Business Manager – Fisheries

Job Information
Author lheep
Date January 9, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Mama’omas Enterprises General Partner Inc.
Salary To be discussed - Per Hour
Location Vancouver, BC
Category Natural Resource
Client ‘Namgis First Nation
Contact Information


Mama’omas Enterprises General Partner Inc. has a unique part-time opportunity for an experienced fisheries manager to provide oversight, direction and leadership to a First Nation’s owned fishery company. If you pride yourself in being a results oriented individual and are looking to contribute your skills, knowledge and experience to make a difference in a progressive organization this may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

About Mama’omas Enterprises General Partner Inc.

Mama’omas Enterprises General Partner Inc. is the general partner of Mama’omas Limited Partnership which makes up the ‘Namgis First Nation’s fishery company. Its main business is to manage its fishing licences for the benefit of the ‘Namgis Nation and develop capacity in the ‘Namgis Nation.

About the ‘Namgis First Nation

The ‘Namgis First Nation has more than 1,700 members, with its main community located at Alert Bay, B.C., on Cormorant Island, adjacent to north Vancouver Island. It is easily accessible through the regular ferry service from Port McNeill. The ‘Namgis First Nation has a strong commitment to the environment, local opportunities, and is progressive in its approach to business:

The Opportunity

This position requires a commitment of approximately 40 hours per month with the opportunity to increase hours depending on operational needs and desired growth. The work can be done, in part, remotely with the need to be onsite as needed to participate in meetings, develop relationships and undertake occasional fieldwork. Flexibility with hours and travel to Alert Bay is required.

Reporting to the Board of Directors (the Board) the Business Manager will have overall responsibility for the effective operations of Mama’omas. Specific responsibilities include:


  • Provide general management and administration of the day-to-day operations of the organization including management and coordination of the leasing of Licenses in accordance with internal leasing policies, goals of MLP and with government regulations.
  • Search out new funding sources to support entrepreneurial activities

Strategic and Operational Planning:

  • Work to update and implement the corporate vision, goals and objectives
  • Prepare and present for Board approval annual operating and long-range financial plans
  • Implement and monitor annual operating and long term strategic plans

Business Development:

  • Evaluate new business opportunities and/or expansion of Mama’omas fisheries business with specific emphasis on risk assessment and corporate value to both generate income and employ community members through a timely due diligence process
  • Support Namgis entrepreneurs in the area of fisheries and participation in the full range of commercial fisheries

Capacity Building

  • Provide employment and capacity building opportunities to Namgis membership.
  • Liaise with the training / capacity building coordinator to ensure capacity building programs and initiatives are carried-out in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Work with the training / capacity building coordinator to secure additional funding and training opportunities.

Communications, Marketing and Reputation Management:

  • Build strong working relationships internally within the organization and externally with other organizations and individuals that could further Mama’omas’s goals
  • Interact, as appropriate, with Senior Management and/or Council of Namgis Nation
  • Support operations and the administration of the Board by informing, advising and interfacing between the Board, staff and community

Financial Reporting and Record Management:

  • Responsible for the management and the financial well- being of MLP
  • Manage / oversee all legal and regulatory matters as they apply to MLP
  • Ensure adequate financial and operational risk management processes are in place and operational
  • Ensure effective administration and management of contracts and expenses
  • Working with the Treasurer, prepare for approval the annual consolidated operating and capital budgets for MLP operations
  • Working with the Treasurer, prepare consolidated reports for the Namgis First Nation and present them, as appropriate, at community or Council meetings on a quarterly basis

Board and Board Committees:

  • Attend Board and committee meetings and assist the Board and its committees with their work
  • Provide leadership and support to the Board through regular meetings and written reports
  • Ensure that the Board is kept informed, as appropriate, about ongoing issues and initiatives
  • Work with Board to develop and implement a clear governance structure

The Qualifications

The ideal candidate will preferably have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Resource Management.

  • Understanding of First Nations culture, traditions and structures
  • Understanding of Fisheries regulations and License policies
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to build and maintain cooperative and productive relationships
  • Strategic thinking with the ability to assess opportunities and risks
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Strong negotiation and problem resolution skills
  • Strong inter-personal, written and oral communications skills

We offer competitive compensation and are flexible in the structuring of the employment arrangements for this unique opportunity. Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter and resume in confidence by January 27, 2017 to:

Linda Heep HR Consulting Services – Email:  Subject line: Mama’omas Resources Business Manager

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