SCS Lands Governance Director

SCS Lands Governance Director

Position: SCS Lands Governance Director
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Soowahlie First Nation, Cheam First Nation, & Sq’ewlets

Position Summary: The Lands Governance Director is a full-time position with a 3-month probationary period. The person is responsible for overall administration of the Lands through the planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating of the SCS Lands Office in the implementation of the SCS Land Codes. They will also be responsible for the development and implementation of laws, administration of policies related to land governance, land and resource management, planning, environmental management, land development and land transaction registration and providing advice to members, Chief and Council and staff.

Duties and Responsibilities: Manage and lead the SCS Lands Office, including:

  • implement the SCS Land Codes and Individual Agreements;
  • report to Council and committees;
  • develop and implement laws, policies and procedures related to lands administration, resource management and planning on reserve;
  • ensure administrative measures and controls are developed to meet the requirements of the SCS Joint Management Agreement, SCS Land Codes, and implementing administrative policies and procedures and information management systems;
  • manage communications and meetings with committees, members and third parties;
  • hire, train, supervise and evaluate lands staff;
  • develop multi-year strategic plans and yearly work-plans; and
  • work with financial directors and Lands Advisory Committees from each First Nation to prepare annual draft budgets to present to the SCS Leadership Committee for approval;
  • ensure there is a process in place for the review and approval of cheque requisitions and expense reimbursement requests;
  • authorize, monitor and report on expenditures within approved budgets to the SCS Leadership Committee;
  • in the absence of a Council member, represent the SCS Lands Office as the delegated authority in meetings, workshops and communications with members, third parties and local governments;
  • after any elections in any of the SCS First Nations, ensure that the Chief and Council for that First Nation shall receive a briefing on the Joint Management Agreement, the Land Code and current situation with any Lands or Resource activities within 5 business days of the election;
  • develop and review land interest agreements, leases, right-of-ways and permits, notify interest holders of potential expiration and changes and ensure terms of interest agreements are met;
  • read, interpret, catalogue and maintain maps, air photography and satellite images;
  • coordinate and facilitate meetings of the SCS Joint Lands Advisory Committee, SCS Leadership Committee, SCS Lands Advisory Committees and other committees to ensure they are kept updated and to assist them in providing advice, as necessary;
  • gather, maintain and input historical and current information into various systems (GIS, MMS System, Database, etc.);
  • prepare and submit funding proposals as required;
  • lead community land and resource-related consultations and voting processes;
  • provide expert and strategic advice on the Land Codes;
  • deliver presentations to Council, senior management, colleagues and clients/stakeholders on strategic issues;
  • monitor and evaluate effectiveness of land related services to members;
  • manage consultants and legal advisors, including developing contracts and work plans;
  • actively participate in multi-departmental initiatives, as required;
  • coordinate registrations in the FNLRS and assist each First Nation in searches and preparing and registering documents;
  • any other duties, as required.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Degree or diploma in one or more of the following: natural or renewable resource management, land management, environmental studies or equivalent experience;
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans, policy or bylaw development, land or resource planning, and community consultation and facilitation processes;
  • Minimum of 2 years managerial or supervisory experience;
  • Knowledge of land registration and land administration principles and procedures would be an asset;
  • Excellent communication, organizational and leadership skills;
  • Excellent computer skills with a considerable knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and a working knowledge of Power Point.

Ability to manage varied workloads and changing priorities in a flexible manner while under pressure and with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of and experience with a First Nation community;
  • Experience with and knowledge of the Framework Agreement.

Required Attributes:

  • Professional, ethical, dependable, able to work independently;
  • Innovative, adaptable, shows initiative, manages change well;
  • Strategic, politically astute, excellent problem-solver;
  • Sensitive, adept at addressing conflict.

Rate of Pay: Will be dependent on level of education/experience.

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid Drivers License Required and Reliable Transportation.

Application Instructions: The following documentation must be provided:

  • a cover letter that clearly identifies the job posting number and/or position, as well as a description of your relevant qualifications;
  • a current résumé and a minimum of three employment references are required;
  • copy of valid BC Driver’s License and Driver’s Abstract Report;
  • criminal records check within the last 3 months.

Mailed to: in a sealed envelope titled “Lands Governance Director Job Competition”
Cheam First Nation
ATTN: Naleen Narayan
52161 Victor Drive
Rosedale, BC V0X 1X1


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