Policy Analyst

UNSM First Nation Member Communities: Membertou, Eskasoni, Potlotek, Wagmatcook and We’koqma’q

The overall purpose of the UNSM Capacity Development department is to support member First
Nations strengthen their governance and program capacity by facilitating knowledge transfer through capacity-building training, workshops and other tools; and by providing advisory support to build community capacity as requested based on the individual and collective needs of member First Nations.
Description: Reporting to the Governance Manager, the Policy Analyst coordinates and supports governance capacity development projects and initiatives for its member communities. These projects are related to the 10 core functions of governance and are based on the stated needs of
member communities. The Policy Analyst must be able to manage multiple tasks and possess excellent time management skills, be responsive and able to take direction while being fully dedicated to their delegated tasks.

Key Responsibilities:
Assist the Governance Manager by managing governance projects and initiatives including the development of culturally relevant policies, programs and materials;
Assist with a variety of complex policy projects, including by law/law review and development;
Community engagement to ensure that new/updated laws meet needs;
Research, analysis and evaluation of policy issues to provide strategic advice to stakeholders;
Production of a range of deliverables including reports, presentation, briefing notes, submissions and other materials; and
Identify and address governance capacity needs as identified.
Please note that the duties outlined in this job description are not exhaustive and other duties may be required.

The candidate must also possess:
-Must have University Degree or College Diploma in a related field (political science, public policy, public administration or law);
3+ years of policy analysis experience;
-Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), iOS hardware and software, Gmail, and Calendar;
-Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) required, with the ability to present information to leadership;
-Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
-Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, member communities, and external partners;
-A high level of trust and confidentiality;
-Ability to work efficiently individually and as part of a team;
-Experience working with First Nations, both regional and/or community level is preferred;
-Knowledge of Indigenous and/or Mi’kmaw culture and history is considered an asset;
-Ability to speak and/or understand Mi’kmaw language is considered an asset;
-Valid driver’s license required.
-Access to a reliable vehicle, and ability to travel;

Location: Flexible

Duration: Term position ending March 31, 2024

Supervisor: Governance Manager

Closing Date: Until position is filled.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and three (3) references
to: [email protected]
Only potential candidates considered will be contacted for interview. Personal suitability will also be considered during the hiring process. UNSM hires based on merit and is committed to employment equity.
We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority in accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
The Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq reserves the right to refuse all applications for employment at any time
during the hiring process

Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 03/31/2024