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Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce

Business Coordinator: Indigenous Relationships, Diversity, Inclusion & Acce

Sault Ste. Marie
Office & Administration
POSTED: 3 months ago
Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce
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Closing Date:
December 15, 2023
Full Time
Job Description:
Business Coordinator: Indigenous Relationships, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility - NOHFC Intern Opportunity

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and STRIVE Young Professionals have an exciting opportunity to join our vibrant team as an Intern: Business Coordinator Indigenous Relationships, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility. This is a Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Internship arrangement, and the successful candidate must reside within Sault Ste. Marie (Bawating), Garden River First Nation, Batchewana First Nation, or immediate surrounding area.

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is about to embark on a transformational time of growth and expansion with the goal of utilizing the full potential of our network to influence the direction of regional business. Our organization's objective to make a difference in our community, partner widely, and be a catalyst for the success of local businesses today and into the future; which includes making a difference and a long-lasting commitment to encouraging diversity, inclusion, and economic reconciliation. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to supporting and advancing corporate competitiveness, economic progress, and the prosperity of our communities. In addition to our current work, we are also implementing recommendations from our Board of Directors and our strategic plan \"Vision 2025: Lead The Way\" that will broaden our focus on diversity and inclusion in policy and advocacy and collaborating with the Chamber network, community stakeholders, and other partners to promote diversity and inclusion in Sault Ste. Marie businesses of all sizes and sectors.

The Opportunity
We are searching for an intern to assist us in the development and implementation of our diversity and inclusion goals as well as support and advance economic reconciliation efforts. The selected applicant will bring expertise and a strong willingness to forge a new course for our work in this area, as well as contribute to the development of best practices for businesses and organizations throughout our network.
This position will be responsible for identifying, developing, and cultivating employer and stakeholder relationships in the community to increase employment and experiential opportunities for Indigenous peoples and other underrepresented community stakeholders. The incumbent will develop and deliver employer outreach related events and activities in addition to supporting existing stakeholder programming. The successful candidate will also participate in the design and delivery of recruitment and experiential learning opportunities as it relates to equity, diversity and inclusion, including but not limited to workshops, coaching, site visits and resource materials and will have a lead role in accessing various funding programs and submitting funding applications on behalf of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (CoC)and STRIVE Young Professionals.
The Intern, Indigenous Relationships, Diversity & Inclusion Accessibility will report to the CEO.

Core Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist in the development, launch and ongoing administration of the CoC's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility action plan.
- Contribute to the development an Indigenous and EDI engagement plan, internal policy, and guiding principles document.
- Develop specific and culturally informed processes to facilitate respectful and effective communication, identify areas for improvement, and collaborative problem solving.
- Assist CoC members to create a welcoming workplace environment by developing, coordinating, marketing, delivering, and evaluating business-based support programs and services that encourage and enable Indigenous and underrepresented groups to successfully transition into the workplace.
- Aid in the development of promotional materials, publicity, marketing and website targeted at the needs of diverse populations and employment market.
- Serve as a supporting central coordinating contact for employers who are seeking to onboard Indigenous and underrepresented groups.
- Identify opportunities for underrepresented stakeholder involvement in the CoC and meaningfully engages to determine details of potential participation.
- Develops applicable communication materials, briefing notes and reports.
- Draft submissions, letters, blogs, and other communication on various platforms to articulate the Chamber's position under their portfolio.
- Assist in the development and administration of effective assessment metrics for measuring the level of achievement of program goals and learning outcomes.

Required Skills:
-Must qualify under the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation:
-Are new entrants into the work force, are transitioning to a new career, or the unemployed or underemployed who are entering a new field.
-Have not previously participated in a NOHFC-funded internship.
-Are at least 18 years of age; and
-Reside, and be legally entitled to work, in Canada.
-Ability to demonstrate lived experience as a member of an equity seeking group.
-Experience working with under-represented populations, including Indigenous, LGBTQ+ and/or visible minorities.
-Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of EDI principles and practices,
-Through understanding of Indigenous worldviews and traditional protocols including familiarity with the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
-Strong ability to build partnerships to support and expand diversity and inclusion work.
-Demonstrated ability to analyze, plan, deliver and report on multiple projects in an effective and timely manner.
-Excellent leadership, team building, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills.
-Outstanding communication (written and oral) order to build and cultivate relationships with a variety of stakeholders and manage difficult situations with diplomacy and tact.
-Understanding of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
-Ability to self-manage in a work.
-The position requires a valid drivers license and access to independent transportation
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How to Apply:
This is a full-time 35 hour/week, 52-week term position.

Please submit your resume with cover letter marked \"Confidential\" and address to:
Rory Ring, CEO, Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce & Haroon Butt, Chair, STRIVE Young Professionals

by 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2023 via email at [email protected]

We thank all applicants in advance - only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in concert with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process.

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of all segments of society. We are dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture amongst the whole workforce, and we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs.
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