AWN is currently hiring for the following positions. Please review the opportunity details below.
Aquatic Habitat Community Liaison (full-time, 20-week contract)
Executive Director (full-time, permanent)
Aquatic Habitat Community Liaison
Position open until filled
Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada, A Fellowship of Aboriginal People, or AWN, is a provincially incorporated not-for-profit society based in Grande Cache, Alberta. AWN members share a unique history and ancestry as descendants of a diversity of Indigenous groups of Canada including Cree, Iroquois, Sekani, Dene-saa, Ojibwe, Assiniboine, and Shuswap. The Aseniwuche Winewak Nation are a Cree speaking people whose ancestors thrived in the Rocky Mountains and members continue to live a distinctive cultural way of life.
AWN’s values are:
Wahkohtowin – We honour and respect our past and present relationships.
Environment – We respect and care as stewards of the environment.
Unity – We strive for unity within our community.
Community – We are the keepers of our language, land, and culture.
March 2021, AWN was approved for capacity funding through the Aquatic Habitat Restoration Fund (AHRF). Activities under the AHRF will improve the AWN community’s understanding of aquatic habitats within the Traditional Land Use area and empower AWN to have more meaningful engagement with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regarding aquatic habitat restoration.
The Aquatic Habitat Community Liaison will focus largely on AWN’s values of Environment and Community and act as a bridge between the Aseniwuche community and AHRF activities. The information collected and interpreted by the Aquatic Habitat Community Liaison will be used to strengthen AWN’s capacity to undertake aquatic habitat restoration activities, contribute to the design and delivery of restoration programs, and share restoration priorities, information, and knowledge with other communities, the Government of Canada, and other jurisdictions.
This is a full-time 20-week contract working in AWN’s Consultation, Land & Resource Department. The Aquatic Habitat Community Liaison will work closely with the Habitat Stewardship Coordinator and Consultation, Land & Resource Coordinator, and report to the Team Lead & Special Projects Coordinator.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES
Assist the Habitat Stewardship Coordinator and Consultation, Land & Resource Coordinator with aquatic habitat field work including, but not limited to water testing and monitoring, data collection, species identification.
Build and maintain photo asset library of AHRF activities and fieldwork.
Identify, track, and monitor issues, concerns, and interests identified by AWN community members.
Interpret aquatic habitat information and data collected. Present findings at the community-level.
Participate in meetings with the Aseniwuche Winewak community, DFO, and other agencies as required.
Create outreach materials as required including posters, informational documents, and social media content.
Assist with events as required including outreach and community programs.
Attend regular staff meetings to report on progress and findings.
Participate in training as required.
Must be an Aseniwuche Winewak Nation community member.
Interest or experience in ecology, especially aquatic, is preferred.
Experience driving ATV/UTVs is required.
Class 5 Driver’s License is preferred.
First Aid certification is an asset.
Fluent in English with strong verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to speak and understand Cree is an asset.
Able to use the Internet and other resources to look up or find information.
Able to interpret information and data to formulate findings or results.
Able to work in a team.
Proficient computer skills including using Microsoft Office applications, notably Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Willingness to learn about aquatic habitats, habitat restoration, fieldwork techniques, how to use GIS applications on tablets or other monitoring devices, and more.
Able to meet physical demands of the position.
Drug test required.
This position requires a combination of office and fieldwork. Outdoor work environments may include extreme weather such as sun exposure, rain, and wind, standing for long periods of time, and being near bodies of water.
Staff are required to self-screen before coming into work. If any staff are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, they are to stay home, call 811, and notify their supervisor.
Face masks are mandatory inside all Aseniwuche buildings and offices unless staff are working alone in their office.
Face masks, physical distancing, and adhering to room capacity limits are required at all meetings.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a resume to Katie Wong, Interim Team Lead & Special Projects Coordinator by April 13, 2021.
Position open until filled
Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada, A Fellowship of Aboriginal People, or AWN, is a provincially incorporated not-for-profit society based in Grande Cache, Alberta. AWN members share a unique history and ancestry as descendants of a diversity of Indigenous groups of Canada including Cree, Iroquois, Sekani, Dene-saa, Ojibwe, Assiniboine and Shuswap. The Aseniwuche Winewak Nation are a Cree speaking people whose ancestors thrived in the Rocky Mountains and members continue to live a distinctive cultural way of life.
AWN is committed to building healthy communities and healthy individuals by providing leadership, programs and services to meet the identified needs of its members.
Reporting to the President of the AWN Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for achieving the goals of their not-for-profit organization, as set out by the Board. The incumbent oversees AWN’s day-to-day operations, program planning and delivery, as well as the supervision and coaching of the administrative team. The Executive Director is also responsible for building and maintaining good relationships with AWN’s stakeholders including members of Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, government representatives, and other stakeholder groups.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES
• Develop and execute an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that align with the strategic direction of the organization.
• Provide administrative support to the Board of Directors, including the preparation and follow up of monthly reports and meeting minutes.
• Oversee the planning, funding, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs, services and special projects in line with AWN’s mission and organizational goals.
• Oversee AWN’s team by maintaining a positive, safe and ethical work environment that is conducive to hiring and retaining an engaged workforce.
• Provide personal coaching and professional support to the AWN team; support initiatives to develop employees’ professional skills and overall business acumen.
• Ensure that AWN Policies and Procedures are communicated and implemented in a fair and consistent manner. Recommend any required policy and/or procedure changes to the Board of Directors as needed in line with new legislation, good governance and/or management practices.
• Maintain excellent community and government relations through regular communication with stakeholders on the organization’s activities, as well as to establish collaborative arrangements in pursuit of AWN’s mission and goals.
• In collaboration with the Accounting Coordinator, prepare a comprehensive annual budget and manage the organization’s funds according to the approved budget.
• Under the direction of the President and the Board, prepare complex correspondence, reports, submissions, and significant presentations, as assigned.
• Adhere to and enforce all applicable COVID-19 health and safety guidelines as mandated by the Province of Alberta.
• Post-secondary business or public administration degree/diploma or equivalent.
• 5+ years of progressive experience in the private or public sector where a minimum of 3 years has been spent in a senior management role.
• Experience working in or equivalent knowledge of Indigenous organizations is required.
• Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
• Excellent budget and report-writing skills, along with excellent computer skills, including a solid working knowledge of Word and Excel.
• Knowledge of local culture (including Coops and Enterprises) and of the Cree language are considered assets.
• Must have a valid permit to work in Canada and be willing to permanently relocate to Grande Cache, Alberta.
• Current Criminal Record and Child Welfare check and drug test.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to Tom McDonald, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation at . Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.