Job Posting 88260

Executive Director, Child & Family Services
Driftpile Cree Nation
Northern Alberta
closes in 14 days (Thu, 20 Oct)
full time

Driftpile Cree Nation (DCN) is a proud and culturally strong First Nation located between the towns of Slave Lake from the west, and High Prairie from the east, approximately 340 km northwest of Edmonton. The Nation is nestled on the south shore of Lesser Slave Lake. As the second-largest lake entirely within the Alberta boundaries Lesser Slave Lake is a stunning destination for birders and wildlife enthusiasts. We are signatory to Treaty 8 and a member of the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Council and as stewards of the land, we will ensure that the best sustainable practices are followed, now and in the future.  As a dynamic and vibrant community, DCN strives to continue to develop with the support of our management, Chief and Council and from the contributions of our Nation members. We are dedicated to delivering services that continually improve the community through improvements in social programs and infrastructure projects.

DCN is asserting jurisdiction over child and family services for registered Nation members starting with prevention services. DCN Child and Family Services Program (CFS Program) will focus on prevention and early intervention and will ensure that Nation member children receive culturally appropriate services and grow up immersed in their community and culture. The Nation’s CFS Program is community-based and family-oriented to provide the care, protection and well being of all Driftpile children in a preventative manner to promote the healing of all children, families and community. A coordinated, holistic, interdisciplinary approach is the foundation of the Program to meet the developmental needs of children, youth and families with respect to their cultural identity, customs and traditions, beliefs and values.

JOB OVERVIEW: As a member of management and reporting to the CAO, the Executive Director will be responsible for the overall management of a CFS program that will initially provide prevention services to DCN. They will provide expert specialized advice, consultation, and support to the delivery system, the CFS program, other DCN partners and various stakeholders. This position analyzes children's issues and trends as well as identifies and shares best practices from Alberta and other jurisdictions to help communities achieve quality services. The Executive Director works closely with First Nation Leaders and Government Liaison's in promoting practices in the field that enhance service quality and good outcomes for
children.  DCN will be enacting its own child and family services legislation for all its members both on and off reserve, and will be incorporating a Society to implement it. It is expected that the Executive Director will then be employed by the Society to run a comprehensive CFS Program honoring a cultural and family centered approach. The service delivery model will include taking children into care as well as prevention programs both on and off reserve.



  • Ensure the services delivered are consistent with the vision, mission and core values of DCN Child & Family Services.
  • Administers, monitors, and evaluates the effective delivery and implementation of the Driftpile CFS Program.
  • Recruits and supervises the child and family services prevention team.
  • Manages the financial responsibilities to ensure appropriate administration of the CFS budget.
  • Acts as the liaison between Driftpile CFS, the Driftpile membership, the relevant federal and provincial government departments and other agencies as required.
  • The Executive Director of CFS is a key team member and may be asked to carry out other duties and activities related
    to the effectiveness and the successful implementation of the CFS program.


  • Post-secondary education in the field of Social Services; BSW minimum, HBSW or MSW preferred
  • 10 years + Executive Director Management experience with a demonstrated ability to lead and energize multi-level work teams to respond and get results
  • Knowledge and experience in strategic planning, legislative and policy development; in depth knowledge of issues, practices and management of CFS and the impact on children and families; services to children, family dynamics and an understanding of the sensitive situations families experience
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software including Excel (spreadsheets and pivot tables), PowerPoint, database application and e-mail, team meetings, and video conferencing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi task and meet deadlines and work without direct supervision
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License and clean drivers abstract
  • Fluency in Cree is an asset
  • CPIC & IRC required

SALARY: Salary commensurate with education and years of experience.

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