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Advisor, Communities

Rio Tinto
January 3, 2022
Job Type


Advisor, Communities

  • Be part of a global mining organization with a strong focus on safety
  • Opportunity to introduce and implement continuous change initiatives
  • Permanent employment which includes a huge range of additional benefit
  • Role based in Yellowknife, NT

About the role

We are looking for an Advisor, Communities to be responsible for ensuring that Diavik maintains a positive relationship and open lines of communication with all external stakeholders including the five designated Indigenous participation groups and associated communities, internal and external stakeholders and our employees.

Reporting to the Diavik’s Manager of Communities and Social Performance, this role requires a communities professional with the ability to operate in a complex matrix structure and manage the requirements of multiple internal and external stakeholders.

Working on a Monday to Friday schedule at the Yellowknife Corporate office, you will:

  • Undertakes activities to maintain compliance with CSP, legal and other commitments, and company policies and standards.
  • Maintains Diavik’s tracking and metrics for community and social performance outcomes including SEMA reporting on employment and business spend through internal stakeholder relationships and reporting systems.
  • Contributes to or develops with community partners and stakeholders, programs or activities which address areas of mutual interest through the implementation of annual stakeholder work plans.
  • Supports delivery of commitments and local partnerships, reporting on milestones, performance and value.
  • Delivery of strong organizational support through coordination of PA implementation meetings, monthly liaison meetings and annual community visits to site.
  • Provides departmental support for financial administration of purchasing, payables and reconciliation of expenses.
  • Project management of new and existing programs designed to meet our CSP objectives. Includes leading and coordinating Diavik’s sponsorship and donations program and scholarship program while ensuring alignment and compliance with Rio Tinto policies and Partner to Operate Investment, CSP, and business integrity standards.

About you

To be successfully considered for this role, you will have:

  • Proven experience in managing the logistics behind effective community engagement.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working collaboratively and building and sustaining relationships.
  • Proven ability to accurately collect, collate and present data.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and prioritisation skills
  • Financial administration on systems for purchasing requisitions, purchase orders, payment requests and reconciliation of expense reports.
  • Project management skills and experience in coordinating organizational programs.
  • Experience working in the mining industry and/or associated industry – with experience at a remote mine site being an asset;
  • Post-secondary education in Indigenous Studies, Community Relations or related fields will be considered an asset;
  • The incumbent should have a very good understanding of the geography of northern Canada, northern politics, and Indigenous culture;
  • Readiness for occasional travel to remote communities, the mine site and work outside of regular hours from time to time;
  • Must have a Class 5 driver’s license.

Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets. Hiring priority will be given to qualified applicants who are beneficiaries of the DDMI Participation Agreement Groups and to qualified applicants residing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territories. Members must clearly identify their status on the online job application and resume if they wish to receive priority consideration.

What we offer

Be recognized for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you’ve helped the world progress.

  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • Career development to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • A competitive compensation
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical programs, pension and savings plans
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe. Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you will be working

This position will be at the Yellowknife Corporate Office. Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, the Diavik Diamond Mine is a producer of gem-quality diamonds. At Diavik, a strong focus is placed on protecting the local environment, as well as supporting communities through employment and education.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA2 community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.


Applications close on January 24th, 2022 (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date)

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