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Trust Program Director (TPD)

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date July 31, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Sayisi Dene First Nation
Location MB
Category Business / Management
Client Sayisi Dene First Nation Relocation Trust
Contact Information


Job Description:  Trust Program Director (TPD)


The Sayisi Dene First Nation is the beneficiary of a Trust as a result of the settlement of a Relocation Claim with Canada. The community is located at Tadoule Lake, Manitoba, which is a fly in community accessed from Thompson Manitoba. The Trust was settled May 16, 2016.

The Trust has three independent Trustee. Coordinator (TCC).

Trustees who are members of Sayisi Dene First Nation and one The Trust employs a Trust Administrator (TA) and a Trust Community

The Trust Administrator is responsible for the financial administration and maintenance of the critical financial records of the Trust. The Trust Community Coordinator works from the Trust office in Tadoule Lake and is the primary point of contact for the Trust with community members and Chief and Council.

The Trustees require the services of a Program Director to take a leading role in the development and implementation of Programs and projects funded by the Trust.

This is a full time position. It is anticipated that the Trust Community Coordinator will provide these services from their own location, not from the Trust office in Tadoule Lake. Travel to Tadoule Lake will be required two to four time annually.

The specific duties of the Trust Program Director include:

  • organize meetings of the Trustees as required by the Trustees, including the preparation of the meeting package which may include Agendas, Minutes of previous meetings, Project reports, project applications and evaluations and other material relevant to the meeting agenda;
  • Development, Review and amendment of Policies and Procedures. The TPD, in consultation with the TA and TCC, shall have the primary responsibilities for the development, review, amendment and implementation of Policies and Procedures that govern the non-financial operation of the Trust. Policies and Procedures related to financial management will be the responsibility of the TA. Input and assistance may be required from the Trustees, TA, TCC and Legal/Tech team for specific Policies and Procedures. For new Policies and Procedures, the draft versions should be circulated to the Trustees for comments and approval.
  • provide guidance and mentoring to the TCC, particularly in regards to their interactions with Council and Members when related to Trust programs;
  • assist the TCC, Members, Council and the Trustees in the development of project proposals;
  • assist the Trustees in implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects approved under this Trust;
  • assist the Trustees and TCC in identifying individuals and entities to implement projects approved by the Trustees;
  • Monitor, plan for and ensure all deadlines are met including the timely meeting of reporting requirements under the Trust Deed due at the Annual General Meeting. In this regard, a Limitations document is attached to the Expectations document;
  • Timely follow up on decisions & directions recorded in the Minutes those made in between formal meetings;
  • Maintaining the Action Items List and ensuring appropriate follow up;
  • assist the Trustees in identifying additional sources of funding from Manitoba, Canada and the philanthropic sector and preparing grant applications to access this additional funding;
  • Coordinate and monitor the work provided by the legal technical team that provides advice and assistance to the Trustees; and
  • any other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Trustees in order to assist them in the fulfillment of their duties and powers.

Job Requirements

  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to work independently. Proven ability to lead, influence and motivate others.
  • Strategic thinker who is committed to excellence and able to transform ideas into action.
  • Effective communicator who is able to balance the needs and agendas of competing stakeholders.
  • An exceptional relationship builder who is able to work in true collaboration with other individuals and organizations.
  • Effective leadership and the ability to coach, and mentor and motivate staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, ability to establish rapport with all levels of the community, professional advisors and external vendors and supporters.
  • Strong manager with demonstrated ability to inspire and build high performing collaborative teams.
  • Ability to identify key issues in a situation and to think creatively and strategically in facing internal and external challenges.
  • Proven track record of navigating change and growth.
  • Highly developed presentation, communications, and negotiation (verbal and written) skills.
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet.

Remuneration: commensurate with experience.

Preference will be given to applicants who have previous experience in working with remote First Nation communities and with the philanthropic sector. Interested applicants are invited to apply.

Please submit a cover letter and a current resume to:

Sayisi Dene First Nation Relocation Trust

c/o Scott Carlton, Trust Administrator

Applications must be received no later than Friday September 13, 2017

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