Indigenous Specialists-Community Relations

Posted: October 08, 2020

Region: Flexible in Canada

Salary: Between $30/h and $43/h depending on the province

Indigenous Specialists (5) – Community Relations
Temporary Full-Time: 6 Months (with possibility of extension)

Are you looking for an incredibly rewarding experience and opportunity?  Do you want to make a difference?  Come join us!  The Canadian Red Cross is looking for Indigenous Specialists to join our Indigenous Programs Team.

The CRC seeks to fill the gaps in the planning and delivery of emergency COVID-19 testing and/or mass vaccinations and to improve access to underserved and under-resourced populations, such as Indigenous communities, remote communities, homeless, migrant workers or other high-risk populations.

While reporting into the Director, Indigenous Programs, this position will also work under the guidance of the relevant Geographic VP based on both home location and deployment.  As part of a national team of Indigenous Specialists, you will contribute towards CRC commitments to delivery services demonstrating cultural safety and competence aligning with CRC’s Indigenous Peoples Framework. This role will support relationship building and communication while ensuring creating opportunity for community-voice is present and integrated at the center of decision making. 

This position is only open to those individuals who identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit.

Who you are...

  • You are a self-starter and able to work in an environment with ambiguity

  • You are calm & collected and able to manage in a fast-paced and often stressful atmosphere

  • You are a relationship builder and you nurture stakeholder relationships to support team delivery and foster excellent customer service

  • You are a problem-solver with the demonstrated ability to explore and analyze complex issues and offer solutions to leadership

  • You are a communicator who can effectively represent the voice of Indigenous reality within community

You will enjoy...

Culture: an organization that is guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality

Opportunity: to work with the best and brightest in the non-profit field, in an environment that promotes continuous learning, creativity and collaboration

Meaningful Work: have an impact at the individual and community level across Canada with the opportunity to grow and learn at one of Canada’s largest non-profit organizations

A few things you will do in this role...

  • As part of the COVID Testing Assistance Response Team (CTART), participate in the launch and/or management of CRC response operations; virtually and/or in community;

  • Contribute towards the implementation of rapid assessments of needs and assets to inform response operations as well as community engagement priorities;

  • Hold relationships with Indigenous leadership and structures to support achievement of priorities in ways that promote local leadership action and capacity;

  • Liaise between Operations management and health authorities providing services to Indigenous communities to inform operations planning;

  • Provide technical and cultural guidance to team personnel to ensure services delivery is aligned to commitments within the CRC Indigenous Peoples Framework;

  • Contribute towards monitoring and reporting requirements to inform service delivery and learning and develop a plan to disseminate this information back to Indigenous leadership;

  • Collaborate with Operations management to evaluate the quality of service delivery and make recommendations to adjust the operation plan to optimise its response to cultural considerations and community priorities;

  • Ensure close collaboration and information sharing with Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Specialist including Child Protection protocols and referral pathways;

  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with Indigenous leadership and organizations based on mutual trust;

  • Ensure Indigenous considerations are included in the decision-making process;  

  • Support the orientation of personnel on cultural safety and background on Indigenous communities within the geography;

  • Contribute as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to the implementation of actions addressing emergency response systems for Indigenous communities.

What we’re looking for...

  • University degree in a related area of study and/or combination of related experience in communicating and working on programs with Indigenous Peoples.

  • Experience in stakeholder engagement working with government, non-government organizations, Indigenous communities and leadership and the general public.

  • Management experience in facilitating and/or developing and implementing community programs and strategies.

  • Knowledge and experience of the Canadian Red Cross culture, programs and principles is an asset.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively on program initiatives in a complex matrix environment

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong demonstrated ability to adapt to audiences' needs (employees, management, external partners and stakeholders and community, etc.)

  • Strong written and verbal communication in English is essential.

  • Ability to speak Cree, Ojibway, Oji Cree, Inuktitut or other Indigenous language and/or French is an asset.

  • Advanced level of self-awareness, maturity and stability in order to work in an effective and professional manner.

Working Conditions:

  • Service delivery is based on capacity to surge COVID Testing Assistance Response Teams (CTART) comprised of various profiles, available for 2-4-week deployment periods, within an activation window of 24–72 hours. 

  • Field missions can involve working in environments that are unstable and unpredictable requiring very strict adherence to security regulations and with limited access to basic services and will require working non-traditional hours and therefore, a demonstrated ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions is required.

  • When outside of response/deployment this position will work remotely and/or from a home environment.

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.

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