Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator

Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator

POSITION TYPE: One Year Contract, full time

LOCATION: preferrable Saskatoon area, Saskatchewan. Hybrid work environment. Reliable high-speed video-enabled internet access and a dedicated quiet workspace required. 

LANGUAGE: Excellence in English required – written, oral, and comprehension.

SALARY RANGE: $45,000 – $50,000 per annum, based on experience.

BENEFITS: 3 weeks of vacation, plus an office closure between Christmas and New Year, and up to 10 sick days per year. Comprehensive medical and dental benefits offered.

POSTING DATE: December 2023

START DATE:  As soon as possible

Summary

CPAWS Saskatchewan operates on the Traditional Territories of Treaties 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10, and the Homeland of the Metis.

CPAWS is committed to operating in a way that upholds justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). We are also working to ensure our office is an inclusive and safe place for people from diverse backgrounds.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Saskatchewan Chapter is currently recruiting for a one-year full-time contract role of Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator.  As the Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator, you will be responsible for fostering positive relationships and effective communication between our organization and Indigenous communities, stakeholders, and relevant partners. 

The Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator role is one whose primary duties are to engage directly with new and current First Nation and Métis partners. This includes building and maintaining lasting relationships with traditional knowledge keepers, community leaders, youth, and Elders. The Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator will also engage with other stakeholders, rightsholders, and responsibility holders who may be interested in or affected by the projects we are engaged with. This includes but is not limited to forestry and mining companies, local residents, members of the public at large, other ENGOs, and government agencies. 

This role involves supporting the development and implementation of strategies that promote collaboration, respect cultural diversity, and align with the goals and values of both our organization and the communities we support. 

About the Organization

CPAWS (www.cpaws.org) is a national charitable organization with 13 chapters across Canada, almost 100 staff, and hundreds of volunteers who have helped to protect over half a million square kilometres of Canada’s public land and water, since 1963.

CPAWS Saskatchewan is dedicated to the preservation of healthy forest and grassland ecosystems in Saskatchewan. CPAWS is the leading voice for the wilderness in Saskatchewan.

Our conservation vision is to protect at least half of Canada’s public land and water in a framework of reconciliation – for the benefit of both wildlife and humans.

Responsibilities

Relationship Building and Engagement-40%

  • Cultivate and maintain strong, trusting relationships with Indigenous communities, traditional knowledge keepers, community leaders, youth, and Elders. 
  • Cultivate and maintain strong, trusting relationships with stakeholders, rightsholders, and responsibility holders.
  • Act as a liaison between Indigenous groups and the organization, ensuring transparency, open dialogue, mutual understanding, and engagement through culturally sensitive communication. 
  • Support team strategies for engaging Indigenous communities, promote collaboration and meaningful engagement, and respect cultural diversity in our initiatives and projects.
  • Support team strategies to mitigate negative impacts and enhance positive contributions to Indigenous-led and community-led conservation initiatives.
  • Advocate for Indigenous rights and work to empower Indigenous perspectives and voices in conservation efforts.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with various stakeholders and relevant partners, including forestry and mining companies, local residents, members of the public at large, other ENGOs, and government agencies.

Project Coordination-40%

  • Plan, execute, and oversee project lifecycles for specific projects related to this role.
  • Coordinate various programs and projects with communities and relevant partners. 
  • Work with the internal team and project partners (when applicable) to ensure Indigenous perspectives, interests, and values are integrated into project planning.
  • Support programs and projects led by the communities we support by attending meetings and assisting with project plans and administrative tasks.
  • Ensure Indigenous voices and perspectives are heard and respected in meetings, collaborations, and negotiations, while representing our organization.
  • Be mindful of how our activities and involvement may affect projects and programs within the communities we support.

Communication and administration support-20%

  • Develop and deploy content for CPAWS-SK Social media channels, website, emailing, events, and internal communications.
  • Support the creation of materials, including grant applications and reports.
  • Assembling and submitting the chapter’s financial documentation to CPAWS National Office monthly.
  • Monitor, manage and distribute chapter infosk email portal.
  • Coordinate and organize internal and external meetings, as required.
  • Assisting with campaign events and fundraising as necessary.
  • Other tasks and duties, as required.

Accountability and Authority

The Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator reports to the Executive Director of CPAWS Saskatchewan Chapter.

Qualifications & Expectations

Essential Assets

  • The successful candidate will be passionate about protecting nature in Canada and will have knowledge of Canada’s commitment to reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.
  • Understanding and respecting the diversity of cultures, traditions, perspectives, values, issues, and histories of Indigenous communities. 
  • Understanding and being aware of your own biases and social position.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous rights, laws, treaties, and relevant policies and commitment to continuous learning to stay informed of changes/updates of the mentioned.
  • Openness to continuous learning, including protocols, ceremonies, and the impacts of historical events on Indigenous people.
  • Experience in indigenous and stakeholder engagement and relationship building, preferably in the field of conservation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to navigate diverse cultural contexts and communicate in a culturally respectful, sensitive and appropriate way.
  • Ability to navigate and be mindful of complex relationship dynamics and situations and resolve conflicts in a culturally respective and sensitive way.
  • Ability to travel to remote locations for fieldwork and community engagements.
  • An inclusive, collegial, and collaborative work ethic with strong teamwork skills.

  Nice to Have

  • Experience working or volunteering in non-profit/ charitable sector, or in campaigning or community organizing.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification (e.g. bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, indigenous studies, community development, or a related field)
  • Project management skills and experience in coordinating community-based initiatives 

Application Submission and Hiring Process

CPAWS is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the populations we serve. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including applicants from all cultures, racialized communities, abilities, diverse sexual and gender identities, and others who may contribute to equitable representation and diversity of perspectives and ideas. We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier-free. Please contact us if you should require additional support at any stage of the recruitment process at [email protected].

To apply, send a cover letter and resume saved into a single PDF with the file name LAST NAME_ISR COORDINATOR and sent by email to [email protected].

We thank all candidates for their interest in the position. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, as we are looking to fill this position quickly. We expect to have one round of interviews and that interviews will last one hour. They may take place in person, or over Zoom, dependent on the needs of the candidate. We commit to contacting all candidates who we interview within two weeks of the interview date.