Director, Public Works

Tsleil Waututh Nation

Tsleil-Waututh Nation

People of the Inlet 

Director, Public Works

Permanent, Full-time
Public Works Department

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation People currently reside on the North Shore of Vancouver, BC. Since time immemorial we have occupied Village sites all around səl̓ilẃət, also known as Burrard Inlet. This is how we have come to be the People of the Inlet. Revitalization is important at Tsleil-Waututh, where you will see our language, culture, and stewardship of the lands and waters returned to our people and we are once again prospering the same way our Ancestors had for so many years. We are one of the most progressive Nations in North America because we have deep cultural and spiritual roots, as well as a great affinity for the land and water. This is reflected in our work and interaction with the world at large. Working with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a unique opportunity as you will experience the wealth of Culture and strength of business practices.

The Public Works Director plans, directs, coordinates, implements and evaluates all programs and activities in relation to Public Works Department. Provides expert professional assistance to the CAO and Chief and Council in areas of expertise, including civil and structural engineering, land use planning, housing,, grounds and facilities maintenance. Oversees the administration building operations and is responsible for negotiating leasehold agreements, Maintains internal and external communications related to public works, reserve lands, leaseholder inquiries, reserve / non-reserve boundary interface and resource issues. Oversees and administers grant and funding applications from various sources. Other responsibilities include policy and law development and administration of program planning related to public works, reserve lands and resources within a fiscally responsible framework.


  • First Nations Cultural Competency
  • Solution and Results Focused
  • Customer Focus
  • Transformative Leadership
  • Communication
  • Ethics & Integrity
  • Team Work
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Mediating and Negotiating
  • Energy & Stress Resiliency
  • Political Astuteness
  • Quality Orientation
  • Decision Making without Judgment
  • Time, Budget & Staff Management
  • Development & Continual Learning
  • Planning & Organizing
  • Accountability & Dependability
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Creative and Innovative Thinking


  • Direct staff and coordinate all programs and activities in the Public Works Department in accordance with TWN’s goals, plans, laws, bylaws and policies, including:
    • capital projects,
    • infrastructure,
    • social housing,,
    • building inspection processes,
    • building and facility development and maintenance,
    • utilities,
    • on-reserve land and resource management,
    • planning of programs, overseeing land use, environmental and physical planning
    • development reviews & inspections
    • First Nation land registration system,
    • bylaw development, analysis, and enforcement,
    • managing community recreational assets.
  • Supervise staff and programs to ensure TWN government assets and services and the department run smoothly and efficiently.
  • Manage responsibly expenditures and capital projects to ensure that budgets and financial policies are followed and to ensure maximum value to the TWN community.
  • Review and analyze departmental activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine progress toward stated goals and objectives.
  • Develop and implement administrative and operational policies and procedures and multi-year strategic plans and yearly work-plans.
  • Develop budgets for all public works programs and administer approved budgets.
  • Ensure the accuracy and timeliness of all Public Works Department reporting.
  • Coordinates the department’s staff reports to Chief and Council & attends Council regularly
  • Foster and maintain sound working relationships with TWN departments and staff, surrounding governments, and key stakeholders in relation to TWN lands, resources, infrastructure and public services.
  • Negotiate and administer service agreements and other contracts.
  • Research and negotiate agreements related to alienated reserve lands and resources.
  • Liaise with leasehold developers and corporations and responds to leaseholder concerns.
  • Lead related consultation processes with the community, lessees and others.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of government and private funding initiatives that may impact TWN land, resources or infrastructure.
  • Seek new sources of revenue to sustain activities of the Department and TWN.
  • Perform other related duties, as required.


  • Responsible for the direction, coordination, and evaluation of the department, including supervising Public Works managers, employees and contractors in accordance with TWN goals, plans, laws, bylaws, policies and other applicable laws.
  • Oversees the Lands and Housing Offices. Acts as TWN’s Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and also acts as the Manager of Lands in the absence of the Manager of Lands


  • Civil Engineer preferred with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Asset Management, Project Management, or equivalent. Master’s Degree considered a strong asset.
  • Seven (7) + years of experience in managing capital projects, developing and implementing strategic plans, policies, laws and/or bylaws, planning, and consultation processes.
  • Minimum five (5) years of managerial or supervisory experience, budget management, and previous experience working within a Coast Salish Nation, First Nation community, or organization.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License.
  • Must successfully pass a Criminal Record Check.


  • Knowledge of building systems is an asset
  • Experience in effectively presenting written and oral presentations and responding to questions from senior managers, staff and/or the general public.
  • Knowledge of land, environmental and resource planning principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of federal government capital funding programs and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the First Nations Land Management regime.
  • Knowledge of construction techniques and contracting practices.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to:
  • Speak and write effectively and accessibly;
  • Present information and respond to questions in a respectful and accessible manner;
  • Manage emotional clients or difficult situations; and;
  • Seek ‘win-win’ solutions.
  • Understanding of First Nations, Coast Salish people current and historical culture, particularly Tsleil-Waututh Nation is essential.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office Programs and the Internet.

Physical Demands:

  • Significant desk work with long periods of manual dexterity activities.
  • Occasional field work in variable weather.

Mental Focus:

  • Must synthesize complex and diverse information.
  • Must remain calm, professional, objective, and constructive, even when faced with hostility.
  • Attention to detail, high degree of accuracy with strong organizational skills.
  • Must model adherence to established systems and processes.
  • Highly-developed ability to work under pressure.
  • Responds quickly to rapidly changing priorities, using innovation and resourcefulness.
  • Must keep the good of the whole community in mind at all times.
  • Adherence to timelines.
  • Strong focus on client service excellence and accessible communications.
  • Provide detailed and comprehensive strategic advice with little notice.

Working Environment:

  • Work independently in a business office environment and occasionally in the field.
  • Engagement with community, staff, council, various types and levels of government and non-government organizations, and other First Nations.
  • Dynamic environment with multiple demands and constant interruptions.
  • Highly sensitive legal, confidential and political issues, and environment.
  • Occasional and irregular meetings outside normal office hours.


  • Training and career development
  • Business casual office
  • Community fitness & gym access
  • Comprehensive group benefits plan & pension plan

Closing Date: February 4, 2020

Apply by email with your cover letter and resume to:

Or mail your cover letter and resume to:
Tsleil-Waututh Nation Human Resources
3178 Alder Court, North Vancouver, BC V7H 2V6
Reference “Public Works Director” in the subject line.

Please also indicate “Self-Identified”, if you are voluntarily identifying yourself as First Nations or Aboriginal.

We thank you for your interest in advance.
Please be aware that only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Organization: Tsleil Waututh Nation
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Public Works & Operations
Posted: January 16, 2020, 10:55 am
Expires: February 4, 2020, 4:30 pm

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