Full Job Description
Senior Policy Analyst, Safe Drinking Water & Wastewater
Refer to Competition Number -–2022-EDI-02
Description: The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is seeking a highly skilled, motivated, and experienced professional to lead and conduct research and analysis, develop, and analyze policies and provide advice related to water legislation issues., Develop and review reports, and other written materials related to safe drinking water, wastewater management and source water protection for First Nations. The candidate will oversee Regional Water Coordinators and assist them to develop methodologies for regional water and wastewater engagements. The candidate will be a strong advocate in advancing AFN’s positions in First Nations rights and jurisdiction, regulatory and governance considerations, work on legislation and legal implications, and understanding of requirements contained in the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They will lead forward-planning on long term needs and be responsible for developing all related communications.
Who Can Apply: Persons of First Nations ancestry only may apply (s. 16(1) CHRA).
Candidates must have a minimum of 7 – 10 years’ experience in conducting research, analyzing information and policy experience, with a focus on First Nations safe drinking water and wastewater. Candidates should have a post-secondary degree in a relevant field including a background in legal, political and social sciences, understanding of water and wastewater regulations, policy development and governance, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Candidates should also have experience working with Indigenous Services Canada, First Nations Inuit Health Branch, Infrastructure Canada, Environment & Climate Change Canada, Health Canada, and/or other related Federal and Provincial departments and their various programs and initiatives related to First Nation safe drinking water and wastewater.
All candidates will have demonstrated experience in writing proposals and reports, leading discussion groups, and synthesizing information into policy positions and documents. Candidates will need to show experience presenting to large audiences and will have demonstrated superior written and verbal communication.
Other Job Requirements: The AFN requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and education (within the salary grid). AFN offers competitive salaries, attractive benefits and pension plans.
Abilities & Skills: Must have in-depth knowledge and understanding of First Nations drinking water and wastewater issues; current federal and provincial drinking water and wastewater regulations; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and the ability to interpret technical material and policies for general and First Nation audiences. The incumbent must possess excellent team building, listening, coaching, group facilitation skills, comfortable speaking to large audiences and must have creative problem resolution skills. English is the working language although the ability to communicate effectively in French or any Indigenous language would also be an asset.
Personal Characteristics: Superior judgment and work ethic, with the ability to work both independently, and with others in a team dynamic, including managerial experience.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario with some travel. Please note that the AFN is working to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our employees. Our offices have re-opened as of April 4th and are presently operating under a hybrid approach.
Employment Status: Permanent Full-time position
Closing Date: Open until filled
Individuals who feel they are qualified are invited to submit a cover letter (quoting the above reference number) along with a current resume, and the names of three (3) references to whom you’ve reported directly, to BambooHR.
Interviews will be held via Zoom. While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates short-listed for an interview will be contacted. The AFN may cancel, postpone, or revise employment opportunities at any time.