Justice Programs Manager

Full Time Position
Thompson Sub-Office

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Justice Programs Manager. Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Justice Programs Manager will engage with stakeholders, develop solutions to improve the delivery of justice to the First Nation communities within the MKO territory.

In this role, the incumbent assumes responsibility for researching, analyzing, evaluating, coordinating, designing, implementing and managing the MKO Justice Programs. Provide advisory support services to MKO on a broad range of complex policy issues pertaining to justice. Maintain a network of community based organizations, potential partners, department staff and government departments, aboriginal organizations and governments. Liaise with internal/external stakeholders; develop strong interactive links with the justice system (including crown, police, judges and government staff). Work with MKO First Nation Justice Strategy (FNJS) team to educate the community at large about community justice committees, community-based justice programs, extrajudicial sanctions, alternative measures and other MKO Justice Program initiatives.

Experience and Qualifications:

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Interested candidates are invited to submit in confidence a cover letter, a detailed resume and two (2) written work related references to:

  • Post secondary education in the area of law and extensive work experience in the justice field;
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered;
  • Strong written, verbal communication skills and negotiation and project management skills;
  • Extensive knowledge about the criminal justice system, restorative and Aboriginal justice and social factors contributing to the risk of criminal behaviour;
  • Extensive knowledge of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and section 717 Criminal Code;
  • Knowledge of restorative principles and practices;  Knowledge, skills and experience in capacity building;
  • Experience in networking with First Nations and government representatives;
  • Understand issues and concerns of youth and adult offenders and victims of crime;
  • Keen awareness of issues facing diverse communities;
  • An understanding of First Nation language, Inherent and Aboriginal Rights and of the unique issues related to Northern First Nations;
  • Ability to work in partnership with stakeholder agencies and volunteers;
  • Ability to be flexible and travel extensively;
  • Strong computer literacy required; Microsoft Office 365, Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook;
  • Be highly organized with an ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet strict deadlines;
  • Extensive knowledge of federal programs and departments, including Parliamentary procedures and committees;
  • Team player with a track record of achievement in developing and budget conscious environment;
  • Have proven record of working effectively with First Nations organizations;
  • Must be able to effectively manage the pressures associated with this position;
  • Have access to a reliable vehicle and a valid driver’s licence is essential;

Interested applicants please submit a cover letter, resume and three references by 4:30pm on October 16, 2020 to:

Dorothy Smith
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (204) 778-7655
Mail: 206-55 Selkirk Avenue
Thompson, MB R8N 0N8

We thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Incorporated in 1981 as the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)1, MKO is a non-profit, political advocacy organization that provides a collective voice on issues of inherent, Treaty, indigenous and human rights for the citizens of the 30 sovereign First Nations we represent. The MKO First Nations are signatory to Treaties 4, 5, 6 and 10.