Band Manager - Whitefish River First Nation - Client Opportunity

Band Manager - Whitefish River First Nation - Client Opportunity

22 Jul
Birch Island

22 Jul


Birch Island

Your opportunity:

Whitefish River First Nation (WRFN) is currently seeking applications for the position of Band Manager.

Reporting to Chief and Council, the Band Manager is a key leadership role accountable for strategic and operational oversight and delivery of all WRFN programs and services including (but not limited to): Health, Education, Social Services, Housing, Ontario Works, Public Works, Economic Development and Administration. The Band Manager acts as a liaison between other government agencies and departments, private industries and any other individuals, groups or agencies operating in the First Nation. This position ensures that all business and operations are conducted in an ethical, professional and responsible,

and meets the strategic goals and objectives of Whitefish River First nation on behalf of its members.

As the leader of a dynamic, multi-faceted team of over 50 employees working toward various mandates in multiple locations within the community, the Band Manager must be committed to the effective delivery of Human Resources activities in accordance with WRFN policies. The incumbent will be a skilled administrator who can successfully navigate the distinction between administrative and political demands, and work with both staff and Chief & Council in a manner that benefits WRFN as a whole.


Ensure strategic goals/plans, policies, procedures and community programs are developed, implemented and evaluated.

Ensure effective delivery of operational and management planning and budgeting, including the implementation of WRFN’s Strategic Plan and directing human resources and financial planning.

Provide leadership and management to staff in accordance with WRFN policies, procedures and performance expectations including performance evaluations.

Oversee all programming, services and departments.

Act as a liaison and maintain relationships with external agencies, in particular the important relationships with:

UCCM Tribal Police Services

Mnaamodzawin Health Services Inc.

Noojimowin Teg

Indigenous Services Canada

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Anishinabek Education System

Ministry of Social Assistance

Provide records and documents to the relevant governments and agencies when requested.

Act as a liaison between Administration and Chief & Council, and serves in an advisory role to the Council on all aspects of WRFN activities.

Represent WRFN at local, regional, provincial and national meetings as required.

Develop and maintain positive community relationships with a variety of stakeholders and provide support for cultural and community initiatives.

Promotes, encourages, and leads by example to provide a positive working environment that is aligned with the culture and values of WRFN.


Education and Experience

Completed degree in Business Administration, Finance, Law, Public Administration or a related/relevant discipline;

Minimum of two (2) years’ experience managing and supervising staff of over 40 employees, preferably in a related role and field; OR

a relevant combination of education and experience; preference will be given to candidates who have completed graduate programs in the areas outlined above.

Must have a very good understanding and adhere to General Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP) and Funding Contribution Funding Agreements.

Proposal writing experience and skills.

Experience working with First Nations people, organizations and communities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of First Nation communities and structures, and the ability to integrate traditional and mainstream practices as a central and vital part of the delivery of programs and services.

Knowledge of local services available to the WRFN community.

Knowledge and application of the Indian Act, and Non-Insured Health Benefits Program.

Knowledge, understanding, respect and sensitivity of the Anishinabek culture, traditions and the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in difficult and conflicting situations

Strong analytical skills

Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to apply sound judgement and reasoning

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Excellent planning, organizational and time-management skills

Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office software

Able to work independently while also managing the dynamics in a collaborative and cross-functional team environment

Demonstrated ability to work with confidential, highly sensitive and personal information

Willingness to work flexible hours including unplanned overtime as needed

Proven ability to work with First Nation communities and people

Ability to work within the Anishinabek Education System

Ability to understand and speak Anishnaabemowin is an asset

Upon Hire

Must provide a clear Police Criminal Reference Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Check

Must have a valid Ontario driver’s license with access to a vehicle and ability to travel

Members of Whitefish River First Nation are encouraged to apply.

We are committed to fair and equitable recruiting practices. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to come forward at any stage of the recruitment process to request accommodations if needed.