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Senior Director of Policy and Programs

Reports to: CEO or her delegate

Salary Range: $85,000-$98,000

Term: Permanent, Full-Time

Closing Date: Open until filled

Location: On-site in Gatineau, QC


Under the authority and supervision of the CEO or her delegate, the Senior Director of Policy and Programs will provide leadership and advice on the development of policy, project and programs to NWAC and will oversee, manage, support and coach the staff in this group. The Senior Director of Policy and Programs will also be responsible for the unit’s operations including the execution and management of multiple national projects and programs.

The Senior Director of Policy and Programs will work collaboratively with the CEO for overall operations and strategic planning for the Unit. The Senior Director will also work closely and collaboratively with all NWAC policy units.

The Senior Director will ensure that all 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.

General duties

The Senior Director of Policy and Programs will:

  1. Programs, Projects and Policy

Main Activities

  • Prepare complex briefing notes, reports, position papers, letters and responses to correspondence within tight deadlines as it relates to Social and Economic Development;
  • Monitor, review, and help develop strategies in the development of programs and policies;
  • Develop and maintain stakeholder relations;
  • Provide leadership and management of quantitative/qualitative data collection and analysis;
  • Conduct community-based research activities in accordance with appropriate guidelines;
  • Ensure proper consideration and application of culture and gender-based lenses with a focus on Métis, Inuit and First Nations and the 2SLGBTQQIA communities;
  • Ensure that Unit Team members implement environment scans, backgrounders, fact sheets, briefing notes, letters, press releases, position papers, reports and more;
  • Work with consultants on projects and events as required; and,
  • Draft correspondence for government offices, partners, and stakeholders, when required.
  1. Supervision of Unit Personnel

Main Activities

  • Responsible for overall supervision of the Social and Economic Development Unit;
  • Ensure each policy, project or program officer has a work plan;
  • Ensure that all reporting and deliverables have appropriate deadlines;
  • Manage the workload of the unit;
  • Review quality of work to ensure high standards are met by the Unit Team;
  • Review external requests for engagement and recommend response or attendance by appropriate personnel;
  • Assign tasks and duties to the policy advisors;
  • Ensure a professional development plan is in place for the Unit Personnel;
  • Respond to leave requests, timesheet approval;
  • Undertake probationary reviews and annual performance evaluations as required;
  • 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.
  1. Stakeholder Outreach

Main Activities

  • Identify where engagement is required on policy & government relations areas 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.
  1. Research and Data and Proposal Writing

Main Activities

  • Lead and conduct the review and analysis of formal research findings;
  • Ensure environmental scanning, issues identification and analysis and synthesized is relevant and accurate;
  • Identify NWAC’s information requirements and develop analytical models for databases, testing, monitoring and tracking mechanisms to support research and evaluation initiatives, and emerging priorities; and,
  • Ensure the development and submission of proposals.
  1. 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.); 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 conduct research 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 the Director of Business and Economic 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:

  • Travel may be required;
  • Management may be expected to work odd or long hours; 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 people of Indigenous ancestry, please self-identify.

Interviews will be held by teleconference.

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 Gatineau, QC
Term Full Time
Posted May 06, 2022