job Type: Full-time
- Company events
- Dental care
- Disability insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Extended health care
- Life insurance
- On-site gym
- On-site parking
- Paid time off
- Store discount
- Vision care
- Wellness program
- Work from home
Work Location: Remote