Career Opportunity – Director of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services 

Job Posting: Director of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services 

Reports to:            Managing Director of Policy
Salary Range:     $60,000 to $65,000
Term:                      Permanent
Closing Date:       Open until filled
Location:               Ottawa


The Director of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s framework and strategies related to advocacy and policy from both a national and international perspective. The Director of the Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services Unit will also work closely and collaboratively with all NWAC units in a number of other policy areas.  This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.

General duties

The Director of the Family, Housing and Infrastructure will:

  • Supervise the Unit’s research, policy, project and administrative staff;
  • Provide strategic advice to the NWAC Executive Director related to policy and implementation surrounding Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services;
  • Prepare complex briefing notes, reports, position papers, letters and responses to correspondence within tight deadlines for the Executive Director and funders;
  • Develop policies, procedures, forms, templates and work instructions, as needed;
  • Work closely with NWAC communications to develop a communications strategy on housing, infrastructure, water and emergency services, including for social media; provide specific materials to the unit for a communications unit;
  • Ensure the application of a gender and inter-sectional perspective in all policy documents;
  • Monitor, review, help develop, and change legislation affecting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Maintain good relationships with government offices, partners, stakeholders, and members of the public;
  • Adhere to all standards of excellence in file management and record keeping;
  • Research policy issues and provide advice on international and domestic policy issues impacting indigenous women and girls as it related to Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services;
  • Ensure that Unit Team members implement environment scans, backgrounders, fact sheets, briefing notes, letters, press releases, position papers, reports and more;
  • Assign specific portfolio and tasks to team members as applicable;
  • Ensure proper consideration and application of culture and gender based lenses with a focus on Métis, Inuit and First Nations and the LGBTQ2S communities;
  • Develop and implement an NWAC strategic policy framework in the area of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services;
  • Complete relevant administrative tasks;
  • Create an inspiring team environment with an open communication culture;
  • Set clear goals;
  • Communicate clear instructions to the team;
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the unit;
  • Delegate tasks and set deadlines;

Studies and 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 eight years of experience working in the area of policy;
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in a managerial role;
  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset;
  • Experience in managing a diverse workforce;

Key Skills

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to supervise a Team and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to carry out culturally-appropriate gender-based analysis (training will be provided);
  • 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 conduct research in cooperation and consultation with the NWAC Provincial/Territorial Member Associations and with diverse stakeholders;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings;
  • Ability to work with a team;
  • Ability to carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Experience with managing a diverse workforce;
  • 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 women’s rights;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and 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.);
  • Knowledge of government systems and bureaucracy with regards to funding, politics, public policy and legislation; and,
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

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.