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MANAGER, INDIGENOUS RELATIONS

 

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Advocacy and Knowledge Mobilization, the Manager, Indigenous Relations will work closely with the Advocacy and Corporate Social Responsibility team in providing oversight and leadership in the development of constructive and meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and their leaders. The successful candidate will be tasked with relationship building, detailed consultation, and collaboration with Indigenous communities. The incumbent will focus on developing and maintaining trust, strategic engagement planning and overseeing the execution of consultation and various initiatives.

 

The Manager, Indigenous Relations will have extensive knowledge of the culture, history and intricacies of various Indigenous communities and have an exceptional ability to communicate effectively, maintain professionalism, and act as an ambassador of Aurora.

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Manage and oversee the strategy, design, implementation, and delivery of Aurora’s various Indigenous-focused initiatives and activities, with a strong focus on developing and maintaining trust meaningful and respectful relationships with Indigenous communities
  • Build constructive and meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and their leaders
  • Establish and monitor organizational performance in the implementation of Aurora’s Indigenous strategy including, but not limited to: effective community engagement, diversity and inclusion, education, establishing visible Indigenous presence within Aurora, and influencing processes at Aurora that serve Indigenous communities
  • Lead and contribute to the development of internal policies and processes to support Indigenous efforts
  • Oversee the coordination, planning and execution of programs and initiatives, community engagement activities, and consultation with Indigenous communities
  • Provide leadership to business partners as it relates to the involvement of Indigenous communities
  • Promote inclusion strategies of Indigenous people and businesses across the company
  • Coach and mentor internal staff on appropriate Indigenous awareness, consultation and engagement.
  • Act professionally and diplomatically as an ambassador of Aurora Cannabis with Indigenous communities, including participation in relevant professional associations and conferences

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

 

  • Extensive knowledge of the culture, history and intricacies of various Indigenous communities
  • Working knowledge of the work of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. 
  • Proven experience building strong and effective relationships with Indigenous communities to enhance the equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives within Aurora
  • Ability to foster respectful community engagement through inclusive activities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with Indigenous communities and a wide range of stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, researchers, and health care practitioners)
  • Ability to gain respect and build consensus among stakeholders including colleagues
  • Ability to analyze problems and provide creative solutions
  • Adaptable and flexible to a fast-paced, changing environment

 

 EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in, Commerce, Social Science, Communications, International Relations, Indigenous studies, a health-related field or related discipline required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • 5-7+ years of proven experience in a related role, building strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, including, but not limited to: Indigenous communities, Communications, Public Relations
  • Experience with direct reports
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities and organizations across multiple jurisdictions
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and cross functionally
  • Strong business acumen
  • Knowledge of the cannabis industry is a strong asset
  • Graduate degrees in related field is considered a strong asset

 

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Aurora Cannabis Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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