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Senior Director, Employment and Social Development

Reports to: Senior Director, National Apprenticeship Project

Salary Range: $90,000-$100,000

Term: September 2022 – March 2024

Closing Date: Open until filled


Under the authority and supervision of the Chief Executive Officer, the Senior Director of Employment and Social Development (SDESD) will provide support and advice on the development of policy to NWAC and will oversee, manage, support and coach the NWAC staff working on employment and social development-related projects. The SDESD will be responsible for the management of projects, operations, advocacy, relations with funders, and reporting.


The SDESD will work collaboratively with the CEO for overall operations and strategic planning for the National Apprenticeships Program. They will also work closely and collaboratively with all NWAC units to develop policy responses to the historic and contemporary issues impacting Indigenous women and girls and the 2SLGBTQQIA communities.

The SDESD will ensure that all policy work is completed using culturally appropriate and gender-based lenses that respect First Nation, Métis, Inuit Women and Girls and Indigenous members of the 2SLGBTQQIA communities.


1. Policy

Main Activities

• Manage the National Apprenticeships Program to ensure deliverables are met in accordance with funding agreements and tasks are completed on time, to standard, and within budget;

• Provide positive and constructive leadership to project staff and ensure they are provided the guidance and support required to complete their assigned tasks;

• Prepare complex briefing notes, reports, position papers, letters and responses to correspondence within tight deadlines as it relates to employment and social development files;

• Identify risks and opportunities to the system based on stakeholder expectations and design proactive mitigation and response strategies;

• Ensure proper consideration and application of culture and gender-based lenses with a focus on Métis, Inuit and First Nations and the 2SLGBTQQIA communities;

• Work with consultants on projects and events as required; and,

•Draft correspondence with government offices, partners, and stakeholders, when required.

2. Supervision of Unit Personnel

Main Activities

• Responsible for overall supervision of the National Apprenticeships Program team;

• Manage workload of staff and update and manage the status of activities and tasks on the project management plan;

• Ensure each team member is completing their assigned tasks;

• Coordinate with other departments and contractors to ensure relevant project deliverables are progressing appropriately;

• Meet with funders and prepare and submit project reports as required under the funding agreement;

• Ensure that all reporting and deliverables have appropriate deadlines;

• Review quality of work to ensure high standards are met by the Unit Team;

• Ensure a professional development plan is in place for staff;

• Respond to leave requests, timesheet approval;

• Undertake probationary reviews and annual performance evaluation;

• Handle other human resource issues as they arise;

• Engage in conflict resolution if required;

• Act as a mentor and coach and promote staff professional development;

• Schedule and ensure regular unit meetings and bilateral meetings with staff; and,

• Meet with other NWAC Senior Directors as required.

3. Stakeholder Outreach

Main Activities

• Identify where engagement is required to ensure completion of project deliverables and initiate outreach to the appropriate stakeholders;

• Develop and maintain stakeholder partnerships and community engagement strategies;

• Maintain good relationships with Indigenous experts, NIOs, government offices, partners, stakeholders, and members of the public;

• Engage and network with Indigenous experts, NIOs, corporate/private, public and government stakeholders; and,

• Contribute to the development of the fundraising strategy and outreach to corporate partners.

4. Research and Data

Main Activities

• Lead the implementation of the National Apprenticeships Program;

• Ensure staff are provided clarity, supervision, and support for their tasks; and,

• Coordinate with other NWAC departments and committees as well as contractors involved in the implementation of the project.

5. Perform other related duties as required


• University degree in the area of policy, law, social sciences or other related studies or equivalent lived experience working on Indigenous issues will be considered;

• Minimum of 10 years’ experience working with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government, agencies or business/corporate entities;

• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a managerial role;

• Experience in managing a diverse workforce;

• Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset; and,

• Relevant experience working or volunteering with Not-for-Profit organizations or corporations is an asset.



The employee must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:

• Strong 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;

• Knowledge of government systems and bureaucracy with regards to funding, politics, public policy and legislation;

• Knowledge of strategic and operational planning and program review;

• Knowledge of leadership and management principles and practices;

• Some understanding of social policy (including violence prevention and impacts, housing, etc.);

• Some knowledge of the skilled trades in construction and manufacturing sectors as well as the industries in which these trades people work; and,

• Bilingual.


The employee must demonstrate the following skills:

• Strong writing and verbal communication skills in English and French;

• Strong research and analytical skills;

• Ability to supervise a large team and develop a strong team work environment;

• Ability to carry out culturally-appropriate gender-based analysis;

• Excellent interpersonal skills;

• Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;

• Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;

• Ability to undertake activities in cooperation and consultation with the NWAC Provincial/Territorial Member Associations and with diverse stakeholders;

• Ability to facilitate meetings; and,

• Ability to carry out research, analyze data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies, in partnership with other policy units, under the supervision of the CEO.

Personal Attributes

The employee must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of Senior Director of Employment and Social Development. The employee must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:

• Time management and punctuality;

• Respect for and understanding of Indigenous women’s issues in Canada;

• Dependable and understanding of the importance of meeting deadlines;

• Honest, sincere, considerate and truthful;

• Understanding of the importance of quality work;

• Approachable, articulate and determined;

• Resilient, proactive and positive; and,

• Coachable and adaptable.


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 have to travel throughout Canada;

• Lifting, carrying and managing of equipment and supplies may be required;

• Management may be expected to work odd or long hours on occasion; and,

• Employees are expected to multi-task with possible interruptions from colleagues and management.

Preference will be given to First Nations, Metis, Inuit and women and gender diverse of Indigenous ancestry, please self-identify.

Interviews will be held by teleconference or in person.

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.

Apply at apply@nwac.ca

Posting Details

Company NWAC
Location Hybrid
Term Full Time
Posted Sept 09, 2022