Chief Public Affairs Officer - Metis Nation British Columbia
Métis Nation British Columbia
Chief Public Affairs Officer
POSITION: PERMANENT FULL-TIME (37.5 hours per week)
LOCATION: Provincial Office – Station Tower (13401 – 108th Avenue, Surrey)
CLOSES: Posting will remain open until filled and will close without notice
ABOUT MÉTIS NATION BRITISH COLUMBIA
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) develops and enhances opportunities for our Métis communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services. Through teamwork, respect, dedication, accountability, integrity, and professionalism, MNBC strives to build a proud, self- governing, sustainable Nation in recognition of inherent rights for our Métis citizens, assisting in the delivery of services based on policy, process, and specified regulations.
MNBC’s Employer of Choice Initiatives offers employees a competitive total compensation package including:
- comprehensive group benefit package or health-care spending account and enrollment in the Municipal Pension Plan
- 15 paid days per year for statutory and cultural days (Indigenous Peoples Day, Truth and Reconciliation Day, & Louis Riel Day)
- carpool, parking & public transit subsidies (Provincial Office only)
- educational spending account and professional development allowances to provide annual funding to continue lifelong learning and skills upgrade.
- remote workplace supports.
- internal advancement & redeployment opportunities
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
We are seeking a highly motivated, team-orientated individual to join our executive leadership team as the Chief Public Affairs Officer.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Public Affairs Officer is accountable for leading the development and management of strategic engagement activities across a broad portfolio including intergovernmental affairs, justice and Métis rights, environmental protection, economic development, and natural resources. The position leads strategic engagement and negotiations with the provincial and federal government, industry organizations, First Nations, and other sector entities to support key initiatives and priorities. The position works closely with the leadership team in the refinement, design, and integration of organization wide, cross-team systems and processes to ensure alignment and increased operational efficiency.
The Chief Public Affairs Officer leads the following strategic functions:
Leadership and Sector Strategy
- Provides leadership, coaching, and oversight to a team of senior level directors with a focus on relationships, economic partnerships, Métis rights, and the environment.
- Leads and oversees the management of the First Nations Engagement Strategy.
- Represents MNBC’s interests in processes at the local, provincial, and federal government levels to negotiate agreements, rights, develop economic, and/or other arrangements.
- Engages with industry and industry associations to build and create relationships with stakeholders across the portfolio.
- Develops, in collaboration with the executive management team, operating plans that support MNBC’s long-term strategic objectives.
- Assists the executive management team in developing and overseeing the long-term business strategies for the organization.
- Fosters a culture that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion, promotes ethical practices, ensures a citizen-centered approach, and encourages individual integrity.
- Leads engagement to connect employees to the vision and strategic plan and ensures a healthy organizational culture.
- Develops comprehensive strategies focused on the overall advocacy activities of the organization.
- Provides advice on important strategic, policy, and legal issues to the CEO and/or board and works collaboratively with a wide range of First Nations, Indigenous Governing bodies, organizations, and other levels of government as well as internal and external partners and stakeholders.
- Liaises with government officials and stakeholders to exchange information, prepare deliverables, and coordinate meetings.
- Develops and oversees relationships with Indigenous communities and seeks out strategic opportunities related to reconciliation and/or UNDRIP.
- Exercises advanced political acumen and critical thinking skills to identify risks and leverage opportunities that can be addressed through organizational planning, and/or creative partnerships.
Justice and Métis Rights
- Develops and maintains expertise with respect to reconciliation objectives and obligations under UNDRIP and section 35, related federal and provincial legislation, policies and procedures, the interests, priorities and cultural perspectives of Métis people and the nation, and the status of strategic rights discussions between the provincial and federal governments.
- Supports MNBC’s efforts to negotiate a self-government agreement with Canada.
- Develops and maintains a range of justice services that align with the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Leads justice measures that are culturally specific and incorporate Métis values, traditions, and culture.
- Establishes working relationships and partnerships to provide support and advocacy to Métis Citizens in need of justice support.
- Leads and oversees the development of policy, legislation, and/or negotiating mandates to advance MNBC’s environmental protection priorities. This may require the incorporation of Métis interests/perspectives and the province’s obligations, including initiatives that significantly re-shape climate action policy and/or legislation in a manner that reflects MNBC’s priorities, and inclusion of Métis perspectives.
- Leads policy, legislative or other initiatives, and/or negotiations to address issues relating to MNBC’s interests as they intersect with government and Nation to Nation clean energy and climate action objectives.
- Makes, or oversees the development of presentations and advice to the Minister, CEO/Deputy Minister, and/or other government officials.
Economic Development and Natural Resources
- Oversees analysis on economic and resource related issues and provides strategic policy advice and recommends options to reconcile MNBC’s broader economic and natural resource objectives.
- Builds and maintains relationships with Indigenous Nations leadership, groups and/or organizations to stimulate information sharing and encourage future economic opportunities and/or partnerships.
- Builds and maintains relationships with senior level executive stakeholders, both internal and external, from other Ministries, industry, stakeholder organizations and regulatory bodies.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
- A Master’s degree in a related discipline such as Natural Resource Management, Economic Development, Economics, Aboriginal Studies, Law, or Business/Public Administration and at least eight (8) years related leadership experience in a similar organization. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
- At least five (5) years’ experience leading complex, multi-party negotiations/engagements with First Nations and/or the provincial/federal government, or comparable experience leading negotiations in matters of similar profile and significance.
- Demonstrated experience leading, planning, coordinating, and managing diverse teams, complex projects, and work assignments.
- Knowledge and/or awareness of the historical and contemporary contributions made by Métis people in B.C.
- Experience and knowledge of policy development, project management, and strategic planning and performance management.
- Excellent communication skills, with a demonstrated clarity in communicating complex concepts; ability to prepare, and present complex issues.
- Experience working in sensitive positions demanding confidentiality, discretion, independence, objectivity, and adhering to ethical guidelines.
- Ability to successfully manage and stitch together organizational agendas and priorities.
- Other duties may be assigned as needed to help ensure the efficient operation of MNBC.
- There will be a need to attend meetings and events which may require work and travel outside of the normal business hours.
- Ability to provide a satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
- Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s license and access to reliable personal vehicle for work purposes.
The above requirements are what MNBC is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change based on needs.
Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants who self- identify as Aboriginal (First Nation, Métis or Inuit). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
PLEASE NOTE THAT CANDIDATES MUST APPLY using “Chief Public Affairs Officer” in the subject line of email. Please send your resume and cover letter to:
Executive Coordinator to the CEO
Métis Nation British Columbia
MNBC is committed to promoting the health, safety, and well-being of all staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our employees and Chartered Communities is paramount, and vaccination against COVID-19 is a key public measure to reduce the spread and severity of the virus and its variants. As such, all employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Candidates for employment must provide Proof of Vaccination, to be verified by Human Resources, as a mandatory condition of their employment.