Position title: Senior Manager, Fisheries Policy and Management
Organization: First Nations Fisheries Council of BC
Location: Vancouver, BC
Compensation: Starting at $90,000/year + a competitive benefits package
CLOSING DATE: open until the position is filled
The First Nations Fisheries Council of BC is a unique, progressive organization that offers an exciting opportunity to join a small, dedicated team. Through the BC First Nations Fisheries Action Plan, BC First Nations have directed the FNFC to support, protect, reconcile, and advance Aboriginal Title and Rights and Treaty Rights as they relate to fisheries and the health and protection of aquatic resources. Our priorities are to develop effective governance mechanisms, form collaborative relationships among First Nations organizations, and work together to build a united voice on fisheries matters.
The FNFC is seeking an energetic, adaptable, motivated and self-directing person to join our team as the Senior Manager/Lead, Fisheries Management and Policy. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Manager/Lead, Fisheries Management and Policy will work to enhance the effectiveness of the organization by providing strategic advice on organizational development, fisheries management and policies, overseeing and managing staff and contractors to implement various operational agreements, and conducting outreach and engagement to gather knowledge, insights, and perspectives on fisheries management and policy.
The successful candidate is expected to lead and work on a wide variety of projects and initiatives which advance First Nation rights relating to fisheries, including all aspects of the governance and management of fish, fisheries, and their habitats, and which support the development of collaborative relationships for First Nations to meaningfully participate in joint management of fish, fisheries and their habitats.
Examples of some ongoing FNFC activities include:
- Analysis of government programs and policies and their potential impacts on the Aboriginal Title and Rights and Treaty Rights of BC First Nations;
- Facilitating and coordinating First Nations engagement in various fisheries management and policy planning processes among BC First Nations and with relevant governments;
- Securing and negotiating funding agreements to support FNFC organizational development and implementation of strategic priorities.
- You are genuinely interested and excited by the opportunity to work directly with First Nations to support their fisheries needs and interests.
- You have direct experience working in the fisheries/natural resource sector in British Columbia, and have a deep understanding of fisheries management and policies, and have a strong network of professional contacts.
- You are a critical thinker with the ability to analyze complex issues and identify, evaluate, and recommend paths forward.
- You are a creative thinker who enjoys solving problems and generating new ideas and unique solutions.
- You are a collaborative leader, managing people and teams to work together effectively on a common cause and you recognize the value in building and maintaining positive relationships and strategic partnerships.
- You have a strong sense of responsibility and accountability, for yourself and of your team members.
- You are motivated to achieve challenging goals and can contribute effectively to the operations and strategic direction of the organization.
- You are a personable, energetic, and motivated team player who pays careful attention to detail and can “get it done”.
- You thrive in a dynamic, ever-changing work environment, and possess the ability to be flexible and adaptive, manage multiple projects, set priorities, and manage your time efficiently.
- You enjoy leading and working in small teams; you can rely on team members for advice, but you are ultimately responsible for operational projects from start to finish.
- You are an excellent communicator, both spoken and written, who enjoys working with a wide range of people (Chiefs, biologists, Elders, fishers, etc.) and organizations (First Nations, Government, Environmental NGOs, etc.).
- You can exercise diplomacy in stressful and challenging situations, handling discussions with sensitivity and respecting the confidentiality of information shared.
- Work with the Executive Director to build relationships, facilitate dialogue and information sharing with key partners and funders.
- Support the Executive Director and Senior Management Team in the development, negotiation and implementation of funding agreements and workplans.
- Liaise and work with First Nations and government departments on policy and regulatory development, drafting policy and regulatory proposals as necessary.
- Coordinate analysis and advice to FNFC Executive Council and/or to B.C. First Nations with respect to relevant government legislation, policies, programs and fisheries and aquatic resource management.
- Collaborate with the FNFC Executive Council, Executive Director and FNFC staff to assist in the development and continued implementation of the strategic priorities of the FNFC and the BC First Nations Fisheries Action Plan. Prepare to lead the development of the FNFC’s next 3-year Strategic Plan in 2021.
- Liaise with and support First Nations fisheries organizations at the regional, provincial and national levels to support the understanding and the implementation of the FNFC Strategic Plan and the other emerging priorities of the Executive and First Nations in BC.
- Foster and support functional fisheries governance linkages across regional, national and international scales and between Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 organizations as appropriate using established processes and mechanisms.
- Plan, oversee, and monitor the implementation of programs and initiatives in a manner that is aligned with the FNFC’s mandate and strategic priorities.
- Plan and coordinate meetings, conferences, and workshops to engage First Nations in collaborative and community-based dialogue which guides and supports organizational strategies and initiatives.
- Develop and provide comprehensive reports, discussion papers and briefing notes and other written internal and external communication materials (briefing notes, discussion papers, correspondence, etc.) on various initiatives and issues to the Executive Director, Executive Council and B.C. First Nations.
- Directly supervise employees, manage contractors and consultants and assist in day-to-day program management and project administration (e.g. staff meetings, scheduling, time management, budget management, expense approvals, project implementation, etc.).
- Develop project work plans and ensure rigor in budget oversight and management, including sound delegation of personnel and financial resources.
- Provide advice and support to BC First Nations and organizations through research, analysis, reports, correspondence, participation in meetings, etc.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:
- Post-secondary degree in environmental studies, resource management, biology, public or business administration, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education, knowledge, practical experience, and training.
- 10+ years’ experience working with and building relationships with First Nations groups and/or organizations.
- 5+ years’ experience regularly liaising or collaborating with governments, ENGOs and/or industry.
- Demonstrated management experience including human resource management and supervisory experience, project development and management, financial management of programs/projects, and ability to meet deliverables on multiple projects at a time.
- Experience conducting policy research and analysis, preparing briefing notes, developing recommendations, and drafting correspondence and comprehensive reports.
- Experience planning, organizing, chairing, and facilitating meetings or events.
- Advanced relationship-building and communication skills.
- Working knowledge of aquatic resource management and related legislation and policy.
- Working knowledge of BC First Nations and their constitutional rights regarding aquatic resources.
The FNFC office is located at 320-1200 West 73rd Avenue in Vancouver, BC. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Some travel and extended work hours will be required on occasion.
Open until the position is filled. Please email confidential letters of application, detailed resume, and three references to:
Subject line: Sr Mgr Policy and Fish Mgmt_Name
The FNFC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry will be given priority. The FNFC wishes to thank all applicants for their interest and advises that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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