Press Secretary, National Chief’s Office

Press Secretary, National Chief’s Office

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date February 16, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Assembly of First Nations
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Miscellaneous
Client Higgins Executive Search
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Press Secretary, National Chief’s Office

Assembly of First Nations

Established in 1982, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is modelled after the United Nations General Assembly. AFN is a national advocacy organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nations communities and in cities and towns across the country.

First Nations leaders (Chiefs) from coast to coast to coast direct the work of AFN through resolutions passed at Chiefs As-semblies held at least twice a year. The AFN National Executive is made up of a National Chief, 10 Regional Chiefs and the chairs of Elders, Women’s and Youth councils. The role of the National Chief and the AFN is to advocate on behalf of First Nations. This includes the facilitation and coordination of national and regional discussions and dialogue, advo-cacy efforts and campaigns, legal and policy analysis, communicating with governments, including facilitating relationship building between First Nations and the Crown as well as the public and private sectors and the general public

The Role

It is an exciting time with numerous changes on the horizon for AFN that will lead to significant and positive change for First Nations in Canada. With many priorities and a mandate to lead this change, the National Chief is seeking a confident and adaptable individual as the Press Secretary for his office. Working closely with the Chief of Staff and the National Chief while working in partnership with the Director of Communications, you are a critical strategic thinker with proven abilities to oversee and manage all the National Chief’s interactions with media. You will amplify the National Chief’s voice through both proactive and responsive social media posts and will support and assist the National Chief with preparing for media interviews, including briefings and message reviews. The Press Secretary will also oversee the logistics to support media communications and events.

Keeping abreast of current issues, news and events, the Press Secretary will ensure the National Chief’s Office re-sponds to events in an appropriate and timely manner. You will travel with the National Chief and his team facilitat-ing all communications with members of the media and the general public, using both traditional methods and social media.

You are knowledgeable and current with First Nations and Indigenous issues, politics and events, nationally and in-ternationally. As a superb communicator, you will develop and foster outstanding relationships with the media and within the government Bringing a passion for media relations and communications, the ideal candidate will possess a degree in journalism, public relations or relevant field and a proven experience in politically charged environ-ments.

For more information or to apply for this exciting Ottawa based opportunity offering strong benefits and pension plan and relocation assistance, please contact Brenda LaRose at 204-515-3828 ext. 103 or submit your resume and related information electronically to

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