Senior Manager of Justice – Metis Nation British Columbia

30 March 2023

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Métis Nation British Columbia

Senior Manager of Justice

#23-037
Ministry of Justice

Position: Permanent (Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)
Location: Hybrid/Provincial office – Station Tower (13401–108th Avenue, Surrey)
Closes: Posting will remain open until filled and will close without notice
Classification: Senior Manager                     
Salary Range: $93,000 – $110,000 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
We are seeking a passionate, hard working, highly experienced and detailed individual to join our Ministry of Justice as a Senior Manager of Justice (Sr. Manager). This role requires someone who is passionate about equal and/or distinctions based Justice for Métis Citizens in BC, has experience in the Justice field and with Indigenous peoples in particular, preferably with a lived experience and/or strong understanding of the Métis experience. This is an exciting role in that you will help us to create and grow a team and a Ministry that is a priority to the Nation, while utilizing your education and experience to provide direction and recommendations in the active work and initiatives, as well as future plans and goals.

The Sr. Manager will report to and collaborate with the Director of Métis Rights, Negotiations, and Justice. The Sr. Manager role will work with and support the Director in the creation of a Ministry of Justice team over the coming year(s) and will supervise much of this team. The Sr. Manager will manage multiple government- to-government tables at both the provincial and federal level, as well as bilateral and tripartite tables, and build working relationships with multiple organizations and/or stakeholders. The Sr. Manager works in collaboration with the Director and other team members to support and lead projects or components of projects by managing staff, consultants/legal team, relationships, project management, governmental tables, negotiations, analyzing relevant policy/legislation and overall supporting to further Métis interests in relation to Justice. The Sr. Manager will be focused on strategic initiatives that advance Métis Nation BC’s goals and objectives as they relate to the Ministry of Justice, while also collaborating and/or overseeing collaborative work between multiple MNBC Ministries. Some of the initiatives that will be managed by this role include the MNBC Justice Strategy, supporting the MNBC Justice Council, the Canada Indigenous Justice Strategy, and the work with the Indigenous Justice Centers across BC; this work includes multi-year implementation plans and long-term operational plans and management. The role requires a high degree of diplomacy, tact, professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality regarding issues concerning Métis Justice.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Helps to create a team, while taking on supervising Ministry of Justice staff as the team builds; this includes helping with writing Job Descriptions, and hiring, training and mentoring staff.
  • Supports and manages intake and resource needs for Métis Citizens in crisis.
  • Builds and already carries relationships within the Justice community locally and within BC in order to gain an improved understanding of Métis needs, increased resources, and create safer spaces and access to MNBC citizens within Justice spaces; this includes when seeking help and/or from within the Justice system.
  • Supports and manages the development and approvals of MNBC’s Justice Strategy, the Federal Indigenous Justice Strategy, the MNBC Justice Council and multiple legislative reforms, such as the Police Modernization Act.
  • Is aware and stays educated in trends in Justice legislation and policy of other Indigenous, local, provincial, and national jurisdictions. Identifies and monitors implications, problems or opportunities and utilizes findings to develop written recommendations on policy direction.
  • Drafts summaries, reports and/or report chapters, legislation, presentations, and briefing materials, and presents options and recommendations for the Director on issues arising from analytical studies, including the impact on Métis people in BC.
  • Actively participates in a number of inter-governmental and expert committees and working groups formed with key partners such as the Métis National Council and provincial and federal governments.
  • Participates in and helps to lead consultative processes with stakeholders, governments, and other Indigenous parties to examine and negotiate on issues.
  • Manages, organizes, and leads multiple meetings with other team members, stakeholders, internal and external ministries and departments, governments, organizations, nations, and institutions.
  • Monitors trends and emerging issues, including newsworthy stories that relate to our work; keeps on top of where the field of Justice is going within the Indigenous experience and forefront.
  • Has a lived experience or a strong understanding of inherent Métis rights, interests, and claims, especially in relation to BC.
  • Provides advice and makes recommendations to the Director in relation to the historical and current environment in Justice in BC.
  • Represents MNBC at multiple tables, events and in high level meetings in a professional and diplomatic way, building relationships, while continuing to advocate for the needs of Métis citizens in BC; this can include negotiations on funding, policy reform, and large projects/initiatives.
  • Help in fund development and management of Ministry budgets.
  • Reports when needed, in a timely fashion, to MNBC leadership, such as our Senate, Justice Council and Cabinet.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as required by MNBC as this role and this Ministry evolves and grows.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Familiarity with the Justice community and its applicable resources, both in the public and private sectors.
  • Familiarity with Justice related polices and law and processes and the changes that are and need to occur within the BC and Canadian context for Indigenous peoples.
  • Preferably a minimum of a Masters degree in a related discipline such as Justice/Indigenous Justice, Law, Restorative Justice, Indigenous Studies, or another related field. An equivalent combination of education (including Indigenous Education, such as traditional knowledge and/or knowledge holders/keepers, and experience/lived experience may be considered).
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience working directly in the field of Justice in some realm that provides you with an overview of the issues today facing Indigenous peoples within the Justice system, including restorative justice, youth justice, and comfortable with the needs to address MMIWG and TRC’s today.
  • A minimum of 3 years experience managing projects, project teams/staff, and/or components of projects and carries a management style that holds space for an Indigenous perspective/needs and/or the needs of a diverse staff base, using a bottom up approach to management, supporting their staff in working hard and getting the work done in a detailed way, meeting or exceeding high expectations.
  • Knowledge and awareness of Métis Nation BC structures, legislation, and acts.
  • Knowledge and/or awareness of the historical and contemporary contributions made by Métis people in BC.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to lead, problem-solve, and utilize team-building skills.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Proven ability to utilize strong interpersonal skills to deal with others effectively.
  • Proven ability to be able to deal with both stressful and highly challenging environments in a calm and diplomatic and friendly manner, staying positive and supportive.
  • Has a highly acute level of communication to both their team and their supervisor, as well as other leadership, such as Ministers and is able to cater to their audience in an easy and immediate way.

OTHER COMMENTS

  • Other duties may be assigned as needed to help ensure the efficient operation of MNBC.
  • There will be a need to attend meetings and events which may require work and travel outside of normal business hours.
  • 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 Manager of Justice – #23-037” in the subject line of the email.
 
Please send your resume and cover letter to:
 
Melanie Walker
Director of Métis Rights, Negotiations, and Justice
Métis Nation British Columbia
Email: mwalker@mnbc.ca