Director, Community Engagement
at The North West Company

Date Posted 2019-05-17

Job Description

As Director of Community Engagement at The North West Company (NWC), you will be responsible for developing and maintaining key relationships and partnerships with multiple stakeholders with a focus on communities in Northern Canada. The Director will oversee the implementation of key community relations initiatives including a regionally focused advocacy strategy and community support activities.

Joining NWC gives you the opportunity for growth and development throughout the company, a competitive salary and benefits package, and to be part of a dynamic and diverse culture.

NWC is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighbourhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out for more information.

Your Role:

• Developing corporate Indigenous engagement/consultation strategies and plans;
• Actively participate as a Company representative at industry, Indigenous and government forums and events with a focus on identifying, tracking and monitoring issues, concerns, and interests identified by Indigenous groups and northern stakeholders. As well as soliciting feedback and developing a joint advocacy strategy with Indigenous groups and other stakeholders as it relates to key issues;
• Manage community engagement activities, including community support and charitable foundation activities;
• Develop government advocacy strategy in consultation with numerous stakeholders;
• Engage appropriate corporate divisions ensuring community engagement protocols and deliverables are established and consistently met;
• Oversee the delivery of final community reports to community leadership;
• Manage all department community engagement reporting requirements, and develop internal and external communication materials;
• Participate in the Company business development strategies, including the identification of potential business opportunities with Indigenous groups; and
• Develop and monitor budgets and resource allocations.

Desired Skills Experience:

• Bachelors degree required;
• Experience in developing and leading Indigenous consultation programs;
• 5+ years of relevant work experience;
• Technical writing skills and excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills;
• Proven ability to track consultation activities and develop well researched and written community consultation reports;
• Strong project management skills with ability to multi-task and set priorities within tight timelines;
• Ability to quickly grasp complex technical and business concepts and express them in clear language;
• Understanding of fundraising, community development and marketing;
• Demonstrated successful experience writing press releases and communicating with media considered an asset;
• Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications considered an asset;
• Computer literacy in word processing, data base management; and
• Travel up to 50 days per year may be required.

Location: Gibraltar House, 77 Main Street

Reports to: Executive Vice President Chief Development Officer

You may include your resume and cover letter together as a single document. A competitive salary is being offered along with opportunities to learn, develop and advance throughout the organization. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Snapshot

About Us

Looking for a Rewarding Career Opportunity?

The North West Company (NWC) has a rich enterprising legacy as one of the longest continuing retail enterprises in the world and we can trace our roots back to 1668 with many of our store locations in Northern Canada and Alaska having been in operation for over 200 years. If you’re looking for a new career, consider NWC as we’re proud to offer a broad range of rewarding opportunities that will allow you to develop and contribute to the growth of our organization.

At NWC, our mission is to be a trusted provider of goods and services within hard-to-reach, underserved and less-developed markets throughout Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean. While our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food, we strive to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Our stores include; Northern, North Mart, Giant Tiger junior discount store, AC Value Center and Cost-U-Less, Inc.

Between our Canadian and International Operations, we offer a variety of career opportunities across a geographically diverse area. From our Corporate roles, Distribution, Canadian Retail to International opportunities, we provide challenge and meaningful work, growth and development and competitive pay and benefits packages.

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