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Director of Heritage, Language, and Culture

Full Time
2 days ago
80,000 to 95,000 per year
  • Make a lasting difference to the Ulkatcho First Nation
  • Protect the cultural identity, ancestorial territories, land, environment, and language
  • Be rewarded with a competitive $80-95K annual salary, plus excellent benefits
About Ulkatcho First Nation

The Ulkatcho First Nation is one of four communities making up the Dakelh or Southern Carrier tribal nation in central British Columbia. The Ulkatcho community and offices are located in scenic Anahim Lake, with access to an unparalleled natural beauty at the western edge of the Chilcotin District. 

The Ulkatcho government is responsible for 22 reserves with a population of 729 members living on-reserve, and another 200 living off reserve. Our expansive traditional territory includes the waters flowing west on the Chilcotin Plateau and includes Tweedsmuir Park.

To learn more about Ulkatcho First Nation, please visit our website.

About the Opportunity

Ulkatcho First Nation has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Heritage, Language and Culture to join our team based out of our Anahim Lake, BC office. In this brand new role, you will work directly with our chief and council, and play a pivotal part in developing our Heritage, Language, and Culture department and program.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, you will be responsible for helping develop the vision and direction of this new department, ensuring it is in line with the Ulkatcho Strategic Plan and focused on the cultural identity of the nation, including protection of ancestorial territories, land, environment and language. 

Your key responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Leading all aspects of creation and maintenance of the UFN Heritage, Language, and Culture Department 
  • Responsible for writing archaeological and research proposals and scoping potential projects on behalf of UFN, to generate funding and new business/revenues
  • Liaising and maintaining relationships with consultants, federal and provincial governments, private sector, and business entities to protect the interest of UFN’ s Cultural Heritage, Language and Culture Program in alignment with UFN Policies
  • Collaborating with Indigenous Government and Organizations to ensure Indigenous values, interests, and knowledge are included in work planning, execution, reporting, and referrals
  • Reviewing and approving federal and provincial permit applications and reporting on a timely manner
  • Communicating internally to ensure timely and proactive communication of key program issues within the nation
  • Developing and maintaining the program schedule, and managing resources to support nationwide planning
  • Creating, implementing, and reporting on the program budget to ensure optimization of funding dollars, in accordance with grant regulations and the Education Act and Regulations
  • Providing effective leadership, guidance, and support to program staff and consultants
  • Maintaining an understanding of applicable UFN regulations, guidelines, and associated heritage practices and policies in Canada.
  • Initiating and delivering archaeological and cultural heritage projects, including archaeology/cultural heritage research, and archaeological/cultural heritage components of environmental assessments
About You

To qualify for this position, you must have a Degree in Archaeology or Anthropology, as well as a minimum of 5 years of experience managing and executing heritage programs, with a minimum 3 years coordinating or managing large/complex heritage projects.

Furthermore, you must possess a deep understanding of First Nations cultures and language, preferably Carrier (Dakelh), and be familiar with the local history and with the Cariboo region as a whole.

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Experience developing strategic direction for a department, including budgeting and establishing goals, measurements, and staff accountability
  • Demonstrated knowledge of BC archaeology, cultural heritage, and the Heritage Conservation Act
  • Knowledge and understanding of the culture and history of Interior BC First Nations and experience in community development initiatives
  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Rights and Titles
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Project) 
  • Valid BC driver's license and clean drivers abstract
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check
  • Project Management Certification (asset)

To succeed in this role, you must be a courageous spirit with the willingness to adapt through the development and growth of this new department. You are able to work independently with little guidance, while having the communication and interpersonal skills to create relationships with diverse individuals. Above all, you will be a community oriented, approachable, and inspirational leader.

About the Benefits

In exchange for your hard work and dedication, the successful candidate will be rewarded with a competitive $80,000-95,000 annual salary based on your skills, experience, and qualifications. In addition, you will also have access to a variety of employee benefits, including 

  • Robust health, vision and dental benefits
  • Pension plan program
  • 3 weeks off (Spring Break, Rodeo Week, and Christmas) on top of standard annual vacation, after probationary period
  • Relocation assistance negotiable
  • Live and work in stunning Anahim Lake, BC
  • Be immersed with our incredible community and assist in overseeing our historic territory!

Upon joining Ulkatcho First Nation, you will be welcomed into a friendly and supportive team, and have the opportunity to make a lasting impact in the community. 

Don't miss this unique opportunity. APPLY TODAY! 

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