The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) are looking to fill the critical role of Senior Communication Strategist. This position will have the unique and groundbreaking opportunity to support the Algonquin Negotiation Representatives (ANRs) in their ongoing efforts to rebuild and revitalize the Algonquin Nation through the negotiation towards and implementation of a modern-day Treaty, the conduct of project consultation while also working to enhance the Algonquin presence across the unceded AOO Settlement Area.
The Senior Communications Strategist will provide a wide range of strategic, operational, and capacity-building services to the AOO. The services include internal and external strategic communications planning and execution, issue resolution, project management, and external party relations, as well as serving as the lead on a wide range of high-priority strategic communication initiatives.
The AOO are on a journey of survival, rebuilding, and self-sufficiency – a journey of reconciliation. This journey began nearly 250 years ago when the first Algonquin Petition was submitted to the Crown in 1772. Today, the AOO are comprised of the following ten Algonquin communities:
|Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation||Mattawa/North Bay|
|Greater Golden Lake||Snimikobi|
|Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini||Whitney & Area|
Working with the AOO provides an exceptional and rewarding opportunity for any person who seeks a complex, dynamic environment while contributing towards the process of rebuilding and revitalization of the Algonquin Nation.
You are a communications professional who:
- Has at least 6 years of relevant experience.
- Is passionate about the survival, rebuilding, and self-sufficiency of all Algonquin communities.
- Understands the detrimental and lasting effects of colonization on Indigenous people.
- Expert written and verbal communicator, with the ability to articulate brand concepts, and write in a wide range of voices and styles.
- Extensive writing and editing experience across a wide range of mediums and channels, and an understanding of the differences and requirements of various mediums.
- Proficient in content marketing theory and application.
- Displays in-depth knowledge and understanding of digital communication.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Forward thinking and in touch with current trends.
- Superior ability to positively interact with others using sensitivity, tact, diplomacy, and professionalism.
- Superior ability to lead strategic and proactive communication initiatives and develop internal and external communication strategies and plans.
- Superior ability to communicate with varying audiences, capture key messages, and promote knowledge transfer.
- Strong ability to develop a network of media contacts.
- Strong ability to develop and maintain websites and use social media.
- Strong project management skills to effectively manage complex projects and initiatives.
- Strong ability to respond effectively to and manage emerging priorities and firm deadlines within a multi-disciplined, fast-paced, and changing environment.
- Ability to provide direction and mentorship to office staff.
- Can work independently and in a team environment.
- Can perform all functions in such a manner that ensures complete confidentiality of the AOO privacy entitlements.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Public Policy, Political Science, Public Administration, Indigenous Studies, Journalism, Communications, or a related discipline.
- Advanced skills with the Microsoft Office suite.
- The successful candidate is expected to reside within the greater Ottawa Valley area considering that the AOO Consultation Office headquarters is in Pembroke Ontario.
- Ability to work from the AOO office located in Pembroke as required in compliance with the Travel Policy.
- Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.
- A valid G Class Driver’s License.
- Must provide a clear criminal record check for working with vulnerable populations
- Able to lift up to 20kg (44 lbs.).
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- The rewards are plentiful! Not only do you get to be part of the historic and ground-breaking modern-day treaty that will leave a lasting impact on the Algonquin communities, but we also have a developed compensation range for this position ($72,000 – $83,467) and are at a time of critical growth.
- Be proud of where you work. The Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers below are the guiding principles of the Algonquins of Ontario.
- Kwayakoziwin: Honesty: Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave.
- Tabasenindizowin: Humility: Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation.
- Manàdjìyàn: Respect: To honour all Creation is to have respect.
- Sòngideyewin: Bravery: Bravery is to face the foe with integrity.
- Nibwàkàwin: Wisdom: To cherish knowledge is to know wisdom.
- Sàgìhidiwin: Love: To know Love is to know peace.
- Tebwewin: Truth: Truth is to know all of these things.
- We care about you. Health and dental benefits, RRSPs, life and long-term disability insurances are just a few ways to show you that your well-being matters to us.
- We work hard but also understand the importance of balance. We operate on a standard of thirty-five (35) hours per week, recognize thirteen (13) statutory holidays, provide three (3) weeks of vacation to start and ten (10) paid personal days each year.
How to Apply
So, what do you say? Are you ready to support the Algonquin Negotiation Representatives in their efforts to rebuild and revitalize the Algonquin Nation?Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application by 2:00 PM on November 2, 2022, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When applying please ensure to list the position you are applying for in the title of the email and please include:
- Detailed cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and why you are the ideal candidate.
- Your resume.
- Four writing samples that demonstrate the breadth of writing experience (must include one long-format writing sample and one short-format writing sample).
- If available, portfolio website (optional).
Please note that the AOO have obtained the services of an external organization to support this recruitment process and no applications will be accepted by the AOO Consultation Office. Only applicants who apply to the above email address will be considered for the position.
For members of our Algonquin communities, we ask that you please identify which community you are connected to in your cover letter.
The AOO welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.