Expiry Date: 12-17-2014
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Fort Nelson First Nation
This position was previously posted as Chief Executive Officer, and previous recruitment campaign did not yield a successful candidate. The salary for this position is $105,000.00 annually, pendiing applicant qualifications.
Our Territory and Community
We are “the People of the Land” and we have occupied the lands of our traditional territory in the northeast of British Columbia for tens of thousands of years. Our connection with the land and the resources of our territory goes back many generations. We were, and still are, hunters and gatherers and we moved around the territory with the seasons, and with the animals that sustained our way of life and our livelihood.
Many generations of our men, women and children have lived and thrived in this area. We have a commitment, and an obligation, to care for and protect our rights, our lands, our waters, our animals and the whole ecosystem for future generations; but at the same time, we must create economic certainty for our people and balancing those interests are a daily challenge.
We are home to two linguistic groups – Dene and Cree, and we are one of 6 First Nation’s that belongs to Treaty 8. Located within the Northern Rockies region of the province, our traditional territory offers an abundance of wildlife and outdoor experiences – hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, boating and motorized recreation – set within northern plains that meet the majesty of the Northern Rockies, our unique positioning sets us apart.
With just over 700 members, and ten reserves, approximately 70 employees of various disciplines provide programs and services to assist the needs of our Nation. Our facilities include an administration office, justice department, independent school, daycare and headstart, lands office, adult learning centre, health centre, cultural arbor and capital works. Our staffs provide individual and group programs and services to promote individual and community wellness of our Nation.
Two boards operate at an arms-length: the Community Education Authority (CEA) oversees Chalo Independent School Society administration and staff, who provide education and care to over 100 enrolled students between pre 3 to grade 12. The Board of Economic Development oversees revenue producing ventures such as, Eh Cho Dene Enterprises LP, Liard Hotsprings Lodge Ltd., and various partnership enterprises. Our Chief Operating Officer communicates with and works with these Boards to ensure the consideration of the values and interests of Chief and Council and the Membership.
Employees of Fort Nelson First Nation are public servants who pride themselves on placing the health, safety and wellbeing of community members above all else. While working with this goal in mind we are also eager to embrace new and progressive approaches that support community advancements. If you are eager to work in an environment that embraces cultural approaches while supporting innovative thinking please submit your resume. To learn more about us, visit: www.fortnelsonfirstnation.org
Reporting to Chief and Council and working closely with senior officers and directors, and Boards and Committees, you have demonstrated long term career accomplishments providing expertise and leadership to First Nations governance. Your areas of strengths include strategic planning, policy development and implementation, and human capital management. You have the required key skills to liaise with external agencies and to direct the Nation’s strategy through the challenges you will confront in its implementation.
Your excellent knowledge and experience with governance, policy development, and change management will be essential to building upon our Nations success while furthering the evolution to a self-reliant Nation. As the successful candidate, you have the responsibility to ensure government policy, procedures and regulations are established and maintained as to provide Fort Nelson First Nation with a values-based organization from which goals can be achieved and the Nation’s vision realized.
Committed to the goals of Fort Nelson First Nation, while guiding a holistic and progressive organizational culture, you are a personable and approachable communicator, and successful at forging relationships and partnerships; you have the ability to take innovative ideas from concept to realization.
The keymandate is to ensure that the organization implements its long-range strategy to achieve its mission and organizational objectives.
The COO is responsible for taking the direction of Chief and Council for the development of the Nation, utilizing the departments and functions within the scope of the position. The COO is responsible for the ongoing success of operations and strategic planning. Internally, the COO will focus on the ongoing improvements of the organizations processes to ensure maximum communication and transparency. Externally, the COO will establish and maintain key long-term relationships with partners that enhance the organization’s representation for its members.
The COO is responsible for providing financial leadership by managing budgets and monitoring long-term strategic fiscal plans. The COO shall be responsible for the supervision of all departments. Working with the CFO and department directors, the COO shall also ensure legal and regulatory obligations are met for Fort Nelson First Nation’s compliance and reporting functions.
- Accountability • Communication • Organized • Critical/Strategic/Analytical
- Leadership • Ethics/Integrity • Innovative • Mediating and Negotiating
First Nations governance expertise is essential to this position which closely assists and advises Chief and Council.
