Title & Rights Manager
The Musqueam people have lived in our present location for thousands of years. Our traditional territory once occupied much of what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. 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 məθkʷəy̓ plant. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, our community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs. Today our population flourishes and we are a strong community of over thousand members. To learn more about Musqueam, please visit www.musqueam.bc.ca.
Musqueam Indian Band is seeking a Title & Rights Manager. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer the Title & Rights Manager is responsible managing the Title & Rights group. Title & Rights oversees Musqueam’s Title & Rights referral system, coordination of major projects within Musqueam territory, GIS services, archeology, self-government negotiations, and strategic engagements. In addition, this position works in partnership with the Fisheries Manager, Environmental Stewardship Manager, and Archives Manager to support external negotiations, engagements and consultations related to Title & Rights.
- Provided leadership and supervision to approximately twenty employees and professional consultants.
- Establishes annual operational plan and budget for Rights & Title department including quarterly reporting.
- Oversees internal preparations for consultations, engagements and negotiations by Chief & Council with external parties.
- Directs research, analysis, policy development and implementation of Musqueam Title & Rights bylaws, policies and procedures.
- Oversees development and approval of mandates by Chief & Council for negotiations, engagements and consultations.
- Plans and carries out internal consultations with Musqueam members on Title & Rights projects such as self-government negotiations, impacts of major projects within Musqueam territory, and proposed settlement agreements.
- Requests legal advice for strategic negotiations and operations including regulatory review processes and related judicial or quasi-judicial review processes.
- Works with Fisheries Manager, Environmental Stewardship Manager and Archives Manager on issues related to Title and Rights.
- Develops and maintains effective working relationships with external partners and stakeholders including governments, aboriginal organizations, and industry.
- Provides updates to Chief and Council regarding status of projects with relevant government agencies, First Nations and key external contacts.
- Fosters positive relationships with Musqueam members.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of Musqueam people, traditions, teachings, culture, protocols and practices.
- Strong relationship building and negotiating skills.
- Knowledge of federal, provincial, municipal and Indigenous governments.
- Knowledge of Indigenous title and rights and the legal landscape affecting this area.
- Ability to think strategically and analytically.
- Creative thinker with highly developed problem solving skills.
- Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people including Chief & Council, staff, membership, government officials and media.
- Well-developed writing skills including report writing.
- Ability to manage a variety of overlapping projects.
- Knowledge of financial management practices including the ability to seek funding, prepare proposals, manage budgets, financial reporting, capital funding, contracts and partnerships.
- 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
- Bachelor’s degree in First Nations studies, Law, Public Administration or related field.
- 5 – 7 years’ directly related experience including senior level experience in a First Nation environment.
- Demonstrated success building relationships and negotiating favourable outcomes.
Work takes place primarily in an office environment. Flexibility needed for travel, as well as evening and weekend work.
Please email cover letter and resume to: [email protected]
and reference “Title & Rights Manager” in the subject line.
Applicants of Musqueam and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.
Apply by April 5, 2019. Position will remain open until filled.
* We thank all those who apply, however, only those short-listed will be contacted.*