Indigenous and Community Engagement Strategist

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Indigenous and Community Engagement Strategist

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Author pmnationtalk
Date April 13, 2021
Deadline May 12, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Creative Fire
Location Saskatoon, SK
Category Community Engagement
Client Creative Fire
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Indigenous and Community Engagement Strategist


Creative Fire is a 100% Indigenous-owned consulting agency that provides expert support in research, strategy, and creative execution. With deep Indigenous roots and more than two decades working alongside institutions, companies and leaders in Indigenous and non-Indigenous settings, we know that forging relationships between these two worlds poses challenges that takes unwavering commitment to solve. We help bridge gaps of understanding and build connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous players, helping advance initiatives in such areas as: reputation management, diversity and inclusion, change management and more. From corporate reporting and recruitment to community and public relations, we work with clients to address their most important business, engagement and communications needs.

And, at the heart of Creative Fire is, well, a heart. As a purpose-driven company, we believe we can contribute to a more progressive, inclusive and diverse Canada. We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our work and fostering it within our business. We encourage applications from applicants of all backgrounds and identities.

JOB TITLE:          Indigenous and Community Engagement Strategist
REPORTS TO:     Director, Communications
TYPE:                   Full-time, permanent; 40 hours/week
LOCATION:          We are a fully virtual team that is spread across Canada. We welcome talent from across the country.


  • Competitive salary, medical and dental benefits
  • Professional development
  • Flexible, virtual work environment
  • Purpose-driven work with a passionate and talented team

Job Summary:

We are seeking an Indigenous and Community Engagement Strategist to join our Creative Fire team. This senior role is responsible for developing and implementing communications and engagement strategies as well as comprehensive supporting plans to achieve client-specific organizational goals. This work includes a strong focus on building bridges of trust and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, businesses, people and organizations. The Indigenous and Community Engagement Strategist should have an extensive background engaging with Indigenous businesses, communities and organizations, and have an ability to understand and deliver on the needs of a diverse range of clients. Our ideal candidate is a thoughtful, strategic thinker, with the ability to understand different perspectives and needs, and a drive to deliver real results for clients.


  • Work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients from a variety of sectors to assess needs and understand goals.
  • Build strong, collaborative relationships with clients, and act as a trusted advisor.
  • Use market research and an understanding of engagement practices to develop and translate goals into effective communications and engagement strategies, programs and initiatives.
  • Work in partnership with Creative Fire’s research division to conduct public opinion and attitude surveys to support development and execution of strategic plans.
  • Define performance indicators and monitor success.
  • Utilize earned, paid, digital media and PR tactics to achieve strategic communications goals.
  • Scope and estimate client projects, support strategy pitches and proposal development.
  • Take a lead role in researching, writing and editing of a wide range of compelling communications materials and content, working across all platforms and channels.
  • Stay current on latest trends and best practices, provide insight and guidance to leadership, other teams and colleagues on topics related to engagement and strategic communications.
  • Find opportunities for innovation and partnerships.


  • Relevant post-secondary education in community engagement, communications, Indigenous studies, public policy, or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in developing and implementing communications and engagement strategies.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience liaising and building meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities, businesses and organizations.
  • Passionate about working with and contributing to the prosperity of Indigenous communities, businesses and organizations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in Indigenous issues in Canada, including Indigenous governance, community development, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.
  • Experience in a consulting practice and/or the energy and resource/mining sectors considered an asset.
  • Driven to understand client needs and develop solutions that exceed expectations.
  • Extensive writing and editing experience, developing and producing content and collateral for diverse mediums and channels.
  • Expressive and persuasive in both spoken and written formats for individual and group situations.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Highly developed attention to detail.
  • Forward thinking and in touch with current engagement and communications trends.
  • Self-identifying as Indigenous and/or having first-hand knowledge or experience living in and/or working with an Indigenous community will be considered an asset.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.


As a purpose-driven company, we believe we can contribute to a more progressive, inclusive and diverse Canada. We are committed to promoting inclusion and diversity in our work and fostering it within our business. We are always looking for candidates who can expand our team culture and bring new strengths and perspectives to the work, and strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds and identities. An equitable and accessible recruitment process is a key part of our approach. Please let us know if we can offer accommodations for you in the recruitment process or if you have feedback on how to make our recruiting more accessible.


As a diverse and inclusive employer, we encourage all qualified and interested candidates to apply. Your application should include:

  • Detailed cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and why you are the ideal candidate
  • Resume
  • Work samples/examples that demonstrate your experience: working with Indigenous businesses, organizations, communities; strategic planning; writing
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