Manager of Research (Justice & Métis Rights) - Metis Nation British Columbia
Métis Nation British Columbia
Manager of Research (Justice & Métis Rights)
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 Ministry of Justice and Métis Rights team as the Manager of Research (Justice and Metis rights)
Reporting to the Director of Rights Negotiations and Justice, the Manager works in collaboration with their supervisor and other team members to support and lead projects or components of projects by conducting and analyzing research, writing evidence-based reports, developing briefing materials, and completing all tasks to support issues concerning Métis rights, interests, and justice. The Manager will be focused on strategic initiatives that advance Métis Nation BC’s goals and objectives as they relate to its justice and rights portfolio. This includes analyzing current and relevant policies, programs, legislation, and services; conducting evidence and jurisdictional reviews, drafting and reviewing reports, legislation, and other key research and reporting activities as needed.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Leads development of report outlines and frameworks, identifying key topics and components to advance MNBC’s goals and objectives, and makes recommendations on report content/organization and analytical approach.
- Researches and drafts report content, including sections and sub-sections on a variety of justice and rights topics as directed, applying secondary (literature) research methodologies, prioritizing both Indigenous research methods and Indigenous authors, collecting and compiling results, and incorporating them into report content. Includes data and other literature from a variety of sources, as well as trends in legislation and policy of other local, provincial, and national jurisdictions. Identifies and monitors implications, problems or opportunities and utilizes findings to develop written recommendations on policy direction.
- Drafts summaries, reports and/or report chapters, legislation, presentations, and briefing materials, and presents options and recommendations for the Director on issues arising from analytical studies, including the impact on Métis people in BC.
- Participates in a number of inter-government committees and working groups formed with key partners such as the Métis National Council and provincial and federal governments.
- Participates in consultative processes with stakeholders and other Indigenous governments to examine and negotiate on issues and to obtain feedback on proposed reporting initiatives and content.
- Monitors trends and emerging issues, adjusts plans and priorities, and makes recommendations based on the understanding of inherent Métis rights, interests, and claims.
- Provides objective advice and guidance to the Director through the development of comprehensive briefing materials.
- Supports the development of MNBC’s First Nation’s Engagement Strategy and accountable for fostering participation in consultations and negotiations with First Nations to create mutually beneficial partnerships.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
- Familiarity with the community and its applicable resources, both in the public and private sectors.
- A graduate/Ph.D. degree in a related discipline such as Public Administration, Law, Political Science, Indigenous Studies, or another related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
- A minimum of three (3) years experience with researching and writing, including writing critical literature reviews, writing evidence-based articles or chapters, and/or preparing written materials and/or legislation based on policy analysis.
- A minimum of one (1) year of experience managing projects, project teams, and/or components of projects.
- Knowledge and awareness of Métis Nation BC structures, legislation, and acts.
- Knowledge and/or awareness of the historical and contemporary contributions made by Métis people in BC.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
- Ability to lead, problem solve, and utilize team-building skills
- Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and work with minimal supervision
- Proven ability to utilize strong interpersonal skills to deal with others effectively
- 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 “Manager of Research ( Justice and Metis rights) ” 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.