Director of Policy and Political Affairs – Ontario Regional Chief’s Office

August 9, 2019 2:03 pm
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The Chiefs of Ontario are inviting applications for the position of Director of Policy and Political Affairs. The incumbent directs, controls and is accountable for policy and political affairs strategies and operations for the ORC’s Office. Responsibilities include developing long and short term political strategies, operational plans and oversight for strategy implementation. Responsibilities also include managing the design, structure, development and planning of all political affairs within the ORC’s Office and any issues which may arise.

Location: Toronto

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and monitor the day-to-day management of the Ontario Regional Chief’s Office to ensure smooth progress
  • Supervise staff from on multiple files and provide constructive feedback to ensure files continue to advance at the local, regional and national levels
  • Analyze and recommend positions to the Ontario Regional Chief on various legislative, policy and regulatory matters and other administrative actions and emerging issues.
  • Ensuring the development, preparation and presentation of advocacy materials at government meetings and Chiefs’ forums.
  • Monitoring legislative and regulatory issues and ensuring analysis and updates are provided to Ontario leadership, including Grand Chiefs, Tribal Council Chairs and Chiefs
  • Developing and maintaining strategic relationships with policy makers to enhance the ORC’s role as a partner with government entities and assisting with the shaping of public policy initiatives that will impact First Nations.
  • Coordinating and planning detailed logistics for meetings, engagements, and conferences with government officials.
  • Preparing and reviewing written presentations for meetings and hearings held by legislative committees and government agencies.

Relevant Skills:

  • Master’s degree in Law, Public Policy, Government Affairs, Business Administration, Communications or related field required.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in government relations and/or inside First Nations, executive, or legislative processes, with a minimum of 5 years of management experience
  • Proven success in developing and maintaining working relationships with organizations such as federal, provincial or territorial governments and non-governmental organizations
  • Working knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes with experience in working with First Nations is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting executive decision making and possesses the political acumen to understand critical issues and concerns faced by different levels of First Nations leadership
  • Experience developing and maintaining a variety of partnerships to obtain information, analyze policy challenges and solutions, and generate consensus
  • Ability to consult with a variety of partners to anticipate and manage potential issues and negotiate and resolve concerns which may arise
  • Excellent verbal and written skills. Must be able to effectively interact with government officials as well as Secretariat staff, and the public.
  • Ability to maintain discretion and integrity and deal appropriately with highly sensitive information.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to change and ambiguity and to effectively multi-task and modify conflicting priorities and deadlines.
  • Extensive travel required

Duration: September 3, 2019- June 11, 2021 

Application Deadline: August 23, 2019 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 

Chiefs of Ontario

468 Queen St. E, Suite 400, 

Toronto, ON, M5A 1T7 


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