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Gender  Relationality Specialist

Contract Duration: ASAP to March 31, 2026

Position Summary:

This position is funded through the Department of Women and Gender Equality, Increasing the Capacity of Indigenous Women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Organizations to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV), with full funding available through March 1, 2023 to March 31, 2026. The primary responsibility is to lead Opokaa’sin with efforts to assist the local Indigenous community in training, technical assistance, and support toward the creation of 2SLGBTQQIA+ affirming environments and the implementation of gender justice resources.


The Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society opened in 1996 with the aim to nurture and support the strengths and resilience of Indigenous families, children, and youth in the Lethbridge area. Since then, Opokaa’sin has developed a reputation in Alberta and surrounding areas for excellence and innovation in providing quality Indigenous programs and services. Our programs, services, and initiatives focus on regeneration of Indigenous (specifically Blackfoot) knowledge systems in service of protecting and upholding Indigenous children and families, eliminating gendered violence, and restoring the health and wellness of our communities. Opokaa’sin’s organizational foundations and recent incorporations of gender-based analysis into its programs and services make it uniquely positioned to advance the objectives identified in this grant to a fulsome completion.



Reporting Line

Accountable to the Chief Executive Officer


Essential Functions

  1. Create a Gender Justice Project framework and community engagement strategy to guide the project’s operations.

  2. Build organizational awareness and develop knowledge-based resources.

  3. Conduct environmental scans and literature reviews.

  4. Research and develop library of GBV and GJ knowledge resources.

  5. Develop advertising strategy & marketing materials to announce the program

  6. Expand organizational networks by forming an Opokaa’sin-centered Relationality Network.

  7. Develop “wise practices” for government, Indigenous political organizations, and community service providers.

  8. Draft policy and community protocol recommendations

  9. Create tools and resources to advocate for increased visibility of 2SLGBTQQIA+ perspectives within community-based initiatives.

  10. Facilitate Blackfoot Gender Treaty Agreement

  11. Organize and implement Relationality Network monthly gatherings

  12. Complete weekly and monthly activity reports

  13. Lead Opokaa’sin project staff with planning meetings, conferences, and workshops


Standards of Conduct

  • Consistently exhibit professional behavior and the high degree of integrity and impartiality appropriate to the responsible and confidential nature of the position.

  • Effectively plan, organize workload, and schedule time to meet workload demands

  • Exercise judgment and initiative in performance of duties and responsibilities.

  • Work in a cooperative manner with all levels of management.

  • Treat Opokaa’sin delegates/alternates and community members with dignity and respect and show consideration by communicating effectively.

  • Minimal day-to-day supervision

  • Work closely with Chief Executive Officer and entire Opokaa’sin Senior Management team.

  • Abide by Opokaa’sin policies, procedures, and structure.


  • Indigenous community researchers are invited to apply (Master’s level degree is preferred);

  • Education, work, and/or lived experience in Indigenous governance and policy contexts is required;

  • Preference for applicants with strong community relationships as well as knowledge of / engagement with communication channels;

  • Attention to detail, proficiency in data organization, eye for design;

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills with the ability to work virtually.

  • Advanced user in Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint)

  • Must be highly organized and motivated, and be able manage complex projects and carry out all responsibilities of the job requirements with minimal day-to-day supervision

  • Must demonstrate discretion, tact, knowledge, judgment, and overall ability in working effectively with other professionals and facilitating participation and partnership in the activities of the program

  • Must be able to travel, as requested.

Deadline: March 31, 2023 - 4:30 pm

All potential applicants are required to submit a Criminal Records Check (6 months current), Child and Youth Information Module (6 months current), and provide two (2) professional references, cover letter and resume as a part of their application package.

Screening Criteria: To be considered for the position applicants must clearly indicate how they meet the criteria by submitting a completed Application Package; failure could result in elimination from the hiring pool. 


Submit complete package to:


Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society

241 Stafford Drive North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2A5

ATT: Human Resources

Email: |

Phone:  (403) 380-2569  |  Fax:  (403) 327-6775

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