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Policy and Communications Analyst

Policy and Communications Analyst

The Chiefs of Ontario is inviting applications for the position of Policy and Communications Analyst. The Analyst will be responsible for leading a range of advocacy initiatives, including in the areas of First Nations housing, infrastructure, energy, and land claims. Additionally, the Analyst will take on a supporting role in managing internal and external communications for the Chiefs of Ontario. Our ideal candidate will have strong research and writing skills, enjoy working in a rapidly changing sector, be willing to learn, and have the ability to lead complex projects.

Location: Hybrid – Remote and Chiefs of Ontario Secretariat Office, 468 Queen St East, Toronto Ontario

Policy Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct in-depth research, data collection, and analysis of policies and programs relating to First Nations in Ontario
  • Coordinate and actively participate during working group and committee meetings, including the Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastructure
  • Support program development by assisting in planning, research and co-ordination of projects and activities
  • Assist the Policy and Communications Sector with the interpretation of legislation, policies, programs, and services relevant to Ontario First Nations
  • Prepare position and research papers, briefing notes, presentations and policy documents
  • Participate in meetings and functions with representatives of First Nations, provincial, and federal governments and other organizations
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with government ministries, First Nation communities, and other advocacy organizations to ensure effective dialogue and collaboration between partners
  • Performing other duties as assigned
  • Travel will be required

Communications Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the management and monitoring of social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn)
  • Assist the Communications Department with general administrative support including but not limited to coordination of job postings, media releases, internal and external communications, etc.
  • Support and assist the Policy and Communications team in the planning and execution of meetings, gatherings, and special events
  • Assist in the maintenance of the Chiefs of Ontario websites (WordPress, Squarespace, and Wix)
  • Assist Communications team with administrative tasks and other duties as required

Relevant Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in political science, policy, communications, or other relevant field
  • Relevant work experience in combination with education will be considered
  • Experience preparing briefing notes, reports, memorandums, and policies
  • General knowledge of the organization and activities of the Chiefs of Ontario and current events related to First Nations in Ontario
  • Knowledge of First Nation traditions, cultures and values; understand the history and relationship between First Nations and the Crown is an asset
  • Professional integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality are essential
  • Political acuity is a strong asset
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal
  • Time management, organization and planning skills
  • Experience with audio and video equipment an asset

Successful candidate must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

DURATION: June 2022 to March 31, 2023 (with the potential for renewal based on available funding)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled

Send letter of application, resume and include two references marked confidential to: [email protected]

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