Chief Administrative Officer – Job Opening

Chief Administrative Officer – Job Opening

Chief Administrative Officer

Our Vision 
Prophet River First Nation strives to be a self-reliant culturally connected First Nation with proud, responsible, independent members; a clear, viable and environmentally responsible economic future for our citizens; and a healthy happy, drug and alcohol free community that thrives on mutual respect, integrity, honesty and traditional cultural values.

Position Summary
Reporting directly to the Chief and Council, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) leads the planning, organization, implementation, and evaluation of the overall management and day-to-day operations of Prophet River First Nation (PRFN). The CAO ensures overall fiscal responsibility and oversees the delivery of effective programs that meet the needs of the Prophet River membership. This position is the primary liaison  between Chief and Council and the Administration and leads the Management Team  and staff in operationalizing and implementing the strategic direction set by Chief and  Council

Primary/Core Responsibilities
Leadership and Operations

  • Oversees all operations and programs including; Administration, Finance, Trust  Administration, Health and Wellness, Education, Housing, Operations and Maintenance,  Capital Projects, Lands and Resources, and Economic Development.
  • Ensures that effective policies are developed, approved, implemented, and followed with regard to Human Resources, Finance, Programs, and Operations.
  • Oversees Human Resources for the organization including policy, workforce planning, employee relations, recruiting and selection, performance management, employee development, and occupational health and safety.
  • Communicates effectively and ensures clarify of management and staff roles and responsibilities.
  • Provides guidance and mentoring to employees, and works to resolve any interpersonal issues between staff or with staff and members.
  • Leads the Management Team to ensure a healthy and productive work environment where employees work together to achieve individual, departmental, and PRFN goals.

Financial Oversight 

  • Provides oversight, and has the ultimate responsibility for PRFN’s Finances, including annual budget preparation, overall financial and cost controls, financial management and accountability. Ensures financial risks are mitigated. Oversees and administers all contracts.
  • Works in collaboration with the Director of Finance to provide regular financial reports and updates to the Chief and Council.
  • Ensures that all reporting requirements are met for external funders.

Chief and Council

  • Supports Council in the development of Prophet River First Nation’s strategic plan and goals.
  • Attends and provides information and advice at Council and Membership meetings.
  • Makes recommendations to Council for amendments to an existing policy, and the development of new policy where required.
  • Provides reports and recommendations for changes or improvements to programs and services, infrastructure, housing, and capital projects.
  • Ensures all Band Council Resolutions and documents are properly executed, recorded,  and filed.

Member Relations 

  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with PRFN members; both in community and urban. Assists members and responds to their inquiries/requests or delegates as appropriate to ensure members receive timely responses.
  • Ensures effective member engagement and communication.
  • Chairs the Member Advisory Committee(s) and reports recommendations from the Committee(s) to the Chief and Council.
  • External Relations
  • Negotiates, reviews, and approves agreements, contracts, and proposals as directed by the Chief and Council.
  • Explores, reviews, and pursues funding streams.
  • Manages strategies and processes for navigating and evaluating major projects that impact PRFN.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, and other agencies and organizations, acting in the best interests of  PRFN.
  • Represents PRFN at various meetings and other functions.

Training, Education and Experience

  • Degree in Business Management or related field.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively more responsible management experience within an Indigenous organization is required.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check
  • Class 5 Divers License with satisfactory driver’s abstract.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Exceptional leadership skills and the ability to lead and manage a team of senior management and staff providing a variety of programs and services.
  • Well-developed understanding of business management, as well as operational and financial functions.
  • Ability to oversee, manage, and monitor the implementation of various initiatives, program changes and additions, and projects.
  • Excellent business and finance acumen with the ability to analyze situations and make sound decisions and/or recommendations.
  • Ability to assess operational needs and effectively implement systems to optimize resources.
  • Ability to build a strong team and work effectively within a team environment
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships both internally and externally.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to make effective presentations.
  • Intermediate proficiency level in Microsoft Office (MS).
  • Genuine respect for Prophet River First Nation culture and protocols.

To Apply
Submit Resume, Cover Letter and a minimum of three (3) references either by email or  drop off Attention:
Chief Valerie Askoty
Prophet River First Nation

Deadline to Apply – 4:30 pm Monday, October 18, 2021

Preference is given to members of Prophet River First Nation