Executive Director

Name of organization posting this job/opportunity: 
?Akisq'nuk First Nation (Columbia Lake First Nation)
Posting Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Closing Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019
Windermere, BC
Job Status: 
Full Time
  • Use your Executive Director skills to assist in moving our community forward while honouring our heritage.
  • Receive a competitive annual salary plus benefits!
  • Don't miss this chance to make a true difference in the vibrant community of Akisqnuk First Nation.

About Akisqnuk First Nation

Akisqnuk First Nation is a vibrant, growing community of nearly 300 members that is situated in the Columbia Valley. Our members are people of the Ktunaxa Nation, the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa includes the Kootenay region of southeast British Columbia into parts of Alberta and the American States of Montana, Washington, and Idaho. 

By car, Akisqnuk is located just over one hour (120 km) away from Cranbrook, BC and just over two and a half hours (280km) from Calgary, Alberta.

For more information please visit our website by clicking here. 

About Windermere 

Windermere sits in the Columbia River Valley in southeastern British Columbia. You'll find it nestled between the magnificent Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell range to the west with breathtaking views on all sides. At 17.7km in length, Windermere Lake is one of the largest lakes and also one of the warmest in the Kootenay region.    

With many nearby hiking trails and plenty of opportunities for canoeing and fishing, the Columbia River Valley has everything a lover of the outdoors could ask for.  


About the Opportunity

Currently, Akisqnuk First Nation is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Executive Director to join them in Windermere on a full-time basis.

As the Executive Director, you will report directly to Chief and Council and will be responsible for establishing a long-term integrated community development strategy while identifying, assessing, and coordinating resources to implement this strategy. We are also about to undergo an internal restructure and it will be part of your role to implement and embed this restructure. 

More specifically your responsibilities will include:

  • Taking direction from Chief and Council to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, monitor, evaluate, report, network, and assess resources for the Community's Health, Economic, Social, Cultural, and Environmental well-being for the present with foresight for long-term sustainability for future generations. 
  • Effectively and responsibly manage human, financial, and capital resources.
  • Directly manage at least five direct reports under the new internal structure. 
  • Providing leadership to staff including effective objective setting, delegation, communication, and evaluation. 
  • Ensuring professional and ethical administration by complying with all legal and fiscal regulations as well as developing and adhering to sensible, sound policies and practices within the organization.
  • Providing professional representation of Council's interests in negotiation with governments and the private sector. 
  • Providing overall coordination and management of department and support staff to facilitate community programs and activities in accordance with the Community's strategic plan. 
  • Assist in building capacity with the Community to support the movement towards self-sustainability.
  • Liaise and network with the Community, the Ktunaxa Nation Council and other member communities, federal, provincial, and local government agencies, and the private sector to initiate and maintain new relationships. 
  • Researching and applying for additional funding through grants and proposals. 
  • Reviewing and approving all expenditures in the organization for adherence to policy, prior to processing. 
  • Develope terms of reference and scope of work for the hiring of project consultants/contractors, as required, and overseeing the hiring of consultants, the tender processes, the award of contracts, and the timely completion of work. 

In order to qualify for this role, you will need a bachelor's degree in a Business Administration or a related field along with at least five years of experience in a senior management capacity. Familiarity with federal and provincial government regulations and programs relative to First Nation's governments and organizations as well as their special reporting requirements is also required.  

Our ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of and respect for Indigenous culture, customs, traditions, and issues. In addition, it is essential that you have strong human resource and leadership skills with the ability to manage, supervise, and provide support to staff in determining programs/services. 

In this high-profile position, you will have strategic and long-term planning skills, coupled with experience in organizational development/governance as well as public affairs. Sound decision-making skills and the ability to motivate your staff will also be crucial to your success in the role. Since you will be interacting with a variety of stakeholders, you will have outstanding communication skills, both in verbal and written form.

Do you want to make a lasting difference to a vibrant First Nation community? Here’s your chance. Please read on to see what we have to offer you!

About the Benefits

As recognition for all your hard work and determination, you can look forward to a competitive annual salary, plus the following:

  • Extended health and dental benefits package.
  • Options for RSP matching at 3.5% or 5.5%
  • Relocation assistance is negotiable.
  • The exciting chance to help shape our future. 

This is your chance to be part of a dynamic and growing community where you will have the opportunity to implement processes and make your mark for the better of all.   

If you share our values and have the skills necessary to bring success to the role, then we invite you to apply today! 

To apply for this role please go to the following link:
Type of opportunity: 
Job Posting
Job Sector: 
Public Administration