Internal Secondment/External Job Posting
Contract, Full-Time until March 31, 2022
Location: Any MNO Region (1 position)
Posting Date: February 23, 2021
Closes: March 16, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET
Salary Band: 4
As an employer, the Métis Nation of Ontario offers a collaborative work environment with competitive salary,, annual paid two-week holiday closure in December-January, 15 paid public and employer holidays, early closures on long weekends, and 15 paid health & wellness days (sick leave).
As an employer, the Métis Nation of Ontario offers a collaborative work environment with competitive salary, comprehensive employer-paid health benefits, a pension plan, 15 days vacation to start, annual paid two-week holiday closure in December-January, 15 paid public and employer holidays, early closures on long weekends, and 15 paid health & wellness days (sick leave).
Who we are:
In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure and vision, encapsulated in the Statement of Prime Purpose.
Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario has built a province-wide governance structure which includes: an objectively verifiable, centralized registry of over 20,000 Métis citizens; approximately 31 Chartered Community Councils across the province which represent Métis citizens at the local level; a provincial governing body that is elected by ballot box every four years; an Annual General Assembly where regional and provincial Métis leaders are required to report back to Métis citizens yearly between elections; a charitable foundation which promotes and support Métis culture and heritage (Métis Nation of Ontario Cultural Commission); and an economic development arm (Métis Voyageur Development Fund).
In addition, the Métis Nation of Ontario has built an accountable, results-based provincial delivery structure to meet the socio-economic needs of its citizens and communities. Currently, the MNO delivers programs and services to its citizens through these branches: Healing and Wellness; Education and Training; Housing; Lands, Resources and Consultation; Intergovernmental and Community Relations; Self-Government and Registry. Through these various branches, the MNO maintains 30+ service delivery access points across the province, administers over $50 million annually, and employs about 300 personnel across the province.
The role of the Community Relations (CR) team of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is to support MNO's 31 Chartered Community Councils and three Advisory Councils and their volunteers to function, achieve their purpose and goals, and to serve the citizens they represent. CR supports councils with all governance matters; funding applications and reporting; issues management; conflict resolution; and addressing citizen concerns. Increasingly CR will be providing new tools and support to councils to better communicate with the citizens they represent.
As part of the CR team, the Communications Coordinator will undertake CR projects and promote citizen engagement and involvement within established priorities and goals. The Communications Coordinator engages with elected MNO leadership on a regular basis to identify opportunities to advance council and MNO priorities and provides support to the MNO Community and Advisory Councils.
The Communications Coodinator will also work collaboratively with the MNO's Communications Branch supporting issues directly related to supporting PCMNO Town Halls, the MNO Community councils and advisory committees.
The Communications Coordinator reports to the Manager of Community Relations, within the Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Branch.
Key responsibilities include:
- Provide communications and online supports for Zoom Meetings and Webinars, Website, Social Media, and community outreach online.
- Manage, update and maintain the MNO's internal elected officials' directory and calendar of events.
- Provide support and assist with coordination of larger MNO activities and events including MNO Online Town Halls and the MNO's Annual General Assembly.
- Provide support to the Community Relations team with Community Council elections, verifications and the filling of vacancies
- Assisting councils to host Annual General Meetings
- Facilitate training and deliver presentations to MNO Community and Advisory Councils, committees and external partners.
- Assist community councils with general inquiries.
- Managing and facilitating meetings and preparing relevant materials and briefing notes.
- Working collaboratively with colleagues to support and coordinate their participation in meetings including creating necessary presentations.
- Writing briefing notes and contributing to training material development.
- Actively working to promote the MNO, its priorities and its key policy initiatives.
- Working with vendors and contractors, as may be required, to support Community Relations activities.
- Working closely with MNO Communications team members
- Building relationships with MNO Community Councils and Advisory Council members, and PCMNO elected representatives across the Province.
- Establishing and maintaining positive and productive working relationships with other MNO Branches.
- Maintaining positive relationships on behalf of the MNO in Crown governments, industry and other stakeholders.
- Managing the relationship with external contractors or consultants relative to Community Relations.
- Working in collaboration with MNO leadership, MNO staff, MNO citizens, and contractors on related projects.
- Acting as a MNO liaison in meetings with community councils and other stakeholders as may be required.
Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:
- Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced multi-issue environment, serving a wide range of varied internal and external interests.
- Strong interpersonal skills and customer-service orientation.
- Experience hosting Zoom meetings and/or Webinars.
- Website development (i.e. Wix), social media experience
- Online promotions or campaigns an asset.
- Effective communicator with experience speaking to a variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships.
- Strong writing skills.
- Detail-oriented and results-focused.
- Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Organization skills and time/priority-management.
- Ability to work alone/independently with minimal supervision as well as collaboratively as part of a team.
- Ability to grasp and be sensitive to politics.
- Maintain a high level of confidentiality and cultural sensitivity.
- Knowledge of the Métis and/or Indigenous issues, or demonstrated ability to quickly acquire and expand their knowledge of Métis specific matters.
- Demonstrated understanding of not-for-profit governance processes an asset.
- Bilingualism (English/French/Michif) an asset.
- Conflict Resolution Experience an asset.
Education and Experience:
- Post Secondary degree or diploma in Communications or other relevant program from a recognized university or college, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
- Minimum of 1-3 years' experience
- High degree of technological literacy and proficiency with MS office, Outlook, videoconferencing and social media platforms.
- Willingness to participate in professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills.
- Must have stable and reliable internet to work from home as may be required.
- Able to flex working hours, including working on evenings or weekends, often at last minute.
- Willing and able to travel, at times, with overnight stays in other communities.
- A valid Ontario driver's license.
Secondment Opportunity for existing MNO Employees: Should a current permanent full-time MNO employee be the successful candidate the employee will return to their substantive position on completion of the secondment.
The Métis Nation of Ontario is a diverse and inclusive employer, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Preference may be given to qualified Métis candidates.
Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Please email via Isarta if you require an accommodation during the hiring process.
Please email via Isarta if you are having issues with your application with your resume and cover letter or have any questions about the role.
We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.