Regional Coordinator, Sector Transformation – Short Term Contract – Part time (6 months)
The First Nations Technology Council is seeking 3 highly organized individuals with experience in community engagement and with a passion for supporting Indigenous communities. As part of a dynamic team, the Regional Coordinator will be accountable to the Program Manager for the deliverables of a project designed to support the advancement of Indigenous people in the technology sector, including tech-enabled sectors. The Regional Coordinator will play a pivotal role in executing well-organized, thoughtful, and most importantly, culturally-safe engagements that align with our Indigenous Research Methodology to support projects and activities within the Sector Transformation Division.
We are currently seeking Regional Coordinators to operate within the following three regions – Northeast, Cariboo, Vancouver Island/Coast. The Regional Coordinator is responsible for community outreach in their region, including much of the hands-on logistical elements of virtual outreach and engagements, project planning, and implementation for new and on-going province-wide research projects and engagements.
As such, the successful candidate will have strong organizational, administrative, and communications skills and experience. This position will suit an organized individual who manages multiple priorities well. The Regional Coordinator will also assist with research activities and will have an opportunity to stretch their research knowledge working within the First Nations principles of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession). This position is a part time short term 6-month contract with the possibility of extension based on funding availability and outcomes for the organization. Experience working with Indigenous communities and/or the BC Tech Industry will be an asset.
About the First Nations Technology Council:
The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led organization that serves all 203 First Nations communities across British Columbia, working to ensure that Indigenous peoples have full and equitable access to the tools, training and support to maximize the opportunities presented by technology and innovation. The Technology Council sees the strengthening of local Indigenous economies and the empowering of Indigenous innovators as contributing to Indigenous self-determination and nationhood.
About the Role:
• Provides informed advice to project leadership on appropriate community context, cultural protocols, and community contacts, etc.
• Works with the Finance Office as necessary to provide project invoices, receipts, participant forms, etc.
• Supports the Sector Transformation Division in developing strategies for Indigenous community engagement and outreach, including the mobilization of those strategies in their region.
• Supports the Sector Transformation Division in the design and implementation of virtual engagement workshops.
• Leads the development of a regional contact data base, and uploads all information in our secure database.
• Leads outreach to Indigenous communities and key stakeholders for Technology Council projects
• Serves as the first point of contact to support and assist project participants in resolving any issues and concerns that may arise. Escalates issues as necessary.
• Ensures responsible collection of all information for Sector Transformation Project activities in line with OCAP.
• Participates in other related project coordination activities as required.
Skills and Abilities
• Event planning and coordination skills.
• Project coordination skills.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and prioritization, including ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Ability and willingness to develop online collaboration tool skills (e.g. Zoom, Slack, Monday app for remote work).
• Facilitation, consensus building and interpersonal engagement skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to Indigenous cultural safety when working with Indigenous participants and other stakeholders.
• Ability to work collaboratively with external partners and third-party organizations to achieve planned project and program outcomes on time and on budget.
• Demonstrates leadership, enthusiasm, appreciation, and respect when engaging formally and informally with all team members, Indigenous communities and leadership, and external stakeholders.
• 3+ years’ experience and success in project coordination, event planning, or community engagement.
• A proficiency with MS Office applications, including Excel.
• Sound knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, traditions and practices in BC.
• Experience working with Indigenous communities will be an asset.
This position reports to the Manager, Sector Transformation and will also work directly with the Director of Sector Transformation to provide administrative support as required.
This position respects social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. All Regional Coordinators will work remotely. Coordinators will be provided with the technology required for remote work, and no travel will be required.
How to Apply:
Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Regional Coordinator application.
This position will remain open until 5 PM PT, February 18, 2021.
Expected start date is March 1, 2021.
We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from qualified First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. We also welcome other candidates who possess a high level of cultural competence and understanding of Indigenous experience, communities, and issues. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.