Expression of Interest - Ministerial Special Advisor

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Executive and Indigenous Affairs
Job ID: 19876
Salary: $122,012 - $145,743
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Mar 8, 2021

Limited Competition

This Job Opening is limited to employees with the GNWT/WSCC in indeterminate and term positions.

Employees must apply through HRIS / Employee Self-Service. For instructions please see:

Anticipatory Hiring

To ensure continuous support to the Executive Council of the 19th Legislative Assembly the Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs is establishing an inventory of skilled and highly motivated term and indeterminate employees who would be interested in prospective short and long term Transfer Assignment opportunities to the position of Ministerial Special Advisor.  These positions are located in Yellowknife, and is full time Monday to Friday 8:30 - 5:00pm; 37.50hrs per week. Note, lengths of placements may vary and will be dependent on operational requirements within the Minster Offices.

To be considered, please submit a current resume and covering letter indicating your interest and stating why you are the best candidate for this position via eRecruit prior March 8, 2021.  The selection process may include an assignment and/or interview. 

This opening is limited to employees with the GNWT/WSCC in indeterminate or term positions.

Department Information

The Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs works to provide overall management and direction to the Executive branch of the Government of the Northwest Territories. The Department is responsible for:  coordinating and supporting the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of initiatives and actions in support of cross-government goals The Department is responsible for ensuring mutually respectful intergovernmental relations between the territorial government and Aboriginal, provincial, territorial and national and international governments are maintained; along with negotiating and implementing land, resources And self-government agreements that address Aboriginal rights in the Northwest Territories.

Job Information

The Ministerial Special Advisor is located in Yellowknife and contributes to the development and implementation of approaches to government strategies, policies and program development to departmental programs within their Minister’s portfolio.

The Ministerial Special Advisor functions at a senior level in the government and must possess a wide mix of organizational, communications, analytical, public relations and diplomatic skills as well as a sound knowledge of current and evolving GNWT policies, programs, issues and developments. The incumbent coordinates a number of Ministerial activities and interacts with other Ministerial Special Advisors, the Principal Secretary, the Director of Strategic Operations, departmental senior management, staff of the Legislative Assembly, political staff within other governments, community organizations, industry representatives, and the general public.

The major challenges of the position are to provide political and strategic advice to the Minister on major issues within the departmental mandates within the Ministers portfolio. As well the Ministerial Special Advisor provides input and advice on positions and approaches that need to reflect a very high level of political, economic and social sensitivity and responsiveness.

Being the primary point of contact between the Minister's office and the public, the incumbent must be able to diplomatically and efficiently respond to complicated inquiries, demanding and occasionally emotional charged appeals for assistance, and politically challenging and sensitive requests. In addition to the public, the incumbent is also the point of contact between the Minister's office and the departments within the Minister's portfolio. The incumbent must be able to handle additional responsibility of managing requests for information and direction on various issues that the Minister's Office receives.


Typically, the qualifications to be successful in the position would be attained by:

The Completion of a Master's level degree with five years of experience or a bachelor degree and ten years of progressive experience in relevant planning, management and/or analytical positions. Equivalencies will be considered.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 19876        

Closing Date: March 8, 2021- 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $62.57 per hour to $74.74 per hour (approximately $122 011 - $145, 743.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.