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Director, Language & Cultural Affairs - Squamish Nation

Mar 28, 2019
North Vancouver, British Columbia

Position:  Director, Language & Cultural Affairs

Permanent Full-time. 

Language& Cultural Affairs Department

North Vancouver, BC

Posting Closes:  March 28, 2019

Job Summary:

The Squamish Nation is looking for a creative, action-oriented, supportive manager in a Director of Language & Cultural Affairs that will be mandated to grow a newly created department that focuses on growing the language and culture of the Squamish People. Reporting to the Senior Director of Community Development, this position is responsible for directing and the development of the Language and Cultural Affairs Department to guide and manage the cultural and language vision of the Squamish Nation. The Director works with the Council Committees and the Senior Director, Community Development to set departmental objectives, determine and implement policies and processes to ensure Squamish people have access to their culture, heritage, archives and language. The incumbent will develop, assign, oversee and evaluate Squamish Nation language, cultural, and archival policies, programs and events. They will conduct and/or oversee research, prepare recommendations on language, cultural, and archival program development, and implement programs through liaison with elders, community groups, educational organizations, and governmental agencies. The incumbent provides language, cultural and historical information and advice and input to Squamish Nation departments, committees and external organizations. The Director works with manager(s) to assist in the preparation and ongoing submissions of grant applications and other sources of revenue generation and is responsible for fiscal management of department budgets. The Director oversees granting programs issued to Squamish Nation members and member groups to support Squamish language and culture. The incumbent continually demonstrates a commitment to learn and further broaden their knowledge of Squamish Nation culture, language, history and protocols.  This position requires the incumbent to operate at a high level of analytical, information processing and human interaction.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manages and directs the Language and Cultural Affairs Department; set goals and objectives; develops and implements policies and procedures; and provides programs and services to the Squamish Nation.
  • Develop or direct the preparation of reports, policies, and procedures; present reports to the Squamish Nation Co-Chairs and Council, Squamish Nation Senior Director, Community Development and related Commissions and Committees.
  • Develops and is responsible for new and diversified funding sources including foundation, individual, corporate and other public funding resources to support the work of the Language & Cultural Affairs Department.
  • Oversees management of department and staff; and develops and administers department budget.
  • Representative for Squamish Nation language and culture.
  • Actively works to raise the visibility of Squamish language & culture in the organization and in Squamish Nation territory.
  • Represents department in various public meetings, including Squamish Nation Council meetings and at meetings of the Squamish Nation community, and public.
  • Works closely with the Council Committees and other commissions and committees as necessary including managing staff that directly support those committees and commissions.
  • Provides project management services related to the Language & Cultural Affairs Department and ensures the work of consultants, art or cultural organizations, artists, and others are carried out.
  • Work collaboratively with all Squamish Nation departments and partners on language and cultural related projects and initiatives.
  • Supervises the Health and Safety of Employees and adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of Squamish Nation Leadership Team.

Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:

  • Masters or Bachelor’s degree in First Nation/Indigenous Studies/Governance, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, or a relevant/related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Minimum of 5 years (with Masters) or 7 years (with Bachelor’s) of related experience in the majority of duties listed in this job description including project management, language and cultural programming, cultural planning, cultural policy, field research, supervision/staff management, policy writing, budgetary responsibilities, proposal/grant writing, and spokesperson on issues related to job, etc.
  • May be willing to consider Grade 12 with post-secondary course work, in combination with relevant work experience in language and culture, with integral work experience including project management, staff management, budget management, program design and implementation, reporting to boards, etc.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to Squamish Nation language/culture, field research, project management, linguistics, proposal/grant writing, budgeting, supervision, etc.
  • Must have strong knowledge of Squamish Nation traditional practices, protocols and history.
  • Must have significant knowledge of Coast Salish worldviews, values, and cultural practices. A particular focus on Squamish culture is an asset.
  • Language skills in a Coast Salish language, with a particular focus on the Squamish Language, is an asset.
  • Previous work experience building and maintaining an effective management team.
  • Previous work experience must include financial management, working with Boards/Councils or Sr. Executives, committees, directing and leading teams, developing and maintain relationships, staff evaluations and other HR matters.
  • A minimum of 5 years successfully managing a team of 5 or more is preferred.
  • Experience as an intermediate/advanced level user MS Office, the internet, etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Within set timeframe, incumbent will be required to learn and speak introductory words/phrases in the Squamish language. And be expected to learn and further broaden Squamish Nation culture and language knowledge on continual basis.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends; and travel as required.
  • Ideal candidate has a valid BC driver’s license class 4 or 5, where class 7 may be considered, with a reliable vehicle and valid insurance, or will have to obtain in set timeframe.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check with a vulnerable sector search as per Squamish Nation Policy.

Preference will be given to candidates of Indigenous ancestry. 

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

Application MUST Include:

Cover Letter & Resume


As per policy, successful applicant will need to provide:

References from direct supervisors, and

Official copies of school records

Salary: As per Squamish Nation Performance & Compensation Strategy.

All applications must be completed usingon-line application, link for all postings, at:

ChenChenStway Human Resources 336 West 4th Street North Vancouver, BC V7M 1J1    604-985-8335


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