Senior Policy Lead
The First Nations Technology Council is seeking a proactive and organized Senior Policy Lead with an excellent understanding of First Nations culture, history, rights and title legislation, communities and organizations. The Senior Policy Lead will primarily support the development of an Indigenous Framework for Innovation and Technology (IFIT), a first of its kind roadmap for Indigenous communities, government, industry, and other members of the technology ecosystem to coordinate a comprehensive and collaborative approach to achieving digital equity for Indigenous peoples in BC.
Digital equity is defined as a condition in which all individuals and communities have access to the tools, education, and information technology capacity needed for full participation in today’s digital world. The digital inequity facing Indigenous peoples in BC today is a systems issue. It is driven by colonial structures, inter-jurisdictional complexity, infrastructure challenges related to geography and a rapidly evolving technological landscape. This is further compounded by telecommunications monopolies and reliance on a market-based model to provide access and affordability, along with chronic underinvestment, bias and discrimination, and a lack of comprehensive policy and regulatory solutions centered on Indigenous peoples.
Achieving digital equity for Indigenous peoples in BC requires a systemic approach, including broad participation and mobilization of First Nations, Indigenous organizations, government and other technology ecosystem stakeholders, collaborative solution development for the short, medium and long-term, and a coordinated pursuit of multiple interventions, which collectively work to catalyze systems change. The development of IFIT is a systemic response to the complex problem of digital inequity. The Senior Policy Lead will play a key role on the Secretariat of the IFIT Table, working closely with contracted facilitators, researchers, and the Technology Council’s leadership team to manage a comprehensive engagement and consultation process, the synthesis and drafting of IFIT and associated roadmap, and knowledge mobilization activities.
This position reports to the Director, Strategic Initiatives, and will be responsible for managing all aspects of the IFIT project, including but not limited to project implementation, sector and community engagement, funder and partner relations, and budgeting and reporting. The manager will also be the primary point of contact with all contractors and vendors for the project. In addition to the IFIT project, the Senior Policy Lead will support national and provincial research, policy development and advocacy efforts to advance connectivity and close the digital divide for Indigenous peoples. This work may involve participating in working group meetings, partnership development, conducting research and drafting briefing notes for a variety of audiences including First Nations leadership and government.
The Senior Policy Advisor must be passionate about the intersection of technological advancement and Indigenous sovereignty, enjoy a dynamic work environment, and be self-directed in their work.
About the First Nations Technology Council
The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led organization that serves all 203 First Nations communities across British Columbia, working to ensure that Indigenous peoples have full and equitable access to the tools, training and support to maximize the opportunities presented by technology and innovation. The Technology Council sees the strengthening of local Indigenous economies and the empowering of Indigenous innovators as contributing to Indigenous self-determination and nationhood.
The First Nations Technology Council holds the following core values, which all employees are expected to honour, demonstrate and deepen through individual practice and team development: trust, humility, community, spirit, innovation for 7 generations, listening, resilience, indigenous wisdom, and heart. The ideal candidate will resonate with and uphold these values.
About the Role:
- Provide oversight to policy related strategic initiatives.
- Develop new engagements and partnerships to move forward the policy related work of the Strategic Initiatives Division.
- Manage the development of the Indigenous Framework for Innovation and Technology.
- Implement project plans, including community engagement and knowledge mobilization activities.
- Ensure policy engagement and consultation work is aligned with the Technology Council’s research ethics framework and the principles of OCAP.
- Coordinate and plan IFIT Table meetings including preparing agendas, ensuring actions/decisions are recorded, overseeing meeting logistics, compiling and distributing agendas, maintaining contact lists, ensuring pre/post meeting materials are circulated to all members and participants, and supporting members’ participation in events, meetings and conferences.
- Manage contracts, payments and financial reports related to the delivery of the IFIT project.
- Draft final IFIT roadmap, synthesizing input from the IFIT Table.
- Prepare written documents, including but not limited to briefing notes, decision notes, concept papers, research studies, and reports to funders.
- Lead other policy related strategic initiatives as developed and assigned.
- Manage contractors and vendors, as required.
- Support hiring of team members, as required.
Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent research and analysis skills, ability to synthesize complex information into clear and impactful deliverables.
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present findings.
- Exceptional organizational skills, including ability manage high level communication and coordination amongst project team, community members and partners.
- Excellent understanding of First Nations culture, history, rights and title legislation, communities and organizations, and ability to communicate in a culturally competent and respectful manner.
- Strong relationship building abilities, with interpersonal, listening, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion when working in community, government and for-profit environments including maintaining confidentiality.
- Interest and ability to learn Slack, Monday, Dropbox, Google.docs and other online tools.
- Knowledge and awareness of cutting-edge research and Indigenous perspectives on current topics impacting technology, innovation, connectivity, and digital equity is considered an asset.
- Demonstrated research, analysis and writing abilities.
- 5+ years combined academic and work experience in research, program management or related field.
- Demonstrated First Nations and Indigenous community expertise and understanding.
- Group facilitation experience considered an asset.
- Ability to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Academic background in public policy and/or planning considered an asset.
$70,000 to $80,000 commiserate with experience.
This a one-year term employment position, renewable pending performance and available funding.
This role is open to remote candidates anywhere in BC, with a preference for candidates able to travel occasionally to the First Nations Technology Council headquarters Unit 102 – 70 Orwell Street on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will work remotely until further notice, in alignment with public health directives and best practices.
How to Apply:
Upload your resume combined with a cover letter and a writing sample by 11:59PM on June 13, 2021.
We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We strongly encourage applications from qualified First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.