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FT Contact Circle Catalyst, Waterloo (Repost)

  • Status:
    Full-time, contract to December 31, 2024
  • Location:
    Regional Municipality of Waterloo
  • Hours:
    35 hours/week (5 days)
  • Paid Time Off:
    3 weeks of vacation, plus sick days, spiritual/cultural leave, birthday
  • Benefits:
    Comprehensive health and dental
  • Pension:
    HOOPP (defined benefit plan) - optional
  • Deadline:
    Open until filled

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Advisory and Advocacy Circle, formerly under the auspices of Wellbeing Waterloo Region, has obtained funding to become an independent body. The funding comes from the Upstream Fund of Region of Waterloo. The Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is holding those funds on behalf of the Circle, will be assisting the Circle in their recruitment of a Circle Catalyst, and will be the human resources support to the position. 

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is a diverse, dynamic, multiservice Indigenous health and wellness agency. We strive to provide quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. SOAHAC provides services to Indigenous people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Métis within the Southwest, Waterloo-Wellington and Erie St Clair regions. SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality, and are culturally appropriate. It is SOAHAC’s objective to build health care capacity within Indigenous communities. 

The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Advocacy and Advisory Circle provides strategic community leadership by facilitating conversations on community wellbeing and equitable practices that is intentionally guided with Urban Indigenous Diversity through a wholistic lens. This Circle was born out of the Wellbeing Waterloo Network due to the need for an Urban Indigenous Network with the vision of everybody thrives and nobody is left behind. The ideal candidate is an Indigenous candidate with verifiable community connections who can drive this grassroots initiative into a robust, sustainable model of advocacy and advice for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people living in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, North Dumfries, Woolwich, Wilmot and Wellesley. They will bring their bundle of knowledge and understanding and utilize it to move the community collaborative into a cohesive and impactful entity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. 


  • Master’s degree in a related field (e.g., community development, social planning), plus progressively responsible related experience or equivalent. 
  • Proven skill/abilities in Two-Eyed Seeing to foster healthy relationship building, community consultation and facilitation, strategic planning, change management, collaboration, negotiation, diplomacy, public speaking, public relations, and demonstrating accountability. 
  • Creative and innovative thinking with demonstrated record of success in planning and managing strategic and operational projects from inception to completion. 
  • Demonstrate through professional and personal experiences the principles of equity and the development of practices and policies grounded in Indigenous knowledge/perspectives. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of collective impact, community development, program evaluation, statistical applications and research, and planning methodologies. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with policies, procedures, related legislation, and the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Advocacy and Advisory Circle governance model. 
  • Analytical, problem solving, research, and continuous improvement skills to manage activities of staff, partners, and community stakeholders; analyze diverse and complex community, political, socioeconomic factors to advise on strategies and planning processes; and plan and develop objectives, goals, and priorities. 
  • Proof of successful authoring of funding proposals; and ability to draft and write reports, communications, media releases and promotional materials for a variety of audiences. 
  • Travel to various locations within Waterloo Region. 
  • Valid Ontario “G” Driver’s license; personal auto insurance and access to a reliable vehicle 
  • Willingness to participate in Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, teachings and ceremonies. 
  • Clean and current police check as a condition of employment. 
  • Up to date immunizations and records.


  • Work with community partners, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Advocacy and Advisory Circle members, and other community stakeholders as an effective team member. 
  • Advance priorities and balance objectives in a political/community environment while maintaining positive and professional working relationships and partnerships; respond helpfully to and facilitate differences of opinion, complaints, and requests. 
  • Take a broad view of issues, events, and activities and understand and problem-solve their longer-term impacts and wider implications. 
  • Read and interpret policies, procedures, statistical information, contracts, proposals, and reports. 
  • Prioritize new learning and facilitate knowledge-sharing events. 
  • Present proposals, reports, and workshops. 
  • Demonstrate computer skills, with ability to use software such as Microsoft Office. 
  • Adjust hours to include evenings and weekends to accommodate stakeholder schedule. 
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality and sensitivity in all interactions and correspondence. 

This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by First Nations, Métis and Inuit Advisory and Advocacy Circle. 

SOAHAC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however, hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants (please self-identify). SOAHAC is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources. 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume to: 

Email: careers@soahac.on.ca
Subject line: Circle Catalyst
Or mail to: Human Resources 
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
425 – 427 William Street, London, ON N6B 3E1

We thank all those for applying but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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