Job: Managing Director, Indigenous Relations - Fort Edmonton Park

Managing Director, Indigenous Relations

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Managing Director, Indigenous Relations leads the Indigenous Relations Office for the Fort Edmonton Management Company. The successful candidate will guide and oversee promotion of the rich Indigenous histories and cultures that have shaped Alberta prior to contact and after, with respect to programming, staffing, research and facility development. The Managing Director, Indigenous Relations also works as a member of Senior Management Team to support the overall operations of the Park. The role consults and provides guidance to staff members, internal and external partners, and work with Indigenous communities to support the continued development of respectful and beneficial relationships, information sharing, new programming and community outreach.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Advise Management and staff on matters of protocol and cultural sensitivities with respect to interacting with various Indigenous communities, groups, and individuals
  • Provide content expertise and advise Management and staff in the development of programs and initiatives involving Indigenous communities, groups, and individuals
  • Act as Fort Edmonton Park’s liaison with Indigenous organizations, contractors and performers; facilitate conversations with Indigenous leaders and Elders; build relationships to advance the enhancement and inclusion of Indigenous narratives, events, programs and experiences in Fort Edmonton Park
  • Supervises direct reports as well as other staff members when working in collaboration with Indigenous groups and individuals
  • Oversee research activities and the development of Indigenous historical information, including the contracting and management of external research services
  • Develop and manage the budget related to engagement activities, contracts, events and research activities
  • Source grants opportunities; manage grant applications, budgets and partnership opportunities
  • Manage the distribution of  research and design materials along with providing  summaries and direction to contractors and staff
  • Collaborate with Visitor Experience management on the operations of Indigenous Peoples Experience and other aspects of the programming that include or highlight indigenous history and/or culture
  • Identify, manage, and consult on outreach activities such as curriculum development and school programming and community engagement
  • Attend weekly management Team meetings and contribute to discussions concerning ongoing operations and challenges
  • Participate as member of the Manager on Duty roster to ensure onsite weekend management support to the Park
  • Provide occasional coverage for other members of the Management Team while away from the office

Qualified Applicants will Possess:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Humanities, Heritage Management, Native Studies or an equivalent (A Master’s Degree is considered an asset)
  • Minimum 7 years of intercultural and progressively responsible supervisory experience,  preferably within a heritage management environment working with Indigenous communities and groups
  • Extensive knowledge of Indigenous histories and cultures, understanding and ability to follow cultural protocols with Indigenous communities
  • Excellent communications skills and experience in heritage interpretation, program development and delivery
  • Understanding of relevant policies, legislation, and the legal and political environment that impacts Indigenous communities historically and at the present time
  • Ability to work collaboratively with communities and stakeholders on the development and delivery of historical and cultural programming and projects
  • Political acumen and ability to navigate varying levels of bureaucracy in a tactful and confidential manner
  • Excellent project and process management skills; ability to effectively gather, synthesize, integrate and interpret information and perspectives from a variety of  sources
  • Well-developed human resource management/coaching experience; strong leadership skills
  • Budget development and management experience
  • Excellent relationship building, written and verbal communication skills, facilitation, presentation and interpersonal skills are required; proficiency with Google tools and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous language is considered an asset
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s license (or provincial equivalent). Must obtain business auto insurance for personal vehicle use on FEMCo business
  • Completion of a Police Information Check satisfactory to FEMCo

Total Rewards:

Dependent on qualifications, this role offers a base salary range of 80K - 120K per annum along with a comprehensive health and wellness benefits program. In addition, an attractive recreation facilities access pass along with “park perks” are included.  

80K - 120K /annum


Application Deadline:
July 15, 2017

Interested applicants are invited are invited to forward their cover letter and resume to prior to July 15, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this employment opportunity, however only those candidates considered for the position will be contacted.