Director of Operations


Location: Birch Narrows Dene Nation
Program: Band Office

Employment Terms: Full Time
Length of Employment: Permanent
Number of Positions: 1

Date Posted: 05/28/2019
Expiration Date: 07/01/2019

Employment Opportunity


Director of Operations

The Birch Narrows Dene Nation (BNDN) is currently recruiting for the key leadership role of Director of Operations. This is a permanent full-time position within the senior management structure of the BNDN. Working under the support and supervision provided by the Chief and Council, the Director of Operations is responsible for the overall operations and administration of the Band. This includes involvement in financial planning, overseeing day-to-day operations of the band administration, and ensuring proper reporting occurs to funding agencies. The successful candidate will require strong leadership and communication skills as he/she will be working with Program Managers to develop and deliver programs and services that will meet the needs of the BNDN membership in a timely and efficient manner. The Director of Operations ensures that the Band programs meet all government legislation and Band policies.

In carrying out this role, the Director of Operations must maintain a professional code of conduct, demonstrate integrity at all times, and exercise sound judgement in carrying out the position’s responsibilities consistent with BNDN’s strategic plan. This position also requires a full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the mission of the organization while demonstrating behavior consistent with its core values.

For applicants to be considered for this role, they must possess:

• an undergraduate degree in Business, management or a related field with at least five years’ related experience, or a diploma/certificate in a related field with at least ten years’ related experience

• a broad knowledge of First Nations’ governance

• the demonstrated ability to manage a complex organization including experience in reporting, financial management, human resources and policy development

• effective leadership skills required to direct, develop, empower and inspire a senior management team

• sound judgement, diplomacy and decision-making abilities

• excellent verbal and written communication skills combined with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders

• proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite of products, and

• a willingness to work extra hours when required and be on-call for emergencies.

• Understanding of First Nation Culture, Dene/Cree Language, will be considered an asset.

In addition, applicants must submit a Criminal Record Check with their application and be able to indicate their possession of a valid Class 5 Driver’s license.


The Birch Narrows Dene Nation (BNDN), with its administration office in Turnor Lake, has invested extensively in recreational facilities, community services, infrastructure, and both economic and capacity development with the assistance of funds distributed by the First Nations Trust. It is affiliated with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC). Its mission is to provide good governance and create opportunities for the well-being of all Birch Narrows Dene Nation membership, citizens and community. It adheres to values focused on Culture, Language, Respect, Integrity and Honesty. The membership of Birch Narrows Dene Nation is around 826 people, but the need for local services is large. The First Nation has several initiatives that will make a difference. For example, the First Nation took over the Turnor Lake Provincial School and now owns the local Northern Store. Ownership and control of the school provides the opportunity to revitalize language retention and local cultural knowledge. The Birch Narrows Elders are active in the community and vigilant about changes to the environment. Mapping and recording the environmental history of their traditional territory is one Elder project underway. Their lifelong relationship with the land is just one reason they are holding meetings at the Birch Narrows Lodge. The Lodge is a development conceived by the community and is wholly owned by the Birch Narrows Dene Nation. It is located in a prominent area of BNDN traditional hunting, fishing and trapping lands.


Interested applicants should submit their application in writing to:

Morris Interactive

#106-4002 Arthur Rose Ave

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

S7P 0C9

Attention: Human Resources Competition #2019BNDN01DO


The closing date for applications is July 1, 2019. (or 30 days after posting date)


Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Benefits, which may include housing assistance to be determined during offer negociations.