Director of Self Government Strategy

Internal/External Job Posting
Location: Toronto or Barrie 
Permanent,  full-time position
Closing:  July 6, 2020  4:30 PM 

Salary range: $76,500-$88,000

The Métis Nation of Ontario is seeking a dynamic leader to fill the role of Director, Self- Government Strategy. The ideal candidate will be a strategic, innovative and inspirational team leader with lived experience as a Métis person in Ontario, who will provide direction to a small team involved in defining the terms of self-government for the Métis Nation of Ontario, through extensive community consultation and outreach.  This is a new Branch within the Secretariat.

This position reports to the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and is responsive to the President (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the MNO. The incumbent will have the following duties and responsibilities: 

Leadership & Management: 

The Director of Self-Government Strategy develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the Branch. Additionally, the Director is responsible for:

  • The safety and health of their employees and the workplace
  • The performance of their employees
  • The mitigation of risk to the organization
  • The integrity of the organization

Financial Planning:

  • Prepares and administers the Branch’s budget, including determining staffing and operational needs
  • Approves and monitors Branch expenditures
  • Provides financial oversight of the Office of Self Government budgets and makes financial approvals
  • Adhere to MNO Policies and Procedures and MNO’s Financial Policies and Procedures

Operational Planning:

  • Ensures accountability and transparency, in all aspects of operations and specifically, to MNO funders
  • Oversees the design, monitoring and evaluation of key deliverables and/or projects required for self-government
  • Coordinates the activities of the Branch and ensures the Branch operates in a collaborative manner with other Branches as well as with internal and external stakeholders
  • Prepares and directs the preparation of a variety of written correspondence, reports, procedures, and other materials
  • Oversees and directs the maintenance of working and official self-government files
  • Monitors changes in laws, regulations and technology that may affect the Self Government Branch operations and implements policy and procedural changes as required
  • Achieves Branch planning and operational goals and objectives
  • Ensure that all activities are conducted in accordance with established Métis Nation of Ontario Policies and Procedures and Contribution Agreements (CA)
  • Adheres to Privacy Laws and respects confidential information
  • Ensures all relevant legislation governing the employment relationship between MNO and employees is adhered to

People and Culture:

  • Provides direction for the selection, training, development and work evaluation of Branch employees
  • Develops, reviews and implements policies and procedures to meet legal requirements, Branch needs and MNO needs
  • Creates and maintains a culture within the Branch that is collaborative and respectful and aligned with the values of the broader MNO

Program Planning:

  • Prioritizes and allocates available resources; reviews and evaluates program and service delivery
  • Makes recommendations for improvement and ensures maximum effective service delivery
  • Monitors the day-to-day operations to ensure the Branch is meeting goals and objectives, is following policies and procedures and is providing services effectively and efficiently; takes corrective action as appropriate
  • Oversees administrative responsibilities for the Self Government Strategy Branch, including conferring with and representing the Self Government Strategy Branch and the MNO in meetings with the members of boards and committees, various government agencies, and the public
  • Oversees preparation of periodic and special reports, and prepares and delivers presentations

Community Relations:

  • Develops and fosters community networks to support Branch goals
  • Serves as an effective spokesperson for the Branch and the MNO as whole, represents the MNO’s point of view on self-government to funders, politicians, other organizations, and the general public
  • Communicates with stakeholders to keep them informed of the organization’s work and to identify community needs
  • Attends the Annual General Assembly


  • Serves on the MNO Management Team, attends meetings and conferences ensuring Branch needs and concerns are represented, and participates in strategic planning for the Métis Nation of Ontario

Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing strategic approaches through effective policy development, collaboration and working in partnership with government, communities and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff and work collaboratively in a team-based approach
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a high level of tact and discretion
  • Demonstrated experience working with Indigenous communities and all levels of Government
  • Effective management and organizational skills, including, team building and the ability to work in a fast-paced multi-issue environment, serving a wide range of varied internal and external interests
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills in order to liaise with MNO leadership and management, government partners and other external stakeholders
  • Advanced organizational, research and analytical skills
  • Results-oriented management skills and practices
  • Excellent project management skills, with demonstrated ability to establish and effectively achieve measurable objectives / directed work plans
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Working proficiency with of MS Suite software
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment considered an asset

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Must have lived experience as a Métis person in the province of Ontario
  • Must have an understanding and appreciation of Métis culture and Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Must have an understanding of Métis Nation of Ontario’s governance and administrative structure
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and availability to travel a minimum of 50% of the time


  • Master’s Degree in Business, Indigenous Studies, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 3 – 5 years of experience at the senior management level
  • Excellent knowledge of federal and provincial legislation and policies, and a sound knowledge of contemporary public sector operating systems and procedures

The Métis Nation of Ontario commits to providing accommodation as required by the Ontario Human Rights Act, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The Métis Nation of Ontario will work cooperatively and in the spirit of respect with all partners in the accommodation process. These accommodations will extend to all aspects of the employment relationship including recruitment and selection. Please email if you require an accommodation during the hiring process.

Preference will be given to qualified Métis candidates.