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Job Description

Indspire is an Indigenous national registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of improving educational outcomes for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. Through Indspire’s education offerings, we provide resources to students, educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving success for Indigenous youth. In 2018-19, Indspire awarded $16.2 million through 5,553 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth, making it the largest funder of Indigenous post-secondary education outside the federal government. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by First Nations, Inuit and Métis people that is broadcast nationally.This position is to provide a suitable candidate valuable experience in the field of government relations, public policy, proposal writing and government reporting, and Indigenous stakeholder relations. Training for the successful candidate will be provided by the Vice-President, Indigenous and Government Relations. Training will include: prospect research, basic database training, report submission, proposal writing, government and Indigenous engagement strategies and tactics, and various administrative tasks. 

The Role

 Please note that the job responsibilities may change 

  • Develop greater prospect research of potential public-sector partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government across Canada
  • Create various briefing notes and prospect lists
  • Research and create public sector partner reports; updating partner records and briefing notes
  • Assist with public sector reporting requirements
  • Gather required information from Programs and Student Success,Communications and Marketing, Development and Finance teams to advance Indspire’s priorities.
  • Develop timeline for gathering required reporting information 
  • Respond to requests for more information as needed 

Ideal Candidate

  • Completion of a college diploma or degree preferred plus a minimum of 1- year experience in a non-profit fundraising department or in a similar environment;
  • Prior experience in public policy, political science or public administration is desirable 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills required;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and exceptional process management and organization skills;
  • Ability to work with sensitive information with complete confidentiality;
  • Must be detail oriented and be able to manage projects independently
  • Proactive, and innovative problem solver;
  • Knowledge of or experience working with Indigenous cultures/traditions is an asset;
  • Work experience with a charity is an asset. 


As this position is grant funded candidates must

  • Be a resident of the Greater Toronto Area 
  • Identify as having a First Nation, Métis or Inuit background 
  • Be registered (or eligible to register) with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training 

How to Apply

Please send your résumé with a brief cover letter by email: Yancy Craig, Vice-President, Indigenous and Government Relations at by 5:00PM (EDT) on Friday January 17, 2020.

We appreciate your interest, but only qualified applicants that meet the requirements will be contacted. No agency calls please.