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Indigenous Engagement Consultant – Contract

Apply before: December 8, 2022

Reports To: Manager, Stakeholder & Rightsholder Engagement

Type: Temporary Contract Position; up to 40 hours/week

Location: This work will involve flexible working arrangements with work required at the Creative Fire offices, from home and occasional travel to client locations may be required.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary, medical and dental benefits
  • Professional development
  • Purpose-driven work with a passionate and talented team

Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction and guidance internally and with clients on the development and implementation of culturally appropriate and collaborative Indigenous engagement programs
  • Plans and supports the design and implementation of digital and in-person Indigenous engagement activities including the selection of approaches, tools, and techniques.
  • Facilitates meetings with Indigenous Rightsholders, stakeholders and public as well as client teams.
  • Assists with coordinating logistics, taking notes, entering data, and updating documents to support effective engagement.
  • Gathers, analyzes, and synthesizes engagement data into comprehensive reports, ensuring results can be applied to decision-making processes.
  • Stays current on latest trends and best practices, provide insight and guidance to leadership, other teams and colleagues on topics related to community engagement and public participation.
  • Reviews and contributes to communications strategies, campaigns, and assets to support Indigenous engagement.
  • Some field work and travel will be required. A valid drivers license, and clean driving abstract will be required.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma or degree in social sciences, planning, communications, community development, public administration or policy, or a related discipline, plus a minimum of 3 years of directly related experience OR no post-secondary education and a minimum of 5 years of related experience
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of Traditional Indigenous Knowledge, Two-Eyed Seeing and OCAP principles, as well as their application and integration in the field of engagement.
  • Directly related experience must include planning and implementing Indigenous consultation and engagement strategies or Indigenous program or policy development.
  • Training by the International Association of Public Participation or other formal training in public engagement is an asset.
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams and highly dynamic work environments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in Indigenous issues in Canada, including Indigenous governance, community development, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.
  • You have a strong connection to Indigenous communities and cultures; Indigenous lived experience is strongly preferred.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Skills:

  • You are passionate about meaningful Indigenous participation and have valuable insight from your involvement in Indigenous engagement processes to bring forward.
  • You are a capable facilitator, with experience planning and delivering meetings and workshops with internal and external stakeholders in a culturally appropriate and safe way.
  • You are driven to understand client needs and develop solutions that exceed expectations.
  • You build collaborative relationships with coworkers, clients, and stakeholders, communicating clearly and effectively.
  • You are a strategic thinker with advanced analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • You can write quickly, clearly, and strategically, with appropriate styles for different audiences, researching and incorporating relevant information and best practices.
  • You are adaptable – you have an open-mind and flexible approach, changing course as needed and jumping in to assist colleagues with other priorities as needed.
  • You are organized, focused and able to manage multiple clients and projects, prioritizing assignments and managing workload proactively. You take initiative, seeking direction when you need it.
  • You have proven experience building trusted relationships with Indigenous partners and communities, using a collaborative approach to advance common goals, and considering cultural and community differences, priorities, and capacity.

Diversity, inclusion and accessibility :

As a purpose-driven company, we believe we can contribute to a more progressive, inclusive, and diverse Canada. We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our work and fostering it within our business. We are always looking for candidates who can expand our team culture and bring new strengths and perspectives to the work, and strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds and identities. An equitable and accessible recruitment process is a key part of our approach. Please let us know if we can offer accommodations for you in the recruitment process or if you have feedback on how to make our recruiting more accessible.

How to apply:

As a diverse and inclusive employer, we encourage all qualified and interested candidates to apply. Your application should include:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and why you are the ideal candidate
  • Resume
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