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Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association

Ottawa, Ontario  K1C 7P7

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The Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA) is the oldest Indigenous healthcare provider organization in Canada (47 years). Representing Indigenous nurses across all regions, CINA has a proven track record in building trusting relationships and has multiple long term established partnerships with NGO’s, Indigenous healthcare and related organizations, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. CINA participates in many multi-stakeholder groups and is called upon to address parliamentary and senate committees on behalf of Indigenous nurses and communities.


The Project Support Specialist (PSS) is a 1.0 FTE or fulltime position with 2 main areas of responsibility. Approximately 60% focuses on supporting CINA research and projects while the other 40% provides coordination and some management support to the operations and business of the organization. Working as an integral member of the organization, the PSS will report to the CEO and be expected to provide regular updates on project and initiative progress to the Executive and project stakeholders.


The PSS will allocate 60% of their time to multi-year projects, including a national Canadian Partnership Against Cancer funded initiative: “Response to Canadian Indigenous Community Priorities in Cancer”. Working closely with project and initiative Team Leads, the PSS will engage in the planning, creation, coordination and execution of activities and methods required to reach project milestones and develop project deliverables. This may include activities associated with research, such as the development of environmental scans, literature searches and reviews, the synthesis of survey outcomes, report writing, assisting with research application processes, and participation in carrying out activities required for the evaluation of projects and initiatives. Additional knowledge and experience is required for culturally safe engagement of Indigenous organizations and partners, healthcare providers, traditional care practitioners and knowledge keepers (Elder/Knowledge Holders), communities, and community members.


At least 40% of the position responsibilities include providing support to the organization in the coordination and management of activities related to the business of CINA. This may include participation and information sharing on behalf of CINA for national working groups, committees and advisories, developing CINA communications for partners and membership, organizing and managing meeting logistics, updating and assisting in the management of CINA webpages and share sites, and addressing membership requests.


A sound understanding of research processes at a Master’s level is required. Graduate education and experience relevant to the position, but not including a Master’s degree will be considered. Experience in a healthcare related field is preferred. While nursing or a related profession is preferred, experience in working with Indigenous communities, organizations or researchers would be considered a strong asset. Ability to understand, express and apply quantitative and/or qualitative analyses, concepts, methods, and procedures. A good understanding of Indigenous people in relation to their health or a social sciences related field, such as social work, justice or leadership is recommended to excel in this position.


  • Works with CINA Project Leads to develop proposals, create project/initiative outputs and meet deadlines, provide verbal and written project/initiative updates, and manage the work of project/initiative community groups, partners, and consultants
  • Supports the work of CINA committees including members of National Indigenous healthcare organizations, NGO’s, federal departments related to health, etc.
  • Supports the work and activities of the Project and initiative working groups
  • Works with regional community partners or groups
  • Supports the implementation of CINA and project/initiative knowledge mobilization plans
  • Assists in the coordination of project/initiative activities with Indigenous communities
  • Other duties as required, as well as ability to work independently


  • Eager to learn new skills and can adapt easily to evolving needs and changing priorities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage competing deadlines
  • Ability to focus on multiple project or initiative priorities to meet short- and long-term deadlines
  • Able to work effectively as the member of a team and independently
  • Demonstrates Initiative, excellent work- ethic and self-motivation
  • Can communicate complex information to various end-user groups in appropriate formats
  • Knowledge of qualitative or community-based research methodologies is recommended
  • Ability to work with computer applications and operate/manage virtual meeting platforms (MS Office applications, Skype, Zoom, GoToMeetings)


This is a 2-year term position (with possibility of extension) based on a 37.5 hour per week. Some flexibility may be required to work outside regular office hours as CINA Executives and project stakeholders may reside in multiple regions across Canada. The Project Support Specialist will work in Ottawa and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


Salary Range:                    to commensurate with experience

Location:                             Ottawa, Ontario

Closing date:                      Open until filled




Persons of Indigenous ancestry will be given preference [s.16(1) CHRA ]. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals who feel they are qualified are invited to submit a covering letter clearly illustrating how they meet the criteria along with a current resume, and (3) work related references to:



Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association



Interviews will be held virtually. While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. CINA may cancel, postpone, or revise opportunities at any time.