The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is seeking an experienced and skilled individual who will be responsible for administering, gathering and researching information and statistics related to NAFC policy initiatives which include Labour Market and Early Learning and Childhood Development initiatives.  The Policy Analyst will provide recommendations for policy development, interpretation and application, coordinate and deliver policy briefings, reports and other written material related to a variety of urban Indigenous issues, communications and advocacy are also a significant component of the work.  Ideally candidates will have experience in writing proposals.


  • Honour’s Bachelor Degree or equivalent;
  • 5 year’s experience working in a research/policy environment in an Indigenous, not-for-profit or government setting including participating on working groups and committees; developing fact sheets and research/policy briefs and discussion papers; data collection and analysis;
  • Demonstrated competencies in policy analysis of Indigenous-specific skills and employment and early learning;
  • Knowledge and understanding of urban Indigenous issues;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and able to translate complex ideas and information to any audience;
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing policies and communicating this in a clear and concise way, ensuring colleagues across the Friendship Centre Movement understand findings and recognize significance;
  • Demonstrated experience working with federal, provincial, territorial, northern, urban and international governments and officials;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, teamwork and judgement;
  • Demonstrated time management, planning and organizational skills; and
  • English is the working language however the ability to work in both official languages (English/French) is an asset. Fluency in an Indigenous language is also an asset



The NAFC is a national not-for-profit Indigenous organization located at 275 MacLaren Street in Ottawa, Ontario. It consists of more than 125 Friendship Centres and Provincial Territorial Associations located coast-to-coast-to-coast. The NAFC is governed by a seventeen-member volunteer Board of Directors, including eleven regional representatives, a youth representative, and a five-member Executive Committee, comprised of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Youth Executive.

The NAFC receives federal and other funding that supports its internal organizational structure and currently employs eleven dedicated individuals including an Executive Director who is responsible for the overall management and administration of the organization. The NAFC offers a flexible, non-traditional work environment in a heritage building in the heart of downtown Ottawa and has free parking!

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to Mel Maracle, NAFC A/Executive Director by email to melmaracle@nafc.ca or Fax (613) 594-3428 on or before Friday June 8, 2018.

No applications will be accepted beyond the closing deadline.  Interviews will be held in Ottawa. While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates short-listed for an interview will be contact.

NAFC may cancel, postpone or revise employment opportunities at any time.



NAFC offers competitive salaries, strong benefits and a pension plan



Ottawa, ON with some travel



Term, full time position until March 31, 2019



Position will be posted until filled.

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