Director of Justice

July 15, 2020 3:25 pm
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The Chiefs of Ontario is seeking to recruit a qualified and motivated individual for the position of Director of Justice.  This is a full time position leading the Justice Department and achieving the mandates set out by the Chiefs in Assembly. The position is based in Toronto and requires travel within Ontario.

On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, the Director of Justice serves as the special resource and technical advisor to the Ontario First Nations on areas of justice, the administration of justice, legal matters, policing, advocacy for culturally appropriate programming and legislative matters affecting First Nation peoples and communities.


  • The Director of Justice is responsible for the Justice files, providing briefings to the Leadership Council. The Director will be responsible for overseeing the updating of files and documents and ensuring files are kept secure and accurate.
  • The Director of Justice will be responsible for maintaining a current understanding of federal and provincial government policies that impact First Nations Peoples in Ontario and analyse any proposed policy changes to ascertain their potential impact on Indigenous Peoples.
  • The Director of Justice will be responsible for the provisional legislative service to First Nations, specifically in terms of the implementation of the federal Child Welfare legislation process.
  • The Director of Justice will be responsible for the Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Project, the achievement of project goals and objectives and the review of recommendations from the task group on sexual abuse in First Nation communities.
  • Carry out reviews and evaluation of current policies, legislation and programs and procedures affecting Indigenous justice and culturally appropriate programming; By preparing position papers, reports and research on emerging issues of First Nation justice;
  • Participate in regional and national justice technicians forums;
  • Prepare briefing notes for meetings, workshops and overall distribution for First Nation communities, Chiefs Assemblies and federal or provincial justice meetings;
  • Effective proposal writing and follow up reporting requirements;
  • Prepare annual work plans and budgets for the Justice Department. Ensure that reports are completed on time.
  • Efficient presentation and facilitation skills and ability to lead and conduct meetings;
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills – must be a positive team player; remain sensitive and maintain an awareness of the many challenges facing First Nation communities and citizens surrounding issues of justice.
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines and in stressful situations.


  • The Director of Justice will possess a degree in law or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of public policy/law/criminology and related field in experience.
  • Experience in managing, planning, coordinating and organizing work projects.
  • The Director Justice will have at a minimum of two years experience working on policy issues related to First Nation issues.
  • The Director of Justice will have management experience with a clear understanding of provincial and federal employment laws and standards.
  • Ability to travel often, throughout the Province and occasionally out of Province when required.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.

DURATION: September 1st 2020 to March 31st 2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 1st 2020 5:00 pm EST (Application must be received by this date & time)

Send letter of application, resume and include 2 references marked confidential to:
Ashley Nardella
Human Resources Officer
Chiefs of Ontario

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