- Keep the Council informed on the condition of the organization and all important influencing factors.
- Monitor legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to operations and reporting, ensuring compliance.
- Represent the views and goals of Fort Nelson First Nationgovernance to external agencies, organizations, and the general public.
- Ensure the maintenance of official records and documents, ensuring compliance with federal, provincial and local regulations.
- Attend public meetings and presentations on behalf of, and in conjunction with Chief and Council, with respect to local governance issues, and provide administrative information.
- Develop strategic policies, programs, organizational, and financial plans with Chief and Council, and carry out as authorized.
- On behalf of Chief and Council, maintain relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the Nation.
- Provide mediation and negotiation expertise to the work of governance, and senior officers and directors.
Business management expertise is essential to this position which is responsible for overseeing the operations of multiple differentiated departments; working in collaboration with officers and directors:
- Oversee staffing requirements (volunteer and paid staff) for organizational management and program delivery.
- Oversee the performance management processes for all staff.
- Monitor departmental performance against established goals to ensure that progress is being made, and that corrective action is taken if necessary.
- Oversee departmental spending, budgets, reports, evaluations.
- Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s employees, volunteers and clients, and property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.
Funding and Reporting
- Regular reporting of organization’s status against, and ability to meet, its strategic and operational objectives.
- Research funding sources; oversee the development of fundraising plans, and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization.
Strategic Planning and Policy development
- Participate with the Chief and Council in developing visions and strategic plans to guide the organization.
- Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization.
- Develop, monitor and maintain codes, policies, and procedures in compliance with governance and operations objectives.
- Work with managers and directors in preparing budgets; see that the organization and operates within budget guidelines.
- Work collaboratively with the CFO on finance matters and administration of contracts.
- Administer the funds of the organization according to approved budgets and monitor monthly cash flow.
- Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by Council.
- Investigate variances in budgets with managers and directors; deploy measures to resolve variances.
- Working in collaboration with arms-length Boards, ensure that Treaty Rights, First Nations Rights, and our values and principles and interests are always considered. The strategic plans and work plans of the Boards must align with the strategic plans set by the Membership and Chief and Council.
Other related duties as assigned by Chief and Council.
You have a formal education and background in First Nation’s governance, business management and human resources, and you are looking for a long term commitment. An understanding of First Nations history and aspirations, as well as First Nations management structures would be an asset.
- University degree in Governance and/or Business; BMgt. First Nations Governance, MBA, CPA and/or CHRP designations are preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a leadership role with a First Nations Government.
- Effective leadership skills, with a focus on mentoring and motivating an employee base of professionals.
- Ability to manage key constituent relationships; patrons, business partners, government agencies, and so on.
- Able to identify key issues; creatively and strategically overcome internal and external challenges or obstacles.
- Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation applicable to government organizations including: employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, employment benefits.
- Fiscal management strengths and responsibility; business finance, capital funding, contracts, and partnerships.
- Experience creating and managing budgets for a large, distributed organization.
- Experience in strategic planning and execution, contracting, negotiating, change, and risk management.
- Experienced diplomacy, negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills; respond appropriately in pressure situations with calm, steady demeanor; build positive relationships with all.
- Ability to participate in and facilitate group meetings; professional verbal/written communication.
- Identification and resolution skills; strong attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
- Knowledge of federal and provincial legislations.
- Effective attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
- High level of integrity, confidentially, and accountability.
- Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization, and execution skills.
- Experience creating and managing budgets for a large, distributed organization.
- High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
- Clean criminal records check.
- Valid driver’s license.
Closing Date: Open until filled with suitable candidate. Start date: Negotiable. Please state your First Nations governance, organizational management and human capital philosophies, as well as anticipated salary, in your cover letter. All applicants will be responded to. Fort Nelson First Nation is a progressive organization offering an incredible work environment, competitive salary packages, extended medical, dental and vision, pension plan, professional development and career advancement opportunities. To forward your resume, respond to:
Cathy Hooper, Human Resources Officer
Fort Nelson First Nation
R.R. #1, Mile 295, Alaska Highway
Fort Nelson, B.C. V0C 1R0
Fax: (250) 774-7260
A Nation. A People. Strong, Healthy, Proud & Self-reliant.
Dated Posted: October 17, 2014