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Senior Advisor, Partnerships & Capacity

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date July 5, 2019
Type Full Time
Company First Nations Information Governance Centre
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Business / Management
Client FNIGC
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Senior Advisor, Partnerships & Capacity

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is an incorporated non-profit organization operating with a special mandate from the Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in Assembly (Resolution #48, December 2009). FNIGC’s Vision is that every First Nation will achieve data sovereignty in alignment with its distinct worldview.

In addition to serving the information, research, training and capacity development needs of First Nations people and communities, FNIGC is home to the First Nations Regional Health Survey (FNRHS), the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education, and Employment Survey (FNREEES) and the First Nations Labour and Employment Development (FNLED) survey.

Job Summary

The Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Capacity, works collaboratively within FNIGC and serves in a consultative role, part leader and part doer responsible for developing and maintaining relations with key partners under the direction of the Executive Director.  This position is also responsible for supporting organizational and, where appropriate, partner development opportunities, including the design and implementation of comprehensive plans for developing internal and external alliances and the ongoing management of these relationships.

The Senior Advisor,  Partnerships and Capacity, is a primary advisor to the Executive Director and assists in building and supporting strong working relationships with regional partners, member organizations, federal partners, and other appropriate entities, in support of capacity development within FNIGC and across the FNIGC network.  This role, alongside the senior management team, is also relied upon to support the continued development of FNIGC operations, organizational development strategies, and the implementation of “best practices” throughout FNIGC’s processes.

The Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Capacity, will work closely with the management team within the organization and may lead collaborative partnership and/or capacity activities or projects.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Partnerships
  2. Support and advise the Executive Director;
  3. Identify, cultivate and develop innovative partnership opportunities according to FNIGC`s strategic initiatives mandate and mission;
  4. Liaise with appropriate leads to build on partnerships agreements and for future prospects;
  5. Foster strategic discussions at the national level in meeting the objectives of partnership agreements;
  6. Manage, maintain, and update new opportunity criteria processes along with the senior management team for all new initiatives being considered by FNIGC;
  7. Lead the proposal development process in collaboration with other senior managers as required;
  8. Implement the Centre’s partnership agreements and meet deliverables outlined in the plan;
  9. Ensure the partnership agreements are fully developed and executed as outlined in the partnership agreements and that each initiative is appropriately archived for long-term relationship-management approach; and
  10. Manage and maintain ongoing communication with team members across the regions to provide oversight of status and strategy development progress.
  1. Management
  2. Partner with organization`s leadership team to ensure alignment within the Centre and maintain a consistent strategic implementation process;
  3. Develop work plan for department, update as required (quarterly and annually), while building in opportunities for strategic planning covering key objectives and future outlook;
  4. Provide possible solutions to challenges presented to department based on best practices recognizing organizational limitations;
  5. Actively participate in specific projects where the Senior Advisor’s knowledge or relationships would benefit a project’s advancement;
  6. Brief FNIGC team on organizational strategy and status of activities;
  7. Manage work plan activities for department and provide reports and updates as required;
  8. Communicate requirements to other department leads and establish plans to address these needs and opportunities;
  9. Partner with special committees to support program development activities;
  10. Develop and collaborate on funding proposals for the FNIGC;
  11. Develop scope of work for area of responsibility for external consultants and remain as point person with consultant for continued oversight of work flow based on scope of work;
  12. Manage workflow and contracts with lawyers and other consultants as necessitated by work plan;
  13. Monitor and ensure adherence to FNIGC Policy and Procedures; and
  14. Oversee project budget(s) as required.

Project Management

May manage multiple projects or initiatives concurrently, and is responsible for ensuring proper support is provided and progress reports are updated regularly.  The Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Capacity is also responsible for keeping programs in line with agreements maintaining FNIGC standards and processes.

  1. Capacity Development
  2. Lead or support Capacity Development activities for FNIGC;
  3. Manage, monitor, and report on program developments, program impact, and future opportunities to ensure that FNIGC maintains its presence as outlined by the organization’s strategic objectives;
  4. Monitor and ensure timely submission of project deliverables; and
  5. Implement FNIGC standards and best practices in all activities.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  1. May manage the performance of team members as required and directed by the Executive Director, recognize contribution, create learning opportunities consistent with employee and organizational objectives, identify training requirements, and develop and implement plans to maximize performance.
  2. Support and contribute to the organization’s succession planning initiatives, and for mentoring and coaching team in developmental capacity.

Perform other duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements

  1. A demonstrated commitment to collaboration.
  2. Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and spoken.
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to relate to people at all levels, in and out of FNIGC, sometimes under challenging circumstances.
  4. An exceptional ability to think creatively to identify and resolve problems.
  5. Superior tact and diplomacy and a high level of integrity while handling confidential information with discretion.
  6. Strong organizational and time management skills to effectively handle issues simultaneously and meet scheduled timelines.
  7. Ability to mentor team members, set project standards and monitor progress.
  8. Ability to take initiative, be self-motivated, and use independent judgement to respond appropriately to requests for information.
  9. Strong planning and project management skills.
  10. Strong leadership and influencing skills.
  11. Dedicated team player.
  12. Ability to negotiate and collaborate in order to reach compromises or gain support.
  13. Exceptional knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and research engines and tools.
  14. Facilitate group collaboration and consensus.
  15. Extensive experience working with First Nations organizations or communities possessing operational knowledge and understanding of issues facing First Nations locally, regionally and nationally required.
  16. First Nations lived experience is an asset.

Education and Experience

  1. A bachelor’s degree in business management or a related field and at least ten (10) years of experience in a leadership role, preferably within a not-for-profit organization OR completion of a master’s degree in a related field, plus at least five (5) years of progressively more responsible experience in the public and / or private sector involving program planning and reporting, issues management, three years of which shall have been at a managerial level.
  1. Extensive experience in direct interaction with senior management and drafting board-level analyses/presentations.
  2. Experience in managing programs / projects and team members from different organizational units.
  3. Experience in researching, analyzing, and developing successful development strategies, identifying, validating, and developing leads into pursuits.
  1. Experience working with First Nations and an understanding of First Nations social determinants of health will be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will be eligible for a competitive salary, a benefits package, and a pension plan.

If you are interested in this position and meet the above criteria, please send your résumé and cover letter telling us why you think you’d be a great addition the FNIGC team to by Friday, July 26, 2019. Please use Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Capacity in the subject line of your e-mail and note that résumés without cover letters will not be considered.

First Nations candidates will be given priority, please self-identify.

FNIGC is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.  We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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