Position Summary

Musqueam Indian Band is seeking an innovative Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) who is responsible for driving the long term strategic vision and goals of the Musqueam Chief and Council and for internal community, and intergovernmental affairs. This position works to build and support administrative capacity to advance Musqueam’s transition to self-government.


Key Responsibilities

The CAO supports and works closely with Musqueam’s Chief and Council

This includes:

  • To develop and implement Musqueam strategic plan.
  • Works with Senior Managers to develop departmental work plans in alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Works with Musqueam’s Chief and Council to ensure operational goals are achieved.
  • Provides guidance and assists with interpretation of policy to Musqueam’s Chief and Council in order to facilitate the best decisions on large scale projects.

Oversees, supports and advances Musqueam work in the following four (4) divisions: Intergovernmental Affairs; Community Services; Lands, Capital and Housing; Finance and Administration.

This includes:

  • Develop an understanding of industry stakeholder and other First Nation priorities.
  • Provides regular updates to Musqueam’s Chief and Council regarding status of projects.
  • Implements policies, decisions and regulations and makes recommendations for the efficient operations of all programs and services.
  • Ensures all departments are following internal policies and external legislation.
  • Monitors and evaluates departmental performance to ensure goals and objectives are met.
  • Advises Musqueam’s Chief and Council with regards to solutions for issues facing service delivery initiatives and seeks approval for solutions when necessary.
  • Communicates and supports departments with new project initiatives.
  • Handles community relations that arise and delegates or passes along to the appropriate staff member or Council member.

Provides Leadership to the Management Team and Staff

  • Manages and provides leadership to the Management Team and staff, keeping apprised of day-to-day activities and overseeing operational work plans; ensures individual, departmental and organizational objectives are achieved.
  • Ensures that departments have the capacity to achieve their goals.
  • Trains, mentors and coaches the Management Team
  • Working with the Management Team, ensures that future needs of Musqueam are identified and managed through succession planning and development of staff.
  • Motivates all staff by leading by example.
  • Provides ongoing communication about Musqueam’s direction and goals. Ensures roles are clearly defined and understood.

Overall management of finances, including the operating budget

  • Ensures Council is fully informed for financial accountability.
  • Ensures Council is provided with relevant and timely financial information and statements as directed by the Financial Administration Laws and interprets financial information upon request.
  • Works with Management Team to seek and obtain funding for special projects.
  • Leads the Management Team to develop budgets for the Administration.
  • Monitors revenues and expenses to ensure targets are met as related to the approved budget.
  • Ensures organizational and financial risks are mitigated, seeking assistance when required.

The Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer

  • Work closely to ensure that the Musqueam strategic values, priorities and vision are maintained.
  • Work collaboratively to advance the Musqueam.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Musqueam people, traditions, teachings and culture.
  • Exceptional leadership skills and the ability to lead and develop the performance of others.
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically.
  • Creative thinker with highly developed problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of financial management practices including the ability to seek funding, prepare proposals, manage budgets, financial reporting, capital funding, contracts and partnerships.
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people including Chief & Council, staff, membership, and government officials.
  • Well-developed writing skills including report writing.
  • Able to respond to people compassionately as well as objectively.
  • Ability to manage a variety of overlapping projects.
  • Technically literate with intermediate level computer skills including MS Office.
  • Able to work a varied work schedule including evenings and weekends. Some travel required.

Training, Education and Experience

  • 5 – 10 years’ directly related experience including management experience in a public service or First Nation service delivery environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in First Nations studies, Business Management, or Public Administration is an asset.
  • Demonstrated success managing large budgets.

Working Conditions

Work takes place primarily in an office environment. Flexibility needed for travel, as well as evening and weekend work.


What we offer

Our success as a leader in a First Nations Government that is built on the traditional teachings of our people, initiative and dedication of the Musqueam Indian Band. Providing a highly engaged traditional government that is member focused.

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive medical and dental benefits
  • Pension
  • Flexible work schedule in a business casual environment
  • Professional development and training program
  • Centrally located with free parking, free onsite gym and class access, close to nature, trails at UBC and along the Fraser River, shops, restaurants and services


Please email cover letter and resume to: [email protected] and reference “Chief Operating Officer” in the subject line.

Applicants of Musqueam and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.

Position will remain open until filled.


* We thank all those who apply, however, only those short-listed will be contacted.