Job Posting 89664

Reconciliation Lead
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Work From Home - Ottawa area
Remote (within Canada)
closing today (Mon, 28 Nov)
full time

With over 2,100 members including Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations, FCM represents over 90% of Canada’s population. As the national voice of Canadian municipalities, FCM is an organization that strives to make the communities Canadians live in more prosperous, sustainable, and equitable.

Internally, we are deeply respectful, collaborative, empowering and transparent in our work. We have a commitment and passion for strengthening Canada by achieving results for our communities, our cities and our workplace, and by sharing our knowledge and experience on the world’s stage, so that others may improve the quality of life in their communities.

Major Purpose

In a commitment to systemic and cultural change to advance truth and reconciliation, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) seeks to add a Reconciliation Lead to our team. Reporting to the Senior Director - Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion, the Reconciliation Lead will play a critical role in the development and implementation of the FCM Reconciliation Strategy.  

The incumbent will ensure that the FCM Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion (AREI) team, staff teams, and the Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion (AREI) Taskforce have useful, culturally relevant, and reliable information and data on reconciliation principles and strategies for integration in FCM operations, policies, advocacy, programming interventions, and organizational culture. To chart the course for much of this work, the Reconciliation Lead will engage Indigenous leaders and communities and FCM members on the FCM Reconciliation Strategy—a plan taking shape through honest organizational assessment, active listening, and a commitment to achieve meaningful change—and will collaborate with various colleagues and groups to deliver and measure the objectives outlined in the plan. 

The Reconciliation Lead also serves as a trusted liaison among FCM, Indigenous communities, and our over 2000 member municipalities. The role provides advice and recommendations to senior leaders and members on matters of interest to Indigenous and Metis peoples, including the FCM’s response to the calls to action in the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. Drawing upon lived and work experience, as well as a deep and abiding commitment to bettering systems and strengthening communities, this is an important time for an action-oriented change agent and community-builder to have an indelible impact on the future of the organization and the communities served by it.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and strategic direction, goal setting and support for the development of a FCM reconciliation strategy.  
  • Manages projects that flow out of the Reconciliation Strategy and embeds culturally safe practices and principles within FCM by working with all divisions and external stakeholders to ensure relevant and appropriate policies, processes, and initiatives. 
  • Develops a Reconciliation Framework which incorporates intersectional analysis that centres the expertise and knowledge of Indigenous peoples. 
  • Provides subject matter expertise shared through advice and recommendations to management and staff on issues related to the needs and experiences of Indigenous communities.  
  • Builds institutional and program capacity in the creation of inclusive and Indigenous teaching, learning, and engagement practices.
  • Establishes and maintains strong, collaborative, trust-based relationships with community leaders, groups, and organizations serving Indigenous communities to continue building opportunities to engage and partner. 
  • Develops and maintains strategic relationships with other Indigenous Relations leads within government agencies, environmental organizations, and economic development organizations.  
  • Works in partnership and collaboration with Policy and Public Affairs (PPA) and Growth and Development to establish and maintain partnerships. 
  • Consults with interdepartmental and interdisciplinary teams to ensure accountability and overall project success.  
  • Leads and advises on the consultation and integration of Indigenous approaches, decolonization and indigenization strategies, content and resources into the FCM culture, activities and programs.  
  • Creates learning frameworks that emphasize an understanding of the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of racial prejudice and discrimination faced by Indigenous Peoples considering individual learner needs when exploring the influence of race and culture, personal attitudes, and behaviours.  
  • Confidentially handles sensitive information with respect to facilitating Indigenous framework discussions and decolonial methods and approaches to a variety of Indigenous initiatives.  
  • Builds institutional and program capacity in Indigenous teaching, learning, research and engagement practices. 
  • Leads reconciliation related change and develops related policies, procedures, processes, and practices related to Indigenous recruitment, engagement, and reconciliation in consultation with the Senior Director, People and Culture and Senior Director, Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion.  
  • Responsible for the development of FCM’s reconciliation framework, strategy, and support to programs, initiatives, and objectives across the organization. 
  • Leads in the assessment and analysis of divisional and corporate organization effectiveness related to reconciliation integration and application in policies, program or service monitoring and evaluation, and reviews studies and prepares reports.
  • Analyzes disaggregated data of perception surveys and other data sources, and conducts regular analysis of workforce reconciliation data, in collaboration with the Research and Evaluation Lead, to identify gaps and propose corrective actions.
  • Analyzes internal data from a reconciliation angle, in collaboration with the Research and Evaluation Lead.
  • Assumes a managerial/supervisory role on projects in the areas of FCM AREI and reconciliation related reconciliation approaches, data development, and data analysis to inform decision-making in coordination with corporate partners and divisions. 

