Senior Director, Housing and Social Infrastructure Development – Metis Nation British Columbia

5 July 2023

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Métis Nation British Columbia

Senior Director, Housing and Social Infrastructure Development

#23-084
Ministry of Housing and Homelessness

Position:        
Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)

Location:       
Hybrid/Provincial office – Station Tower (13401 – 108th Avenue, Surrey)

Closes:          
July 18, 2023

Classification:
Senior Director                

Salary Range:
$115,000 – $135,000 annually

ABOUT MÉTIS NATION BRITISH COLUMBIA:
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) develops and enhances opportunities for our Métis communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services. Through teamwork, respect, dedication, accountability, integrity, and professionalism, MNBC strives to build a proud, self-governing, sustainable Nation  in recognition  of inherent rights for our Métis citizens, assisting in the delivery of services based on policy, process, and specified regulations.

MNBC’s KAA-WIICHIHITOYAAHK (We take care of each other) Initiatives offers employees a competitive total compensation package including:

  • comprehensive group benefit package or health-care spending account and enrollment in the Municipal Pension Plan
  • 15 paid days per year for statutory and
  • cultural days (Indigenous Peoples Day, Truth and Reconciliation Day, & Louis Riel Day)
  • carpool, parking & public transit subsidies (Provincial Office only)
  • educational spending account and professional development allowances to provide annual funding to continue lifelong learning and skills upgrade.
  • remote workplace supports.
  • internal advancement & redeployment opportunities

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
The Senior Director reports to the Chief Executive Officer and provides daily leadership of divisional operations. As MNBC begins to progress more rapidly in its various housing development projects, this role will exercise expert oversight and full line of sight on all housing projects to ensure that all projects roll out as rapidly and smoothly as possible.

The Senior Director will work as a strong partner and liaison with Chartered Communities entering into partnership agreements with MNBC related to housing and social infrastructure development, and to assist the Chief Executive Officer as required with on-going negotiations with provincial and federal funders, including but not limited to CIRNAC, ISC, CMHC, and BC Housing.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Strategic Alignment

  • Supports the development and execution of a comprehensive multi-year housing and homelessness strategy for Métis Nation BC, aligned with the new MNBC Strategic Plan, Critical Social Infrastructure and Facilities Master Plan, and our Housing Needs Assessment.
  • Supports the development of annual divisional goals in consultation with CEO/CSO, ministry staff, the Minister of Housing, and the Board.
  • Ensures that all divisional operations are in alignment with the MNBC Strategic Plan, and any new Housing and Homelessness Strategy as approved by the Board.
  • Recommends new policies and procedures on housing and infrastructure development-related policy decisions and works to implement approved policies and procedures as approved by the CEO and the Board.
  • Supports the Chief Executive Officer as needed in presentations, meetings, and updates to the Minister of Housing, Housing and Infrastructure Sub-Committee, and full Board on ministry activities and issues. Provides timely information and analysis to inform decisions of the Board.
  • Embraces all core values and role models cultural safety and lateral kindness throughout the organization.

Partnership Development and Negotiations

  • Supports negotiations and acts as the operational liaison between MNBC and other parties including federal, provincial, and municipal government departments, Indigenous organizations, communities, and governments, and other third parties to create and relationship and partnership opportunities.
  • Actively works to develop stronger partnerships and with provincial and federal agencies, including but not limited to ISC, CIRNAC, CMHC, and BC Housing to assist in securing on-going funding to execute our multi-year housing and homelessness strategy. This includes the development of funding proposals and grants for new and revised programs and services.
  • Supports the Chief Executive Officer as required in negotiations for land purchases.
  • Strengthens mutually respectful relationships across the provincial and federal government, First Nations governments, municipalities, regional health authorities, and other identified community agencies in the housing development ecosystem, including the areas of urban planning, diversity and non-profit housing criteria.

 
Community Relations

  • Engages, consults, and regularly obtains feedback from Métis citizens and Chartered Communities regarding their housing and infrastructure needs which reflect rural, remote and urban environments.
  • Maintains current knowledge of local, provincial and federal services, resource persons, and significant initiatives of importance to MNBC and the community. Openly shares and distributes this information with staff, other service providers, clients, and the community as appropriate.
  • Supports updates and the provision of information to Intergovernmental Affairs and Communications and Community Services.

