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General Manager

Cowichan Tribes

Reference No. CT-ADM-GM-0218

Under the general direction of the Chief and Council, this position is responsible for building and leading the Management team. This position provides general financial oversight, and ensures that programs and the affairs of the First Nation are managed effectively, efficiently, and within established policy, Chief and Council directives, legislation, guidelines, and financial plans and budgets. This position engages management and staff to implement Council directives, strategic priorities, programs, and projects within established budgetary, financial accounting, and control frameworks.

  • Lead and provide direction to a team of managers and staff that provide a variety of programs and services to community, including: setting performance expectations and milestones for staff, supporting employee development to enhance program and service delivery.
  • Analyse and provide leadership in the development and implementation of policy and practice recommendations. Implement Council directives, initiatives, priorities, and approved proposals and recommendations, and provide direction on specific projects and initiatives to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Provide leadership on strategic issues affecting the organization. Prepare, present, and discuss findings, options, and recommendations to the Chief and Council, committees, or other groups and committees.
  • Participate as an active member or provide coordination support to committees involving major and significant program, financial, strategy development, visioning, policy and project issues and concerns. Represent the band with government and private agencies, various stakeholders, and the general membership.
  • Negotiate, review, and approve agreements, contracts, proposals, financial and other documents. Review and approve expenditures and financial proposals to assigned authority limits. Analyse, discuss and recommend change to organization processes as appropriate.
  • Other related duties as required and assigned.
Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation, negotiations, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • A well-developed understanding of business management, operational, financial and accounting functions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of process and change management, project management, financial planning and control processes and methods.
  • Ability to lead the development of complex policies and practices and implement recommendations and initiatives.
  • Ability to prioritize and align assigned managerial activities and functions with objectives and priorities.
  • Knowledge of the Indian Act, federal and provincial government systems, and programming and best practices, emerging trends, and other developments.
  • Knowledge of Cowichan culture, protocols, teachings, language, and community.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Cowichan Tribes organization, business, and operations is considered an asset.
Required Experience, Education & Training:
  • A minimum of 10-years of progressively more responsible experience in a progressively larger and more complex First Nation organization is required, with specific experience in the following areas:
    • Administrative management and strategic and policy analysis, planning and implementation;
    • Long-term organizational planning and management, and employee relations, development, and supervision;
    • Financial analysis and control, financial management and oversight;
    • Interest-based negotiations.
  • Post-secondary Bachelor’s degree in the field of business administration or leadership is preferred, while an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Significant experience working for a political body and demonstrated ability to provide timely and accurate advice on a wide variety of issues.
  • Experience overseeing, monitoring and/or managing the implementation of various initiatives, program changes and projects.


Please refer to Reference No. CT-ADM-GM-0218  when submitting cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Hannah Seymour, Acting Human Resources Director,
Cowichan Tribes
5760 Allenby Road, Duncan, BC, V9L 5J1


Deadline:  March 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

General Manager Cowichan Tribes British Columbia

Expiry Date: 2018-03-14
Date Posted: 2018-02-13
Province: British Columbia
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