The Director of Communications will work closely with the Senior Director of Communications for overall operations and strategic planning for the Unit. The Communications Unit will work closely and collaboratively with all NWAC Units on legal, historic and contemporary issues impacting Indigenous women and girls and the 2SLGBTQQIA communities.
The Director of Communications will endure that all work is completed with proper responsiveness to culturally appropriate and gender-based lenses that respect First Nation, Metis, Inuit Women and Girls and Indigenous members of the 2SLGBTQQIA communities.
1. Supervision of Unit Personnel
· Responsible for overall supervision of Unit’s policy, project and administrative staff;
· Responsible for professional development of Unit Personnel;
· Responsible for leave requests, timesheet approvals;
· Responsible for probationary reviews and annual performance appraisals;
· Act as a mentor and coach staff to promote professional development;
· Schedule unit meetings (at least monthly);
· Manage issues within area of responsibility and proactively identify and resolve issues and liaise with other directors within NWAC and facilitate discussions;
· Conflict resolution; and
· Task assignments to unit personnel.
2. Unit Communication
· Provide strategic advice to the NWAC CEO and PTMA’s related to media relations, social media and communications;
· Act as the lead support to the NWAC committee on issues related to communications;
· Work with PTMA’s, NWAC Board, communities and families related to achieving research targets;
· Prepares complex briefing notes, reports, position papers, letters and responses to correspondence within tight deadlines for the CEO, the President and NWAC’s Board of Directors;
· Prepare monthly reports to the CEO/Board of Directors;
· Work collaboratively with other units on communique and social media;
· Attend scheduled Directors meetings and communicate with Unit Personnel as applicable;
· Communication new or improved documentation – Policies, Procedures, Forms, Templates, Work Instructions, etc;
· Develop and maintain stakeholder partnerships and community engagement strategies;
· Engage and network with private, public and government stakeholders.
3. Strategic Policy
· Provides leadership and management of quantitative/qualitative data collection and analysis;
· Conduct community-based research activities in accordance with appropriate Aboriginal Research Ethical guidelines;
· Make research available to internal and external stakeholders;
· Perform qualitative and quantitative research that will help to enhance communications;
· As applicable, ensure that Unit team members implement environmental scans, backgrounders, fact sheets, briefing notes, letters, press releases, position papers, reports and more;
· Ensure proper consideration and application of culture and gender based lenses with a focus on Metis, Inuit and First Nations and the 2SLGBTQQIA communities;
· Work with consultants in projects and events as required; and
· Develop and implement an NWAC communications framework;
4. Unit Planning
· Participate in the development of strategic directions for NWAC by working closely with the CEO and other Directors;
· Ensure Unit Strategic Planning through staff meetings, unit retreats and more;
· Assist in the development of new project proposals;
· Work collaboratively with other units on planning for new projects and ad hoc tasks;
· Ensure each unit member has an annual work plan or is part of the unit’s annual work plan;
· Ensure personnel leave is properly scheduled to ensure no conflict in leave and deadlines;
· Ensure that all reporting and deliverables are properly scheduled with appropriate target dates and up-to-date statuses;
· Negotiate resources and collaborative relationship/working groups;
· Facilitate project stages and activities in accordance with funding agreements;
· Monitor project progress;
· Negotiate/mediate solutions to problems related to communications;
· Prepare reports/documentation for internal and external distribution; and,
· Review quality of work to ensure high standards are met by unit team
5. Data and Data Analysis
· Identify, collect and record data that will provide useful information for the unit and NWAC communications; and,
· Analyze data and use it to take advantage of opportunities or to address potential threats
6. Other Duties
· Contribute to NWAC fundraising activities;
· Contribute to NWAC Governance, Management; and,
· Contribute to NWAC Strategic Planning.
7. Perform other related duties as required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
· A post-secondary degree in communications, business or related field of study;
· Experience working in public policy, media and communications;
· Experience with managing a diverse workforce;
· Knowledge of leadership and management principles and practices;
· Knowledge of strategic and operational planning and program review;
· 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;
· Knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
· Some understanding of social/public policy;
· Knowledge of government systems and bureaucracy with regards to funding, politics, public policy and legislation; and,
· Bilingualism is an asset.
· Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic styles;
· Strong research and analytical skills;
· Ability to carry out culturally-relevant gender-based analysis (training will be provided);
· Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions, often on short notice;
· Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with the NWAC PTMAs and with diverse stakeholders;
· Ability to facilitate meetings and build a team;
· Adept at conflict management; and,
· Ability to supervise or carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Senior Director of Communications
3. Personal Attributes
The employee must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of Director of Communication. The employee must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:
· Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
· Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal skills;
· Keen interest in making a difference for Indigenous women and children;
· Active listener; and
· Interest and dedication to practicing due diligence.
NWAC strives to be an employer that properly resources and supports all employees. To that end NWAC, endeavors to provide a clean, safe and secure workplace with various support mechanisms and operational flexibility. The following list describes assumptions about working conditions:
· There may be travel throughout Canada
· Lifting, carrying and managing equipment and supplies may be required;
· Management will likely work odd or long hours on occasion; and,
· Employees are expected to multi-task with possible interruptions from colleagues, management or other persons.
Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Accommodations will be provided at all stages of the hiring process. We ask applicants to make their needs known in advance.
Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.
Job Type: Full-time