Opportunity

Partnership Liaison - Women in Skilled Trades

About the Role

Keepers of the Circle is looking to recruit a Partnership Liaison for our Women in Skilled Trades Program to engage and develop partnerships with industry players and other organizations across Ontario and nationally within the Red Seal trades. The role of the Partnership Liaison is to create these partnerships to support Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people who have completed our Culture, Confidence, and Competence (CCC) pre-employment training program to obtain apprenticeships that are aligned with their personal and professional goals.

Culture, Confidence, and Competence program is a culturally rooted and trauma-informed program that is focused on personal and professional development. All members who complete the program will develop a training plan that will identify their post-training goals. As Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people face various barriers and challenges in the workplace, the Partnership Liaison will be focused on ensuring that industry partners and employers provide culturally and physically safe work environments for our members who are placed in apprenticeships or work placements. This includes conducting company assessments on workplace diversity, identifying strategies to improve cultural competency, and organizing regular evaluations of employers to monitor progress. The candidate will also be responsible for fostering new relationships and partnerships with unions, employers, and training institutions to promote the hiring of Indigenous women and gender-diverse people within their organizations.

The ideal candidate must have the ability to facilitate conversations around diversity and inclusion to advocate for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people in the workplace, particularly in fields that are traditionally male-dominated. As our activities are designed and delivered to Indigenous Peoples, the Partnership Liaison must be culturally competent and can understand, appreciate, and interact effectively with people with lived experience. To be considered culturally competent, this position requires experience working with Indigenous Peoples and knowledge of our unique social issues such as colonization, generational trauma caused by the negative impacts of residential schools, and knowledge of Truth and Reconciliation.

Roles and Responsibilities of Partnership Liaisons include: 

Outreach and Development of New Partnerships (30%)

  • Identify provincial and national industry partners, organizations, and unions in the skilled trades through partnership mapping and create an outreach strategy for partnership engagement
  • Deliver presentations to industry partners and other organizations to support with establishing agreements to offer Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people apprenticeship and employment opportunities
  • Negotiate and create agreements between industry partners in the skilled trades (Red Seal Certified) and Keepers of the Circle to provide work placement or employment opportunities for members who have completed our Culture, Confidence, and Competence training program
  • Attend industry conferences to network with industry players and foster new partnership opportunities

Building Effective Partnerships in the Red Seal Trades (30%)

  • Maintain regular communications with all industry partners
  • Look for opportunity to further partnership and expand activities
  • Properly maintain documentation of partnerships and progress and provide monthly updates and reports to the Executive Director

Monitoring and Evaluation of Employers and Apprentices (30%)

  • Assess industry employer’s workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion practices
  • Identify and implement strategies to improve employer’s cultural competency and reconciliation efforts
  • Monitor and evaluate cultural competence progress for employers as well as the ongoing cultural safety of their work environments
  • Assist with the facilitation and organization of regular meetings with employers to discuss challenges and solutions to improve the work environment for Indigenous women and gender-diverse people apprentices
  • Advocate for the safety and inclusion of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people in the workplace

Other Miscellaneous Duties (10%)

  • Coordinate and co-host knowledge exchange dialogues on career pathways within sectors in the skilled trades
  • Other assigned duties to support the Skills Development Team at Keepers of the Circle
  • Act as a positive representation of Keepers of the Circle always

Requirements and Skills

  • Non-judgmental and inclusive
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and is comfortable leading presentations and workshops with management teams
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience working in a group within an Indigenous community setting
  • Organized and efficient with time management
  • Working knowledge of MS Office
  • Excellent problem-solving ability
  • Respect to diversity
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of professionalism
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Understanding of, or willing to learn about, different Red Seal skilled trades, including, but not limited to: heavy equipment operation, carpentry, construction work, electricians, landscape horticulturalists, painters and decorators, plumbers, and welders,
  • Ability to apply critical thinking to solve complex issues and identify strategies to address cultural ignorance.
  • Trauma-informed training is a plus
  • Industry technical expertise/knowledge within the skilled trades is a plus
  • Keepers of the Circle values the local community and preference will be given to recruiting a local candidate who can be on-site.
  • Ability to travel and a valid G license.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility

We advocate for the presence and contributions of all people regardless of ability, age, cultural background, education, ethnic origin, gender expression, gender identity, immigration status, language, marital status, nationality, physical appearance, political affiliations, perspective, race, religion, sexual orientation, sexuality, family status, socioeconomic status, or other such considerations, and intersectionality's therein. As an Indigenous organization, Keepers of the Circle has an affirmative action policy that prioritizes the hiring of Indigenous Peoples and community affiliates. We encourage Indigenous and affiliate applicants to indicate this in their cover letter. Please let us know of any specific requirements during the application process by emailing hr@keepersofthecircle.com – we are happy to work with you on accommodation requests.  

Start Date: Immediate

How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Shannon Guppy at hr@keepersofthecircle.com with the subject title “Partnership Liaison WST – (Your Name)”. We will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis so we encourage interested individuals to apply as soon as possible.


Posting Details

Company Keepers of the Circle
Location Kirkland Lake
Term Full Time
Posted Nov 16, 2023
Closing Dec 23, 2023