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Job Number:  30133
Program Officer, First Nations – Municipal Collaboration Program
Job Posted: Thursday, 6 October 2016
Closing Date: Sunday, 23 October 2016
(86 days ago)
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Region: Ottawa area Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Ottawa Salary: $59,500 - $75,000

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal government. It fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.


Position:                       Program Officer, First Nations – Municipal Collaboration Program Community

                                       Infrastructure Partnership Project (CIPP)

Department:                National Programs

Classification:              Level 4

Salary Band:                 $59,500 - $75,000

Languages:                   Bilingualism (English and French) is a strong asset

Term:                             2 contracts – 1 until March 31, 2017 and 1 until March 31, 2018




Funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Community Infrastructure Partnership Project is an FCM national pilot program focused on First Nations–municipal joint solid waste management. This 18-month initiative will enhance the capacity of participating First Nations and adjacent municipalities to develop and implement joint solid waste management municipal type service agreements (MTSA).  The Project will provide tools to support First Nation–municipal waste partnerships and facilitate the development of equitable and sustainable MTSA. In Manitoba, the project will be implemented in collaboration with the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources.


Major Purpose:

Under the supervision of the CIPP Program Manager, the Program Officer will provide support to the overall implementation of the program, including providing technical assistance (both face-to-face and virtual) to First Nations-municipal partnerships, coordinating activities with FCM`s partner organization CIER, and promoting the program through various communications channels and platforms.


If the challenge of working on an innovative program to foster First Nation and municipal partnerships is something in which you believe you can make a difference, then this position could be an excellent opportunity for you.



Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, organize, facilitate and report on workshops related to First Nation – municipal relationship-building and joint solid waste management initiatives including composting and recycling
  • Liaise with and provide direct process and technical support to select community partnerships by tracking the progress of the community partnerships and providing long distance support, including developing work plans and MTSA
  • Research and compile information on key topics related to joint First Nation-municipal solid waste cooperation and MTSA
  • Assist in researching, writing, and editing a tool kit on First Nation – Municipal solid waste MTSA
  • Develop communications and media tools, including social media, website updating, monitoring the First Nation-municipal on-line network, preparing national communications, etc.
  • Provide project management support, including project and financial monitoring, evaluation and control, and the management of relationships, communications, procurement, etc.
  • Assist in developing and delivering a training program on CIPP to build capacity at the regional level
  • Provide general administrative support including reporting, developing contracts, document editing, agenda setting, minute-taking, and preparing briefing documents for the FCM executive.
  • Contribute to semi-annual and annual reporting as per donor requirements
  • May be called upon to participate in cross-functional teamwork for National Programs Department for FCM organizational initiatives i.e. participation of CIPP at FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference or Annual Conference.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • An undergraduate degree in a related field (environment, law, political science, adult education, Indigenous studies, etc.) or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years’ of experience in cross-cultural relations, adult learning and facilitation
  • Experience in designing and implementing workshops and other structured and semi-structured learning interventions
  • Excellent cross-cultural facilitation skills, with the ability to foster collaborative environments between diverse audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to establish credibility with a multiplicity of parties
  • Knowledge and experience of municipal governments and their function and structure
  • Knowledge and experience of First Nations governments and their function and structure
  • Understanding of current issues, challenges and opportunities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities
  • Strong political acumen, diplomacy, and discretion
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Strong project management skills and experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, including with remote team members from partner organizations 
  • Excellent written, presentation, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in using social media (LinkedIn and Twitter) and MS Office
  • Ability to travel extensively within Canada is required
  • Knowledge of sustainable solid waste management practices is considered an asset.


Language Requirements:

  • The ability to communicate in written and verbal format in both official languages or an Indigenous language is considered a strong asset


Other Requirements:

  • Due to the nature of this project, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants meeting the qualifications. Please self-identify upon applying.


The benefits to joining the FCM team include summer hours (Fridays off between July 1st and Labour Day); offices located in the ByWard Market, FCM’s commitment to employee development and a competitive range of employee benefits and services.


For additional information on this posting, or for further information on FCM, access our website at www.fcm.ca.


Visit the careers section of our website to apply. Deadline for applications is October 23, 2016.


We thank all candidates for their interest; however we will only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept on file for six months following the hiring.

How to Apply:
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For additional information on this posting, or for further information on FCM, access our website at www.fcm.ca.
Visit the careers section of our website to apply. Deadline for applications is October 23, 2016.
Contact Details:
Tel: (613) 907-6233
Fax: (613) 244-1517
www:   fcm.ca

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