Communications/Special Projects Officer

Job No: SN190754
Location: North Vancouver


CLOSES:  JANUARY 30, 2020 11:30PM (PST)
  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


Reporting to the Director the incumbent is responsible for high-level administrative tasks to support the diverse needs of the Education, Employment & Training department.  Incumbent is the first point of contact for complaints for department, gathering enough information to forward to Manager/Director to handle. The incumbent is responsible for time sensitive projects and initiatives, and acts as the lead special projects officer to the Director.  Point of contact for department’s communications, as well as updating communication mediums i.e. Facebook.  While most duties follow established procedure; some independent judgment is required. The position requires a broad range of administrative management skills as well as an executive administrative assistant level of experience to meet the diverse administrative/communication needs.  Advanced knowledge of Squamish Nation and mainstream education policies, practices and protocols is required.  Operates at a high level of people interaction and must be able to respond with courtesy, tact and diplomacy.  The incumbent keeps all Squamish Nation information strictly confidential.

 Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides high-level administrative support to Education, Employment & Training Department.
  • Performs various communications task for Education, Employment & Training Department.
  • Acts as an assistant to the Director of Education, Employment & Training.
  • Acts as the lead special projects officer to the Director of Education, Employment & Training.
  • Adheres to workplace health and safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of the Administration and Education, Employment & Training Teams.

 Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications or Business Management/Administration is preferred or relevant/related field from a recognized post-secondary institution. May be willing to consider incumbent currently in at least 3rd year of bachelor’s degree in relevant/related field where incumbent must obtain/complete degree within a set timeframe.
  • Incumbent may also be required to further their education dependent on incumbent’s education/experience within a set timeframe.
  • 2 – 3 years of directly-related experience in the majority of duties listed in job description including admin/executive level tasks, special project coordination, communications/media, report writing, personal assistance, high level administrative skills, etc.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to Squamish Language, project coordination, administration management, computer upgrading, business/grammar writing, communications and media, problem-solving, database management etc.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is preferred, specifically, in the area of Education.
  • Experience as an advanced user of MS Office, the internet etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Search as per Squamish Nation Policy.
  • May be willing to consider Diploma from recognized post-secondary institution in a relevant/related field, plus a minimum of 4 years, where incumbent will be required to obtain/complete Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant/related field within a set timeframe and where the incumbent will progress from ‘trainee’ to full position, responsibilities and salary, upon completion of degree.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting & are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.

Salary: $43,995 to $51,758 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package. A trainee incumbent will receive a salary below the above, where salary will increase over time with completion of education, experience and/or training.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 


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