Job Posting 72686

Director of Indigenous Government Relations
Métis Nation British Columbia
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
13401 108 Ave, Surrey, BC V3T 5T4
closes in 23 days (Sat, 28 Aug)
full time

PERMANENT FULL-TIME POSITION (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.

 

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

 

We are seeking a highly motivated, team-orientated individual to join our Ministry of Public
Affairs team as a Director of Indigenous Government Relations.
Reporting to the Chief Public Affairs Officer, the primary objective of the role is to advance our
priorities in developing government-to-government relationships between Métis Nation British
Columbia and Indigenous Governments.

 

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
✓ 14 paid days per year for statutory and cultural days (Indigenous People 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


KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Research and Policy
• Monitoring, identifying and analyzing legislative developments and government
priorities that could affect MNBC’s organizational objectives
• Conducting research to determine which trends may positively or negatively impact
MNBC or our objectives in light of government priorities, developments and trends.
• Actively working with Indigenous government officials to promote MNBC, its
priorities and its key policy initiatives.
• Ensuring briefing notes are prepared for meetings with the MNBC Board of Directors
or Indigenous Government Leaders.
• Working collaboratively with colleagues to coordinate their participation in
government meetings and briefings as appropriate.
• Writing, reviewing, evaluating and approving documents, briefs and reports.
• Ensuring MNBC staff, volunteers or officials who interact with Indigenous
governments at an operational level are appropriately aware of emerging issues and opportunities
that may affect their interactions
• Educating relevant stakeholders about MNBC’s key messages/strategies per 2021-2024
Strategic Plan.

 

Relationships
• Building relationships with Indigenous government leaders/officials and facilitating
relationship building between elected representatives and MNBC to raise understanding of and
support for MNBC.
• Networking and developing relationships with Indigenous government bodies, including
agencies, boards and commissions, in order to advance MNBC priorities.
• Maintaining MNBC’s intergovernmental initiatives, including relationships with
Indigenous leaders in relation to Métis interests.
• Maintaining positive and productive working relationships on behalf of the MNBC, at
an officials’ level, with Indigenous government bodies.
• Managing the relationship with external contractors or consultants.
• Establishing and maintaining positive and productive working relationships with
other MNBC Ministries
• Working in collaboration with MNBC leadership, MNBC citizens, and MNBC contractors
on related projects.
• Representing MNBC or acting as a liaison as necessary in meetings with Indigenous
governments.

 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

 

• Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Law or other relevant program from a
recognized university or college, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• A post-graduate degree (i.e. Master’s) in Public Administration or a related field
is preferred.
• Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working or interacting with federal, provincial
municipal and Indigenous governments.
• Demonstrated experience in effective policy development.

• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and in partnership with government
and other stakeholders.
• High degree of technology literacy and proficiency in standard office equipment.
• Knowledge of the Métis and/or Indigenous policy issues, or demonstrated ability to
quickly acquire and expand their knowledge of Métis specific matters is a definite asset.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced multi-issue environment, serving a wide
range of varied internal and external interests.
• Demonstrated ability to identify key stakeholders and build a plan to establish and
maintain effective relationships with same.
• Demonstrated understanding of government processes and protocol.
• High degree of political awareness and appropriate interpersonal skills required
when dealing with government partners and other internal and external stakeholders.
• Strong advocacy skills.
• Significant skill and experience speaking to a variety of audiences.
• Ability to communicate effectively via phone and videoconference as well as in
person, in English; bilingualism (English/French) is an asset.
• Detail-oriented and results-focused, with strong problem-solving and analytical
skills, as well as superior organization skills and time/priority-management.
• Ability to work alone/independently with minimal supervision as well as
collaboratively as part of a team.
• Able to work extended hours or on weekends as required.
• Able to obtain and maintain a valid British Columbia driver’s license.
• Willing and able to travel, at times, with overnight stays in other communities.
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.

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