Cultural Coordinator

Job No: SN90
Location: North Vancouver, BC

Permanent Full Time 

Closing Date: March 22, 2018 at 11:30 PM (PST)

  • Great opportunity to help make a difference to the Squamish First Nations community.
  • Enjoy a competitive salary, plus comprehensive benefits and pension plan.

About the Squamish Nation

The Squamish Nation 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. 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.

About the Opportunity

 Reporting to the Manager, LCA (Language, Culture and Archives), this position coordinates cultural activities and programming for Squamish Nation community members. The Cultural Coordinator also assists in providing community programming and supports cultural programming to organizations outside of the Squamish Nation. The incumbent has strong knowledge of Squamish Nation heritage, culture, traditions, and/or language.  This position has excellent coordination skills, and has a genuine interest is coordinating cultural programs, preserving the Squamish Nation culture.

Other responsibilities include: 

  • Supports the implementation of cultural programming.
  • Assists with assessing Squamish Nation’s cultural programs.
  • Ensures accurate program records are maintained.
  • Provides coordination/support for administration processes/procedures related to cultural programming, and updates division/management.
  • Communicates with external/internal contacts with cultural questions/inquiries.
  • Assists with special projects for division / department as required.
  • Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of Language, Culture & Archives; and Education, Employment & Training Teams.

The ideal candidate will also have:  

  • Diploma or Certificate in First Nations Studies, Anthropology/Archaeology, Business or a relevant/ related field from a recognized post-secondary institution. May be willing to consider incumbent who has demonstrated cultural knowledge/practice and has completed training courses related to job duties or must be willing to complete within set timeframe.
  • Plus 5 - 7 years (with Diploma) or 7 - 9 years (with Certificate) of directly-related experience in the majority of duties in the job description including developing community-based programming and First Nation-based programming (preferably Squamish Nation), liaising with cultural practitioners; and other external and internal contacts, acting as main resource on cultural knowledge and learning, and planning and evaluating programs, activities and events.
  • 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 Community (particularly Squamish) is preferred.
  • Experience as an intermediate level user of the Internet and Microsoft Office Applications, etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible work schedule
  • Must be able to work evenings/weekends.
  • Must be willing to travel as required.
  • Must successfully complete Vulnerable Sector Search Criminal Records Check as per Squamish Nation policy.
  • Grade 12 plus a minimum 8 years relevant/related work experience may substitute for above education and experience, with completion of additional experience and coursework completion as required. A combination of education and relevant work experience may be considered for above education and experience.

As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to Squamish Language, culture, history, cultural programming, evaluating programs, etc.

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.

Squamish Nation offers you the opportunity to contribute at an exciting time of growth within the community, and play a part in employee initiatives, environmental protection activities, and community building. 

If you are looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation.  Apply online today! Please note that candidates must apply online by March 22, 2018 at 11:30 PM (PST). 

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