Local recruitment: Water Resources Coordinator via LinkedIn

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ (CAP)

Ottawa, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

About the job

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ (CAP) advocacy and political representative efforts are to improve the socio-economic conditions of off-reserve Non-Status and Status Indians, Southern Inuit of Labrador and Métis Peoples living in urban, rural, remote and isolated areas throughout Canada. CAP meets with federal ministers, informs federal policies, raises political awareness and works to find practical ways to improve federal programs and services for this constituency of off-reserve Indigenous Peoples.

The Water Resources Coordinator will lead on policy and research work in the development of policy and data resources and policy statements related to water resources management in Canada and the rights of Indigenous Peoples to water. The coordinator will facilitate knowledge exchange between CAP and the Government of Canada, specifically the Canada Water Agency. The coordinator will work with the Director of Environment to build upon CAP’s capacity to engage on environment priorities.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Director of Environment in advocacy engagements as they relate to priorities in water and broad environmental and rights-based objectives.
  • Build relationships and work in collaboration with external stakeholders (community-based organizations, service deliverers, academics, elected officials, senior government representatives, elected officials and industry) to advance the organization’s positions on water management and Indigenous Peoples rights to water, build consensus, and calls for action.
  • Undertake policy analysis on the impact of proposed and existing legislation/regulations, policy initiatives, current diffuse management of water in Canada, and wider contextual issues regarding water, including the legacy of colonialism.
  • Lead policy development on options and recommendations of emerging issues and trends related to water that impact CAP and its constituents, including developments in international law and sustainable development initiatives.
  • Lead in developing impactful reports, presentations, papers, submissions and briefing notes etc. articulating the organization’s position and providing policy recommendations to government.
  • Lead in the development of communication initiatives and strategies about water that bring public awareness about CAP and its vision and mandate.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Degree in Science or Interdisciplinary Degree in Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, or a closely related field, with a focus on water and/or Indigenous studies, or a combination of equivalent education and work experience;
  • Experience in strategic policy research, development, and advocacy. Previous experience in an advocacy association, Indigenous organization, government department, etc. setting is an asset.
  • Demonstrated success working within interdisciplinary teams and in partnerships with groups such as policy-makers, researchers, advocates, and service providers with excellent relationship-building, consensus-building and consultation skills.
  • A network of individuals and institutions related to water management is an asset.
  • Self-starter that can work independently and in a team setting, including setting work plans and demonstrating work towards objectives with minimal supervision.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication, interpersonal, negotiation, presentation and influencing skills to deal effectively with stakeholders and deliver difficult and sensitive messages.
  • Tact and diplomacy, empathy, a high level of discretion and sound judgement in providing strategic advice for courses of action that may significantly impact the credibility of CAP.
  • Fluency in both written and oral English and oral French is an asset.

Working conditions:

  • Reports to the Director of Environment;
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals;
  • Occasional weekend and evening work and travel might be required, compensated time;
  • This is a full-time fixed position until March 31, 2023. Continued staffing of this position is subject to annual funding from the federal government; and,
  • Salary commensurate with experience.

Priority will be given to Indigenous candidates and applicants are asked to self-identify on their cover letter. A more detailed job description is available upon request.