Internal Secondment /External Job Posting
Permanent, full time
Location: MNO Regions 1 to 7 (TBD) including Atikokan, Bancroft, Barrie, Blind River, Chapleau, Cochrane, Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Gravenhurst, Halieybury, Kenora, Kingston, Mattawa, Midland, North Bay, Owen Sound, Peterborough, Renfrew, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, or Thunder Bay
Closes: May 13, 2021
The role of the Community Relations (CR) team of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is to support MNO’s 31 Chartered Community Councils and three Advisory Councils and their volunteers to function, achieve their purpose and goals, and to serve the citizens they represent. CR supports councils with all governance matters; funding applications and reporting; issues management; conflict resolution; and addressing citizen concerns. Increasingly CR will be providing new tools and support to councils to better communicate with the citizens they represent.
As part of the CR team, the CR Advisor will undertake CR projects and promote citizen engagement and involvement within established priorities and goals. The CR Advisor engages with elected MNO leadership on a regular basis to identify opportunities to advance council and MNO priorities and provides support to the MNO Community and Advisory Councils regarding all governance matters.
The CR Advisor will also work collaboratively with staff from the Self-Government Strategy and other Branches address issues directly related to MNO councils.
The Community Relations Advisor reports to the Manager of Community Relations, within the Intergovernmental Relations Branch.
Key responsibilities include:
- Provide support and resources for Community Council elections, the filling of vacancies, hosting and facilitating Annual General Meetings, governance, procedures, and reporting.
- Identify and assist community councils with complaints, concerns, conflicts, and general inquiries.
- Develop, update, and facilitate training and deliver presentations to MNO Community and Advisory Councils, committees and external partners.
- Provide knowledge translation and training to councils and committees on MNO governance, policies, procedures, priorities, developments and trends.
- Provide communications and online supports for Zoom, Website and Social Media, and community outreach.
- Provide support and assist with coordination of larger MNO activities and events including MNO Town Halls and the MNO’s Annual General Assembly.
- Manage and update the MNO’s internal elected officials’ directory and calendar of events.
- Writing briefing notes and reports and contributing to training material development.
- Managing and facilitating meetings and preparing relevant materials and briefing notes.
- Working collaboratively with colleagues to support and coordinate their participation in meetings including creating necessary presentations.
- Actively working to promote the MNO, its priorities and its key policy initiatives.
- Working with vendors and contractors as may be required to support Community Relations activities.
- Building relationships with MNO Community Councils and Advisory Council members, and PCMNO elected representatives across the Province.
- Establishing and maintaining positive and productive working relationships with other MNO Branches.
- Maintaining positive and productive working relationships on behalf of the MNO in Crown governments, industry and other stakeholders.
- Managing the relationship with external contractors or consultants relative to Community Relations.
- Working in collaboration with MNO leadership, MNO staff, MNO citizens, and contractors on related projects.
- Representing the MNO or acting as a liaison in meetings with community councils and other stakeholders as may be required.
Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:
- Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced multi-issue environment, serving a wide range of varied internal and external interests.
- Strong interpersonal skills and customer-service orientation.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships.
- Effective communicator with experience speaking to a variety of audiences.
- Strong writing skills.
- Detail-oriented and results-focused.
- Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Organization skills and time/priority-management.
- Ability to work alone/independently with minimal supervision as well as collaboratively as part of a team.
- Ability to grasp and be sensitive to politics.
- Maintain a high level of confidentiality and cultural sensitivity.
- Knowledge of the Métis and/or Indigenous issues, or demonstrated ability to quickly acquire and expand their knowledge of Métis specific matters.
- Demonstrated understanding of not-for-profit governance processes an asset.
- Bilingualism (English/French/Michif) an asset.
- Experience hosting Zoom meetings and/or Webinars an asset.
- Website development (i.e. Wix), social media experience, and online promotions an asset.
- Conflict Resolution Experience an asset.
Education and Experience:
- Post Secondary degree or diploma in Political Science, Communications, or other relevant program from a recognized university or college, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
- Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience with not-for-profits, federal, provincial, municipal and or Indigenous governments.
- High degree of technological literacy and proficiency with MS office, Outlook and teleconferencing platforms.
- Willingness to participate in professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills.
- Able to flex working hours, including working on evenings or weekends, as required.
- Willing and able to travel, at times, with overnight stays in other communities.
- A valid Ontario driver’s license.
Secondment Opportunity for existing MNO Employees: Should a current permanent full-time MNO employee be the successful candidate the employee will return to their substantive position on completion of the secondment.