pipikwan pêhtâkwan is an Indigenous owned, led and majority staffed public relations agency focused on elevating Indigenous voices, projects and issues. We primarily serve Indigenous businesses, organizations and communities to bring their voices to the mainstream media and general public, while ensuring Indigenous Peoples maintain ownership of their initiatives and stories. The pipikwan pêhtâkwan team prides themselves as helpers who understand the barriers and know the language that resonates with our peoples. We collaborate with our partners to build communications and engagement strategies that work for Indigenous communities.
pipikwan pêhtâkwan is an Indigenous owned and operated company focused on elevating Indigenous voices and their stories. We are committed to meaningful, transparent engagement, ongoing dialogue and communication with our clients, communities and stakeholders. pipikwan pêhtâkwan believes in empowering Indigenous Peoples to share their projects, issues and initiatives with mainstream media and the general public. pipikwan pêhtâkwan has created an impactful team who brings a much leaded lens to public relations. Majority of our team identifies as Indigenous or as a person of colour.
Reporting to the Director of Engagement, the Engagement Advisor would support and strengthen engagement between pipikwan pêhtâkwan’s clients and Indigenous communities, groups and people. The Advisor will support respectful and effective community relations while collaborating with our clients. They will create contacts and connections through engagement activities and be responsible for helping develop an Engagement department for pipikwan pêhtâkwan.
The position will be working remotely or the candidate can use our shared co-working spaces in Edmonton and Calgary locations with regular supervision and development. This includes regular video-conference meetings, ongoing virtual team messaging/chat tools, emails and telephone calls.
- Supporting the past, current, and potential Indigenous community partners to achieve respectful, honest, effective, and meaningful relationships and collaborations. This includes relationships with clients, government, funders, donors, etc.
- Engaging with pipikwan pêhtâkwan’s diverse team to support engagement activities and advise on other projects.
- Collaborating with internal teams and clients to develop effective engagement strategies, techniques, plans and reports.
- Advising on communications and engagement strategies through an Indigenous lens, fostering respectful, engaging, and positive Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations and partnerships.
- Deliver training sessions and workshops on facilitation and engagement techniques, as needed.
- Ability to organize and execute on multiple projects concurrently, while managing timelines of defined engagement strategies and tactics.
- Advise, contribute, and lead proposal development to submit successful proposals for potential projects.
- Contribute to the development of pipikwan pêhtâkwan’s reputation as a leader in community engagement by researching and implementing strategies that are grounded in Indigenous knowledge and practice.
- Representing pipikwan pêhtâkwan during special events and community visits.
Skills & Competencies
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience collaborating with multiple Indigenous communities.
- Experience with Indigenous – non-Indigenous collaborations.
- Experience in policy and program development, implementation, and management.
- Experience in conflict resolution & communications.
- Regular access to a vehicle and the ability to travel (expenses paid) to northern or remote Indigenous communities.
- Facilitate engagement sessions with clients, partners, and Indigenous communities.
- Experience with G Suite – Google Workspace, Microsoft Office suite, and project management software (e.g. Asana, Monday, Trello, ClickUp).
- Superior attention to detail and communications skills (written and verbal).
- A minimum of 3 – 5 years of professional Indigenous relations experience with a non-profit, governmental, or for-profit organization.
- Post-secondary degree or diploma in a community development or engagement-related field.
- Education and practical knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of Indigenous relations, engagement or other applicable fields of expertise.
- Experience with project management and managing several projects concurrently.
- Over 3 years prior experience working with Indigenous communities in an engagement role.
- Candidates must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada under relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
- Able to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings, and weekends.
- Ability to travel, on occasion.
- A valid Class 5 driver’s license is considered an asset.
Start DateMay 31, 2022
Salary Expectation$60,000 - 70,000
As this agency is focused on working with Indigenous communities, preference will be given to Indigenous or persons of colour or people with extensive experience working with Indigenous communities.
A competitive benefits package included. Benefits for full-time, permanent staff include paid vacation, personal days, flexible work schedules, remote work from home, health insurance, paid Friday’s off and a collaborative and supportive team culture.