BC Local Government Job Posting Service

Senior Policy Analyst – Local Government

(Full Time Regular)

About Tsawwassen First Nation
Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) is a proud Coast Salish nation with our land base situated in Tsawwassen, B.C. In 2009, the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement came into effect – this treaty was the first modern urban treaty in BC and the first treaty to be successfully negotiated through the BC Treaty Commission process. The Treaty provides us municipal, provincial and federal types of jurisdiction over a land base of 724 hectares.

Tsawwassen First Nation also became a full member of Metro Vancouver, the first First Nation to do so.  We are going through a period of revival and renewal as we plan our future and seek opportunities to sustain our growth physically, economically and culturally, for present and future generations.

Position Summary
Reporting to the Manager of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Senior Policy Analyst - Local Government (the “Position”) is responsible for providing strategic advice, policy analysis and interdepartmental coordination related to Tsawwassen Government’s local government responsibilities and contractual obligations with leaseholders. The Position leads the development of Tsawwassen legislation, regulation and policy on local government matters, serves as the policy lead on matters related to TFN’s lease agreements, coordinates Non-Member representation and participation in Tsawwassen Government decision-making, and develops and oversees processes for responding to feedback and service requests from Members, Non-Member residents and leaseholders.

Working Relationships
The Position reports directly to the Manager of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs. The Position must maintain effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials of Tsawwassen Government and external consultants and legal counsel. The Position is expected to work closely with other Tsawwassen Government departments, particularly the Lands and Municipal Infrastructure department. The Position will also be expected to establish strong working relationships with Tsawwassen Members, Non-Member residents and leaseholders.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Research, analyze, plan and develop Tsawwassen legislation, regulation, policy and service delivery standards on both local government matters under Tsawwassen Government jurisdiction and obligations under TFN’s lease agreements
  • Coordinate, research and recommend public policy positions, communications and briefing materials to advance TFN interests on local government and landlord matters and ensure compliance with the Final Agreement, Tsawwassen law, and lease agreements
  • Develop and maintain expertise in Tsawwassen Government’s obligations to Non-Member residents and leaseholders under both the Final Agreement and individual lease agreements
  • Draft comprehensive and concise briefing material to support decision-making on local government and landlord matters by senior managers and elected officials
  • Lead Tsawwassen Government’s consultation with Non-Member residents by coordinating the Non-Member Consultation Committee, including by preparing meeting agendas and minutes and working with other Tsawwassen Government departments to address action items arising from meetings
  • Lead the transition to a new Non-Member consultation model to accommodate the growing Non-Member population on Tsawwassen Lands and ensure meaningful participation and representation for Non-Members in Tsawwassen Government decision-making as required under the Final Agreement
  • Receive, prioritize and coordinate responses to Member, Non-Member resident and leaseholder queries and comments related to Tsawwassen Government’s local government and landlord obligations
  • Working collaboratively with other Tsawwassen Government departments, develop and implement a process for receiving, tracking, and responding to specific service requests from Members, Non-Member residents and leaseholders
  • Assist with TFN’s intergovernmental relationships and negotiations and liaise with other levels of government on local government and landlord matters

Working Conditions
Work is performed primarily indoors in an office environment.  Off-site travel is occasionally required to attend meetings, committees, conference and training events.  Evening work during sittings of the Tsawwassen Legislature is required.

  • A Master’s degree in public administration, public policy, planning, political science or related field.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience related to the duties listed above, with direct experience leading consultations, developing policy options and coordinating policy processes in a local government or municipal context considered an asset.
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education may also be considered.
  • Working knowledge of the functions and interactions of the various levels of government including federal, provincial, Treaty First Nation and municipal. Specific knowledge of the BC Treaty Process and modern Treaties is considered an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience working with First Nations communities and governments – familiarity with the activities and culture of TFN is considered an asset.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, with demonstrated experience writing concise and accurate briefing material to support decision-making.
  • Experience leading, facilitating and managing projects.
  • Capacity to respond quickly to changing demands and priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to undertake and analyze quantitative and qualitative research.

Deadline:  Open until filled

Salary:  Competitive compensation commensurate with qualifications, plus comprehensive benefits package including enrolment in the BC Municipal Pension Plan.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and salary expectations to:

Or mail/drop-off to:
Human Resources
Tsawwassen First Nation
1926 Tsawwassen Drive
Tsawwassen, BC  V4M 4G2
We wish to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. 

Pursuant to the Tsawwassen First Nation Government Employees Act, first priority in hiring among qualified applicants will be given to Tsawwassen Members, second priority to spouses (as defined in s. 3 (1) of the BC Family Law Act) of Tsawwassen Members, and third priority to members of other First Nations. If you fall within one of these categories and you wish to have this voluntary information considered as part of your application, please indicate the applicable category in your cover letter.

Location: Delta, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Policy & Research,Strategic Initiatives/Planning
Posted: July 3, 2019, 11:14 am
Expires: August 2, 2019, 4:30 pm