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

Candidate must be of Indigenous ancestry (i.e., Turtle Island – First Nations Status and non-Status, Métis or Inuit).  

  • A post-secondary degree in a relevant area of study may serve as an asset to the work (e.g., Indigenous Studies, equity studies, sociology, public policy, education, community psychology). Or equivalent work experience. 
  • Seven years of progressive work experience and leadership, in Indigenous relations and engagement, project and change management, stakeholder relations, land or environment.   
  • Experience with Indigenous knowledge systems and values and the ability to provide guidance and support on cultural context and protocols. 
  • A keen understanding of Indigenous communities, relevant cultural and business awareness, with ability to collaborate effectively with community leaders to build lasting relationships. 
  • Demonstrated experience planning and implementing reconciliation-related frameworks, strategies, or organizational reconciliation reviews, engagement and learning projects within a non-profit context  
  • Flexibility in adapting to change and in participating in consultative decision-making processes 
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills, including demonstrated ability to interact, lead and participate in consultative decision making that respects people with a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and styles, while working collegially with a high degree of tact and diplomacy.  
  • Ability to build partnerships and relationships with First Nations with the ability to intuitively. understand/anticipate how specific actions/messages will impact on different stakeholders. 
  • Develops and maintains close internal relationships with the People and Culture, Corporate Services, Policy and Public Affairs, Growth and Development, and other interdisciplinary groups that can affect and influence Indigenous relations.  
  • In-depth knowledge of truth and reconciliation principles.  
  • Experience applying reconciliation and DEI principles and working within an anti-oppression and anti-racism framework in the not-for-profit sector.  
  • Knowledge of and ability to use intersectional, trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches to all areas of work.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with and facilitate stakeholder dialogue.  
  • Excellent time management skills to handle competing deadlines and priorities with high attention to detail.  
  • Knowledge of an Indigenous language is an asset.  


The benefits to joining the FCM team include summer hours (Fridays off between July 1st and Labour Day); office facilities located in the ByWard Market, FCM’s commitment to employee development and a competitive range of employee benefits and services.  FCM encourages flexible work arrangements to support the wellbeing and productivity of employees.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is committed to fostering an organizational culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging, where individuals from diverse racial and ethnic identities, nationalities, social economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and physical and mental abilities can thrive and be fully engaged at their best level.

FCM welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.

The future of work at FCM includes a hybrid work model; therefore, this role will be a combination of virtual and on-site work. The successful candidate is required live in and be authorized to work in Canada. They are also required to be able to work from home/remotely, from within Canada.  All in-office work and in-person meetings for work that take place inside and/or outside of the offices located in Ottawa will be subject to FCM’s Safe Workplace Vaccination Policy, as well as its health and safety procedures.


For additional information on this posting, or for further information on FCM, access our website at  Visit the careers section of our website to apply. Deadline for applications is November 28, 2022.


It is a mandatory condition of employment at FCM that the successful candidate be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with vaccines that have been approved by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to their start date and will be required to provide proof.  If accommodation is required in relation to this condition of employment for any reason pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code, please contact us at  directly.


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