RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Director of Environment and Natural Resources – Truro, NS

  • Location: Truro, NS
  • Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Director of Environment and Natural Resources

About The CMM
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (The CMM) is a Tribal Council representing the eight Mi’kmaq communities of mainland Nova Scotia. Our mission is to proactively promote and assist Mi’kmaq communities’ initiatives towards selfdetermination and enhancement of community. The CMM’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is currently looking for a motivated and knowledgeable candidate to fill the role of Director of Environment and Natural Resources.

Position Overview
Under the direction of and reporting to the Associate Executive Director (AED), the Director of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is responsible for overseeing the programs and staff under this directorate, including Environment, Climate Change, Agriculture and Forestry. The Director is also responsible for the operation of all programs and initiatives within the Department, including the HR Function and Authority, communications and promotion, financial responsibility, program management, development, and expansion, and participate in the Director role on various boards and committees. The Director will also prepare and recommend budgets; plan and maintain systems and procedures for operating efficiency; and supervise and manage Departmental staff.

Overview of Responsibilities:
• Develop, and generate a strategic plan for the Department including the identification of and acquiring existing resources and coordinating the efforts in its development.
• Provides oversight, guidance, and direction to all programs in the Department.
• Supervising, planning, and overseeing the operations and fiscal requirements including budgets of programs within the Department.
• Develops or oversees the development and management of new initiatives that complement the work of the department (including proposal writing, funding negotiations, staffing, logistics, etc.).
• Remain updated on any new capacity and training needs of CMM’s member communities.
• As directed by the AED and/or the CMM Board of Directors, pursue opportunities for developing programs and services, strategic Planning, proposal writing, negotiation, etc.
• Prepares an Annual Report for the department and submits it to the AED by March 31st of each year.
• Attends meetings with funders and leadership to discuss communities’ needs and the development of new government funding programs under the Department.
• Delivers presentations to stakeholders, academia, conferences, NGOs, and Government promoting the work of the department.
• Act as a spokesperson regarding topics under his/her department.
• Understand and communicate the overall operational, budgetary, and financial responsibilities of the programs and projects of the Department.
• Prepares and monitors annual budget for the department.
• Review financial status quarterly to confirm and facilitate cash flow if needed and ensure expenditures are in accordance to budget.
• Oversees the operation of the department ensuring timely and accurate reports, and compliance with the accountability framework.
• Continually seek education and training to remain culturally responsible and sensitive to needs of client(s)

Position Requirements:
▪ Minimum of an undergraduate degree in a related field
▪ Minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience
▪ Minimum of three years of management and/or administration in a municipality or First Nations’ community
▪ Experience working with First Nation / Indigenous communities, First Nation service delivery organizations, and applicable government programming etc.
▪ Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaw community, its political framework, and administrative/service programs
▪ Knowledge of Indigenous culture and the member communities
▪ Working knowledge of First Nation Communities, First Nation service delivery organizations, and applicable government programming etc.
▪ Understanding of the Indian Act and Mi’kmaq Aboriginal and Treaty rights
▪ Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation, programs and services relative to Tribal Organizations
• Ability to be adaptable, flexible, manage multiple priorities to ensure clients are well served and relationships are developed and maintained
• Ability to manage time and various activities effectively and efficiently while providing quality customer service
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, facilitation, presentation and the use of various communication mediums (Meetings, training etc.) and Adobe
• Able to develop relationships and this will include strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, in addition to advocacy, collaboration, conflict resolution, negotiation and active listening
• Knowledge of Human Resources management, financial management, and project management
• Budgeting, accounting and report and proposal writing skills
• Ability to mentor, coach and supervise staff toward culturally safe, professional and confidentiality practices
• Ability to coordinate many tasks, people and competing priorities

Why work with us?
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (The CMM) is well known throughout Canada as a professional organization that is committed to providing a pleasant and healthy working environment for all its employees. As an organization, we understand that a great work/life balance is essential to success. As a full-time employee you can expect:
• An atmosphere that is both professional and family oriented.
• Enrollment in the organization’s benefits packages on your first day of employment with no waiting period, which includes Health & Dental, and Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP).
• Generous amounts of paid time off (Paid Statutory Holidays plus St. Anne’s Day and Aboriginal Day, Summer Shutdown (2 weeks), Christmas Shutdown (roughly 2 weeks), plus 1 week of discretionary vacation time (up to 2 weeks with 10 years of service).
• Social Committee, Staff Days, Staff Knowledge Days, etc.

If you would like to join The CMM Family, please see below on how to apply for this position.
Salary/Employment Term:
Salary Range: $80,000 – $110,000 per year. This is a Permanent Position (pending successful one-year probationary contract).
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Submit Cover Letter AND Resume to: Human Resources
c/o The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
PO Box 1590, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 5V3

We are an equal opportunity employer; however, qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority in accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Only those applicants who provide an up-to-date CV along with a cover letter and qualify for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate may be required to submit a current criminal record check. Applicants MUST provide proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.