Policy Director (co-Executive Director)


The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI)

Remote (local)
  • Career category:Advocacy/ Policy, Fundraising/ Grant management, Human Resources (HR), Programme/ Project design & management, Research/ Data analysis
  • Job type:Job
  • Humanitarian or Development:Development
  • Experience level:5-10 years
  • Organisation type:Civil Society
  • Remote option:Remote (local)
  • Right to work requirements:Right to work required in advance
  • Salary: $ 80000-95000 / yearly
  • Work schedule:Full-time
  • Length of contract:Permanent
  • Deadline:16/07/2024
  • Location:Canada , Ottawa
Generic (e.g. 'gender focal point' role
The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), Initiative: une ville pour toutes les femmes, in Ottawa, is seeking a visionary, passionate and innovative Policy Director to lead the organization through an exciting period of growth and development. As part of its journey towards a more horizontal organizational structure, CAWI has a co-director leadership model.  The Policy Director will be focused primarily on policy analysis, community engagement, municipal relations and program management. The other co-director is the Operations Director and focuses on fundraising, governance, finance, HR, and operations.

City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) ensures that gender equity is systematically considered in municipal policy and practice by working with decision-makers to make Ottawa a more inclusive city. We do this by working alongside diverse women, non-binary and gender-non-conforming folks with lived experiences of marginalization as well as community organizations to train and support their capacity building, civic engagement, and collective advocacy.
Reporting to the CAWI Board of Directors, the incoming Policy Director will be responsible for policy analysis, program management, outreach engagement and advocacy.

  • Provides innovative policy analysis, proposals and recommendations on the Caring Cities model and other intersectional feminist approaches to urban planning and policies
  • Manages ongoing programs, including Making Voices Count, Maamawe (Women Reducing Poverty Together), the Women’s Action Circle and other civic engagement programming
  • Develops creative civic engagement programming and training to respond to community needs and which works to elevate a diversity of perspectives in government policy and decision-making
  • Monitors, tracks and reports on qualitative aspects of programming to funding partners
  • Coordinates and continues relationship building with City staff and City Councillors on advocacy issues and development of CAWI activities and resources 
  • Supervises CAWI staff/students/volunteers in the engagement of women and other marginalized genders and community partners in CAWI activities (e.g. Action Forums)
  • Fosters the building of coalitions and networks to support CAWI activities and mandate 
  • Sets CAWI’s advocacy directions in collaboration with the board, and civic engagement tables and other external stakeholders
  • Contributes to the research, development, and implementation of policies that support and augment CAWI’s vision and mission, and brings an intersectional feminist analysis to management, leadership and change processes
  • Develops and leads advocacy campaigns
Together, the Policy and Operations Directors will share responsibility for strategic planning and general advocacy, communications and public relations as well as human resources.

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