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First Nations Technology Council

Manager of Skill Development

Canada-British Columbia-Vancouver


Company Information

About the First Nations Technology Council

The First Nations Technology Council is headquartered in West Vancouver, BC, with project offices in downtown Vancouver. The Technology Council serves under the mandate of all 203 First Nations communities in BC to advance access and utilization of digital and connected technologies throughout the province.

The Technology Council designs and delivers high-value digital skills development programs, leads research on First Nations use of technology and connectivity and advocates for equitable and sustainable access to all forms of digital technology. With a focus on building local First Nations economies and strengthening First Nations participation in the technology and innovation sector, the Technology Council prioritizes effective collaboration with government, academic organizations and industry to facilitate the advancement of Indigenous people in the knowledge based and connected economy.

In 2016 the Technology Council achieved a notable level of visibility and success in gaining support for a comprehensive provincial strategy that will advance access and use of technology. With new resources and a powerful network, the Technology Council needs talented minds to join the movement and contribute to some of the most exciting and important opportunities in the advancement of First Nations technology and innovation. 

Job Description

Position:  Manager of Skills Development

The First Nations Technology Council is seeking an experienced senior manager with passion and ability to build and implement technology skills development programming in an Indigenous context, using innovative and forward thinking methodology. A background in education, public administration or social services coupled with a strong understanding of technology and innovation will be ideally suited to the position.  As a member of the Technology Council’s management team, the Manager of Skills Development has the lead role in planning and facilitating diverse technology-related programs that serve all First Nations communities in BC, as well as individuals living out of community. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in collaboration, organization, project management, staff management, planning, and communication.



Primary Duties

Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Manager of Skills Development:

  • Works collaboratively with the Technology Council management team in building, implementing and evaluating all Technology Council skills development and capacity building programs
  • Supports the Director of Operations in planning, implementing, and managing all aspects of the Technology Council’s skills development and capacity building programs, including project and program funding, staffing, planning, scheduling, logistics, tracking, reporting, internal and external communications, evaluation, and contribution management and completion.
  • Works diligently to ensure all skills development projects have detailed strategies and work plans that contribute to the Technology Council’s overarching strategic plan and business plan
  • Takes the lead role in managing policy and compliance in all classrooms and remote partner facility locations.  
  • Takes the lead role in managing policy and compliance for participant supports including travel, accommodation, per diem and dependent care allowances
  • Takes the lead role in addressing and resolving, on a proactive and timely basis, any project and program delivery or participant challenge that may arise
  • Takes the lead role in working with the Bridging to Technology Advisory Committee and building upon the foundation of support and expertise already in place
  • Works collaboratively with the Executive Director and Director of Operations in recruiting qualified employees and contractors to work on Technology Council education related projects and programs
  • Liaises with the Technology Council’s regional service delivery teams throughout the province to ensure consistent project design, delivery and evaluation
  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Operations and the Manager of Executive Services in defining and maintaining quality control protocols that measure, monitor, and report on all aspects of Technology Council program quality control standards


Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates leadership, enthusiasm, appreciation, and respect when engaging formally and informally with all team members, program participants, First Nations, contractors, and external stakeholders
  • Works collegially with other members of the management team, seeking opportunities to maximize Technology Council program outputs and outcomes
  • When called upon, supports the Executive Director in the preparation of presentations, performance reports, and other reports for delivery to Technology Council project and program funders and other stakeholders and for BC First Nations communities and First Nations leadership in the province
  • When called upon, assists the Executive Director in prospecting for and securing financial and other support for Technology Council projects and programs from external partners
  • When called upon, represents the Technology Council at a senior level with First Nations communities and service organizations, all levels of government, private sector companies and other organizations whose mandates, agendas, and activities are compatible with and supportive of the Technology Council’s mission
  • When called upon, actively participates in Technology Council board meetings


Direct Reports

  • Lead, Student and Data Management
  • Lead, Online Instruction



Career Experience

  • Three years+ career experience and success in senior level management in the field of education, public administration, or other interpersonal service-related environments; experience in technology-based learning facilitation will be an asset
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a team with ten or more members, delivering instructional content in community or other interpersonal services in face-to-face and online environments
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, developing, and managing complex projects and programs that are strategic in nature and regional or provincial in scope
  • Demonstrated experience in budgeting, capital and operational expense management; experience working with external funding sources an asset
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with external partners and third-party organizations to achieve planned project and program outcomes, on time and on budget
  • Demonstrated experience with management reporting and project and program evaluation and reporting
  • Demonstrated experience working in a First Nations context, especially developing and delivering programs of value for First Nations communities and people in British Columbia


Education, Skills, and Attributes

  • University degree in education, public administration, or other relevant degree program, or equivalent relevant career experience; having PMP certification will be an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated facilitation, consensus building, and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and balance multiple competing demands
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications
  • Familiarity with standard project management software
  • Valid drivers’ license and the willingness and availability to travel throughout BC
  • Available to work at the First Nations Technology Council offices in the BC Lower Mainland


How to Apply

The Manager of Skills Development position has a planned start date of June 26, 2017. 

To apply, send a current resume or CV, and a cover letter explaining your interest in this position, by June 2, 2017 to:

Denise Williams

Executive Director


Please use subject line: Manager of Skills Development 

Applicants identifying as Indigenous to North America are strongly encouraged to apply.  We thank all applicants for applying.   All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality.

Contact Information

First Nations Technology Council
Deinse Williams
Executive Director
Posting Date: 09-May-2017Management Permanent, Full-Time Open 126-Jun-2017
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