Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant – Full-Time Contract – One Year

This is a full-time salaried position and will normally work out of our Ottawa office. Things are different right now and at the moment our team is partially remote and so it’s possible this position will begin this way. We will likely offer this position as a one-year contract with longer-term renewal possible. NYA is in a high growth/change phase and this position is perfect for someone who thrives in a fast-paced role and likes to have their finger on the pulse of many tasks and projects. 

Who We Are

Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) is a small, charitable organization that serves youth living in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. We offer experiential education programs that seek to foster cross-cultural awareness, individual career goals, and global citizenship in Northern youth. Created in 1998 NYA has more than 550 program alumni from across Nunavut and the NWT, 98% of whom are Inuit, First Nation or Métis.

We place a lot of emphasis on fit with the team. Read about who we are, what we do, and who we’re looking for.

Working at NYA

  • The most important aspect of every job at NYA is supporting the success of our Participants and Alumni. This means that our approach, hours and philosophies support their needs, their potential, and their excellence.   
  • Our work and approach is directed by our guiding principles (  
  • We are a northern serving and northern focused organization. It’s important that every staff is knowledgeable and connected to the people and places that we serve. Through diversity, openness and collaboration NYA provides a unique opportunity to learn, share and grow, while reflecting the culture and lifestyle of the Canadian North.  
  • NYA’s environment is a balance of fun, flexible and friendly, passionate and energetic and totally committed. This means that it is a good fit for people who like versatility, a fast pace, and like to work together to take on big challenges.  
  • We consider ourselves a training organization and we offer lots of opportunities to be involved in program creation, learning new areas, and contributing ideas and input.  

What You’ll Do

  • We see this role as being a key member of our team that is responsible for managing the office, keeping track of finances, and supporting organization administration. You will work closely with the other full-time staff members, as well as contract staff, and volunteers including the Board, Mentors, Host Families, etc.  
  • You will be the key support for our Executive Director which requires being a part of scheduling, meetings, correspondence, and more.  
  • We have a lot of details – have you ever booked 300 flights? You need to love logistics, details and plans and have the ability to runs with ideas turning them into a beautiful reality. Our ideal candidate is organized, anticipates upcoming needs, and can keep many balls in the air.  
  • Administrative tasks will include managing the office, booking travel, coordinating events and activities, and provide administrative support to the Executive Director and other members of the staff. 
  • The financial responsibilities will include the day-to-day entry of revenues and expenses, tracking receipts, producing reports and working with our accountant and auditors.  
  • This position is based out of the NYA office, and a lot of the time will have “normal” office hours. Sometimes travel is required, as are evening and weekends. All staff have the opportunity for some travel, but this position does not require significant days away. The average per year would be less than 5. This would include visiting Orientation/Re-Orientation, attending the annual staff retreat, and occasionally other events like Board Meetings, fundraising activities, conferences, etc. 

What You’ll Bring

  • Demonstrated experience in a similar role, through a combination of work experience and education, that has prepared you for this new challenge. 
  • Great organization, strong attention to detail, and eagerness to do great work, find new solutions, and work together to explore new potential.  
  • Comfort and experience with financial tracking and record keeping, preferably in Quickbooks.  
  • The ability to thrive with competing deadlines, changing priorities, and under pressure.  
  • To be a natural trouble shooter and solution finder.  
  • Experience working in a supportive role with youth is an asset, as is experience in non-profits, and with volunteers.  
  • A strong desire to play a big role on a small team – we value relationships that are based on kindness, generosity, and collaboration.  
  • We strongly encourage applications from NYA Alumni, and others with a connection to the North, including Inuit, First Nations and Métis candidates. For all candidates, knowledge of the Canadian North and its people is a strong asset. 
  • We like technology – we think that it makes our small team able to do a lot more, and really just makes us better. We use a combination of traditional software suites like Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Cloud along with leveraging newer apps and technology like Slack, ClickUp, and Airtable.  Therefore, we want you to be comfortable with technology, and generally open and willing to learn. We are a MAC office. 
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic, and sometimes hectic, work environment, with a group of deeply passionate, youth-focused staff. 
  • Ability to work flexible hours and overtime including evenings and weekends during peak program times, and during special events and activities.  
  • Driver’s license (preferred) 

Seem Like a Good Fit?  Apply Now!

Fill out the below form and let us get to know you! While we want each applicant to show us what makes them a great fit, we are only able to contact applicants who are invited for a personal interview. Please no phone calls.

Please submit your application by April 15th, by the end of the day.  

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