INDIGENOUS RELATIONS ASSOCIATE
INDIGENOUS RELATIONS ASSOCIATE
The Port of Prince Rupert is located on the scenic North Coast of British Columbia. As Canada’s second largest West Coast port, the Port is strategically situated on the Pacific Rim, with the deepest natural harbour in North America and direct connections to the North American continent by CN Rail’s network reach. Its facilities include modern, high-throughput coal and grain terminals, two cruise terminals and an innovative, intermodal container terminal anchoring the fastest and most reliable trade corridor on the West Coast.
Prince Rupert is home to amazing wildlife and wilderness adventures, unique history and cultural experiences, and the spectacular scenery of the rugged Coast Mountain Range and the Great Bear Rainforest. Easily accessible by air, rail, cruise ship, ferry or car, Prince Rupert’s attractions include First Nation cultural works of art, fine North Coast galleries and boutiques, parks and walking trails, restaurants and coffee shops. A balanced lifestyle might include enjoying a round of golf on the golf course or spending time out on the water kayaking, fishing, or taking in the scenery. Reasonable housing costs, organized sports, volunteer opportunities, modern recreation facilities, community groups and festivals all contribute to a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle for those living in this community.
Reporting to the Manager, Community Relations, the Indigenous Relations Associate supports the creation and coordination of Indigenous relations activities to strategically build and maintain positive relations with Indigenous communities. This includes involvement in organizing and delivering community engagement activities, support of protocols and supporting the organization in managing relationships. This position will act as a point of organizational contact for many indigenous community members and relevant First Nations government staff.
MAJOR POSITION ACCOUNTABILITIES
- Contributes to the development and coordination of PRPA’s Indigenous outreach plan and programs as defined by PRPA’s Public Affairs strategy, through activities that inform, engage and invest in all aspects of local Indigenous communities.
- Supports in delivering programs which include cultural events, community visits and presentations, community related programs, community consultations, site tours and sponsorship activations.
- Maintains regular communication and works cooperatively with Indigenous communities to support collaborative working relationships.
- Supports the development of Indigenous specific communications material, ongoing community awareness of port-related activities through promotional advertising, collateral material, presentations and social media.
- Attends, reports on, and represents the port in Indigenous communities at select community activities, cultural events, information forums, project updates and other relevant meetings.
- Maintains an awareness of, and participate in, all Indigenous activities to foster understanding throughout the organization.
- Provides regular reports to the Manager, Community Relations on relationship development, community engagement and other issues, as required.
- Participates in public affairs issue management through issue identification and issue management tracking, direct engagement with Indigenous community members, identification as a primary contact for community members and facilitation of requests for information and support.
- Identifies new sponsorship or investment opportunities that align with Indigenous affairs objectives and have the ability to serve as community information, education and/or engagement platforms.
- Assists in the coordination and facilitation of PRPA’s Community Investment Fund, including Fund marketing in the Indigenous communities, application process, event planning and execution, application evaluation and follow-up activities.
- Contributes to the coordination and delivery of PRPA’s youth and school-based programming in and for the Indigenous community.
- Ensures all outstanding and ongoing initiative commitments with Indigenous communities are met.
- Ensures the working Relationship Protocol Agreements with each individual Indigenous community are adhered to.
- Participates in environmental review processes, where applicable, and acts as a liaison with indigenous communities throughout.
- Performs other related duties or projects assigned by the Manager, Community Relations, or VP of Public Affairs and Sustainability, as required.
- Works predominantly in an office environment
- Regular, full-time position (37.5 hours per week). Regular working hours are Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM with 1 hour lunch break (unpaid)
Post-secondary diploma or degree in Business Administration, Communications, Public Affairs, or a related subject is preferred.
- 1 to 3 years’ of relevant experience, including a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the local Indigenous issues as they relate to development projects in the Prince Rupert area, other energy or industrial/commercial development industry, and new project development
- Proven success in developing and sustaining effective Indigenous relationships
- Strong business background in program management, technical writing, business communication, and public speaking
- Must be familiar with local Indigenous culture, protocols, traditional governance and Indian Act Band governance
- Good judgment and tact in dealing with sensitive issues and confidential information
- Strong technical writing skills for preparation of presentations, documentation, reports and various communications materials
- Excellent relationship building skills. Able to establish and maintain effective working relationship with all levels of employees in PRPA and with a wide variety of community stakeholders
- Strong cooperation and listening skills including the ability to collaborate effectively and with integrity
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and to effectively handle changing priorities with limited direction
- Enthusiastic and self-motivated. Works well individually as well as in a team environment
- Good analytical, problem solving and organizational skills
- Creative and intuitive thinker
- Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Culturally aware and sensitive to First Nations and Indigenous interests including First Nations etiquette
- Proven ability to develop and advance strategic community solutions
- Tactful and diplomatic in trying circumstances, with strong persuasive influencing skill
- Ability to identify critical issues through various avenues including community consultation and appropriately disseminate information to various stakeholders
- Well-developed emotional intelligence which is critical in this area
- Willing to travel to Indigenous communities and be flexible outside of work hours
- Possess a valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence
- Able to obtain security clearance under Transport Canada’s Security Clearance Program
Individuals of Indigenous descent are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates are requested to submit their application in confidence by Tuesday, September 7, 2021 to:
Director, Human Resources
Prince Rupert Port Authority
200 – 215 Cow Bay Road
Prince Rupert, B.C., V8J 1A2
Fax: (250) 627-8980
No telephone inquiries please.