14 Aug 2019

Sr Policy Advisor

  • Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Job ID : 3242
  • Category : Research
  • Job Type : Full-Time
  • Salary : $$60,000 - $80,000 Annually
  • Anticipated Start Date : As soon as possible
  • Posting Date : 14 Aug 2019
  • Expiry Date : 10 Feb 2020

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Senior Policy Advisor

Native Women's Association of Canada

Ottawa, ON

$60,000 – $80,000 a year 


Reports to: Senior Director, Policy, HR & Operations  

Term: Permanent

Number of positions: 1

Closing Date: Open until filled

Location: Ottawa


Your Impact

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a political advocacy organization representing the interests of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit women, girls, and gender diverse people, including those who are non-status. NWAC is an aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across Canada with representation in each province and territory, and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974.

This exciting opportunity aims to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people at both local and global levels.

Perks at NWAC

  • Located in the heart of the Ottawa ByWard Market;
  • Laptop and smartphone;
  • Flexible working arrangements;
  • Gym at proximity;
  • Generous health benefits package, paid vacation, and other benefits. 

General Duties

The NWAC Senior Policy Advisor will:

  • Plan, develop, and implement strategic policy work plans for NWAC policies and projects on a series of policy priorities impacting Indigenous communities across Turtle Island;
  • 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 Senior Director.

What we Value

  • We value diversity, sharing, adaptability and a willingness to learn. 

How we Work

  • Our team is organized to maximize collaboration, information exchange, as well as efficiency. We will be looking at various approaches to organize our teams and foster a great workplace environment, and as such we are open to hearing about your experiences and ideas to ensure we achieve our team objectives as efficiently as possible.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • University degree in policy, law, social sciences or other related studies;
  • Master’s Degree is an asset;
  • Significant and 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; At least 6 years of relevant work with NGOs, Indigenous organizations, interest groups, government agencies, or business/corporate entities in a policy function.


  • 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.

Skills and Abilities

  • 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;

Effective Skills

  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Conflict resolution and mentorship
  • Collaboration with diverse partners
  • Integrity and respect


  • Fluency in English is essential.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous languages and/or French is a strong asset.


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


How to Apply

Apply via:  Apply@NWAC.ca

Visit our Career page for other job opportunities:  https://www.nwac.ca/careers/

Job Categories: Research. Job Types: Full-Time.

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