Language Planner

Job No: SN200254
Location: North Vancouver


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

CLOSES:  September 17, 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.


Reporting to the Manager, Language and Cultural Affairs, this position coordinates and creates oral certification guidelines, teacher certification guidelines, naming process and language protocol. The Language Planner also assists with funding, accountability and reporting. This position has excellent coordination skills, and high level of organization and communication skills while preserving the Squamish Nation culture.

         Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Creates a marketing and promotion plan related to Squamish Language policy framework – that includes a component of social media; community sharing via newsletters; updates to communicate with language learners.
  • Creates and implements a Squamish language needs assessment. Shares results with Language Commission.
  • Supports implementation of Squamish Language Policy Framework.
  • Supports to create oral certification guidelines, teacher certification guidelines, language protocol, naming process, funding, accountability and reporting.
  • Helps with community engagement strategy and communication with key stakeholders.
  • Sets up meetings and record meetings.
  • Organizes an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) training session.
  • Writes a final report that details all of the project deliverables and is made accessible to community members.
  • Contributes cooperatively to the Squamish Nation Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nit ta Snew̓iyálh Language and Cultural Affairs team to achieve position and department goals.

    Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:

  • Diploma or Certificate in First Nations Studies, Marketing, Business, or a relevant/ related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • 2 - 3 years (Diploma) or 4 – 5 years (Certificate) of directly-related experience in the majority of duties in the job description including Marketing, developing community-based programming and First Nation-based programming (preferably Squamish Nation), event coordination, social media management, Business writing; and other external and internal contacts, acting as main resource on cultural knowledge and learning, and planning and evaluating programs, activities and events, and Squamish Nation culture, practices and protocols.
  • Proven experience developing and fostering relationships with internal and external stakeholders to advance the vision and goals of a department and/or organization.
  • Strong knowledge of Squamish Nation culture, traditions and heritage is preferred.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations environment is preferred.
  • Experience as an intermediate level user of the Internet and Microsoft Office Applications, etc.
  • Advanced experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Must provide three (3) business references. Valid references must be a direct supervisor who is familiar with the applicant’s work.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5.
  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance that meets company policy.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required, occasionally with limited advance notice.
  • Must be willing to travel as required.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search 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.


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


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