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BC Public Service

Band 5 - Executive Director *CLOSING DATE EXTENDED*

Full Time
107,800 to 137,500 per year
Posting Title

Band 5 - Executive Director *CLOSING DATE EXTENDED*

Position Classification

Band 5




Multiple Locations, BC CA (Primary)
Victoria, BC V9B 6X2 CA

Salary Range

$107,800.20 - $137,500.00 annually

Close Date


Job Type

Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date


BC Public Service -> Indigenous Relations & Recon

Ministry Branch / Division

Declaration Act Secretariat

Job Summary

Executive Director
Band 5

Three (3) positions available through this competition:
  • Executive Director, Finance and Economics
  • Executive Director, Social, Justice and Policing
  • Executive Director, Natural Resource Sector

  • Applicants must indicate which position(s) they are applying for


    While our main office is in Victoria, we may be able to offer flexible work arrangements, including the opportunity to telework (with conditions) as set out in applicable employer policies. This position may be performed in other approved locations within the Province of BC. For specific information about a location, applicants are invited to contact the Hiring Manager to confirm if working remotely from that location could be considered. It is our intention that the successful candidate is able to work from their home community within BC, provided the location meets our requirements for working conditions and internet access. Ability to travel will be a requirement for applicants who work remotely. We would like to offer relocation expenses to the successful candidate if they would like to move to Victoria.


    An eligibility list may be established for future temporary and/or permanent opportunities.

    The recruitment process for this competition may take place virtually.

    This position is excluded from union membership.

    In recognition of the critical importance to this role of a lived understanding of Indigenous Peoples, communities, history, values, legal orders, and cultural competencies, this competition is restricted to self-identified Indigenous applicants (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).

    The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace. For information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service - Province of British Columbia (

    On November 1, 2021, the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19. Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service. More information can be found here .


    The Declaration Act Secretariat coordinates, guides and assists the cross-government effort to work in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to align laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as per section 3 of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act):

    Measures to align laws with Declaration

    S.3 In consultation and cooperation with the Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, the government must take all measures necessary to ensure the laws of British Columbia are consistent with the Declaration.


    The Executive Director(s) will assist ministries to deliver substantive measures to support a coherent, consistent, and systemic implementation of the Declaration Act, especially the alignment of laws obligations in section 3 of the Act. The Executive Director(s) will require significant engagement with Indigenous peoples, provincial ministries, other levels of government, stakeholders and the public.

    Three distinct positions will each be working directly with their respective areas of expertise to play a central coordinating role, develop processes, and advise, guide and support ministries in those sectors on consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples and on consistency of their legislative initiatives with the UN Declaration.

    The Executive Director must have the legal understanding and policy expertise to provide guidance to ministries in their policy and legislative work with regard to alignment with the UN Declaration (note - the Secretariat is not intended to provide legal advice). The incumbent will be knowledgeable in general government processes, have legal and legislative proficiency, policy development acumen, engagement experience, and networking and relationship management. A depth of knowledge of the UN Declaration, Constitution Act section 35 (1) 1982, legislative and policy development, Indigenous peoples, and the colonial history and legacy in BC is critical.

    The successful candidates will offer extensive skills in strategic thinking and project management. They will be known collaborators with strong government connections and highly effective communications skills. Experience working effectively, respectfully and knowledgeably in a wide range of First Nations and Indigenous organizations across the province is critical. The candidates will have knowledge of government objectives and commitments as they relate to reconciliation with Indigenous people. The Executive Director(s) are key members of the leadership team for the Declaration Act Secretariat.


    Education and Experience requirements are minimum requirements to be successful in the job competition. We will ask about these experiences in the questionnaire and/or a screening dialogue (phone or videoconferencing). We are explicitly placing equal value in formal mainstream education as well as lived experience in Indigenous ways of knowing. Years listed in this section can be cumulative and do not have to be consecutive or continued years of experience. Experiences listed as "preference" are only considered if minimum requirements are met.

    In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the following education and experience:
    • Bachelor's or Master's degree in a related field (Social Development/Sciences, Law, Indigenous Studies, Humanities, Public Policy, finance, Economics, Natural Resource Sciences), plus 3 years related experience, OR
    • An equivalent combination of education and/or related experience totalling 8 years.

    Related experience can include volunteer experience and experience gained in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities (applicants are not required to have experience in all of these areas):
    • Experience in Indigenous law making/ legal orders.
    • Experience in Indigenous policy development.
    • Experience in leading, planning, coordinating, and managing complex projects and work assignments.
    • Facilitation and/or leading change across multiple organizations or ministries.
    • Supporting projects related to the rights of Indigenous peoples.
    • Demonstrated Indigenous leadership experience through work, community, or volunteer experience (e.g., representative on a youth council, community governance work, developing policy plans with community, organizing, or participating in community gatherings, coordinating cultural events, being a board member for an Indigenous organization).
    • Experience in formal or informal cultural learning programs (e.g., spending time with Elders in an Elder's helper capacity, participating in Tribal Journeys and other Indigenous cultural programs).

    Preference may be given to applicants with the following:

    • Experience working in a legislation or policy office in Indigenous, Municipal, Provincial or Federal government.
    • Demonstrated experience in Provincial Government process.

    Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.


    • Cover letter: YES - A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

    • Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

    • Questionnaire (BASIC): YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.

    • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

    For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.

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    NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

    Job Category

    Human Resources, Leadership and Management, Natural Resource Sector
    Human Resources