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Senior Band Administrator

Job Information
Author marionj
Date December 7, 2016
Type Full Time
Company Namgis First Nations
Salary Based on experience - To Be Negotiated
Location Alert Bay, BC
Category Business / Management
Contact Information
Interested candidates should provide a cover letter stating why this position is of interest to them, previous related experience and a resume, along with salary expectations to: ‘Namgis First Nation PO BOX 210 Alert Bay, BC V0N1A0 Marion Janssen, Human Resources Consultant:

Senior Band Administrator

The community of Alert Bay has a population of approximately 1500 people (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal). Located in Johnstone Strait, off the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, we offer some of the world’s best fishing, whale watching, kayaking, and other outdoor pursuits. The community is also a growing centre for Aboriginal artistic expression in all forms including carving, dance, and other traditions.

Reporting to the Chief and Council, the Senior Band Administrator works in a leadership role providing guidance and support to various department managers within their area of expertise, including Finance, Human Resources, IT, Social Development and Housing.  The successful candidate will work strategically with the Chief and Council to ensure that all strategic initiatives are explored and implemented.   It is expected that the successful candidate will live at Alert Bay.

Responsibilities will include:


  • Mentor, coach and be a sounding board to the management team and other staff within the Nation.
  • Plan and effect change in the effective business operations of the Nation and its function within the community.
  • Provide insight and strategy for future planning of the Nation.
  • Leads and ensures discussion on succession planning process for all departments.


  • Provide effective leadership to all department heads in the administration of all of the Nations programs and policies.
  • Facilitate negotiations between the Nation and external agencies and works with various government ministries and departments to further the Band’s interests.
  • Ensure that all Band operations are conducted within relevant legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate development and implementation of policies, procedures and programs.
  • Ensure filing and record keeping systems are established and maintained.

Chief and Council Liaison

  • Prepare the agenda, information and resources for Band Council meetings.
  • Maintain and circulate minutes of Band Council Meetings.
  • Ensure decisions made by the Council are implemented and followed through.
  • Follow up and work with Council to plan and facilitate the Nations’ strategic plan for economic growth and development.


  • Minimum (5) five years’ experience at a senior supervisory management level working with a First Nations organization, and knowledge of First Nations governance.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in negotiations and conflict resolution.
  • Solid understanding of governance policies and practices and the roles and responsibilities of Council, Councilors and the Senior Administrator.
  • Understanding of human resource management including working knowledge of applicable legislation, regulations and laws, familiar with Canada Labour Code and the Indian Act.
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic environment and ability to lead and support others through change.


  • Master’s Degree in Business and/or Public Administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Experience and understanding of financial statements.
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