 
Program Development and Delivery

  • Oversee various new and on-going housing and infrastructure development programs and services as approved resulting from the MNBC Housing and Homelessness Strategy.

 
Project Management and Measurement

  • Directly oversees all housing and infrastructure development projects.
  • Develops and reports on key metrics demonstrating the successful delivery of housing programs and projects. This includes maintaining an efficient, effective and integrated approach to service delivery data collection, evidence-based best practices, and monitoring.
  • Develops and undertakes community-based housing needs and homelessness surveys as needed.
  • Is responsible for quality assurance and completion of all housing development government regulations, zoning, development permits, inspections etc. as needed.

 
Contract procurement and management

  • Works directly with key housing development partners, including but not limited to consultants, designers, architects, and other vendors.
  • Oversees the contract procurement and management process.

 
Reporting and Communication

  • Regularly updates the Chief Executive Officer on project progress and key issues.
  • Prepares detailed, audience-specific Briefing Notes (BNs).
  • Prepares reports, and provides information as required for the Board, funders, and other agencies.

 
Supervision, Coaching, and Performance Management

  • This position has one direct report, the Director of Housing and Infrastructure Development.
  • Leads and supports a growing divisional team of Housing and Infrastructure Development staff, consultants, and contractors.
  • Conducts on-going performance conversations and annual performance reviews for direct reports aligned with MNBC performance management program.
  • Participates in the recruitment and selection of divisional staff by performing duties such as screening applicants, participating on interview panels, and making hiring recommendations.
  • Orients and identifies training required for divisional staff.
  • Coaches and mentors staff to support their development and career growth.

 
Finance and Administration

  • Manages the financial integrity and accountability of programs, monitors expenditures within existing budgets and guidelines, reports out, and makes budget recommendations.
  • Adheres to the MNBC Financial Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Applies the policies and standards of MNBC program manuals, Health and Safety guidelines, completion of critical incident and safety reports, and WorkSafeBC safety standards.

 
Team and Committee Participation

  • Supports the organization and agenda preparation of the MNBC Board Meetings, Métis Nation Governing Assembly Meetings, Annual General Meetings, and/or Special Meetings.
  • Attends meetings of the MNBC Board and Board Committees when required.
  • Serves on select Board sub-committees.
  • Actively participates as a member of the Senior Management Team.
  • Develops effective and ongoing collaboration and partnership opportunities with other MNBC ministries.
  • Represents MNBC along with the Chief Executive Officer at the Métis National Council’s Housing Technical Table.

 
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Housing development, Community Development, Business Administration, or related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a leadership role. Combination of relevant experience, education, and training will be considered.
  • A professional housing development designation or project management certification.
  • Demonstrated ability to write complex funding proposals and funder reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of community development approaches and service delivery best practices.
  • Experience working with housing boards and housing societies.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of socio-economic issues facing Métis people in B.C.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial management and the procurement and contract management process.
  • Demonstrated ability to directly supervise staff and motivate teams for peak performance.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage change initiatives.
  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples, organizations, and nations, with a specific focus on Métis socio-economic issues.
  • Experience operating a housing development program within a government or non‐profit setting.

 
OTHER COMMENTS

  • Must have a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License.
  • Must be willing and able to travel provincially to visit housing development sites, MNBC provincial and regional office, and Chartered Communities.
  • Attendance at meetings and events outside of regular work hours may be required from time to time.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed to help ensure the efficient operation of MNBC.
  • Ability to provide a satisfactory Criminal Record Check.

 
The above requirements are what MNBC is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change based on needs.  
Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nation, Métis or Inuit). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
 
PLEASE NOTE THAT CANDIDATES MUST APPLY using “Senior Director, Housing and Social Infrastructure Development – #23-084” in the subject line of the email. Please send your resume and cover letter to:
 
Colette Trudeau
Chief Executive Officer
Métis Nation British Columbia
Email: ctrudeau@mnbc.ca