Policy Manager – Tla’amin Nation

29 June 2023

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Policy Manager

The Tla’amin Nation is a forward-thinking self-governing Treaty First Nation located in the beautiful qathet Region.

Position Summary
Job Type
Full-time, permanent

Hours of Work:
8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday

Reports to:
Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Relations

Intergovernmental Relations

Closing Date:
July 14, 2023

The Policy Manager leads a dynamic policy team in support of Tla’amin Nation’s governance objectives and implementation of the Nation’s Comprehensive Nation Plan. The Policy Manager provides leadership in research, analysis, drafting, and policy and process development. Working with a dynamic group of directors and managers, the Policy Manager is a strategic thinker who contributes to a growing and high-potential First Nation government. The Policy Manager is well-equipped to lead a team and is comfortable coaching, mentoring, and advising at all levels. The Policy Manager is an experienced professional who is capable of providing competent, confidential advice and support to employees at all levels and the Tla’amin Nation Executive Council and Legislative Assembly.

Key Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the Policy Manager include but are not limited to:

  • Provides leadership, oversight and change management to support the ongoing development and implementation of Tla’amin’s policy framework, policies and processes.
  • Supports community and committee engagement to design policy philosophy.
  • Develops and implements policy too ls, templates, and processes across all government departments.
  • Supports communication and understanding of the policy processes across the Nation administration.
  • Reviews and develops various policy documents and policy sets.
  • Prov id es advice to senior management and Executive Council, and develops reports and makes recommendations to government officials on legislation, policy, and programs that may impact governance, including implementation of the Comprehensive Nation Plan, the treaty and treaty relationships.
  • With support from external legal counsel and contractors , assists Tla’amin Executive Council and the Legislative Assembly with comp liance-re lated issues related to the Nation’s policy framework.
  • Provides Executive Council and Legislative Assembly advice and recommendations with presentations, briefing materials, draft motions and resolutions.
  • Analyzes federal, First Nation, local government, and provincial interests, policies, and legislation to assess competing and/or conflicting priorities and to identify risks and opportunities.
  • Analyzes agreements and policy and legislation proposals to ident ify potential impacts on existing legislation and policy, and as necessary, supports drafting of legislative, regulatory and policy proposals to support governance implementation.
  • Leads project teams (e.g., government staff, consultants, contracted specialists, volunteers), prepares project plans and manages budgets for the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of treaty implementation projects.
  • Leads projects which may involve a combination of provincial agencies, the federal government, other First Nations, local governments, and third-party stakeholders to support the implementation of Nation priorities. These projects may include or relate to intergovernmental meetings and joint-projects,community and stakeholder engagement events, funding/grant applications, and agreement development.
  • Represents the Nation on and leads bilateral, multilateral and internal working groups established to support the implementation of policies, projects and development of agreements.
  • Supervises staff including assignment of work, development and evaluation of performance plans, approval of leave, response to grievances and initiation of discipline processes.
  • Plans and manages procurement and contracts with external contractors and partners.
  • Acts as an ambassador and representative of the Nation.
  • May act as a lead negotiator on behalf of the Nation for some treaty implementation projects.
  • Leads, manages, mentors, and develops employees.
  • Acts as a “go to person” concerning engagement and implementation of best practices.
  • Contributes content for community communications.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor and the CAO.


  • Degree in political science, public policy, or a related field
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in a related role
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience in policy development project management and implementation.
  • Ability to respond to changing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, with strong abilities in writing briefing and policy and process materials.
  • Proficient in working with project management and spreadsheet software.
  • Ethical, accountable, diplomatic and tactful.
  • Experienced leading, developing and mentoring staff.
  • Knowledge and experience working with First Nations communities and governments .
  • Working knowledge of the functions of federal, provincial, Treaty First Nation and municipal governments.
  • Able to provide an acceptable Police Information Check (PIC) wit hin 2 weeks of the employment start date.
  • Able to provide an acceptable BC Driver’s Abstract.
  • Priority consideration will be given to Indigenous applicants.

Working Conditions
Typical office environment (sitting, walking, carrying, lifting, kneeling, squatting).

  • Occasional travel as well as occasional work during weekends, evenings (for meetings & training).

How to Apply
Please apply online by sending your resume and cover letter by email to :
Drop-off/mail to: Attn: HR Department, Tla’amin Nati on, 4779 Klahanie Roa d, Tla’amin, BC, V8A OC4.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those shortlisted will be contacted