Employment Opportunity: Policy Officer, Labour Market Development

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is looking for an innovative and dynamic professional to lead its Labour Market and Early Learning and Childhood Development initiatives. Responsibilities include the administration and implementation of these Programs for Friendship Centres nationally. Competencies in policy analysis of Indigenous-specific skills and employment and early learning are required.

Objectives of the Job: The Policy Officer provides strategic policy advice to the Executive Director and the Policy Committee of the Board of Directors. The Policy Officer shall work in close collaboration with all internal Departments at the NAFC in priority areas as identified by the Friendship Centre Movement specific to Indigenous employment and skills development and early learning and childhood development. The Policy Officer provides support to Provincial Territorial Associations and local Friendship Centres where appropriate, and coordinates the Labour Market Advisory Committee structure.


  • Coordinate the development of research/policy reports, briefs, knowledge translation/mobilization materials and publications
  • Contribute to the development of proposals and strategies
  • Work with Friendship Centres and PTAs
  • Coordinate multiple projects
  • Prepare and implement annual workplan
  • Report to government
  • Liaise with external partners


  • Ability to synthesize complicated information for wide range of audiences
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to conduct policy or qualitative and quantitative research analysis
  • Ability to work within NAFC’s research/policy frameworks
  • Ability to think strategically

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Honour’s Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • 5 years’ experience working in a research/policy environment in an Indigenous or government setting including: Participating on working groups and committees; Developing factsheets and research/policy briefs, and discussion papers; Data collection and analysis
  • Presenting research and policy at meetings and conferences
  • Community engagement
  • Progressive experience in research/policy including coordinating policy/research programs or projects; coordinating staff activities and knowledge translation/mobilization activities in an Indigenous setting

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Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position, to Erin Corston, NAFC Executive Director by email at ecorston@nafc.ca on or before Friday August 25, 2017. For more information please call the NAFC office at 613-563-4844. We appreciate all applications but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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