Dene Nahjo - A Project of Tides Canada Initiatives
March 20, 2019
Yellowknife, NT
Job Type
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$75,000 - $90,000
Northwest Territories


We seek a qualified and energetic self-starter to lead the management, administration and coordination of Dene Nahjo’s programs and objectives. The Managing Director will maintain Dene Nahjo’s operating and financial systems, and policies and procedures. The Managing Director will report directly to The Steering Committee.

Application deadline: April 15, 2019


Management and Administration tasks include:
• Acting as first point of contact for Dene Nahjo
• Developing financial goals and budget, including monitoring and tracking expenditures for project budgets, reconciling expenditures and credit card payments and processing in accordance with Tides Canada (TC) guidelines
• Liaising with TC support team to ensure effective operations and compliance with charitable regulations, policies, and procedures
• Preparing grant proposals, reports, and budgets
• Ensuring compliance with all grant agreements supporting Dene Nahjo activities
• Contracting and supervising the work of existing and additional employees and contractors as necessary to support Dene Nahjo activities, in accordance with TC guidelines
• Directing flow and review of all correspondence to ensure deadlines are met
• Overseeing the preparation and delivery of regular activity reports to the Steering Committee, Founding Members Council and Elder Advisory Committee
• Preparing a yearly report on Dene Nahjo projects/activities to support fundraising and promotional efforts
• In accordance with TC guidelines, oversee the monitoring and maintenance of Dene Nahjo’s social media presence through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
• Maintaining the Dene Nahjo email account
• Overseeing the development and maintenance of Dene Nahjo’s contact list
• Maintaining an up-to-date guide of Dene Nahjo inventory

Support Dene Nahjo project committees by:
• Directing the coordination of meetings and materials
• Developing program standards
• Supporting project leads to ensure that Dene Nahjo program standards are maintained
• Working with and developing community contacts to ensure local traditional protocols are respected
• Overseeing the creation and distribution of participant packages and promotional materials
• Hosting a welcome dinner/team building activity at the start of each project
• Hosting a final dinner and de-brief at the end of each project
• Submitting a report to Founding Members Council after each project to support continuous learning and improvement

Oversee coordination of all Dene Nahjo projects by:
• Overseeing registration for events, with support from communications, social media coordinators and community contacts
• Together with Tides Canada HR, developing a health and safety plan for all projects
• Working with the Tides Canada Marketing and Communications team and Dene Nahjo staff to ensure all projects are documented and posted to social media and the website in accordance with TC guidelines
• Ensuring program gear is properly maintained and stored

Community Outreach tasks include:
• Fostering collegial relationships with local, territorial, national, and circumpolar colleagues
• Identifying intersecting issues and potential strategic alignment among regions, and at the territorial and circumpolar level


Qualifications required:
• Model and honour Indigenous values – respect and honour Indigenous cultural values and priorities
• Demonstrate initiative and productivity under minimal supervision
• Have experience managing staff and contractors
• Have a deep understanding of Indigenous peoples and issues, particularly in Denendeh
• Understand the history and socio-political outcomes of colonization, and contemporary manifestations of ongoing colonization
• Have experience working with northern Indigenous communities and multi-cultural environments
• Demonstrate excellence in non-profit sector management, grant writing, and project management
• Have a post-secondary degree in a related discipline, or a combination of education and relevant experience
• Hold a valid driver’s license
• Be flexible to adapting work hours to accommodate meetings and programming as needed, including occasional evenings and weekends
• Be willing to travel as needed
• Be willing and able to carry camping equipment (up to 50 lbs) up and down stairs and to program sites
• Comfortable working in land-based settings, staying in tents or cabins heated by woodstove, and traveling to coordinate programs onsite

Company Info

Dene Nahjo is a Dene innovation collective based out of Somba K’e, Denendeh (Yellowknife, NT). Our work focuses on cultural resurgence and connection to the land as a basis for long-term and substantive change in Denendeh. Our goal is to facilitate spaces where Indigenous peoples can connect to land and culture, and contribute to envisioning a long-term vision of Denendeh informed by Dene values. We research and communicate on critical northern issues to provide an informed, alternative voice on public policy issues of concern to Northerners. Through this, and, while engaging and collaborating with key Indigenous organizations, we hope to build and sustain a network of local leaders to effect positive change within our communities. Our vision is: Land, Language, Culture. Forever. Dene Nahjo is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform.

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