Executive Director

Liard First Nation
Liard First Nation
Executive Council Office, 305 Frank Trail, Watson Lake, Yukon, Y0A 1C0, Canada (Watson Lake, YT)
Full time
Hours / week:
Not Specified
Wage / Salary:
Not Disclosed
Date posted:
Closing date:


Liard First Nation is seeking an innovative Executive Director who is responsible for driving the long-term strategic vision and goals of the Liard First Nation (LFN) Chief and Council and for internal community, and intergovernmental affairs. This position works to build and support administrative capacity to advance LFNs goal of transition to self-government.  

We offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive medical and dental benefits
  • Pension
  • Flexible work schedule in a business casual environment
  • Professional development and training program

The ED supports and works closely with LFN’s Chief and Council

This includes:

  • To develop and implement Liard First Nation’s strategic plan.
  • Works with Senior Managers to develop departmental work plans in alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Works with LFN’s Chief and Council to ensure operational goals are achieved.
  • Provides guidance and assists with interpretation of policy to LFN’s Chief and Council in order to facilitate the best decisions on large scale projects.

Oversees, supports and advances Liard First Nation work in the following four (4) divisions: Intergovernmental Affairs; Community Services; Lands, Capital and Housing; Finance and Administration.

This includes:

  • Develop an understanding of industry stakeholder and other First Nation priorities.
  • Provides regular updates to LFN Chief and Council regarding status of projects.
  • Implements policies, decisions and regulations and makes recommendations for the efficient operations of all programs and services.
  • Ensures all departments are following internal policies and external legislation.
  • Monitors and evaluates departmental performance to ensure goals and objectives are met.
  • Advises LFN Chief and Council with regards to solutions for issues facing service delivery initiatives and seeks approval for solutions when necessary.
  • Communicates and supports departments with new project initiatives.
  • Handles community relations that arise and delegates or passes along to the appropriate staff member or Council member.

Provides Leadership to the Management Team and Staff

  • Manages and provides leadership to the Management Team and staff, keeping apprised of day-to-day activities and overseeing operational work plans; ensures individual, departmental and organizational objectives are achieved.
  • Ensures that departments have the capacity to achieve their goals.
  • Trains, mentors and coaches the Management Team
  • Working with the Management Team, ensures that future needs of LFN are identified and managed through succession planning and development of staff.
  • Motivates all staff by leading by example.
  • Provides ongoing communication about Liard’s direction and goals. Ensures roles are clearly defined and understood.

Overall management of finances, including the operating budget

  • Ensures Council is fully informed for financial accountability.
  • Ensures Council is provided with relevant and timely financial information and statements as directed by the Financial Administration Laws and interprets financial information upon request.
  • Works with Management Team to seek and obtain funding for special projects.
  • Leads the Management Team to develop budgets for the Administration.
  • Monitors revenues and expenses to ensure targets are met as related to the approved budget.
  • Ensures organizational and financial risks are mitigated, seeking assistance when required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional leadership skills and the ability to lead and develop the performance of others.
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically.
  • Creative thinker with highly developed problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of financial management practices including the ability to seek funding, prepare proposals, manage budgets, financial reporting, capital funding, contracts and partnerships.
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people including Chief & Council, staff, membership, and government officials.
  • Well-developed writing skills including report writing.
  • Able to respond to people compassionately as well as objectively.
  • Ability to manage a variety of overlapping projects.
  • Technically literate with intermediate level computer skills including MS Office.
  • Able to work a varied work schedule including evenings and weekends. Some travel required.
  • Knowledge of the Kaska people, traditions, teachings and culture an asset.

Training, Education and Experience

  • 5 - 10 years’ directly related experience including management experience in a public service or First Nation service delivery environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in First Nations studies, Business Management, or Public Administration is an asset.
  • Demonstrated success managing large budgets.

 Working Conditions

  • Work takes place primarily in an office environment. Flexibility needed for travel, as well as evening and weekend work.
  • Applicants of Kaska and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.
Additional Information:
Position will remain open until filled. Please forward resume and cover letter to resume@liardfirstnation.ca
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