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Industry Partnership Specialist
Where you’ll work: The Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) is committed to supporting and
advancing women in unrepresented skilled trades. OAWA provides ongoing support to tradeswomen
seeking work or already employed in skilled trades. This includes providing career services, employment supports, and networking opportunities for tradeswomen. OAWA has partnerships with employers, trades unions, government, and training institutions to assist in accomplishing these goals. Since its inception in 2009, OAWA has played an integral role in advocating for equity and inclusion in the workplace in various construction, manufacturing and industrial settings for women across Newfoundland and Labrador.

How you’ll make a difference:
The Industry Partnership Specialist will engage and develop partnerships with industry players within the Red Seal Trades. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Industry Partnership Specialist will be responsible for fostering new relationships and partnerships with unions, employers and training institutions to promote the hiring of women and gender diverse people within their organizations. A sophisticated level of professionalism, confidentiality and discretion is crucial.

Responsibilities & Duties

Outreach and Development of New Partnerships
● Identify provincial and national industry partners, organizations, and unions in skilled trades
through partnership mapping, to create an outreach strategy for partnership engagement.
● Deliver presentations to industry partners, stakeholders and other organizations to support with
establishing agreements that create equal opportunities for women and gender-diverse
individuals seeking apprenticeship opportunities.
● Attend industry conferences (locally, provincially and nationally) to network with industry players and foster new partnership opportunities.
● Engage with post-secondary institutions to stay informed of new program offerings to meet
industry needs.
● Communicate labour market information and educational updates to clients and those exploring
opportunities in skilled trades.

Building and Maintaining Effective Partnerships in Red Seal Trades
● Maintain regular communications with all industry partners.
● Look for opportunities to further existing partnerships and expand activities.
● Properly maintain documentation of partnerships and progress.
● Provide monthly updates and reports to the Executive Director.
● Facilitate workshops and seminars to promote inclusivity and challenge stereotypes related to
women in skilled trades.

Monitoring and Evaluation of Employers and Apprentices
● Assess industry employer’s workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
● Assist with the facilitation and organization of regular meetings with employers to discuss
challenges and solutions to improve the work environment for women and gender-diverse
● Support the implementation of women’s employment plans that are incorporated into the
Benefits Agreements (IBAs) of large-scale projects.
● Conduct research on industry trends, gender disparities and best practices for promoting
diversity in skilled trades.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities
● Coordinate and co-host knowledge exchange dialogues on career pathways within sectors in
skilled trades.
● Support internal ongoing OAWA activities and events as required.

What you’ll bring:
● Completion of a related post-secondary program OR equivalent in education and related
work experience required.
● Experience in building and maintaining partnerships with a variety of stakeholders. (5+ years)
● Experience delivering workshops and presentations.
● Understanding of the Provincial Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division and subsequent
Red Seal trades certifications with general industry technical knowledge. (Required)
● Ability to travel extensively in Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout Canada.
● Possess a valid driver’s license with full time access to a vehicle for work purposes.
● High degree of computer literacy and advanced working knowledge of computer
programs, including Google Suite/MS Office applications.
● Exceptional organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to
work with minimal supervision.
● High regard for confidentiality, quality, accuracy, and attention to detail.
● Knowledge of barriers affecting women and gender diverse individuals especially in
underrepresented sectors.
● Related experience in the not-for-profit sector and demonstrated working knowledge of
community-based programs, program development, coordination, and delivery is
considered an asset.

The Perks:
Industry Partnership Specialist is a full-time salaried position with a competitive compensation and
benefits package that reflects the value we have for our team. In addition to a work environment that offers the possibility of a hybrid in-office and work from home dynamic, and working with a supportive team, some additional benefits of working with OAWA include:
● Group health and dental
● Employer funded RRSP contribution
● Paid time off: 3 weeks of vacation time and 15 days of personal or family leave
● Overtime is compensated by paid time off in lieu
● Travel expenses will be covered in accordance with OAWA policies.

Important to know: Don’t meet every single requirement? If you’re excited about this role but your past work and lived experience doesn’t tick all the boxes for every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a work environment that supports, inspires, and
respects all individuals and in which personnel processes are merit-based and applied without
discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military service status, citizenship, or other protected characteristic.

If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require this job advertisement in an
alternative format, please contact Lori at or (709) 757-5430.

Apply: Submit cover letter and resume to
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing Date: June 7th, 2024
Employment Duration: Contractual position (ending March 31, 2027)

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