Director of Métis Rights Negotiations & Justice - Metis Nation British Columbia


Métis Nation British Columbia

Director of Métis Rights Negotiations & Justice


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 Director of Métis Rights Negotiations and Justice.

Reporting to the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO), the Director serves as a strategic liaison and conducts negotiations on behalf of MNBC with other Métis, Indigenous and non-Indigenous local, provincial, and national governments, and organizations. The role requires a high degree of diplomacy, tact, and discretion regarding issues concerning Métis rights, interests, and justice. The position is responsible for ensuring a consistent, strategic, and pragmatic approach to negotiating mandates which focus on advancing Métis Nation BC’s objectives with respect to justice and rights.    

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Leads the development of innovative frameworks on a wide variety of topic areas that have multi- jurisdictional components, including working across governments to achieve MNBC’s goals and objectives.
  • Represents the interests of MNBC in processes with other governments when negotiating agreements, protocols, and developing fiscal and other coordinated arrangements to address the mutual needs of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participates in a number of inter-governmental committees and working groups formed with key partners such as the Métis National Council and provincial and federal governments.
  • Supervises a team of technical experts and advisors, and is responsible for recruitment and selection, coaching and managing staff performance, providing direction, and ensuring resources are aligned with strategic priorities.
  • Identifies and anticipates negotiation issues, establishes their scope through consultation, and facilitates resolution.
  • Resolves highly complex problems involving in-depth reviews of a range of issues and negotiates resolutions and/or makes recommendations to the CPRO.
  • Leads the development of partnerships, protocols, and/or agreements with other ministries, agencies, governments, and institutions to resolve complex issues.
  • Monitors trends and emerging issues, adjusts plans and priorities, and makes recommendations based on the understanding of inherent Métis rights, interests, and claims.
  • Responsible for 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.
  • Provides objective advice and guidance to the CPRO through the development of comprehensive briefing materials.


THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • A post-secondary degree in a related discipline such as Public Administration, Law, Political Science, Indigenous Studies, or another related field. Relevant graduate degree preferred.
  • A minimum of five (5) years experience leading complex, multi-party negotiations/engagements with Métis, Indigenous, provincial, and/or federal governments, or comparable experience leading negotiations in matters of similar profile and significance.
  • A minimum of three (3) years experience leading planning, coordination, and managing complex projects and work assignments.
  • 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 utilize strong interpersonal skills to deal with others effectively
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and work with minimal supervision


OTHER COMMENTS 

  • 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 “Director of Métis Rights, Negotiations, and Justice” in the subject line of email. Please send your resume and cover letter to:
Kayla Brow
Executive Coordinator to the CEO
Métis Nation British Columbia
Email: Kbrow@mnbc.ca

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.


Organization: Metis Nation British Columbia
Location: Surrey, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): First Nations Relations, Policy & Research
Posted: August 5, 2022, 2:24 pm
Expires: September 5, 2022, 4:30 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree
Job Experience: 5 years or more

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