First Nations - Municipal CEDI Western Region Manager

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Summary of the First Nations-Municipal CEDI Prrogram

The First Nations - Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) is a joint initiative of Cando and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) that builds the capacity of adjacent First Nations and municipalities to enhance their community-to-community relationship and undertake joint planning for community economic development. In 2015, CEDI developed the Stronger Together Toolkit based on the experiences of its 6 participating partnerships nationwide. CEDI is currently approaching the end of its pilot phase (April 2013-March 2016) and is anticipating a second phase to begin in April 2016.

Position Summary

The First Nations - Municipal CEDI Western Region Manager is a new position with the primary responsibility for the management of the Western Region of the CEDI program and that all components of the program are delivered and maintained in an efficient and effective manner. The Western Region Manager is responsible for program delivery in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT and Yukon. The Western Region Manager will work as a member of the CEDI team to ensure that program delivery with participating communities is carried out in a culturally, politically, and socially appropriate fashion. This role will work with select First Nation communities and municipalities across Canada to facilitate workshops and other supports for their joint work, with various internal and external audiences to share information about the program and will play a key role in program development and community selection for a future phase of CEDI. This position works closely with the First Nations - Municipal CEDI Program Manager from the FCM, which is Cando's implementing partner organization for this program, and has supervisory responsibility for the CEDI Western Region Program Coordinator.

Important Notes

  • This position is based in Edmonton, Alberta and requires extensive travel across western Canada with some travel to eastern Canada. Travel time comprises approximately 30 per cent of the role.
  • This position will run to March 2016 with the very strong likelihood of extension to March 2019.

Responsibilities & Activities

Communications & Public Relations - work collaboratively with FCM's Communications team to coordinate website, traditional media and social media tasks consistent with the CEDI Communications Strategy; respond to inquiries about the program; and attend events such as seminars and conferences to present on any specific aspects of the CEDI program, or on the program as a whole.

Workshop Development, Coordination and Facilitation - design workshop content; coordinate the logistics and facilitate CEDI workshops.

Capacity Building Activities - coordinate CEDI's First Nations-Municipal Network on LinkedIn and other activities to build capacity with participating communities including peer mentorship, capacity-building grants, study tours and dissemination of the Stronger Together toolkit and other resources.

Program Development - participate in program planning and design sessions that will ensure that execution and control phases of the program are planned to a moderate to high level of detail; provide support to the community selection process for CEDI Phase 2.

Program Management - execute the program work plan and monitor the work progress; oversee and monitor the Western Region budget; ensure that risks are managed and work progress and status is communicated to the project stakeholders; contribute to semi-annual and final reporting as per the reporting requirements outlined in the contribution agreement with the program funders; and assist with the coordination of Program team meetings.

Research & Publications - assist with the research and coordination for the publication and dissemination of knowledge products, including the Stronger Together toolkit, that are produced as outcomes of the program.

Support to Cando Initiatives - attend and otherwise support Cando's existing special events, conferences and initiatives as required.

Education & Experience Required

  • Bachelors degree in a related field that is supplemented by related experience with demonstrated success in program delivery; graduate education would be an asset. An equivalent combination of lesser education and experience will be considered.
  • A minimum of four years of related, hands-on program development and management experience is required.
  • Working knowledge of existing federal and provincial programs and initiatives available to Aboriginal communities that support economic and business development.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal communities, organizations and governments across Canada.
  • Experience working with municipalities or municipal programming is an asset.
  • Bilingualism (English, French) is an asset.

Knowledge, Skills & Attitude Required

  • Ability to work very effectively as a part of a team.
  • Understanding of Aboriginal culture and protocols
  • Understanding of economic indicators and current issues, constraints and potential solutions to economic development amongst First Nation communities.
  • Knowledge of existing federal and provincial programs and initiatives available to Aboriginal communities that support economic and business development. - Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of business planning, community and regional economic development practices and techniques.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal. As much of the team communication happens using Skype, phone or email, this position requires a willingness to communicate virtually.
  • Strong general computer skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Skype. Experience using Citrix, Join.Me, LinkedIn, Twitter and Ingeniux CMS are assets.
  • Strong decision-making, problem solving, conceptual and strategic thinking skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional time management skills, organization skills and attention to detail.

Salary is commensurate with education and related experience. Relocation costs (if applicable) may be considered for a successful applicant.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: January 29th, 2016

Please forward your cover letter & resume to the attention of Svitlana Konoval, Manager of Administrative Services at skonoval at

29 Jan 2016
Cando and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
Ottawa  Ontario
Community Capacity Building
Entrepreneurship & Business Development
First Nations, Inuit and Métis