Career Opportunities for Indigenous People at the City of Vancouver – City of Vancouver

17 July 2023

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Career Opportunities for Indigenous People at the City of Vancouver

Requisition ID: 38647 

Organization

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands and waters of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation and a responsibility to meaningfully respond to the leadership and unique rights of the local Nations as we conduct our operations to support the lives of our employees and citizens now and in the future. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents. Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Are you an Indigenous job seeker that is interested in working at the City of Vancouver or looking for one-on-one recruitment support and additional information on the organization?

Indigenous people play a key role in the workforce and our communities. Indigenous staff at the City bring critical perspectives, knowledge, and skills to the wide variety of work that we do at the City. We welcome all interested Indigenous job seekers to consider opportunities to join the team!

We hire a wide variety of positions across 12 departments, examples of some include:
 

  • Office Support Clerks and Administrative Staff
  • Indigenous Planners
  • Planning Assistants
  • Social Planners
  • Theatre Attendants
  • Communications Specialists
  • Project Managers and Project Coordinators
  • Engineers and Engineering Assistants
  • Operations Workers and Laborers
  • Accountants
  • Recruiters and Human Resource Associates
  • Lawyers and Legal Assistants
  • Management and Executives
  • Lifeguards
  • Building Management Officers
  • IT Technical Support Staff
  • 311 Customer Service Representatives
  • Building Workers
  • Recreation Staff and Cultural Programming Staff at Community Centres
  • Shelter/Residence Attendants and Security Officers
  • Survey Assistants
  • Library Workers

What the City of Vancouver Offers
 

  • Our Indigenous Employee Resource group provides a space for Indigenous employees to meet, be engaged in City strategies and projects, foster inclusive and supportive work environments and advance equity and decolonization in the workplace.  
  • Our Elder in Residence program engages a small circle of Elders from the local host Nations and the urban Indigenous community who provide cultural support to Indigenous staff and have the opportunity to engage with them in formal and informal events.
  • We strive to support our staff by providing great medical plans, wellness days, municipal pension plan, generous parental leave, considerable vacation, ongoing professional development, health enhancement programs, and much more. Indigenous-specific services are offered through our Employee and Family Assistance Program provider.
  • Our work environment offers exciting work to build a great city that cares about our people, environment and opportunities to live, work and prosper.
  • Many of our positions are part of our Flexible Work Program which allows staff to work from home 1-4 days per week from locations that are within a defined daily commutable distance.
  • Our Sustainable Commuting Program offers information, resources and benefits which includes carpooling options, transit incentives, cycling and walking incentives.
  • We offer opportunities to grow your skillset.

After applying to this posting, our Indigenous Recruiter will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss any of the following:
 

  • Navigating and understanding the recruitment process and timelines.
  • Get a better understanding of your of career goals.
  • Provide recommendations of how your knowledge, skills and experience aligns with positions.
  • Be a mentor throughout the entire recruitment process.

Commitment to Reconciliation
Vancouver City Council designated Vancouver a City of Reconciliation on July 8, 2014. Since then, the City has worked to implement a Reconciliation Strategy across all areas and departments. The City became a national leader in reconciliation and Indigenous rights by working with the local Nations to develop the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Strategy, approved by the Councils of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, as well as Vancouver City Council on October 25, 2022.

The City’s vision is to form relationships of mutual respect and understanding with the local First Nations and Urban Indigenous community, incorporate an Indigenous perspective into our work and decisions, and provide services that benefit members of the local First Nations and Urban Indigenous community.

We are committed to strengthening local First Nations and Urban Indigenous relations, promoting Indigenous peoples’ arts, culture, awareness, and understanding and incorporating Indigenous perspectives for effective City services.

The City takes cultural safety and respect for Indigenous rights very seriously. We actively work across departments to develop an atmosphere of respect and understanding for Indigenous workers and community members, including taking meaningful action to address missteps and take opportunities for growth.

The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.

Business Unit/Department: Various 

Affiliation: Unionized or Exempt  

Employment Type: Regular full-time, Temporary full-time or Auxiliary (casual)  

Salary Information: Depends on position

Application Close: Open-ended

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, 2SLGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

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