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Executive Officer

Michipicoten First Nation

Job Type: Permanent Full
Posting Closes: Jan. 4 2018 at 4pm
Michipicoten First Nation has three reserve land bases, on the shores of the Nebskawshi  River near Chapleau,  the historic Dog Lake at Missanabie and on the pristine, sandy Northeast shore of Lake Superior just 20 kilometers from Wawa, Ontario. Michipicoten First Nation is a forward thinking community rich in regional history. Our  population is 1,157 with over 90 percent living off reserve. Michipicoten citizens live throughout the world including many who reside in and around the Wawa, Chapleau, Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury areas. The region and traditional territory of the Michipicoten People provides the perfect landscape for scenic relaxation and outdoor recreation.

The Opportunity

Michipicoten First Nation is seeking an experienced, professional candidate to join its administrative team. As Executive Officer you will be an important part of our community transformation and development by supporting our long-term growth and advancement.  

As Executive Officer, you will identify and establish new relationships and explore business and funding opportunities. The Executive Officer will oversee all operations of the Nation including: Finance, Administration, and the delivery of programs and services.  The Executive Officer will ensure that all operations are conducted in a respectful, fair, and responsible manner and aligned with the values of Michipicoten First Nation.  As a driven, creative, and collaborative leader, the Executive Officer will help this progressive First Nation Government realize its fiduciary responsibility to protect the rights and interests of its citizens by assisting with the oversight of its strategic objectives. 

The Executive Officer will have the flexibility to be creative with their work location including utilizing a potential satellite office in Sault Ste. Marie and working remotely at times. 

Key Job Duties 

Business Development: Research, analyze and develop new and expanded business initiatives;

Financial Operations: Ensure internal financial controls are in place and all operations are in compliance with Michipicoten, provincial and federal government financial legislation, policies and procedures;

Human Resources: Recruit, hire and manage performance of band staff (currently approximately 20 with anticipated growth);

Programs and Services: Oversee and evaluate the effectiveness of operations and program delivery in areas of health, education, social services, language & culture, housing, public works, community economic development, lands and resources and information technology;

Community Development Activities: Assist with coordination, implementation and evaluation of the community development plan.  Conduct needs assessments and research potential funding, programs and projects as required;

Political Leadership Support & Administration: Attend all Council meetings; prepare agendas, information and resources for Leadership Council and Citizens.  Represent the Nation at local, regional, territorial and national meetings;

Candidate Qualifications:

The ideal Executive Officer will possess the following:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Administration, Finance or a related field 
  • Minimum 5 years of leadership and business development experience 
  • Proficient knowledge in the areas of finance, human resources, Nation governance and relevant legislation, northern culture, political environment and program management, delivery and evaluation
  • Demonstrated professionalism, diplomacy, listening and ability to build rapport and trust with Citizens and stakeholders
  • Creative thinking and the ability to approach things differently
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements
  • Cultural awareness, sensitivity and an understanding of Indigenous Culture
Consideration will be given to individuals possessing a combination of education in a related field combined with relevant experience in a similar role;
The successful candidate must produce proof of academic credentials, a clean Criminal Record Check and possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle.


This position offers a competitive salary based on education and experience.  Comprehensive benefits package and retirement savings plan is included. 

To Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter by: 

Friday, January 4, 2019 – 4:00pm 
please submit resume electronically to Robert Reece at

Preference will be given to qualified Michipicoten citizens or applicants of native ancestry. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Join an Organization that is in the process of transforming while protecting Mother Earth.  Michipicoten is advancing towards becoming a self-sufficient, professional independent and forward thinking Nation. To learn more about Michipicoten First Nation and the surrounding area please visit the following websites:

Michipicoten First Nation is committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in the recruitment process.

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