Chief Executive Officer with Alberta Inuit Women’s Association

Ikajuqtuguunniq, working together for a common cause, Esquao, the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, in partnership with members of the Inuit Albertamiut community with grant funding from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations – Indigenous Women’s Initiatives is seeking two relationship builders and community advocates who embody Inuuqatigiitsiarniq – respecting others, relationships, and caring for people. These individuals will co-lead in pijitsirniq, serving and providing for our Albertamiut families and communities in founding the Alberta Inuit Women’s Association (AIWA).

AIWA’s goal is to provide opportunities for the growing and dynamic community of Albertamiut Inuit women and families to gather, engage, learn, practice, share, nurture, display and grow in their culture, community, and identity. This critical task is only possible through community partnerships and the establishment of relational networks of support in the research planning and implementation of culturally relevant Inuit community-centered programming and services.

Position Summary:
To honour and uphold the intergenerational transfer of knowledge, we will be hiring one experienced senior Chief Executive Officer to mentor, guide, support a junior Executive Director. Through pilimmaksarniq – the development of skills through observation, mentoring, practice, and effort, the CEO and ED will demonstrate tunnganarniq, fostering good spirits by being open, welcoming, and inclusive and qanuqtuurniq, being innovative and resourceful, to uplift Albertamiut Inuit Women and Families.


Salary & Work Term:

  • Annual Salary $42,000, paid biweekly.
  • Two-year term, part-time position, with possibility of extension.
  • Six-month probation period upon which time successful candidate will be entitled to a range of benefits.
  • Flexible, employee-responsive work options available for hybrid, remote, or in office.
  • Reports to: AIWA Board of Directors, Inuit Elder Advisory Council, and the Albertamiut Inuit Community
  • Location: Hybrid, Online, in-person. Flexible Work Options. Esquao, Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, Main Office, #102 – 10220, 156th Street NW Edmonton, AB.
  • Time: 20 hours per week, hours per day / days per week to be determined.
  • Start date: as soon as possible.


Reporting to Alberta Inuit Womens Association Board of Directors, Inuit Elder Advisory Council, Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing mentorship, guidance, and direction to a junior executive director to build capacity and co-lead through the following tasks;
  • Research and draft an Inuitized governance structure and bylaws informed by pre-colonial traditional Inuit leadership practices, centered in Inuit Maligait and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles.
  • Build relational networks of support with local, regional, provincial, federal government, and Inuit and Indigenous organizations.
  • Engage and lead members of the Albertamiut Inuit Community through the iterative review, revision of the draft Inuitized governance structure and bylaws, gathering feedback from members of the Albertamiut Inuit Community to revise the draft Governance structure and bylaws.
  • Advertise, engage, recruit and host selection process to create the founding AIWA Board of Directors & Inuit Women’s Council of Elders, leading in the implementation of an Inuitized governance structure and bylaws,
  • Hosting regular board meetings to determine pathways to advocate for, serve and support Albertamiuit women and families.
  • Conduct research and engage in the networking required to complete and fulfill application and reporting requirements to lobby federal, provincial, municipal, and organizational institutions to secure additional long-term, sustainable funding.
  • Participation in meetings with diverse provincial, municipal, and organizational stakeholders, ensuring Inuit presence is acknowledged, and Inuit voice is represented and heard.
  • Develop and execute the organization’s strategic vision and long-term goals in alignment with its mission.
  • Oversee financial planning, budgeting, and resource allocation to ensure financial stability and growth.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson and ambassador for the organization, representing its interests in public forums and media engagements.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive organizational culture that values traditional Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles.
  • Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to assess organizational performance, regularly reviewing progress and adjusting as needed.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Connection to and understanding of Inuit community, culture, and traditions.
  • Knowledge of traditional approaches to Inuit governance and leadership.
  • Experience in the research, review, interpretation and revision of Canadian policy and legislation as it relates to not-for profit organizations in Alberta.
  • Willingness to interweave traditional Inuit Knowledge together with Canadian policy and legislation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within and maintain a set budget.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral & written communication skills.
  • Grant research & writing skills.



  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident (eligible to work in Canada)
  • Language: Fluency in English is essential. Bilingualism in Inuktitut is a strong asset.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Post secondary education in business administration and/or a strong background in executive management, senior leadership, business development, business administration and minimum of 3 years’ experience working in various supervisory, managerial positions in government, policy, the not-for profit sector.
  • Successful completion and maintenance of clear Criminal Records Check including Vulnerable Sector.
  • Valid Driver’s License.


Application Information:

  • Please submit an up-to-date cover letter and resume to
  • Please state in your cover letter how you align with Alberta Inuit Women’s Association.
  • Please address your email to the Hiring Committee.
  • Closing date for expression of interest June 14th, 2024
  • Competition will remain open & posted until the successful candidate has been found.
  • Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.