Director of Operations (Senior Administrative Officer)

Exciting Career Opportunity

Director of Operations (Senior Administrative Officer)

Closing Date: March 16, 2020

General Description:

The Sipekne’katik Band, one of 13 Mi’kmaq Communities in Nova Scotia, is seeking a highly motivated and strategic individual who will provide leadership, management, mentorship and support to Administration and band-owned entities. This position will ensure the Sipekne’katik Band is well-coordinated and productive in support of its vision, mission and strategic priorities.  The Director of Operations will assist Chief and Council and staff in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and initiatives as well as provide overall support to administration departments. This position will also liaison between Chief and Council and staff to ensure effective management and oversight of all departments and initiatives.  


  • Administers and oversees band programs and affairs including, but not limited to, band business ventures, program initiatives and tender procedures.
  • Oversees all management staff and responds to the needs of the community.
  • Liaisons between the needs of Chief and Council and the needs of staff.
  • Oversees the human resource management function.
  • Provides operations information to the Chief and Council, as required, and implements decisions made at this level.
  • In conjunction with Chief and Council and community, participates in the implementation of a comprehensive community plan.
  • Advises, informs and acts as a liaison with Council and community.
  • Reports to other government departments and agencies as required.
  • Applies existing policies to ensure compliance and conducts research for policy development.
  • Interprets applicable legislation, regulations and agreements.
  • Ensures all initiatives are monitored from multiple perspectives including effective leadership/oversight, intended outcomes/impact, human resource requirements, budgeting, reporting and evaluation requirements, and the sharing of information on initiatives to highlight successes and opportunities to external stakeholders.
  • Performs other duties as required such as dispute resolution, crisis management and advocacy.


  • Undergraduate Degree in Business, Management or a related field along with 5 years of related experience, or a diploma/certificate in a related field along with 10 years of related experience in a management position.
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.
  • Have a broad knowledge of First Nations governance.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex organization including reporting, budgeting, financial management, human resources and policy development.
  • Possess effective leadership skills required to strategize, direct, develop, empower and inspire a senior management team.
  • Sound judgement, diplomacy and decision-making abilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills combined with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Project Management experience is an asset.
  • Strong conflict management and negotiation skills.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite.

This position includes health, dental and life insurance as well as an employer pension plan.

Please apply with a resume, cover letter and criminal records check to:

Human Resource Manager



Mail/drop off:  522 Church Street, Indian Brook, NS B0N 1W0

DEADLINE:  March 16, 2020

We are an equal opportunity employer; however, qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority in accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The Band will not assume any expenses related to any job application process, included but not limited to travel, relocation, and application development.  Please note certain positions come with mandatory employee benefits. Only those applicants who qualify for an interview will be contacted.