Career Opportunity – Elder/ Senior Advisor

Job Posting: Elder/ Senior Advisor

Reports to: Executive Director
Salary Range: $50,000 to $60,000
Term: Permanent
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Ottawa


The NWAC Elder/ Senior Advisor is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of the Native Women’s Association of Canadas’ political, policy and program strategies, both at the national and international levels.

General duties

The NWAC Elder/Senior Policy Advisor will:
• Provide advice on issues of concern to Indigenous women and girls and gender diverse people including, housing, environment, human rights, identity/membership, health/healing;
• Provide guidance on cultural protocols;
• Work collaboratively with the NWAC in-house Elder;
• Speak on Indigenous womens’ issues in public, at conferences and meetings, or as required;
• Provide cultural and lived experience expertise and advice to the organization and board of directors, when required;
• Attend high-level meetings with Directors, the Executive Director or the President, as required;
• Provide advice and opinions on existing research, policy positions and international and domestic human rights issues;
• Review background research, and reports and provide advice on data analysis;
• Communicate and collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations as necessary;
• Maintain regular and ongoing communication with the Legal team. Programs team and Strategic Policy Team and the NWAC Directors, Executive Director and President;
• Work with other NIO’s and NGO’s to address issues impacting indigenous women and girls;
• Assist in the preparation of power points, reports, fact sheets, briefing notes, shadow reports, or other policy-type documents;
• Assist in the facilitation of focus groups or workshops;
• Assist in supporting families on an as-needed basis;
• Provide advise and suggestions on proposals; and
• Other related duties as required from time to time.

Studies and Work 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 fifteen (15) years of experience working with band councils, NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government, agencies or business/corporate entities;

Key Skills
• Strong verbal communication skills;
• Good writing skills;
• Ability to work in a Team or independently and good interpersonal skills;
• Understanding of culturally-relevant gender-based analysis ( training will be provided);
• Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions, often on short notice;
• Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively;
• Ability to work with NWAC PTMAs and with diverse stakeholders;
• Ability to chair or facilitate meetings;
• Ability to supervise or carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Knowledge Requirements

• 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;
• Some knowledge and understanding of 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.);
• Bilingualism is considered an asset (Indigenous language and English)

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
Christèle Goupy
Human Resources
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
[email protected]
(Email submissions preferred).

Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.