Indigenous Relations Advisor

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

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Indigenous Relations Advisor


The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of Canada’s largest port, and our vision is to the world’s most sustainable port. Want to work in a fast-paced environment using your skills to collaborate with dedicated people and benefit all Canadians? Join our team and connect your world to us.

Reporting to the Manager, Indigenous Relations, the Indigenous Relations Advisor is responsible for the port authority’s day-to-day engagement with Indigenous groups who share an interest in the lands and waters managed by the port authority. The incumbent is primarily responsible for developing and implementing meaningful strategies and initiatives in support of building productive and respectful relationships with Indigenous groups, and may be called upon to lead and/or support other Indigenous relations initiatives, including engagement on potential opportunities in the context of good governance.  

The incumbent proactively coordinates with colleagues responsible for engagement with Indigenous groups and other port authority departments to ensure consistent approach to Indigenous relations, and timely referral of opportunities and concerns more appropriately managed by those other departments.

This role will:
  • Develops and implements meaningful strategic outreach initiatives with Indigenous groups who share an interests in the lands and waters managed by the port authority.
  • Assists with the coordination of executive leadership team interactions with Indigenous representatives and groups, including preparing briefing materials.
  • Identifies opportunities for and supports the alignment of Indigenous interests with organizational business priorities, objectives and initiatives.
  • Develops and implements Indigenous engagement programs for port authority operational, policy, land acquisition/disposition as is appropriate or other matters unrelated to project and environmental review.
  • Provides advice and recommendations to port authority regarding Indigenous relations, such as economic opportunities and community investment supporting Indigenous communities.
  • Represents the port authority in meetings with Indigenous groups, tenants, stakeholders and/or other government agencies or departments on matters of Indigenous relations.
  • Perform other assigned duties as required

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in communications, Indigenous studies or another acceptable degree, combined with 4 years demonstrable experience developing complex Indigenous communications and consultation strategies around diverse projects and policy initiatives. Solid understanding of federal and provincial Indigenous consultation requirements and related environmental assessment standards. Exceptional research, writing and analytical skills. Established relationships with Indigenous groups whose traditional territories include the Lower Mainland and who share an interest in the lands and waters managed by the port authority. Experience with federal or provincial environmental assessment legislation and processes would be considered assets.

This position is ideal for a self-motivated individual with excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills, including tact, diplomacy and the ability to liaise effectively and positively with Indigenous groups’ staff and leadership, port authority staff and leadership, government representatives and other external contacts. Must possess the ability to analyze individual initiatives in the context of the bigger picture, identify issues, provide advice and escalate when necessary. Must demonstrate solid understanding of both good governance and legal objectives and obligations with respect to Indigenous Peoples. The incumbent will have an excellent command of the English language, both oral and written. Must be a team player with a customer service focus. Strong organizational skills and flexibility to perform multiple tasks are required.

Working Conditions
Normal office conditions with periodic evening, weekend and off-site work and some travel, particularly throughout the Lower Mainland and potentially to Southern Vancouver Island. Flexibility to occasionally respond to issues during non-working hours and/or to travel to attend meetings on short notice.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority offers a competitive total compensation package including an earned time off program.

If we have accurately captured your profile above, please apply on-line by visiting http://www.portvancouver.com/careers/ by June 28, 2019. (Please note this posting will remain open until filled.)

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is dedicated to employment equity and a workplace reflective of the diversity of our community. Applicants of Indigenous ancestry are encouraged to apply.

Organization: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): First Nations Relations
Posted: June 14, 2019, 1:47 pm
Expires: June 28, 2019, 4:30 pm

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