CONSULTANT INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

Job Opportunity by City of Toronto - The Indigenous Affairs Office

Job type: Full Time Contract


JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Staff Requisition ID 4249- Posted 01/10/2020 - (CITY HALL) - ED&HR Indigenous Affairs Office - Policy, Planning & Research - Non-Union - Full-time
  • Job ID:4249
  • Job Category: Policy, Planning & Research
  • Division & Section: City Manager's Office, Indigenous Affairs Office
  • Work Location:City Hall, 100 Queen Street W.
  • Job Type & Duration: Temporary, Full Time, 24 months
  • Salary: $88,979.80 - $104,540.80
  • Shift Information:35 hours per week
  • Affiliation:Non-Union
  • Number of Positions Open:1
  • Posting Period:10-Jan-2020 to 24-Jan-2020

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The Indigenous Affairs Office (IAO) is seeking a strong leader who will contribute to achieving objectives of the IAO, including supporting divisions in their work with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, strengthening the City's relationship with Indigenous communities and advancing reconciliation in the City of Toronto. Specifically, the Consultant of the IAO, will advance the City of Toronto's Indigenous Place-Making initiative.

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The Indigenous Place-Making initiative emerges from ongoing work led by City staff, partner agencies and Indigenous leaders and activists to better reflect the City's commitment to truth and reconciliation in parks and the public realm, and catalyzed in a request from the Parks and Environment Committee to develop an "Indigenous Place-Making Framework".

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This initiative will focus on 4 priorities:
  • Expanding and ensuring presentation and commemoration of Indigenous histories and cultures
  • Creating space – physically, and in process and policy – for ceremony, teaching and community
  • Strengthening Indigenous connections with lands and waters, both traditionally and contemporarily used
  • Building capacity for land-based Indigenous engagement, and for greater cultural competency.
  • These principles distill to four focus areas: places and naming, public art, policy and capacity and consultation.

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As a Consultant, Indigenous Affairs, you will work in an environment where your project management and leadership skills will drive your ability to advance and help shape the direction of the City's Indigenous Place-Making initiative. If you are someone who is passionate on cultivating relationships and partnerships and has an interest in leading engagement for the Indigenous community then consider this an excellent opportunity!

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Role Responsibilities:
  • Develop, review and implement plans related to the Indigenous Place-Making Initiative
  • Cultivate effective working relationships and partnerships, working with multiple divisions, City Council, the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, Indigenous community and the public
  • Demonstrates professionalism and political acumen in providing expertise and strategic advice to the City and communities on Aboriginal/Indigenous Affairs and equity, diversity and human rights in accordance with the City's priorities.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with management, staff, government representatives, Councillors and their staff.
  • Develops and oversees Request for Proposal (RFP) processes resulting in the selection and hiring of external consultants and managing timelines, tasks, budgets and project deliverables.
 

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Additional duties include:
  • Manages assigned projects, ensuring effective teamwork and communication, high standards of work quality and organizational performance and continuous learning.
  • Recommends strategies to resolve emerging issues by using expertise and knowledge to determine best solutions, for example, through the use of established policies and guidelines to adapt or enhance existing techniques, frameworks for analysis and evaluation.
  • Undertakes the planning, research, progress and completion of assigned projects investigating policy and program options, taking into account developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government.

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Key Qualifications:
  1. Considerable project management experience managing or coordinating projects/initiatives or strategic and operational reviews within a major public or private sector organization including the City of Toronto.
  2. Considerable experience writing reports, project plans, briefings and policy papers for senior management that include strategic advice and recommendations on sensitive issues.
  3. Considerable experience in communicating and cultivating relationships/partnerships with community, organizations, stakeholder groups, civic institutions and the general public.
  4. Understanding of City's governance structure (e.g. Council, Divisions).
  5. Highly developed communication, presentation and stakeholder management skills with the ability to communicate effectively at all organizational levels.
  6. Highly developed analytical, problem solving, strategic thinking and research skills.
  7. Highly developed sense of discretion, judgement and political acuity.
  8. Ability to operate as an organized, fully accountable project leader, self-directed team member and member of a staff team.
  9. Demonstrated commitment to customer service excellence with the ability to maintain effective stakeholder relationships.
  10. Lived experience as an Indigenous person is considered an asset.
  11. Knowledge of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, including the legal, social and economic issues affecting Indigenous communities and demonstrated commitment to reconciliation is considered an asset.
  12. Post-secondary education in project management, public policy, planning, business administration or a relevant field is considered an asset.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.

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Accomodation The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.