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The Director of Economic Development will be responsible for establishing the Economic Strategic Division at the Chiefs of Ontario and, working in tandem with First Nations leadership, advancing the economic development priorities of First Nations in Ontario. The director is also responsible for overseeing research, policy analysis, data collection, the development and delivery of policy initiatives, reports, and other written materials.

The Director of Economic Development is also responsible for establishing and building effective relationships with First Nation community leaders, technicians (internal and externalto Chiefs of Ontario), federal, provincial government and other experts as appropriate.

Location: Toronto

*Position will be remote/virtual until further notice.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct in-depth research, policy analysis, and environmental scanning of current and future legislation, policies and programming impacting economic development opportunities for First Nations Peoples in Ontario
  • Maintain partnerships with government ministries, First Nation communities, and regional organizations to ensure effective communication flow and dialogue between all parties.
  • Adhere to Chiefs of Ontario financial management policy to ensure funding requirements and reporting requirements are met.
  • Support First Nation requests for government-to-government engagement.
  • Oversight of document quality control, policy initiatives and resolution tracking
  • Actively participate and collaborate in working groups, task teams, and Chiefs Committees related to economic development and provide policy and program recommendations.
  • Support First Nations and regional organizations in accessing funding necessary to address economic development priorities in their communities.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of unit work plans including preparing funding proposals and compiling deliverables.
  • Develop and implement accurate reporting mechanisms that measure the efficacy of previous and current programs, strategies and initiatives, and inform ongoing improvements.
  • Attend and take notes at relevant meetings and gatherings.
  • Assist in the planning and successful execution of meetings and gatherings.
  • Consolidate information and develop appropriate written communications when necessary.
  • Recruit, train and supervise staff to improve efficiency, quality of services and outputs.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of leadership gatherings.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Relevant Skills:

  • Relevant post-secondary education equivalent to an undergraduate or post-graduate degree, preferably in economics, finance, or other related fields.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, complex office environment and offering advice to leadership on a range of local, provincial and national issues impacting First Nation communities.
  • Knowledge of First Nation traditions, cultures and values.
  • Understanding of the history and relationship between First Nations and the Crown
  • Strong ability to analyze problems, recommend comprehensive solutions and mobilize resources for effective implantation.
  • Experience in strategic planning, implementation and policy analysis.
  • Proven ability to manage and lead a team in a dynamic environment.
  • Experience in proposal development, negotiations, and financial management.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal.
  • Ability to use relevant office technology and software.
  • Political acuity is a strong asset.
  • The capacity to work effectively, independently and as a lead team member to complete assigned tasks and projects.
  • Must be able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines; familiar with critical path planning and logistical requirements.
  • Experience with data collection and analysis

DURATION: August 1, 2021 – March 31, 2023

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

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