Senior Director, Community Development

Squamish First Nation

Squamish First Nation

Senior Director, Community Development

Job No. 104056

Location: North Vancouver
Permanent Full-Time in North Vancouver

Closes: November 1, 2018 11:30 PM PST

About the Squamish First 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 Senior Director, Community Development to join our team in North Vancouver on a permanent full-time basis. Reporting to Council & Co-Chairs, the Senior Director, Community Development brings the community together and takes collective action to address the common challenges in the community and seeks the empowerment of the community.

He/She is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and direction in the planning, implementation and assessment of community development departments in education, employment & training, health, child and family services, language & culture, public works, housing, recreation, emergency services, membership services and more for Squamish Nation members.

The successful candidate will be skilled in leading and managing a team of directors in the Community Development branch of the Squamish Nation and will work closely with the SN Council to meet annual and long-term objectives set through the Community and Strategic Plan.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Works with Council and executive leadership to develop Strategic Community Plans.
  • Collaboratively with Community Development Directors, establishes annual and long-term department workplans.
  • Oversees management of Community Development Directors/Sr. Managers.
  • Works with Community Development Director, Finance Director, other executive level Directors and Squamish Nation Council to develop, monitor and review the sector’s annual budget and spending.
  • Works with Community Development Directors, relevant Council Committees and Squamish Nation Council to develop, revise, communicate and evaluate sector policies and processes.
  • Liaisons with other executive level Directors to ensure consistency in application of policies and processes to support and protect the Nation’s operational, financial and reputational excellence.
  • Participates on committees and/or assists sectors with financial, strategic and operational considerations associated with a wide range of programs, projects/initiatives or proposals.
  • Provides mentorship/coaching to support the development/learning of their Directors/Senior Managers.
  • Ensures Community Development Directors are meeting their objectives and ensures that the departments have the resources they require.
  • Develops and maintains a strong understanding/connection to the Squamish Nation culture and community.
  • Identifies gaps in service delivery to membership and trends in First Nations service provisions.
  • Prepares/presents briefing notes/reports to Council and SN Membership, as per established process/required.
  • Monitors KPIs of reporting departments, providing support/direction as required.
  • Represents Squamish Nation as per established process.
  • Supervises the health and safety of employees and adheres to workplace Health & Safety Policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of Squamish Nation Executive Leadership Teams.

The Ideal Candidate
To be successful in this role, you will have a Masters or Bachelor degree in Public Administration, Business, Leadership, Governance, Public Policy, FN Studies, Sociology, or a relevant/related field degree from a recognized post-secondary institution combined with a minimum of 10 years (with Masters/LLB/CPA or comparable relevant certification) or 15 years (with Bachelor degree) relevant/related experience in the majority of duties listed above.

Our ideal candidate will be an experienced manager with a track record of effectively developing, motivating and managing diverse and high-performing teams, establishing and completing objectives, and evaluating and managing performance to drive standards of excellence and deliver strong organizational outcomes.

The ideal candidate will also have:
  • Must have at least 5 years experience in an executive level management position with responsibility for 5 or more senior direct reports and 50 or more indirect reports.
  • Demonstrated exceptional communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills in a complex working environment.
  • Exposure to a First Nations administration/organization environment is an asset.
  • Experience reporting to a Board or Council is preferred.
  • Success with large budget management ($20 million minimum)
  • Experience as an advanced level user MS Office, the internet, etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is preferred.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5, Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle, current auto insurance and be willing to travel as required.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check as per Squamish Nation Policy.

As your career with Squamish Nation progresses, you may be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to leadership, staff management/development, budgeting, forecasting, managing cash flows, policy development, external funding, 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! 


Applicants can apply online at

Organization: Squamish First Nation
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Community Development
Posted: October 3, 2018, 3:15 pm
Expires: November 1, 2018, 11:30 pm

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