Posted Nov 17, 2020Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Special Projects



Business: Cook's Ferry Indian Band
Address: PO Box 130, 3691 Deer Lane Spences Bridge, BC V0K 2L0


Administrative Community Management



Department(s): Executive

Wage Scale: Negotiable

Benefits: Group Benefits

(including medical, dental, extended health), Pension Plan, and Housing [if reqd]

Reports To: Band Manager

POTENTIAL START DATE: December 14, 2020 or soon thereafter

POSITION TYPE: Permanent Full-time


The Cook’s Ferry Indian Band is looking for an experienced professional to take on the role of being the

Band’s MANAGER, STRATEGIC INITIATIVES & SPECIAL PROJECTS! We are seeking a candidate who

understands and has knowledge around the political, cultural, and spiritual protocols with our First Nation

community, and who will uphold the vision of community leadership.


projects, specifically at the executive or council level. The ideal candidate is a highly competent, flexible,

well-organized team player who has excellent project management skills and enjoys leading initiatives.

The individual must be comfortable interacting with individuals at all levels in both industry and

government, but also enjoys conducting research and has the ability to be able to successfully support

the fast-paced work of senior-level colleagues.


The Cook’s Ferry Indian Band is an Nlaka’pamux First Nations government located in the Central Interior

region of the province of British Columbia. We are a community of 347 Band members with 15% of our

members residing on reserve and 85% residing off reserve. Cook’s Ferry has 26 reserves of various sizes

that primarily lie in the Thompson River Valley between Ashcroft, Lytton, and Antko (proximal to the City

of Merritt).

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.

As a Council, the executive leadership approved in recent years the Band’s Comprehensive Community

Plan, Housing Plan, Election Code, and adopted a Financial Administration Law and entered into with

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada a 10-year funding relationship.

To learn more about Cook’s Ferry, please visit


The MANAGER, STRATEGIC INITIATIVES & SPECIAL PROJECTS is responsible and accountable for

the strategic planning, management, monitoring and review of critical projects. The position is expected to

provide strategic thought leadership to cross functional project teams, stakeholders, and senior leaders

while demonstrating a keen eye for the tactical elements of projects. The position partners with the Band

Manager, operations leaders, and other members of the senior leadership team to identify and evaluate

opportunities for efficiency and growth, through pro-active seeking out, prioritizing, and development of

initiatives. The position will provide end to end project leadership (concept to completion), fully owning the

mechanisms which ensure successful project delivery using a creative, focused, and synergistic project

development process to include internal stakeholders and external strategic partnerships

The position supports and works closely with Cook’s Ferry’s Management Team and is expected to serve

on the following committees:

Emergency Management Services

What We Offer

As a successful leader of our Indigenous Government one can expect the following:

Competitive salary

Comprehensive medical and dental benefits


Housing (if required)

Flexible work schedule in a business casual environment

Professional development and training program



Assists the Band Manager and Council with the formulation of long-term strategies, goals, and objectives.

Lead, Manage, and Contribute to Projects

Leads strategic initiatives in partnership with multiple business units, consultants, and stakeholders.

Develops and manages project workplans, including scope of work, roles and responsibilities of team members, timeline, and resources required for the project.

Leads project teams, ensuring effective communication among team members.

Gains deep knowledge on strategic initiatives and how they function at the field level.

Develops actionable tactics and solutions for strategic initiatives.

Develops budget requirements for strategic initiatives and manages project resources within budgets, including staff time and external consultants/contractors.

Manage funder/client relationships.

Ensures on-time submission of all deliverables including narrative and financial reports.

Supports production, web posting, and distribution of project documents and other materials and communications.

Balance needs of multiple projects, reprioritizing frequently.

Provides input on proposed solutions for strategic initiatives and other business projects.

Conducts background research for potential projects.

Prepares business cases.

Performs other related duties as assigned by Band Manager

Analyze, Synthesize, and Disseminate Information

Identifies project objectives and key questions, and develop conceptual and operational approach to addressing them

Synthesizes complex information in writing (e.g. issue brief, fact sheet) and visually for distribution to various audiences

Leads process of internal review and quality assurance, external review, and revision to ensure accuracy and accessibility.

Prepares Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in the solicitation of consultant support on an array of projects.

Reviews and monitors service agreements and consultant services as required; prepares regular progress reports. Also tracks and reports statistics for programs and special projects. Reviews invoices for work done; recommends payment as appropriate.

Facilitate Partnerships and Lead Communications

Develops and maintains partnerships with stakeholders and partners to ensure successful execution of projects and initiatives.

Leads workgroup meetings and/or individual meetings with ad hoc advisory groups convened for the purpose of guiding specific projects; manages meeting scheduling and logistics, develops agendas, prepares presentations and materials, and facilitates discussions to reach decisions.

Implements decisions and follow-up activities.

Researches issues as needed to support workgroup deliberations on any assigned topic, gathering information from a variety of sources (e.g. publications, online resources, interviews with key informants). Develop discussion documents and recommendations, and vet internally.

Communicates effectively with project advisors/participants and other stakeholders; build and maintain positive relationships.

Investment/Team Work

Actively helps guide initiatives to pursue funding, grants & additional investment

Assists in the development of economic development opportunities for Cook’s Ferry including project management for business development


The Manager is/has the

Knowledgeable of Cook’s Ferry people, traditions, teachings and culture.

Ability to influence and persuade teams/individuals without direct reporting alignment to self

Ability to develop and work with budgets, cost models and business cases

A creative thinker with highly developed problem-solving skills.

A communicator with 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.

Able to respond to people compassionately as well as objectively.

Able to manage a variety of overlapping projects and have proven project management experience.

Experience and understanding of Federal and Provincial Legislation pertaining to First Nations is considered an asset.

Technically literate with intermediate level computer skills including MS Office.

Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and working independently including evenings and weekends. Some travel required.


Possesses a university degree in public administration, planning, or project management.

Possesses a broad knowledge of and experience in the public sector with 3 – 5 years’ directly related experience.

Must have knowledge of First Nations history, traditions, lifestyles, culture, including approaches to community development and programming.

Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision

Demonstrated project management skills; experience leading complex projects involving a variety of stakeholders

Experience in facilitating meetings and leading discussions preferred

Keen attention to detail, while not losing sight of the big picture

Clear sense of priorities and objectives; ability to anticipate needs, recommend options, and implement solutions; flexible to changing needs and objectives

Self-starter, with ability to act on own initiative and make decisions

Excellent interpersonal, collaborative and communication skills; able to interact successfully with people of all levels

Desire to be helpful in any way needed to support the team, program, and organization


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee

encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be

made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Exposed to typical office

environment conditions and noise levels. Frequently required to travel to events, meetings or training by

car; may also occasionally travel out of the area for meetings or training opportunities by car or air.

Regularly scheduled to work 35 hours per week; occasionally required to work more than 40 hours per

week to meet deadlines, finish assignments, or attend meetings.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to

successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to

enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



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