Manager, Indigenous Relations
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Main Purpose and Function
The Indigenous Relations Manger works closely with Mayor & Council, City Clerk, General Managers, Directors, senior staff and City agencies and plays a criterial role in managing the City of Vancouver’s overall approach to government relations with the three local First Nations, Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
The Manager acts as resource to the City’s Business Units in the implementation of Council’s strategic direction moving towards a ‘City of Reconciliation’, as well as implementation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations relevant to municipal government. The City of Vancouver is committed to advancing reconciliation, equity, and anti-racism for all people in Vancouver.
The successful candidate will oversee the conduct of complex projects and policy files, including coordination and direction of other staff/teams and external resources assigned to support the City’s government to government relationships with MST.
The City is seeking a strategic thinker who possesses extensive knowledge and understanding of Indigenous communities in Metro Vancouver, issues, relations and interactions between First Nations, City of Vancouver and Urban Indigenous communities.
Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
Reporting to the Director, Intergovernmental Relations and Strategic Partnerships, the Manager will work closely with external partners including the three local First Nations: Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (collectively referred to as MST) and the urban Indigenous communities at large. The Manager will work collaboratively across City divisions and agencies to build strong relationships with First Nations and other government partners to support Council direction and advance the City’s strategic interests.
- Ensuring the City continues progress on its reconciliation commitments
- Provides vision, leadership and strategic guidance to City’s Business Units, City Staff and other partners and stakeholders in relation to advancing priority policies, projects and programs with MST;
- Provides evaluation, research, policy development and project management guidance to a variety of city initiatives that involve diverse partners and stakeholders, including City Council, senior management, corporate and department colleagues;
- Supports Council, City Manager’s Office and General Managers in strengthening relationships with MST;
- Monitor and review regional, provincial, federal policies, legislation and programs so the City can foster relationships, leverage opportunities and advance its policy objectives locally, regionally, nationally and internationally;
- Creates an environment of collaboration, teamwork and innovation to support the achievement of the City’s strategic objectives within the Reconciliation framework;
- Builds partnerships (internal and external) and introduces new concepts from across or outside the City that add value to the organization;
- Provides leadership, direction, advice and guidance to staff acquiring cultural competency in hiring and working with Indigenous colleagues;
- Prepares reports for the City Leadership Team, City Council, and other stakeholders and makes presentations and conducts public workshops, as required;
- Chairs and/or facilitates public and staff meetings as required; and,
- Other projects and responsibilities as required.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Education and Experience:
- University degree in public administration or public policy or related discipline and/or a graduate degree in public administration or public policy or related discipline is preferred, or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.
- Minimum of 6 years demonstrated experience in a field of work that involves Indigenous relations contexts (for example policies, law, MBA Indigenous Business Leadership)
- Considerable experience in major strategies and research;
- Diverse professional experience including private and public sector government experience where programs and initiatives were advanced through collaborative relations;
- Experience providing advice to senior staff and elected officials;
- Experience and skills in project management, major research and writing of reports, strategies, and expertise in collaborative partnership approaches, governance and public engagement processes is critical;
- Experience managing and/or supervising staff and consultants is an asset.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge and understanding of the dynamics, issues, relations and interactions between First Nations, City of Vancouver and Urban Indigenous communities
- Considerable knowledge of, and demonstrated skills in, developing and implementing intergovernmental and partner relations plans that advance public policy objectives;
- Proven ability to take initiative, plan, organize, set goals and outcomes, create processes, accomplish and measure objectives and results;
- Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with a wide spectrum of internal and external partner groups and stakeholders both in the course of day-to-day business and in exceptional situations that may be controversial, stressful and highly dynamic;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and patience to deal tactfully with staff, elected officials and the public; a proven ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion; demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment under tight deadlines and constant change; and an ability to handle numerous projects simultaneously with minimal supervision;
- Ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team; to interact well with other employees, officials and the public; and to complete assignments in a high pressure, time-sensitive environment using sound professional techniques and independent judgment within the parameters of work assignments and municipal jurisdiction;
- Excellent verbal and written skills including preparation of reports and presentation of reports or other information to Council, advisory committee, senior managers and the public;
- Demonstrated understanding of the City of Vancouver’s policies programs and mandate is required
Business Unit/Department: Office of the City Manager
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Position Start Date: January 2021
Position End Date: October 2021
Application Close: November 18, 2020
At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff. If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our careers site.
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