Director, Communications & Engagement

The role of Director, Communications & Engagement requires a strategic and experienced communications professional who is able to design and oversee the First Nations Technology Council’s Communications and Engagement Strategy including recruitment, research and knowledge mobilization, and government relations plans. The Director, Communications & Engagement will have experience building and leading a motivated and dynamic team, and will be responsible for supporting fundraising in order to grow the Communications & Engagement Division. As the voice of the organization, the Director will work closely with the executive team to craft provocative policy and thought leadership communications addressing the intersections of technological advancement and Indigenous sovereignty.

The Director, Communications and Engagement should have a good working knowledge of the history and issues related to technology and innovation in First Nations and Indigenous communities in BC, and the ability to speak to a diversity of audiences including First Nations communities and leadership, government, technology and innovation sectors, and the philanthropic community. The Director will collaborate across Divisions to ensure efforts are coordinated and appropriately prioritized and will ensure timely and effective delivery of all communications projects. A strong interest in the issues of digital equity, connectivity, technology training and economic reconciliation is required in this role.

The Director, Communications & Engagement role is currently conceived as overseeing one direct report focused on marketing and recruitment, with a second direct report planned pending confirmed funding, and secondary oversight of a Coordinator, Web & Design. The Director, Communications & Engagement is expected to work closely with the Director, Strategic Initiatives to identify and apply for sources of funding for communications projects as required in order to advance organizational and divisional goals. The Director, Communications & Engagement reports to the Chief Executive Officer at the First Nations Technology Council.

The Director, Communications & Engagement should be proficient in managing a complex portfolio of work, with multiple deadlines and deliverables. This is a strategic role that requires creativity, resourcefulness, exceptional interpersonal and collaboration skills, and leadership that is both process-orientated and results-driven.

About the First Nations Technology Council

The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led organization that serves all 203 First Nations communities across British Columbia, working to ensure that Indigenous peoples have full and equitable access to the tools, training and support to maximize the opportunities presented by technology and innovation. The Technology Council sees the strengthening of local Indigenous economies and the empowering of Indigenous innovators as contributing to Indigenous self-determination and nationhood.

The First Nations Technology Council is a values-driven organization with a strong focus on employee engagement and organizational development. The work that we do to serve First Nations communities and Indigenous peoples is facilitated by a motivated and growing team, currently of 18 people. The Technology Council holds the following core values, which all employees are expected to honour, demonstrate, and deepen through individual practice and team development: trust, humility, community, spirit, innovation for 7 generations, listening, resilience, indigenous wisdom, and heart.

We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from qualified First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. We also welcome other candidates who possess a high level of cultural competence and understanding of indigenous experience, communities, and issues. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

About the Role

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee development and implementation of refreshed Communications & Engagement Strategy.
  • Lead Communications Division; Mentor, guide, and manage the activities and performance of direct reports as required.
  • Proactively identify strategic communications issues and opportunities.
  • Ensure the Technology Council’s voice is accurately represented throughout all communications deliverables.
  • Write key positioning documents including press releases, reports, and policy and thought leadership communications.
  • Work closely with the CEO and Director, Strategic Initiatives to oversee implementation of Government Relations Plan.
  • Collaborate with Divisional leads to deliver participatory research project engagement and knowledge mobilization activities.
  • Oversee Communications Division budget.
  • Negotiate contracts and oversee consultants, as required.
  • Oversee development of FNTC annual reports.
  • Ensure Communications Division systems support timely and effective project management, alignment and coordination of communications activities.
  • Collaborate with Director Strategic Initiatives to identify and apply for new sources of funds for communications projects.
  • Actively participate in Executive Leadership Team, contributing to organizational planning, development and operations.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrates leadership aligned with Technology Council brand and core values.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Expertise in professional communications formats.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information into clear and impactful deliverables.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to manage and motivate teams.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation abilities.
  • Ability to shift content and style to customize for diverse audiences.
  • Impeccable editing skills.
  • Basic document formatting ability.
  • Interest and ability to learn Slack, Monday, Dropbox, Google. docs and other online tools.
  • Commitment to adhere to the Technology Council’s guidelines for project management, file storage, approval processes
  • Government relations or advocacy experience an asset.

Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor level in Communications, Business, Social Sciences, Arts, Indigenous Studies, or Technology-related education.
  • Minimum 3+ years in a senior management role.
  • Minimum 3+ years in copywriting, communications, government relations, or related role.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications, including Word and PPT.
  • Willingness to learn and drive adoption of new technologies.
  • Demonstrated First Nations and Indigenous community engagement expertise and understanding.
  • Working knowledge of BC technology sector, labour market, contracts and regulatory bodies.
  • Sound understanding of the history of First Nations in British Columbia, and an ability and interest to learn more about the history, culture, protocols and practices, socio-economic issues, rights and future vision of Indigenous peoples.
  • Ability to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Location:

The Director, Communications, is open to candidates residing in the Province of BC, with a preference for candidates able to work from the First Nations Technology Council headquarters Unit 102 – 70 Orwell Street on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will work remotely until further notice, in alignment with public health directives and best practices.