About Esquimalt Nation
- A chance to apply your expertise in First Nations Housing Management within a dedicated community
- Receive an attractive hourly wage of $35.60 to $45.78 based on skills and experience, plus full benefits!
- Help us achieve our vision and goals while preserving our culture
We, the Esquimalt Nation, thrive along the sparkling waters of Esquimalt Harbour, our heritage, Xwsepsum or Kosapsum, woven into the land's rhythms for millennia. We cherish stewardship, reciprocating nature's generosity through heartfelt ceremonies, embracing this as our Sacred Trust.
As part of the Coast Salish group, we're a close urban community on enchanting southern Vancouver Island, with 314 spirited members tracing ancestry to resilient Lekwungen People. Embraced by Songhees Nation, Esquimalt Township, View Royal Town, and vibrant Victoria City, our cultural fabric is tightly woven.
Rooted in Lekwungen heritage, we're integral to the Coast Salish legacy. Ancestral echoes resound across these lands, from Vancouver Island's beauty to the tranquil Gulf and San Juan islands. Oral tales, legendary sagas, and timeless place names honour our deep connection to these sacred territories.
To learn more about Esquimalt Nation, please visit our website.
About the Opportunity
Esquimalt Nation is currently seeking a Housing and Public Works Manager to join us in Victoria, BC. Reporting to the Executive Director of Lands & Natural Resources, you will be leading and supporting the Housing Department and Maintenance Team. You will also be responsible for overseeing the management, repair, and maintenance of existing Esquimalt Nation housing, planning for new housing, and updating housing policies and agreements as required.
Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):
- Managing day-to-day operations of Housing and Public Works Departments, ensuring smooth functioning
- Leading and guiding Housing and Public Works team members, fostering a productive and collaborative atmosphere
- Supervising and implementing safety measures, promoting a secure work environment
- Organizing and assigning daily tasks to the team, optimizing work distribution, performance and efficiency
- Planning repairs, maintenance, and budgets for housing, aligning them with financial goals and internal policies
- Working closely with the Housing Coordinator and actively participating in housing-related projects for comprehensive outcomes
- Creating culturally relevant policies, processes, and funding strategies to enhance departmental effectiveness
- Composing letters, memos, and notices to facilitate clear and effective communication within the organization
- Providing crucial expertise and guidance to the Housing Coordinator in handling intricate client matters
- Applying culturally sensitive policies and procedures to ensure inclusivity and respect in all aspects of service delivery
- Handling funding allocation, budgeting, and compliance, maintaining a balanced financial framework
- Engaging in proactive submission of funding applications and maintaining communication with funding officers for resource acquisition
- Ensuring strict adherence to legal regulations and internal policies while providing timely and accurate reports as needed
- Leading by example, embodying the core competencies and guiding principles of the organization for the team to follow
- Collaborating with the Management Team to align operational plans with the Chief and Council's strategic direction, fostering unified progress
To qualify, you should have a Certificate or Diploma in First Nations Housing Management or similar experience in Housing Management. You will also need experience supervising work and managing the performance of others. Preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous or First Nations.
The following attributes will be critical to successfully performing this role:
- An Engineering Degree (asset)
- In-depth knowledge of Esquimalt/Indigenous culture and housing needs
- Exceptional interpersonal skills for diverse interactions
- Proficient in problem-solving, conflict resolution, and mediation
- Effective project management, including budgeting and resource allocation
- Strong advocacy skills for member representation
- Familiarity with housing laws at municipal, provincial, and federal levels
- Resourcefulness and adeptness in research
- Superior client service through clear communication
- Understanding of Indian Land Registry System, maps, and surveys
- Proficiency in Microsoft Windows and Office suite
- Expertise in Indigenous housing programs and community engagement
- Successful negotiation experience with municipalities and housing authorities
Your strong interpersonal skills are a key asset in this role. You'll effectively manage emotional communication challenges in trades, emergencies, and community interactions while keeping the housing needs of the Esquimalt Nation as the top priority.
About the Benefits
As a valued member of our team, you will be awarded an attractive hourly wage of $35.60 to $45.78 based on skills and experience, plus:
- Comprehensive Benefits Plan, including life insurance, long-term disability, dental, extended health coverage, and vision coverage
- Access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program
- Enjoy a 4-day workweek schedule
- Option for overtime compensation or time banking
- Reap the advantages of a $2,100 healthy spending allowance
- Receive Christmas bonuses
- Experience a 2-week closure and paid time off during the Christmas holiday season
- Gain 120 hours of annual leave
- Receive paid cultural leave hours
- Benefit from 80 hours of paid sick leave
- Enjoy additional holidays such as Indigenous Peoples Day and Easter Monday, with paid time off
If you tick all of these boxes and believe you will thrive in this role, we encourage you to apply today!
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