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Title: Referrals Manager
Department: Referrals
Employer: Katzie First Nation (THE NATION)
Location: Pitt Meadows, Metro Vancouver BC

Position: Full Time – 1 year Term Position (Opportunity for Extension)


The Katzie First Nation (the Nation) has a membership of approximately 600 people with half of the members living on 3 reserves. The main community borders the City of Pitt Meadows, BC on the north bank of the Fraser River. The majority of members who live on reserve work off reserve.

The Katzie Lands and Economic Development Department provides leadership to support Katzie’s goals related to their Rights and Title, Self-government, Economic Development and Land Development both on and off reserve by working collaboratively with leadership, Neighbouring First Nations, Aboriginal organizations, the federal, provincial and local governments and other partners.


The Nation is seeking a Referrals Manager who will report to the Director of Lands, Economic Development, Incremental Self-Government and Referrals. The Referral Manager supports the development and implementation of referrals response protocols and agreements, in order to support meaningful engagement to protect the Nations aboriginal interested attached to Katzie Traditional Territory. Further job functions will include reporting on various data; preparation of reports and correspondence; communications with a wide variety of internal and external contacts, and handling referrals.


The referral process is driven by reconciliation whereby the Crown, including the provincial and federal governments, is required to engage with First Nations. A referral informs the Nation of a project/development that has potential for environmental and social impacts to and within their territory prior to issuing a license or permit. It provides the opportunity for the Nation to state their concerns related to the project/development to both the Crown and proponent. Additionally, referrals allow for economic development within the Nation through consultation, engagement and procurement opportunities.


  • Project management of consultation and negotiation activities as they pertain to referrals including environmental and referral review;
  • Overseeing the management and writing of proposals, referral responses, briefing notes and related communications for clients, proponents, government agencies and internally for the Nation
  • Manage the documentation process for consultation and engagement activities etc.;
  • Enhancing development relations across all areas of the Nation’s traditional territory;
  • Working to ensure project time and expenses are accurately tracked, and collected;
  • Coordinating and attending technical meetings with multiple proponents on behalf of the Nation as directed;
  • Ongoing communications with project proponents and where necessary government agencies and consultants as directed;
  • Participating in discussions involving negotiations of agreements and capacity funding with proponents, leadership and staff on behalf of the Nation as directed;
  • Communicating feedback, challenges and/or methods of improvement in the Nation;
  • Assist the Nation to develop an organized system for storage and retrieval of important referral and archival information;
  • Report all relevant issues which may arise to the Lands Director and Economic Development;
  • Management and coaching of team members and external supports.
  • Development and implementation of policies, procedures, and software required for tracking, responding, and receiving referrals
  • Development of Referrals Committee made up of community members
  • Facilitating and presenting at community engagement events
  • Other related projects and duties that may arise from time to time.

Selection Criteria


  • Masters Degree in Geography, Biology, Science, Environmental Management or related fields or a combination of similar education and experience;
  • Post-secondary accreditation (Certification/Minor/Major) in First Nations Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology or related field or a combination of similar education and experience;
  • Preference given to applications with Registered Professional Biologist designation or eligibility;
  • Other professional designations will be considered as an asset


  • Minimum 3 years of experience in environmental consulting, impact assessment, monitoring or related industrial experience as a project manager;
  • Successful management of multiple simultaneous projects requiring review and comment on technical documents, grant writing and building of proponent/government relationships
  • Business or public administration experience
  • Background working with First Nations
  • Understanding of legislation related to resource development and First Nations in British Columbia
  • Strong oral and written communication, report writing, organization and interpersonal skills
  • Strong software and database expertise (Microsoft Office, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook, GIS)
  • Must own reliable transportation vehicle for work purpose

Working Condition

  • Office environment
  • Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm. The position requires additional hours outside of regular office time. Must be flexible to work weekends hours for special meetings/projects.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Successful Criminal Record Check

Please apply by emailing your cover letter and resume to Katzie First Nation Administration Manager at:

Please write « Referral Manager » on the subject line.

Applicants of Katzie First Nation and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.

Posting will remain open until filled.

* We thank all applicants; however, only those short-listed will be contacted*

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 14 2020    ID: 56428