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The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq,  Truro

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq is a Tribal Council serving seven First Nation communities on Mainland Nova Scotia: Bear River, Annapolis Valley, Glooscap, Sipekne’katik, Millbrook, Pictou Landing and Paqtnkek. The Tribal Council has been operating since 1987 and has established a solid professional foundation, a strong accountability framework, and maintains a healthy financial position.

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This position is new to the organization and offers the opportunity to develop and expand the technical service unit to better meet the needs of member communities. We are looking for a motivated person to work with us to affect positive and progressive change and improvements to community infrastructure and capital projects.

CMM offers a substantial vacation and benefits package to all staff.

General Description

The position of Manager, Engineering and Technical Services provides advisory services to seven member Mi’kmaw communities in matters related to community development, construction, housing, municipal infrastructure (water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, sub-division, etc.), capital planning, ACRS (Asset Condition Reporting System), asset maintenance, project management, contract administration, project planning and implementation, energy efficiency, etc.
At CMM, s/he will be tasked to advance the development of the engineering/technical services department to support communities in their efforts in delivering projects, programs and services in a manner that is consistent with federal and provincial government regulations and compliance requirements.

Specific Accountabilities
  • Preparing Requests for Proposals (RFP) for professional services and other technical services as required;
  • Preparing funding proposals for capital projects, housing, and community development;
  • Provide contract administration support/services for the procurement of professional and construction services as required.
  • Identifying potential funding sources (federal, provincial, and other 3rd parties) for projects and programs);
  • Assisting member bands with managing capital and housing projects / programs;
  • Support stakeholders with their efforts to develop and deliver effective preventative maintenance programs for community assets;
  • Cost estimating for infrastructure and housing projects to support planning, budgeting and establish project feasibility;
  • Facilitate housing condition assessments;
  • Support stakeholders with project prioritization and long term planning (e.g. Community Capital Plans; First Nations infrastructure investment Plan, etc.)
  • Assisting with capacity development at the band level (e.g. capital, operation/public works and housing staff);
  • Serving as a liaison between/among the band, contractors, consultants and governmental organizations.
  • Representing the best interests of the member community when engaging and working with local consultants and contractor;
  • Providing capital project management functions, oversight, inspections, and assistance with tendering process.
  • Reviewing tender packages, design/construction drawings and specifications, project bids, etc. to ensure that best practices and sound engineering/technical practices are being applied and provide professional feedback to the community; 
  • Ensuring capital projects are constructed in compliance with legal requirements especially health and safety;
  • Assess the potential sustainability and environmental impact of projects; 
  • Ensuring projects run smoothly and structures are completed within budget and on time; and
  • Other related duties.


  • Bachelors Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering is required. Other Engineering disciplines may be considered in combination with sufficient experience.
  • Certificate in Housing Inspections or Construction related trade would be an asset.
  • Must be registered with or have the ability to register with the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS) within 3 months of employment.

Preferred Experience:

  • 5+ years experience in project/construction management in the public and / or private sector in construction.
  • 3+ years of progressive supervision and / or administrative responsibility in a municipality or First Nation environment.
  • Knowledge of the regulations, codes and standards for municipal infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of housing construction would be considered an asset..
  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of municipal and building facilities would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in preparing RFP’s and project funding proposals.
  • Experience working with First Nation communities would be considered an asset.
  • Computer literate in MS Office suite of software and engineering software relevant to the duties of the position.

Leadership/Human Relationship Components Required:

  • Ability to provide effective leadership through management and supervision.
  • Ability to analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments to ensure efficiency and effective service delivery.
  • Ability to identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs.
  • Ability to remain objective in stressful environments in which there may be conflicting interests that could negatively impact the project/program.
  • Excellent report and proposal writing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong research and investigative skills.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Partnership development skills.
  • Spoken and written English is essential; proficiency in Mi’kmaq will be considered an asset.

Other Requirements:

  • A valid Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation is required.

This position will work in close collaboration with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) as INAC is a significant funding and program partner with CMM. As this is a new position/role, CMM has partnered with INAC to provide dedicated technical program support to this position to maximize the success of this process.

Salary Range: $70,000 - $75,000 per annum. One Year Contract with possibility of renewal. CMM administers a generous benefits package for all employees.
Application Deadline: 3:00pm, Monday, February 26, 2018

Submit covering letter and resume with references to:

Lynn Knockwood, Director of Common Service
C/o The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
PO Box 1590, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 5V3

We are an equal opportunity employer; however, qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority in accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy of the Human Rights
Commission. Only those applicants who qualify for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate may be required to submit a current criminal record check.

Engineer The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq Truro Nova Scotia

Expiry Date: 2018-02-27
Date Posted: 2018-02-07
Province: Nova Scotia
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