Associate Director, Housing, and Infrastructure

  • CompanyAssembly of First Nations (AFN)
  • Job TypeSupervision/Management
  • Required Experience5 to 7 years of directly relevant senior experience
  • Job TypeFull Time
  • Education / CredentialsPost graduate degree in Policy Administration, Indigenous Studies, Political Science, or Law is preferred
  • ResumeRequired
  • Cover LetterRequired
  • Application Deadline05/21/2024

Job Description

Assembly of First Nations
Associate Director, Housing, and Infrastructure

Full-time/ Permanent

External/ Internal

Location: Ottawa (hybrid) is preferred, open to other locations if a suitable applicant is found.

Salary Range: AFN salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience and education. AFN also offers generous time off, benefits and pension plan, stipends towards physical fitness and professional development, maternity and parental leave top up and access to a mental health counselor.

Closing Date: Open until filled
Application Instructions: Interviews will be held over ZOOM.

Qualified persons of First Nations Ancestry will be given preference in accordance with s.16(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

The AFN is dedicated to an inclusive selection process and work environment. If you require accommodation, please advise the Human Resources representative when you are invited to meet regarding this employment opportunity.

Who We Are

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is an advocacy organization, taking direction and fulfilling mandates as directed by First Nations in-Assembly through resolutions. As a national advocacy organization for First Nations, the AFN seeks to advance First Nations Inherent and Treaty Rights through the development policy, public education and where applicable, the co-development of legislation to build First Nations capacity.

The AFN was created out of a desire among First Nations leadership for a strong and effective collective advocacy organization. From this, values such as respect for human rights, diversity, justice, and the sovereignty of each rights-holding First Nation guide the work of the organization.

The Role

The Associate Director leads, focuses, builds, develops, and motivates sector staff in the successful achievement of sector plans, goals and objectives.

Reporting to the Director, the Associate Director has the following key duties and responsibilities:

  • Provides updates and shares information regarding planning, policy, funding, and events.
  • Participates in recruitment and selection process by sitting on panels and providing staffing recommendations.
  • Supports the Director with employee relations concerns, performance management and development, recruitment and selection and accommodation processes.
  • Builds, develops, and maintains strong and productive networks and relationships with national, regional and community First Nations leaders, specialists, organizations, and communities; and government officials (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal).
  • Represents the AFN in a variety of forums and national, regional, and local engagement sessions.
  • Supports the Director to align sector activities with political priorities from the National Chief’s Office and resolutions from Chiefs-in-Assembly.
  • Supports the Director in the preparation of quality materials for the National Chief’s Office that may include PowerPoints; Speaking Notes; Briefing Notes; Memos; correspondence; and other documents as required.
  • Assists in planning, coordinating, and participating in Chiefs-in-Assembly (Annual General Assembly and Special Chiefs Assembly) meetings.
  • Support the Director in the planning, coordination, and implementation of the Sector’s Chief Committee, Technical Committee, and/or Working Group.
  • As required, attends Sector specific Parliamentary Standing Committees and Senate Standing Committees to influence legislative change that will positively impact First Nations.
  • As required, monitors and/or attend Parliamentary standing committees.
  • Supports the Director to advocate federal government Ministers and federal government officials for funding, policy and legislation changes, program changes and implementation, and to influence change that positively impacts First Nations.
  • Assists in providing the National Chief’s access to federal Ministers and high-level government officials.
  • Assists with planning and preparation of materials for key milestone events, such as pre-budget submissions, the annual report and assembly reports.
  • Assist with the preparation of sector budget proposals for submission to federal government departments.
  • Assists the Director with managing and balancing the sector budget.
  • Conducts other duties as assigned by the Director.


  • Post graduate degree in Policy Administration, Indigenous Studies, Political Science, or Law is preferred or a related field of study.
  • 5 to 7 years of directly relevant senior experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience managing small teams is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working with First Nations politics and policies.
  • Significant knowledge and understanding of issues in First Nations communities.
  • Demonstrated superior verbal and writing communication skills.
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with federal, provincial, territorial, and international governments and officials.
  • Demonstrated superior interpersonal & negotiation skills, management ability, leadership, teamwork and judgement.
  • Diplomacy, tact, decision making ability, planning & organization skills.
  • An ability to communicate in English is required. An ability to communicate in a First Nations Language or French is an asset.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the AFN! We truly appreciate your application and will carefully review your resume. As we receive a high number of applications, we want to inform you that we can only contact shortlisted candidates.

AFN may cancel, postpone, or revise employment opportunities at any time.