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Employment Opportunity

General Manager

Reference No. CT-ADM-GM-0717

Under the general direction of the Chief and Council, this position is responsible for building and leading the operational leadership team. The General Manager shapes the organizational culture of Cowichan Tribes by modeling organization and community values. 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. Set performance expectations and milestones for staff, and manage, engage, and support employee development to enhance program and service delivery. Resolve employee disputes and complaints within policy guidelines

·         Analyse, research, and provide leadership in the development and implementation of policy and practice recommendations to the Chief and Council. Implement Council directives, initiatives, priorities, and approved proposals and recommendations. Participate in various planning and other meetings; provide direction on specific projects and initiatives to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness

·         Provide leadership on strategic issues affecting the organization such as: program and services restructuring, impacts of regulatory change, Human Resources issues, etc. 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 senior government and private agencies, various stakeholders, and the general membership. Monitor and oversee the progress, results and/or implementation of approved change initiatives or projects

·         Attend and provide advice and input at council meetings and/or committee meetings. Act as liaison and public relations contact for the Council in all administration matters involving the First Nation

·         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. Prepare, manage, and control the Band budget and expenses

·         Maintain currency with departmental processes, directives, and changes involving various programs. Research, analyze, and apply best practices to emerging issues, control, costing, and other developments and innovations, financial trends, applied technology and process change

·         Engage in external networking, attend conferences, seminars, and presentations

·         Establish positive working relationships and maintain regular contact with external businesses, subsidiaries and partners, and ensures that Council receives regular communications and updates

·         Undertake other related duties as required and assigned


Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

·         Excellent oral, written, presentation, negotiations, and interpersonal communication skills.

·         Strong business acumen with well-developed skills in financial management and analysis

·         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.

·         Proven ability to lead, develop, and manage a team and provide a variety of programs, services, financial or administrative services

·         Ability to lead the development of complex policies and practices and implement recommendations and initiatives.

·         Exceptional ability to plan budgets and enforce control methods and techniques

·         Ability to prioritize and align assigned managerial activities and functions with Council objectives and priorities

·         Advanced problem solving skills

·         Knowledge of the Indian Act, federal and provincial government systems, and programming and best practices, emerging trends, and other developments

·         Demonstrated computer proficiency and working knowledge of related financial reporting and measurement systems and tools

·         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:

o   Administrative management and strategic and policy analysis, planning and implementation;

o   Long-term organizational planning and management, and employee relations, development, and supervision;

o   Financial analysis and control, financial management and oversight;

o   Interest-based negotiations

·         Post-secondary Bachelor’s degree in the field of business administration or leadership is required, while a Master’s Degree in a relevant field is strongly preferred

·         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-0717 when submitting cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Cindy Daniels, Acting General Manager, Cowichan Tribes

5760 Allenby Road, Duncan, BC, V9L 5J1



Deadline:  4:00 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2017


Job Title General Manager
Date Posted 2017-Aug-03
Expiry Date 2017-Sep-01
Ad ID:10126
Post Details
Posted By Cowichan Tribes
City or Province Duncan
Location British Columbia
Job Type Full-time
Classification Management