Gitxaała territories stretch from the Nass River to Aristazabal Island, on the north coast of British Columbia. The Gitxaała (also known as Git Lax M’oon, people of the saltwater) are one of the most ancient societies on the coast. The village of Lach Klan (Kitkatla, BC) has been continuously inhabited since time immemorial. Gitxaała hereditary leaders from the four clans, Gisputwada, Ganhada, Lax’sgiik and Laxgibuu, manage and protect their territories and resources according to their ayaawx, traditional laws. Gitxaała harvesters use almost 100 different marine and terrestrial resources to feed their community. Gitxaała citizens, currently numbering 1992, celebrate their history, practice their traditions, respect their laws, and cherish their lands, waters and resources no matter where they reside.
We have a great opportunity to join the leadership team in the role of Director of Education, Training & Employment. Based out of Prince Rupert, BC and reporting to the Band Administrator, the new Director will be guided by the Gitxaaĺa Nation Education, Training and Employment Plan which is supported by a 10-year budget with programs and services delivered from the offices of the Continuous Learning Centre located in both Prince Rupert and Lach Kan (Kitkatla). The new Director will play a critical and important role in fulfilling existing mandates and program delivery with their team and will make contributions in shaping a resilient future centred on meaningful and accessible training and education programming.
The Director’s key mandates are as follows:
1. Lead a team (4) in overseeing implementation of existing and ongoing training and education programs
2. Pursue funding to support new and emerging programs, and oversee their delivery
3. Lead or organize strategic planning to re-vitalize governance related to training and capacity building programs, education, and their related operations
4. Operationalize mandates flowing from strategic planning including resourcing, developing complimentary and cohesive policies, procedures, and operational frameworks
5. Create clear and functional programs that ensure member access to training and post-secondary education opportunities
6. Support and encourage meaningful employment for Gitxaaĺa Nation members in Lach Klan, the Region and wherever Gitxaaĺa members may reside – including working for Gitxaala-owned enterprises and other Gitxaala organizations
7. Reduce barriers to employment training for members through collaboration with regional industry partners, educational institutions, unions, and government partners
8. Increase the number of Gitxaaĺa Nation members with in-demand skills
9. Ensure workplans and budgets are adhered to and revised with proper approval as needed
This is an impactful role for the community. As such, we are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:
• A relevant undergraduate degree (business administration, education, human resources) with applicable work experience at the management or director level.
• Demonstrable experience in the development and implementation of training and educational programs.
• Experience developing and managing annual workplans and budgets in the execution of training and skills programs
• Strong technical writing skills, and experience in writing policies, procedures, and proposals
• Management experience leading teams and empowering them to deliver on goals
• Proven experience collaborating with government, private and public sector, and community agencies to establish to execute projects and build partnership
• Ability to produce various outreach materials, briefing notes, reports and grant proposals
• Design, implementation, and management of workplace transition and/or learning initiatives/programs
• Experience with Essential Skills initiatives
• Experience working with Indigenous organizations
For the Director role, the base salary will be in the range of $110,000 to $120,000 per year (negotiable). Benefits will include extended health care, disability insurance, dental care, vision care, life insurance, and paid time off (vacation plus sick leave) as well as relocation assistance.
All candidates will be given the same level of care in the application review process. We are looking for the right individual with a diverse mix of experience and skillsets, as well as an appreciation for the culture of the Gitxaala Nation.
These sorts of roles don’t come often. If this role is for you, then we want to hear from you.
Please apply directly through the online system or email Kataneh Sherkat at email@example.com for more information on the opportunity.