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Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations (IND0008)

Job Information
Author helenachung
Date June 9, 2019
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Metrolinx
Salary Range - Per Hour
Location Toronto, ON
Category Public Relations
Contact Information

Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario and our goal is to create a transportation network that enhances the prosperity, sustainability and quality of life for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. We lead planning in the region with a Regional Transportation Plan that guides the work and investments of the organization. This includes building light transit, bus rapid transit and Regional Express Rail, as well as operating GO Transit, UP Express and PRESTO.

Reporting to the Manager of Indigenous Relations, the Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations is responsible to support Metrolinx’s newly formed Indigenous Relations Office and policy framework and to build positive working relationships and knowledge between members of Indigenous communities, Metrolinx and the community at large.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides support to the Manager, Indigenous Relations in fostering positive working relationships with Indigenous communities
  • Works collaboratively with members on the Indigenous Relations team on policy, programs and emerging issues; provides expertise and advice to ensure successful outcomes
  • Has an understanding of the broad social, legal, and political issues underlying Indigenous policy development, including multi-jurisdictional issues, relationships, land/treaty negotiations, environmental processes, and matters of economic development
  • Provides advice and guidance on how Metrolinx can actively work towards reconciliation and enhance its processes, approaches and relationships with Indigenous communities
  • Identifies areas of alignment with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action, the Metrolinx strategic priorities, and develops recommendations to advance dialogue and make progress on Reconciliation
  • Prepares, researches, develops and disseminates information (e.g. policy, correspondence, key issues/briefing materials) and communicates ideas related to Indigenous issues
  • Handles complex situations and multiple responsibilities independently to support the Manager of Indigenous Relations
  • Provides presentations on a range of topics relating to Indigenous matters to both internal and external audiences
  • Coordinates a wide range of programs, working files, communications and support tasks
  • Resolves issues and keeps the Manager of Indigenous Relations informed of issues and results
  • Coordinates, supports, and attends meetings including confirming agenda, reviewing materials, and following up on action items
  • Provides current updates on Indigenous issues, programs and developments by maintaining a wide professional network

Location:                     10 Bay Street, Toronto


  • Completion of a degree in Public Relations, Indigenous Studies/Relations, Business Administration or related field – or a combination of education, training and experience deemed equivalent
  • Minimum six (6) years’ experience, public or private sector developing communications materials; managing special projects, complex and sensitive issues/tasks, timely flow of information along with stakeholder interaction.
  • In depth knowledge, lived experience and/or expertise in Indigenous communities’ priorities including familiarity with key Indigenous stakeholders
  • Excellent project leadership skills to plan, coordinate and implement project activities, guide team members and a variety of stakeholders
  • Project management to plan, organize, and coordinate internal and external resources engaged in communications project activities to meet timelines, budget limitations, and adhere to quality control standards and best practices
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and manage contentious issues to resolution
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills to liaise with internal and external partners, particularly Indigenous partners, stakeholders and provide briefings to senior management.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills to proactively assess and address issues affecting Indigenous people
  • Strong influencing/negotiating as well as political acumen capabilities to deal with a variety of stakeholders, agencies and staff to ensure successful outcomes and achieve goals.
  • Analytical skills to analyze business needs, and identify and assess communications risks and impacts on company reputation and develop recommendations for corrective action
  • Interpersonal and oral/written/presentation communication skills to write speeches, prepare presentations, compile awards submissions, and add content to the newsletter and web site

To apply for this position, please submit your resume online via (, no later than June 10, 2018.

Please note that applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Accommodation will be provided throughout the hiring process, as required.  Applicants must make their needs known in advance.

Please be advised, Metrolinx uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. A Criminal Record Search may be required of the successful candidate. Should it be determined that any background information provided be misleading, inaccurate or incorrect, Metrolinx reserves the right to discontinue with the consideration of your application.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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