Employment Opportunity: Senior Policy Analyst

June 1, 2022

BACKGROUND:

SCO is a growing and dynamic regional Indigenous organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 81,000 citizens in southern Manitoba. SCO was established 23 years ago by the Chiefs as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

SCO is developing a regional traditional governance model, as it works to restore original citizenship, language, laws, institutions, ceremonies, protocols, and procedures of governance and repair more than 150 years of colonization to fully restore the Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations.

The model developed, respects the autonomy of the 34 First Nations that comprise SCO and involves defining how individual First Nation decisions and processes intersect with regional decisions and processes. This complex process of aggregation requires a multi-year phased approach and comprehensive community planning to create a shared future vision. 

SCO will:

  • Support Anishnaabe and Dakota nationhood and build unity.
  • Assist SCO in strengthening Anishnaabe and Dakota Nations to take on greater sectoral responsibilities, and ultimately self-determination and self-governance.
  • Identify agreement among SCO members on strategic Nation-level priorities for action and approaches to issues.
  • Enhance SCO’s ability to provide input on legislation, policies, and programs so that they are more reflective of Anishnaabe and Dakota perspectives.
  • Increase capacity for SCO to address and resolve issues at a nation-to-nation level. 

SCO provides competitive compensation and an excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.

KEY RESPONSIBLITIES:

Reporting to the Nation Rebuilding Project Manager, the Senior Policy Analyst is a valuable member of the SCO Team and works with purpose to create positive change for southern First Nations peoples and communities. 

The Senior Policy Analyst demonstrates strong leadership skills through displays of initiative, and collaborates effectively with senior management, the communications team, and other staff, and with stakeholders. The Senior Policy Analyst distinguishes between important, critical, and urgent assignments, monitors progress, and reprioritizes work or modifies plans in response to changing demands or circumstances.

  • Draft and develop community engagement discussion and ratification documents, workplan and funding proposals, and negotiation packages.
  • Lead significant research including an environmental scan and active discussion with other Nations successfully moving forward with Nation Building.
  • Gather, analyze, and synthesize high quality information to inform environmental scan and decisions for input into development of strategic plan.
  • Develop Draft SCO Nation Building Strategic Plan and assist with moving through approval cycle to negotiation with Canada and implementation.
  • Develop, research, review and analyse regional, national, and international policy, programs, and processes in other Indigenous jurisdictions.
  • Prepare written correspondence, briefing notes, discussion documents, policy papers, research reports, strategies, and action and advocacy plans and activities for Project Manager and Senior Management with a goal of increasing awareness of southern First Nations perspectives, needs and rights.
  • Ensure detailed yearly workplans and deliverables are achieved.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in policy analysis, including experience writing advocacy letters, briefing notes, discussion, and policy papers.
  • Degree in Public Policy, Political Studies, Law, Indigenous Studies, Journalism, or related Social Sciences, Humanities or Science degree.
  • Master’s degree an asset.
  • Knowledge and awareness of provincial and federal government policy and process, including policy areas that directly and indirectly impact First Nations. 
  • Experience conducting complex and strategic research (e.g., jurisdictional scans, literature reviews, interviews, stakeholder consultations, statistical analysis, focus groups, surveys), and policy analysis including knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and techniques of researching, evaluating, and analyzing information.
  • Knowledge of sources of data and current literature, emerging trends and developments in First Nations issues and rights including human rights.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to write clear, concise documents and reports with a high degree of accuracy and for a variety of audiences.
  • Strong verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate research, policy, and ideas to a variety of audiences.
  • Self-motivated professional able to work independently with general supervision and as part of a team, and to balance competing interests, solve problems or impasses, and move initiatives forward to meet deadlines. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and productively with colleagues, supervisors, and other internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work under pressure, independently managing a wide range of tasks, often within short timelines and with precision.
  • Highly developed understanding of quality standards with respect to preparing, proofreading/editing, formatting, and packaging a variety of documents.
  • Political acumen and ability to maintain confidentiality when developing and handling sensitive information.
  • Ability to speak Dakota or Ojibway language an asset.
  • Good proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must provide current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Must have a valid Manitoba Driver’s License and reliable vehicle as travel will be required.
  • All successful candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, June 17, 2022, at 4:30 PM CST

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three work related references to:

Human Resources
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0L4
Fax: (204) 946-1869 | hr@scoinc.mb.ca

*Please note resumes without a cover letter will not be considered complete*

Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates

Please self-identify as First Nations in your cover letter

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected will be contacted for further consideration.