Chief Administrative Officer

Williams Lake Indian Band

Williams Lake Indian Band

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)  

The Opportunity:
After the retirement of a long serving Chief Administrative Officer, the Williams Lake Indian Band (“WLIB”) now has its sights set on a creative and seasoned leader from First Nations government or local government, who will continue the Chief and Council’s successful work and bring the WLIB to yet another new level.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a past career filled with innovative solutions and a history of collaboration skills with all levels of government. The successful candidate must have the ability to understand and address complex issues in relation to public infrastructure, land use planning and land management, education, social services, and a variety of other topics.  Furthermore, the successful candidate should also have knowledge, expertise and appreciation of First Nations culture; and a desire to advance the well-being of Indigenous people.   

As the WLIB has numerous business operations and is aggressively pursuing opportunities in the area of economic development, strong private sector experience will also be considered along with the above.

This Chief Administrative Officer position is an incredible opportunity to partner with a skillful and experienced Chief and Council; and to demonstrate your substantial public sector skills in a unique and beautiful setting.

The Location:
Located adjacent to the City of Williams Lake, the Williams Lake Indian Band Lands consist of eight distinct Reserves, totaling 1927 hectares. The largest and most populous of these Reserves, WLIB IR#1, is approximately 10 km southeast of the Williams Lake City core along Highway 97.  This beautiful community, colloquially referred to as “Sugar Cane,” overlooks Williams Lake and is blessed with beautiful views and immense development potential.   

WLIB is on the verge of an exciting time. Already very successful in the area of economic development, WLIB recently had a long-standing land claim resolve in it favour at the Supreme Court of Canada, and WLIB is now in the process of quantifying the value of the claim.  WLIB’s various business enterprises involve land development, forestry, professional services, and retail.  

The City of Williams Lake has a core population of approximately 11,000 and is the hub of the Central Interior, with the Cities of Kamloops and Prince George within easy striking distance to the south and north. Well-planned and affordable, the City of Williams Lake has many of the amenities available in larger centres, with a wealth of recreational and lifestyle activities for those who enjoy exploring the outdoors.  Amongst the many benefits of living in the Cariboo, there is easy access to world class biking, hiking, riding, fishing and camping.  There is a modern and recently upgraded aquatic facility and recreation complex, regional airport, skating and curling rinks, soccer facilities and several golf courses.  Recently, the Province of British Columbia announced that it will be embarking on a major $217 million upgrade to Williams Lake’s Cariboo Memorial Hospital in 2020, ensuring that the City will have first class health care for decades to come.

Executive search consultant Jim Craven of James R. Craven & Associates ( has prepared a Supplementary Information Package for interested persons with all the information you will need to begin preparing your resume. The package is available by request at or by phone at 250-744- 9455.

This competition closes 5:00 pm PST on Monday, September 9, 2019.

Organization: Williams Lake Indian Band
Location: Williams Lake, BC
Region: North Central / Cariboo
Professional Category(s): Chief Administration
Posted: August 7, 2019, 1:30 pm
Expires: September 9, 2019, 5:00 pm

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