First Nations Relations Coordinator

Website Capital Regional District

First Nations Relations Coordinator
Corporate Services – First Nations Relations
Competition 21/103
Status Regular Full time
Hours of Work 70 hours bi-weekly
Rate of Pay $36.24 – $41.13 per hour
Review of applications begins 4:00pm on May 31, 2021

Summary
Under the direction of the Manager, the First Nations Relations Coordinator provides support and coordination in the implementation of the organization’s initiatives with regards to outreach, engagement and relationship-building with First Nations.

In accordance with Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to qualified people with First Nations ancestry. Candidates who wish to qualify for preferential consideration are encouraged to self-identify as such in their application.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Builds and maintains working relationships with First Nations on whose territory the CRD operates.
• Responds to enquiries and requests for support and guidance from First Nations staff, Chiefs and Councils and other First Nations community members regarding CRD activities, governance, policies and working groups.
• Provides support to the First Nations Relations division to achieve corporate mandates with regards to First Nations relations.
• Liaises with CRD staff to help build understanding between First Nations’ interests and CRD responsibilities.
• Provides support and guidance to CRD staff implementing and adapting policies and procedures in line with the CRD’s statement of reconciliation.
• Supports the First Nations Relations Committee of the CRD Regional Board, and responds to requests and actions directed by the committee.
• Arranges for correspondence, follow-up and referrals out to First Nations on CRD projects
• Assists with grant funding applications and letters of support.
• Provides administrative support to the First Nations Relations division including responding to calls and enquiries, drafting and editing correspondence and documents, tracking and following up on tasks. Maintains record of engagement with First Nations if required for specific projects.
• Organizes outreach, education, and relationship-building events.
• Assists with the design and delivery of internal training and presentations for CRD staff.
• Undertakes a variety of project activities, including serving as project lead where assigned.
• Assists with the research and writing of staff and program reports.
• Follows all policies, procedures and standards of the CRD.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications
• Degree in Political Science, planning, Indigenous Governance, Public Administration or related, and a minimum of three years’ directly related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
• Valid and unrestricted Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence.
• Training and/or lived experience in cultural safety.
• Demonstrated appreciation of history and culture of peoples in the region; understanding of contemporary issues and aspirations of First Nations governments with whom the CRD interacts.
• Established relationships with Indigenous Peoples in the region would be an asset.
• Flexibility to occasionally attend community events during evenings and weekends.
• Extensive knowledge of local First Nations.
• Demonstrated experience working with Indigenous Peoples.
• Understanding of and a proven ability to demonstrate respect for First Nations culture, traditions and protocols.
• Ability to build and establish respectful, reciprocal relationships with Indigenous Peoples and CRD staff.
• Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and customer service skills are required.
• Ability to be a good listener and navigate difficult conversations in ways that build understanding and help continue dialogue.
• Proficiency with research and basic analysis.
• Excellent writing skills including the ability to write reports, draft letters and assist in drafting training materials.
• Comfortable working in an office setting.
• Ability to take initiative, problem solve, use good judgment, plan and organize work
• Ability to coordinate a variety of responsibilities under time constraints and with minimum supervision, while maintaining a high level of attention to detail and prioritizing appropriately to meet deadlines.
• Ability to work as part of a team.
• Ability to work cross-departmentally and inter-jurisdictionally across a variety of disciplines
• Proficiency and experience with word processing (MS Word), spreadsheets (MS Excel), presentation (MS PowerPoint), and Outlook.

Applications
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit your resume and covering letter online at www.crd.bc.ca under “Careers”.

The CRD thanks you for your interest and advises only those candidates under active consideration will be contacted.

To apply for this job please visit www.crd.bc.ca.