Job Opportunity: Program Manager – Shipping, Marine Safety, and Ocean Protection

Job Opportunity: Program Manager – Shipping, Marine Safety, and Ocean Protection

Duration: 6 Month Term (April – Sept 2018) with potential for renewal

Location: Vancouver, BC

Full time, Term Contract Position

The Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative (CFN-GBI) has an exciting and unique opportunity for a full-time contract program manager to join our team. The Program Manager provides policy and program support to the Nations participating in the Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Bioregional Ocean Management and Protection (the RFA), on issues relating to shipping, marine safety, and ocean protection.

About the Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative

The CFN-GBI is an alliance of First Nations on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii. The alliance includes Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk Nation, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Nuxalk Nation, Old Massett, Skidegate, and Council of the Haida Nation. The principal goal of this group is to restore and implement ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable resource management approaches on the Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii. For more information on the Coastal First Nations refer to www.coastalfirstnations.ca

Job description:

The Program Manager provides policy and program support to the Nations participating in the Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Bioregional Ocean Management and Protection (the RFA), on issues relating to shipping, marine safety, and ocean protection. Topics include waterway management and governance; maritime awareness systems; emergency preparedness and response; and management of environmental and community impacts of shipping. Reporting to Gary Wilson, General Manager, the Program Manager works through the venues and processes established by the First Nations Ocean Management Forum and the RFA.

More specifically, the Program Manager  works with the leadership of the North Pacific Coast Nations, along with the Nations’ technical and policy staff and advisors, to help align and articulate
the Nations’ shipping-related goals and objectives within the overall context of oceans co-management and the RFA;  tracks relevant issues, identifies strategic opportunities and challenges, and works with the Nations’ staff and advisors to help develop plans and strategies to advance the Nations’ goals and objectives;  coordinates meetings and workshops among the Nations, and between the Nations’ representatives and staff of federal and provincial agencies, to advance collaborative work on projects and policy issues;  engages subject matter experts to provide advice and technical support to the Nations as required;  prepares briefings and decision support tools to the Nations’ leadership as required;  advises on communications, outreach, and stakeholder engagement activities;  manages budgets, oversees technical projects, and delivers regular program updates summarizing activities and outcomes.

Qualifications:  A graduate degree in a relevant field and a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience;  Excellent organizational and project management skills;  Strong written and verbal communications, including ability to synthesize complex policy and technical information into clear and concise briefing materials;  Proven ability to manage and facilitate productive group discussions, to chair meetings, and to reconcile diverse perspectives;  A good understanding of policy and program development processes; and  A good understanding of principles of collaborative management and nationto-nation relationships.  Familiarity with First Nations’ rights and interests related to shipping and ocean management in the Northern Shelf Bioregion is a strong asset.  Understanding of the regulatory and policy context for ocean management, marine planning, and shipping issues in Canada is a strong asset.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume or CV to officeadmin@coastalfirstnations.ca to the attention of Darcy Dobell by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.

Note: Only those shortlisted will be contact.