Advisor, Indigenous Policy

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and oil throughout Canada. CAPP’s member companies produce about 80 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a national industry with revenues from oil and natural gas production of about $101 billion a year. CAPP’s mission, on behalf of the Canadian upstream oil and natural gas industry, is to advocate for and enable economic competitiveness and safe, environmentally and socially responsible performance.

Position summary:

The Advisor, Indigenous Policy reports to the Manager, Indigenous Affairs and is responsible for assisting in the development of and implementation of CAPP’s Indigenous engagement strategies as well as producing presentations of CAPP’s positions on government policy and regulatory frameworks, requirements and processes in relation to Indigenous policy.

This role works within a small team of experienced professionals and provides guidance to staff and external consultants. This is a full time one year contract position located in Calgary, Alberta.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Keep apprised of, conduct research and proactively monitor emerging and current issues regarding political, regulatory, environmental, economic, and social policy issues related to Indigenous peoples. Key priorities include: consultation processes, UNDRIP, Truth & Reconciliation activities, and events, processes or issues which may affect our industry’s relationship with Indigenous peoples
  • Develop draft position papers, presentations, policy and briefs for review by the Manager, Indigenous Affairs and ultimate submission to government, industry and stakeholders which clearly articulate industry perspectives on all matters relations to Indigenous engagement
  • Provide researched analyses to the Manager, Indigenous Affairs and CAPP members to support the development of proactive initiatives intended to improve the relationships and collaboration between our industry and Indigenous peoples. Proactively identify opportunities for alignment with Indigenous peoples on policy questions
  • With guidance from the Manager, lead identified initiatives with CAPP staff and member companies, external consultants, other associations, stakeholders, and regulators
  • Work collaboratively, as part of an industry team, to develop alignment within industry and, when appropriate, with Indigenous organizations on relevant policy questions
  • Work closely with CAPP staff and member companies, associations, stakeholders, and regulators, to develop consensus solutions to Indigenous policy questions
  • Present CAPP’s views to diverse audiences in a broad range of media and forums; in both educational and advocacy roles
  • Work collaboratively, within the CAPP team and lead an effort toensure the work of the Indigenous Affairs Team is integrated into other CAPP teams
  • Collaborate with CAPP’s communications team to develop clear communications and key messages materials
  • Maintain strong relationships and liaise with CAPP staff, CAPP members, Indigenous people, governments, regulators, external companies, associations and public interest groups to identify and address emerging issues and priorities, to pursue desired policy changes, and to provide information on and enhance their understanding of CAPP’s activities and positions

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’sdegree or equivalent in an applicable subject area
  • A minimum of four years’ experience operating in a relevant industry or organization
  • Knowledge, experience and understanding in policy and the legislative/regulatory framework related to Indigenous policy questions
  • Experience in dealing with the government and its agencies
  • Knowledge of Indigenous cultures and the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities and people an asset

Personal Skills and Qualities:

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills along with strong research and analysis competencies
  • Leadership, negotiation, stakeholder engagement, presentation and facilitation skills are required
  • Can independently organize,manage and prioritize multiple assignments within tight timelines in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Strong ability to develop and foster positive relationships and strategic partnerships while utilizing consensus building and conflict resolution capabilities

Please send your cover letter and résumé in confidence to by March 8, 2019 referencing “Advisor, Indigenous Policy” in the subject line. We thank all those who apply; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Please note, given the urgency of this position CAPP will be reviewing résumés and interviewing qualified candidates prior to competition close.


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