Employment Opportunity: Senior Policy Analyst


Southern Chiefs’ Organization

Employment Opportunity




The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) requires a Senior Policy Analyst (generalist).


SCO is a growing and dynamic regional Indigenous organization led by Grand Chief Jerry Daniels that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota First Nations in southern Manitoba.  SCO was established 21 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.

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 undertakes research, tracks emerging issues, and prepares position papers, reports and other original finished material with recommendations for consideration.  The incumbent provides expertise in the planning, development, implementation of special and strategic projects in line with SCO priorities.

The Senior Policy Analyst demonstrates strong leadership skills through displays of initiative, and collaborates effectively with senior management, stakeholders and staff.  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.

SCO provides competitive compensation and excellent pension and benefits.  Travel is required.


  • University degree in Public Policy, Political Studies, Indigenous Studies, Journalism, or related Social Sciences, Humanities or Science degree
  • Masters degree an asset
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered


  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in policy analysis, including experience writing briefing notes, discussion and policy papers
  • Experience conducting complex and strategic research (e.g.  jurisdictional scans, literature reviews, statistical analysis, focus groups, surveys, interviews, stakeholder consultations), and policy analysis including knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of researching, evaluating and analyzing information
  • Considerable knowledge of sources of data and current literature, emerging trends and developments in First Nations issues and rights
  • Knowledge and awareness of provincial and federal government policy, including policy that directly and indirectly impacts First Nations
  • 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
  • Understanding of human and Indigenous rights
  • Ability to speak Dakota or Ojibway language an asset
  • Good proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer


  • Develops, researches, reviews and analyses policy, programs, and processes
  • Prepares written correspondence, briefing notes, discussion documents, policy papers, research reports, strategies, and action and advocacy plans and activities for Senior Management with a goal of increasing awareness of First Nations perspectives, needs and rights
  • Ensures detailed yearly workplans and deliverables are met



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

Chief Executive Officer
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3E 0L4

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected will be contacted for further consideration. Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates.