First Nation Capacity Building Advisor Sudbury , ON



Job Posting

POSTING DATE: November 17, 2020

CLOSING DATE: November 30, 2020

Duration: Contract for up to 18 months leave coverage

JOB TITLE: First Nation Capacity Building Advisor - Temporary

Join our Team for a unique career opportunity, at a time of growth and change.

Ontario Library Service - North is a transfer payment agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. The agency is governed by a nine-member board, which receives its authority from the Public Libraries Act, the Corporations Act, and its Letters Patent.

The purpose of the Ontario Library Service North is to provide programs and services on behalf of the Ministry by:

  1. Increasing cooperation and coordination among public library boards and other information providers in order to promote the provision of library services to the public.
  2. Assisting public library boards by providing them with services and programs that reflect their needs, including consultation, training and development services.

Ontario Library Service – North and the Southern Ontario Library Service are currently undergoing amalgamation and will become the Ontario Library Service on April 1st 2021.

By joining our team today, you will have an opportunity to contribute your skills, talents and expertise to serve Northern Ontario’s First Nation public libraries, expanding your service delivery portfolio to the broader First Nation public library community in the province of Ontario in 2021.

Rooted in a growth mindset, we hope that as you consider this opportunity within our Team, you will not hesitate to present to us your spirit of innovation, outside the box thinking, a willingness to connect and empathize with clients and be an open contributor to growing not only your own professional career and expertise with us, but to also bringing positive energy and innovation to spur the growth of the Ontario Library Service.

As the Ontario Library Service plots its priorities and directions to effectively serve our provinces’ vast geography and unique public libraries we are seeking an individual with marketing, community development, partnership and public library experience who is passionate about serving First Nation public libraries and is dedicated to continual personal growth and learning.


Job Title: First Nations Capacity Building Advisor (Temporary – Full Time)

Department: Skills Development

Job Grade: 6

Point Range: 651-750

Hours of work: 70 hrs. bi-weekly

Location: May be required to report to the Sudbury Office

Duration: Contract for up to 18 months leave coverage

Bargaining Unit: CUPE Local 4705

Immediate supervisor: Training & Consulting Director


The First Nations Capacity Building Advisor delivers high-quality services to OLS - North’s First Nations client libraries in areas of marketing, community development, funding and partnering for First Nation libraries.



  1. Advises and trains First Nation client libraries in community development and partnerships
  2. Working with the Director of Training & Consulting and other team members, ensure capacity building and other services are in place for First Nation client libraries.
  3. Identify and make recommendations to the team regarding new services or ways of delivering services to OLS - North clients.
  4. Design, produce and deliver training programs for First Nations clients in marketing, revenue development and community development.

Community Capacity/Community Development:

  1. Works with First Nation library community to implement First Nation strategic priorities.
  2. Works with First Nation communities seeking to develop new First Nation libraries.
  3. Communicates with other organizations regarding the development of library services to aboriginal people
  4. Design, produce and deliver training programs and toolkits for clients in Community Development
  5. Advise clients on Community Development.


  • Assist client libraries in developing partnering opportunities within their communities.
  • Design and produce templates to guide clients through partnership development.
  • Identify partnership opportunities for OLS - North and/or a group of libraries, and bring these opportunities to the CEO for discussion and approval.
    • Assists with OLS - North conferences
    • Other duties as assigned

Revenue Development / Marketing:

  1. In consultation with other team members, design, produce and deliver training programs for clients in marketing, media relations, event planning, partnering and branding.
  2. Advise First Nation clients on grantsmanship.
  3. In consultation with CEO, identify funding opportunities for OLS - North projects which support First Nation services and drafts grant applications.
  4. Identify sponsors for First Nation conferences
  5. Identify and prepare invitation and information packages for vendors for OLS - North conference trade shows; liaise with vendors at conference.


E. CRITICAL/REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES (work behaviours, knowledge and skills)


  • Post-secondary diploma or degree in Aboriginal Studies; or in political science, public relations, or media studies with related working experience in a First Nation organization
  • Knowledge of First Nation governance, issues and strategies
  • Working experience in a First Nations’ service organization or library environment for a minimum 1 year


  • Services:
  • Marketing:
  • Revenue development:
  • Community development:
  • Customer service:
  • Communication:
  • Training:
  • Problem-solving and decision-making:
  • Team collaboration:

Work Behaviours:

  • Collegial and contributory member of the team
  • Client focused
  • Solution focused; balances expectations and needs of various stakeholders
  • Collaborative with team members and colleagues, identifying synergies and opportunities for benefiting clients and/or OLS - North
  • Professional, organized and prepared
  • Properly uses authority
  • Loyal to the OLS - North’s goals


Preferably, the incumbent is able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about First Nation issues
  • Demonstrate understanding of the public library environment in Northern Ontario
  • Envision future trends and communicate to team possible applications regarding client services

Please apply to the undersigned with a complete resume by 4:00 p.m. November 30, 2020

Gisèle Montgomery, Executive Assistant

Ontario Library Service – North
334 Regent St.
Sudbury, Ontario
P3C 4E2

Phone: 705-675-6467 x214

Fax: 705-675-2285

Ontario Library Service North supports the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).Pursuant to AODA requirements, accommodations for disabilities are available to applicants who are invited to an interview and who request individual accommodation during the recruitment process.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Closes: 30 November, 2020

Ontario Library Service - North
Sudbury , ON