Community Planner

MNP Executive Search & Professional Recruitment - Nanaimo, BC (30+ days ago)

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On behalf of our client, Snuneymuxw First Nation, we are searching for a Community Planner to join their team in Nanaimo. The Snuneymuxw are a vibrant First Nation of the Coast Salish People, located in the centre of Coast Salish territory on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the Fraser River in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Snuneymuxw territory encompasses one of the most productive and resource rich areas at the heart of the Salish Sea.

Reporting to Chief and Council, the Community Planner is responsible for facilitating, promoting and ensuring community and economic development in order to secure opportunities in a way that is aligned with the Snuneymuxw First Nation strategic plan. This individual will be instrumental in becoming part of a vision that will allow for wealth generation, community development and an increased land base without compromising cultural values and way of life.

To ensure success our candidate of choice must have strong understanding of Community Planning theories, (direct experience in First Nations would be an asset) and practices along with the ability to communicate and negotiate with a diverse group of people to promote the community to expand economic development prospects. Our successful individual will play an important role in the development of the SFN’s own self-governing land code which will allow them to assume responsibility for management and control of reserve lands and resources well into the future.

Our values will guide us towards becoming a stronger, more effective organization with a positive and mutually beneficial work environment for everyone in the following ways:

  • Achievement — Deliver what matters. Ensure clarity of direction and unity of purpose. Inspire excellence and strive for outstanding results.
  • Collaboration – Work together to build successful teams and partnerships. Be open, inclusive and share knowledge. See provide and act on feedback.
  • Community Commitment – Know our community and put them first. Listen to and understand community needs. Be responsive, close the loop and deliver on promise.
  • Integrity – Own your actions, successes and mistakes. Act with transparency, honesty and respect. Do what you say you will do.
  • Innovation – Look for ways to improve and create positive change. Think broadly and take a wider viewpoint. Be responsive to new ideas and opportunities.


  • Facilitate and encourage community and economic development planning in a way that enhances economic opportunities while improving social conditions in a sustainable way
  • Identify opportunities for community economic development in order to develop sectors, projects and initiatives
  • Collaborate with the community with the necessary theory, skills, knowledge and capacity to support SFN in achieving their own aspirations for land stewardship, cultural revitalization, strong governance as well as health and well-being
  • Review and update management plans for commercial operations of the community
  • Secure funding for economic development activities and programs
  • Promote the community in order to expand economic development opportunities
  • Prepare written documents including proposals, reports and evaluations as specified by project objectives and activities
  • Leverage local government capacity to develop policy and bylaws to support the local economy
  • Establish work priorities and ensure deadlines are met and procedures are followed
  • Review and monitor project budgets, and advise supervisor of any discrepancies
  • Deliver oversight and assistance for community businesses
  • Provide advice on governance to the Board of Directors
  • Inform the Chief, council, and membership on economic and business development
  • Prepare reporting documentation as requested by the chief and council
  • Create and determine department budget and track expenditures
  • Prepare and submit proposals to external funding sources
  • Network with other First Nations to help re-establish connections and build long lasting relationships;
  • Other duties as may be required by direct Supervisor
  • Deliver training presentations, curricula, and course materials using acceptable methods and techniques

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree in economic development, urban planning, marketing, business administration or public administration, or related knowledge and experience in a parallel field
  • A minimum of five (5) years of Economic development and a minimum of three (3) years of Supervisory experience is required
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of financial statements, budgeting processes, project management as well as community & partner communications and networking capabilities
  • Knowledge of specific land claims along with the process of converting Crown/fee-simple lands to reserve status would be considered assets along with direct knowledge of the Indian Act
  • Knowledge and understanding of Community Planning theories and practices
  • An understanding of local, regional and provincial economic development potential and opportunities
  • An understanding of relevant band and municipal legislation, policies and procedures
  • An understanding of the economic, cultural and political environment
  • Knowledge of community land use planning
  • Excellent relationship building skills, able to establish and maintain effective working relationship with staff, elected members, businesses, and communities
  • Must be able to work effectively in a variety of settings and in a cross-cultural situation and be knowledgeable of the services available in the community
  • Well-developed organizational, interpersonal and time-management skills
  • Understanding of the economic development functions in a first nations community
  • Strong understanding of government funding mechanisms that assist the community development and ability to successfully complete application and reporting processes
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Job Type: Contract