Title & Rights Coordinator
We are traditional hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking people. Today, we are a strong, growing community of over 1,300 members. We live on a small portion of our traditional territory, known as the Musqueam Indian Reserve, located south of Marine Drive near the mouth of the Fraser River. The name Musqueam relates back to the River Grass, the name of the grass is məθkʷəy̓. There is a story that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) – People of the River Grass. We have always moved throughout our territory using the resources it provides for fishing, hunting, trapping and gathering. We remain distinct and our cultural practices are strong, despite the devastating impacts of residential schools, colonial laws banning our ceremonies, and other attempts to assimilate our people. Our lands and waters continue to support our cultural and economic practices while serving as a source of knowledge and memory, encoded with our teachings and laws. To learn more about Musqueam, please visit www.musqueam.bc.ca
The Coordinator will report to the Manager of Title and Rights (T&R) and will serve as an integral part of the Title and Rights team. The Coordinator is responsible for developing, and reviewing policy related to title and rights, as delegated by the Manager and provide support, internally and externally, on policy, programs, and administrative matters related to Musqueam title and rights. The Coordinator will seek and provide advice, and will develop and maintain relationships across government and non-governmental institutions and organizations. The Coordinator is responsible for reviewing and assessing incoming referrals and facilitates large negotiation files related to rights and title by disseminating information and acting as one of the main points of contact.
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
- 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
Roles & Responsibilities
- Provide advice and support services to the T&R Manager, senior management, Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, and political representatives on:
- Policy relating to First Nation relationships in title and rights and related fields
- Research on legal matters and academic literature – this requires the ability to gather, interpret, analyze, and evaluate information and data.
- Determine and understand departmental requirements, issues, and trends in First Nation and government relationships.
- Review and analyze incoming referrals, undertake strategic planning and identify priorities related to title and rights:
- Identifying key team members within Musqueam and ensure that all information is received and disseminated and that timelines are clearly indicated;
- Develop capacity funding budgets and ensure agreements are in place if necessary and that monies are received;
- Arrange meetings, agendas, meeting minutes.
- Engage in research, analysis, policy development and implementation of Musqueam title and rights policies as delegated by T&R Manager. Responds to inquiries internally and externally on matters relating to First Nation title and rights policies, departmental programs, and services;
- Support and participates in negotiations as part of the Musqueam negotiation team on key aspects of consultation and accommodation in working groups and side-table working groups with provincial, federal, and other agency negotiators;
- Document the interests and expectations of the Province and Canada; assist in formulating strategies and approaches that will achieve agreement;
- Document and advise on necessary requirements for achieving agreement through liaison with appropriate representatives (typically Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and/or Council).
- Assist with the development of consolidated Musqueam position by obtaining appropriate senior and political participation and agreement;
- Respond to community and third party consultation issues;
- Identify issues where agreement cannot be reached and must be referred to the principals;
- Identifies the range of issues to be negotiated by:
- Assisting the Negotiators to identify the range of issues to be negotiated and formulating negotiations strategies through consultation with senior management and negotiation team;
- Leading or participating in working groups with senior management and/or political representatives concerning issues to be negotiated by Musqueam; coordinating research processes and activities;
- Establishes and maintains positive communication and relationships within Musqueam Indian Band, other government departments, various organizations, and First Nation partners to ensure these groups’ interests and expectations are identified and receive response;
- Participates in the Process Facilitation team for the MST Protocol Working group and other Lands files: support teams to disseminate information and serve as the logistical point of contact for crown governments and agencies;
- Work collaboratively with multiple departments at other First Nations on projects within shared traditional territory in order to coordinate timelines, due dates and response;
- Leads or participates in projects as required and/or delegated – ability to manage projects which includes, but not limited to, coordinating resources, ensuring appropriate consultation, ongoing and final reporting;
- Leads or participates in sub meetings related to large projects in order to coordinate information for multiple departments across the organization. Follow up, develop responses, collect and disseminate information;
- Represent Musqueam First Nation at meetings, conferences, and regional sessions, internal and external committees as required;
- At the request of management and/or T&R Manager, or at own discretion, prepares and/or coordinates the preparation of:
- Correspondence for management, senior management IGA Committee, and/or Chief and Council.
- Briefing materials for the T&R Manager, Chief, Council, Committees of Council (e.g., Intergovernmental Affairs Committee), working Groups, and senior management. These include researching issues and ensure prepared responses are consistent with Musqueam policy and direction.
- As delegated, directs or supervises Title and Rights staff, contractors, archaeology monitors, coop students and/or interns hired to complete educational projects on behalf of the department;
- Prepares invoices for external monitoring and consulting work;
- Completes reports for T&R Manager’s review related to recruitment, special programs, and professional development;
- Assists the T&R Manager with budget development and expenditure; monitors and ensures balanced budget at year-end;
- Assists the Director in monitoring departmental goals;
- Prepares or coordinates preparation of financial and administrative reports; reviews and analyzes statistics, financial data, and management planning data for predicting resource needs and developing long-range plans;
- Other duties as required.
Qualification and Skills
- Skill and knowledge attained by successful completion of a Post-secondary degree in Political Science, First Nation Studies, Communications or Aboriginal Law or a related field, a minimum of three years’ experience in a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience;
- Cultural competency and knowledge of Musqueam and First Nation cultural traditions.
- Some Project management methods and skills (including resourcing, planning, executing and reporting);
- Skill in the use of workplace technology, specifically computers, communications equipment, business software;
- Successful Criminal Record Check
Skills and Abilities
- Exceptional communicator with excellent writing skills, grammatically exact and in a conversational style complemented with editing skills
- Ability to use tact and good judgment
- Ability to handle multiple priorities and complete tasks/projects in accordance with stated deadlines
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- The work is performed in an office environment
- Successful criminal background check
- Valid Driver’s License
Why work for Musqueam?
- Training and career development
- Business casual office
- Community fitness and gym access
- Comprehensive group benefits plan and pension plan
Please email cover letter and resume to: [email protected]
and reference “Title & Rights Coordinator” 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.