Chief of Staff, Council Support

Job No: SN200247
Location: North Vancouver


Due to COVID 19, the start date for the position will be determined thru Provincial Health Guidance.

CLOSES: August 19, 2020
  • 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.


Integral to productivity and effectiveness, the Chief of Staff is a multi-talented professional who wears many hats, with diverse responsibilities. Reporting to Co-Chairs, this position works closely with Council, provides administrative management and project management, communications, governance, and Council administrative support. The incumbent is strategic and organized with knowledge of governance, political advocacy, communications, and project management, and works in alignment with the Squamish Nation Strategic Plan. Using strong leadership, the Chief of Staff assists with daily operations, including problem solving and effective decision-making. Timely communication and flexibility with hours will be required as urgent matters could require the Chief of Staff to provide communication with Council outside of regular office hours.

 Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a strategic advisor to Co-Chairs and Council, including helping identify and move forward strategic priorities, opportunities, and needs, as well as evaluating progress.
  • Assumes day-to-day responsibility for staff management, projects and tasks, including meeting preparation and follow-up. 
  • Performs varying duties as issues arise and depending on shifting needs.
  • Liaises with Co-Chairs to preload on meetings and support strategically in the achievement of the Council objectives.
  • Supports the execution on duties such as coordinating travel, organizing high profile events and communication.
  • Assists in preparation and collection of work such as agendas, presentations, marketing, and public relations initiatives across multiple organization departments.
  • Works with a staff team to organize governance related events.
  • Ensures things are handled in a highly confidential, professional and discrete manner.
  • Provides direction, guidance and support to team members and motivate them to achieve a high level of performance and productivity.
  • Represents the Nation with professionalism, values alignment, and enjoy building and nurturing relationships.

 Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Communications, Business Administration, Project Management or related discipline.
  • 4+ years of experience in staff management, project management, and budget oversight.
  • As career progresses, the successful candidate will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to Council Support.
  • Experience in working with high performance leaders in operations, recruiting, high level roles with innovative, driven leaders.
  • Experience as an intermediate or advanced level user of email, MS Office Suite.
  • Proficient in MS Office, specifically in Excel and strong computer skills.
  • Proven experience working collaboratively, communicating clearly, and engaging respectfully with others.
  • Must be fluent in English.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must be able to travel to Squamish Valley as needed and work paid overtime on occasion.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Record Check as per Squamish Nation Policy.

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.

Wage: $84,683 - $99,627 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package. 

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


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