BC Local Government Job Posting Service

Managing Director, Administrative Operations

Squamish Nation
Rich, resilient, and complex, the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), their culture and traditions are strongly interconnected with their territory and communities. Descendants of the Coast Salish Indigenous Peoples, the Squamish people continue to occupy and govern their land and to practice their rights, title, and identity.

With communities located primarily in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia including modern-day Vancouver, North Vancouver Vancouver and West Vancouver and all of the District of Squamish, their territory the watersheds of the Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and English Bay. 

During the arrival of the Europeans in the late 1700s, the lands and waters were used and occupied either exclusively or jointly with First Nation neighbours. Today, the Nation’s population is across nine communities. 47% of the 4081+ Squamish Nation members live on-reserve.

The Squamish Nation was formed in 1923 when the Squamish People and their leaders voted to amalgamate the several Squamish bands into a single entity called the Squamish Nation to combine resources and work together to protect its lands and interests.

With a rich history and a bright future, the Squamish Nation continues to prosper. A decade ago, the Squamish Nation Council adopted a Community Development Plan to achieve:

“A Squamish Nation that is made of sustainable communities that are geographically dispersed but are unquestionably linked by our traditions, heritage and culture. We will embrace a balance of environmental protection and economic vitality on our lands. This approach to land use will provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for us to live, study, work, play and enjoy a high quality of life now and for future generations of Squamish People.”

“As a careful and responsible government, we make decisions to advance and protect the interests of the Squamish Peoples of the past, present, and future. We have a responsability to our people, our lands, the revenue generated from those lands, and the assets we acquire on behalf of our people.”

The Squamish Nation government is formed with 16 elected Councillors, an elected Band Manager and the Squamish Nation Administration (SNA). The SNA is comprised of two distinct portfolios, Nation Services and Administrative Services.

Squamish Nation Council receives their mandate to carry out the affairs and the operations of the Nation from membership through elections every four years. In turn, Council provide a mandate to staff  based on a solid foundation of planning, policy and procedures.

Mission and Values
Mission Statement: The Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw will protect the Amalgamation and enhance the Úxwumixw cultural values and traditions through respect, equality, and harmony for all.
  • The Squamish Nation is focused on improving the quality of life for its members and the community.
  • We value our Elders’ and leaders’ wisdom and guidance.
  • We value our youths’ active participation and desire to contribute to the community.
  • We pride ourselves on building partnerships and strong relations with all levels of government.

To learn more about Squamish Nation, visit

The Opportunity
Reporting directly to Squamish Nation Council, the Managing Director, Administrative Operations (MDAO) oversees the ongoing operations of Squamish Nation Administration (SNA) and is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and supervising all administrative and operational business. The MDAO ensures sound policies and processes are in place across the organization to create efficiency and effectiveness in all aspects of SNA.

Driving extensive and sustainable growth, the MDAO will ensure that all administrative services are delivered in a responsible, confidential, ethical and culturally sensitive manner.

As a key member of the Senior Management Team, and working closely with the Managing Director, Nation Services, the MDAO will lead and develop a diverse and high-performing team and directly
managing the Finance, Administrative Services, Information Technology and Human Resources departments.

  • Regularly consult with/report to Council on SNA matters; work cooperatively with Council to develop, implement, communicate and evaluate Strategic and Administrative Plans.
  • Compliance with all regulatory requirements.
  • Adherence to Squamish Nation (SN) policies and procedures.
  • Oversight of funding and expenses relating to administrative operations.
  • Communicate professionally with all personnel and SN membership.
  • Annually conduct needs assessments and gap analysis to ensure administrative operations are meeting community needs.
  • Provide oversight to all Administrative departments, and provide leadership in the absence of Directors, as needed.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of Administrative Operations Directors.
  • Lead, mentor and coach direct reports and others within the SNA, as appropriate.
  • Set clear performance expectations, monitor results and support development opportunities for SNA personnel.
  • Work with the Director of Finance and the Managing Director, Nation Services to meet financial targets and support accurate and transparent financial reports to the Council at regular intervals.
  • Work with other Managing Directors to achieve organizational excellence through efficient use of resources.
  • Lead by example; uphold SN’s ethical and business standards and values.
  • Work with senior management and Human Resources to ensure short-term and long-term staffing and training needs are met.
  • Keep all SN information strictly confidential.

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Design and implement administrative strategies that outline and set comprehensive goals for performance and growth; evaluate and establish policies that promote and align with Squamish Nation culture and vision.
  • Oversee and ensure efficient and effective operations and administrative functions, including HR, Finance, IT, Procurement, etc.
    • reate a positive working environment that enables an engaged workforce.
    • Establish metrics and KPIs to measure, follow, calculate and evaluate organizational performance.
    • Ensure HR, Finance, and IT best practices are utilized.
  • Oversee Occupational Health and Safety for all employees and ensure all workplace health & safety policies, practices and procedures are in place and adhered to.
  • Maintain effective relationships and liaise with colleagues, partners, vendors and government agencies.
  • Monitor and respond to relevant proposal calls, ensuring Squamish Nation departments apply for all available funding.
  • Ensure Squamish Nation meets all external funding and reporting requirements; Manage the reporting aspects of successfully funded proposals.
  • Participate as a member of the Squamish Nation Leadership Team (SNLT). Collaborate with the SNLT to:
    • evelop and deliver regular reports on all matters of importance in relation to HR, Finance, IT, etc.
    • Create accurate organization-wide budgets, forecasts, plans and reports for financial and other resourcing matters.
    • nsure compliance with relevant external and internal legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Participate on committees and/or assist other departments with strategic and operational considerations associated with a wide range of programs, projects, initiatives or proposals.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications and Experiences
  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management or a relevant/related degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience including demonstrated public administration management, senior-level staff management, executive leadership roles and experience with large budget management ($20+ million).
  • Must have at least 5 years’ experience in an executive/senior-level public administration role with responsibility for 5 or more senior direct reports and 50 or more indirect reports.
  • Experience reporting to a Board or Council is preferred.
  • Advanced level use of MS Office and modern communication tools.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is an asset.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5, Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check as per Squamish Nation Policy.

To Apply
For more details or to further explore this leadership opportunity, please contact:

Laurie Sterritt • Partner
Leaders International
Telephone: 236-317-1103 ext. 104

Joy Beshie • Sr. Search Associate
Leaders International
Telephone: 613-788-8254 ext. 109

Leaders International specializes in the recruitment of Board of Directors, leadership succession and executive level positions. Our global network, Penrhyn International, is a world leader in the executive recruitment industry, with more than 47 offices in over 25 countries on 5 continents.

Location: North Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Chief Administration
Posted: March 4, 2020, 8:36 am
Expires: May 1, 2020, 4:30 pm