DIRECTOR, RIGHTS & TITLE for the Squamish Nation
DIRECTOR, RIGHTS & TITLE
JOB NO: 100776
LOCATION: NORTH VANCOUVER
ABOUT THE SQUAMISH NATION
Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory. Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Director, Rights & Title to join our team in North Vancouver on a permanent full-time basis. This high profile position acts as the lead with Squamish Nation’s Rights and Title work off reserve.
The Director, Rights & Title provides leadership to the referral team and develops relationships and opportunities that align with the Nation’s strategic objectives provided by Squamish Nation (SN) Council. Incorporating Squamish Nation values and culture, the incumbent leads the negotiating, communication and implementation of off-reserve rights and title work.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
- Works with Squamish Nation (SN) Council to establish approach and priorities for the Rights & Title department.
- Produces and presents progress reports, opportunity summaries, and other reports to SN Council.
- Works with SN Council to determine the transition plan and timeline of referral projects to other Squamish Nation entities such as Nch’Kay Development Corporation, etc.
- Stays current with Canadian and relevant international issues relating to First Nations Rights & Title.
- Develops relationships and explores opportunities with corporate and government proponents and other First Nations to further the economic, cultural, reputational position as well as the internal capacity of the Squamish Nation.
- Develops, communicates and implements policies and processes in department for consistent, efficient and effective referrals management.
- Conducts research and communicates with external stakeholders to assist in identifying opportunities for the Squamish Nation.
- Management of Department staff.
- Manages resources including finances and departments across a multitude of existing and potential project files in line with priorities established with SN Council and Senior Management.
- Represents business unit on various working committees and projects groups.
- Together with appointed SN Council members, contractors or employees, negotiates MOU’s, IBAs, purchases, accommodations or other agreements within scope, maximizing benefit to the Nation.
- As required, represents the Nation to external stakeholders.
- Supervises the health and safety of employees and adheres to workplace health and safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
- Participates as a member of the Rights & Title and Squamish Nation Leadership Teams.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
To be successful in this role, you will have a Masters or Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Land Planning, First Nation Studies or relevant/related discipline or LLB from a recognized post-secondary institution.
Our successful applicant will bring 7 years (with Masters or LLB) or 9 years (with Bachelor’s) degree of directly-related experience in the majority of duties listed in this job description, particularly business development, negotiations, land planning, management, etc.
The ideal candidate will also have:
- Strong knowledge of Squamish Nation culture, history and governance is an asset.
- Minimum of 5 years experience successfully leading a specialized team.
- Minimum of 3 years managing projects/budgets with a value greater than $10M.
- Background must also include experience that allows the incumbent to bring to the job, established relationships/personal contacts in the governmental arena as well as a strong understanding of First Nations - culturally, economically and politically.
- Experience as an intermediate level user MS Office, the internet, etc.
- Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
- Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
- Ability to travel frequently. Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.
- Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check as per Squamish Nation Policy
Strong communications, interpersonal and advanced public and keynote speaking skills are a prerequisite of the position. The position also requires skills relating to strategic plans, negotiations, relationship building, budgets and employee supervision. Operates at a high level of people interaction and must be able to respond with courtesy, tact and diplomacy.
As your career with Squamish Nation progresses, the successful incumbent may be required to take short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to First Nations treaty negotiations, lands management, aboriginal rights and title, law and economic development, etc.
The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.
If you are looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today!
To be considered for this position, please apply by July 27, 2018 at 5pm.