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Chief of Staff

Job title: Chief of Staff – full time (37.5 hours per week)

Location: Canada – Ottawa or remote Reports to: President & CEO Compensation: $80,000 - $90,000

Benefits: 20 days annual leave, 10 days statutory holiday, 5 days sick leave, HSA, remote work and flexible work arrangements

About UNA-Canada

The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is a national charitable organization with the mandate of educating and engaging Canadians in the work of the United Nations (UN) and the critical global issues that affect us both in Canada and internationally. Established in 1946, we are committed to growing global citizens who embrace the principles of the UN to build a stronger, more outward-looking Canada.


The Chief of Staff is an integral member of the senior team along with the President / CEO and CFO and acts as the head of the Shared Services division. As such the position is highly strategic with a great deal of influence over the direction and priorities of the organization.

The Chief of Staff is the first reporting officer for four programme managers and four shared services officers. As a first reporting officer, the Chief of Staff is responsible for day-to-day staff management, mentoring, and workflow management. The Chief of Staff also advises on key human resource issues such as performance management, benefits and compensation, and staff retention and promotion.

In addition to staff management, the Chief of Staff has significant programme development and government relation responsibilities including maintaining positive relationships with donors and partners.

Finally, the Chief of Staff will be called on to represent the organization in meetings and events including speaking on behalf of the organization.


The Chief of Staff is responsible for managing the Shared Services Division (30%), leading the ideation and development of funding proposals (20% time), managing government relations (10%), overseeing programme implementation in collaboration with other senior staff (25%), staff management (10%) and strategic planning (5%).

This includes:

· Contributing to identifying organizational risks and developing strategies to address risks;

· Contributing to setting the strategic direction of the organization, including annual priority setting;

· Contributing to achieving best practices in equity, diversity and inclusion;

· Representing UNA-Canada at events;

· Attending weekly senior manager meetings (virtual);

· Advising the President / CEO on strategic matters;

· Supporting board reporting;

· Leading Shared Services, including meeting charge-out targets and managing relationships between

Shared Services and programme teams;

· Managing staff and contractors;

· Overseeing hiring;

· Mentoring managers and providing guidance on best practices;

· Ensuring that UNA-Canada’s shared services division functions efficiently and professionally;

· Developing and maintaining positive and productive partnerships with government partners at federal, provincial and municipal levels;

· Tracking government policy priorities and funding objectives;

· Identifying potential new programme opportunities;

· Leading the drafting of project proposals;

· Ensuring adherence to UNA-Canada and donor policies and procedures;

· Other tasks as may be identified by supervisors.


· Minimum of 7 years experience working in the non-profit or international development sector or with Indigenous or government organizations

· Demonstrated experience in strategy development

· Strong staff management skills

· Experience in government relations

· A record of successfully engaging with a variety of stakeholders

· Demonstrated experience in successful proposal / grant writing or securing project funding

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Previous leadership experience is a plus

Equal Opportunity Employer

UNA-Canada is committed to building a network of employees that reflects and harnesses Canada’s diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, etc. UNA-Canada recruits candidates based on merit and seeks to foster a workplace that encourages acceptance, empathy, and diversity.


Please submit your resume along with a one-page cover letter to no later than 11pm EST on Friday, January 6th. UNA-Canada will not accept calls regarding the position. We thank all applicants for their interest, but due to the high volume of applications, only qualified candidates will be contacted.


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