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The Tla’amin Nation is a modern, forward-thinking First Nation government at an exciting point in its history.  In April 2016, the community became self-governing through the BC Modern Treaty Process.  You have the opportunity to participate in making history, while situated in this stunning, safe and serene coastal community on BC’s Sunshine Coast.  As we continue to complete filling the roles in our organization chart, we have an exciting new position to implement.

Title:                          Policy and Intergovernmental Relations Manager

Job Type:                Full-Time, Permanent – Senior Management

Reporting to:         Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)


  • A comprehensive health & dental plan and disability insurance fully paid for by the Nation.
  • An optional pension plan with matched contributions from the Nation.  
  • Competitive salary, to be determined based on the applicant’s qualifications.  


The Policy and Intergovernmental Relations Manager supports treaty implementation and self-governance through research, analysis, drafting, negotiations and leadership. Working with a dynamic group of Directors and Managers, you are a strategic thinker who wants to contribute to a growing and high-potential First Nation government. You are well equipped to lead a growing team and are comfortable coaching and mentoring at all levels.


  • Review internal and external proposals to advise the Executive Council of potential implications to the Nation’s legal, policy and intergovernmental frameworks.
  • Plan and develop new and amended laws, regulations, policies and processes in collaboration with other departments.
  • Research best practices in other governments and analyze existing Tla’amin laws, regulations, policies and processes. 
  • Coordinate the drafting of language consistent with the direction of the Legislative Assembly and introduce options for consideration. 
  • Assist the Executive Council and Legislative Assembly in compliance with the Nation’s legal framework and the implementation thereof.
  • Regularly review all laws for relevant updates and amendments.
  • Provide administrative support to the Executive Council and Legislative Assembly, including preparation of briefing material, motions and resolutions.
  • Advance Tla’amin’s intergovernmental priorities by managing engagement and negotiation with Canada, British Columbia, other First Nation governments, and local municipal governments.
  • Manage Tla’amin community data, track indicators and assess Nation performance in meeting policy objectives.
  • Prepare reports and materials for other department heads to facilitate presentations to Executive Council and/or the Legislative Assembly.
  • Write briefing materials and speaking notes for Legislators, Executive Councillors and senior staff.


  • Master’s degree in political science, public policy or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a related role.
  • An acceptable combination of experience and education may be considered.
  • Background in leading negotiations and policy development.
  • Competence to respond to changing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, with strong abilities in writing succinct briefing materials.
  • Proficient in working with data management and spreadsheet software.
  • Ethical, accountable, diplomatic and tactful.
  • Experienced in project management and developing / mentoring staff.
  • Knowledge and experience working with First Nations communities and governments is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of the functions of federal, provincial, Treaty First Nation and municipal governments, and detailed knowledge of the BC Modern Treaty Process is an asset.

Deadline:     This opportunity will remain open until the position is filled.

A criminal record check and driving abstract which are acceptable to the Nation will be required from the successful candidate.

Please submit resume and cover letter, using “PIR Manager” as the subject, to:


or, marked with “PIR Manager”, to: 4779 Klahanie Road, Powell River, BC  V8A 0C4

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted

Absolutely no phone calls please

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