Employment & Contract Opportunities

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

PERMANENT FULL-TIME
Human Resources Generalist

The Human Resources (HR) Generalist provides management, consultation, interpretation, guidance, coordination, facilitation, administration and valuation of the functions, policies, systems, processes and practices that support the Organization’s human resources. This position will create policies and procedures that align with the culture of the Organization and its mission and vision statements.  It covers HR functions including policy development and interpretation, recruitment, position management, benefits, compensation, performance management and employee relations. This position provides human resources to ʔaq̓am, ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises, ʔaq̓am Trading and Gas Bar, and D&B Flagging and Traffic Control.

This position supports opportunities for growth and development of human capacity, while ensuring the human resource needs of the organization are met in the job positions and individuals in those positions.

The HR Generalist is a resource to employees and management and is responsible and accountable to the Chief Administrative Officer. This position, by its very function, holds confidential corporate and personal information and is obligated to protect that information.

Key contributions are:

Develop, implement and manage policies and procedures that are compliant with Canada Labour Code and reflect our values, vision and strategic plan, ensuring consistency and equity of administration.
Provide advice and guidance to ensure consistency and compliance; and minimize organizational liabilities.
Provide solutions to HR challenges.
To function with ethics, integrity and consistency of policy interpretation and application.
To maintain human resource files; personal privacy and confidentiality meeting all legislated requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

Plan, develop, implement, manage and valuate human resource policies, programs and procedures including but not exclusive to:  recruitment, compensation, benefits, performance management, training and development.  All must align with relevant legislation.
Respond to and resolve HR issues and questions from the management and employees on the application and interpretation of organization policies, HR processes and current legislation.
Facilitate the hiring process for the Organization, supporting the CAOO, Directors, and Managers through the recruitment and selection, and onboarding processes.  Draft job descriptions, post positions, create evaluation scale, prepare interview questions, support managers through the screening and interviewing process, and offer.  Prepare employment agreements and employee documentation.
Assist with wage and benefits costs for departments.

Act as a knowledgeable resource of legislation that protects ʔaq̓am and individuals, in the spirit of fairness and equity.
In collaboration and consultation with Chief Administrative Officer and/or Director, advise, develop and write and edit position descriptions for new positions; monitor and revise existing positions as they evolve, change and/or expand.
Conduct wage market surveys to inform management of external wages, benefits, and incentives in order to be competitive.
Manage, advise and administer salary and wage administration program. 

Administer benefits and pension policies and practices by enrolling all eligible employees in Group Benefits Plan and Pension Plan in a timely manner upon eligibility.
Process enrolments, terminations and changes and maintain benefits records.
Complete benefit and pension billings.
Complete reporting as necessary for WorkSafe BC, pension plan, and labour code.
Assist employees in setting up their online accounts for benefits or pension plans and with submitting benefits claims and answer any questions they may have (or direct them to the appropriate person).
Administer benefits as required (e.g. life insurance for deceased employee, LTD, etc.).

Recommend changes or modifications to benefits and pension to maintain external market equality and best possible coverage for employees, ensuring affordability.
Complete taxable benefits and optional critical illness billings.
Manage illness/injury for employees to access different benefit carriers and their reporting requirements (ie:  Worksafe BC, insurance Employment Insurance, group long-term disability, Canada Pension Disability or Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance).
Ensure employee development reviews, check-ins and quarterly work plan reviews take place for each employee.
Advise, support and facilitate employment issues and problems (ie: performance, misconduct, harassment, policy interpretation and application) through investigation, mediation and communication and negotiation.
Participate in organizational committees including (but not limited to) Health and Safety Committee and Policy Committee.  Meet on a regular basis to discuss matters of the committees.
Assist the Operations Coordinator in organizing health and safety education for the Health and Safety Committee, senior management, and staff (ie: identify hazards and risks, due diligence for supervisors, bullying and harassment)
Provide opportunities for professional development and team building for all staff through monthly staff meetings, staff retreats, etc. 
Participate in Director meetings.
Maintain and process a variety of confidential records including employee files, payroll changes, resumes, interview notes, reference checks, benefit enrolments, performance evaluations and investigations.  Meet legislated requirement of employee records; information for managerial reports and analysis.
Prepare and process required documentation, advise appropriate authorities, for personnel and payroll changes (ie: new hires and terminations, changes to: salary, title, etc.)
Provide HR support, guidance and administration for ACE, ATLP and D&B Flagging and Traffic Control.
Maintain monthly time summaries for each employee in the organizations.
Work closely with payroll to ensure payroll legal compliance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of the Canada and BC Labour Standards

Communication:  reading, writing, oral, presentations, strong vocabulary, listening
Interpersonal:  listening, observation, non-judgement, understanding, caring, compassion, resilient
Adaptability and flexibility: resourceful to seek creative solutions.
Problem solving skills coupled with analytical abilities that enable consideration of details and complexities of issues while achieving results.
Interpretation:  perception, discernment, discrimination, appropriate procedures, choices, balance of information and factors, judiciousness, fairness, honesty, integrity, with courage to stand up for opinion
Integrity, ethics; ability to consistently maintain a high level of confidentiality
Willing to undergo a criminal record check

Ability to provide creative solutions to HR challenges and processes into the future.

Continuous learning to obtain diverse base of skills and knowledge that will demonstrate value in servicing the strategic human resources needs of the organization:  courses, on-the-job initiatives, networking and professional liaising, conferences and seminars, reading related journals and books

Mediation and negotiation to support the reconciliation of various interests and needs
Strategic business focus with practical, common sense, fit-for-purpose approach
Financially literate
Self-aware, resilient, thrive on changes, seek to find opportunity in every situation, self-managed
Excellent organizational and event management skills
Ability to prioritize work and projects, prepared to do through and complete work, at the same time addressing the shifting focus and demands
Researching skills
Excellent computer skills in word processing, Excel, internet research and email correspondence.
Continuous learning to obtain diverse base of skills and knowledge that will demonstrate value in servicing the strategic human resources needs of the organization:  courses, on-the-job initiatives, networking and professional liaising, conferences and seminars, reading related journals and books
Mediation and negotiation to support the reconciliation of various interests and needs
Strategic business focus with practical, common sense, fit-for-purpose approach
Financial literacy
Ability to foster a highly collaborative work environment working closely to build trust within the organization.
First Nations and indigenous cultural awareness and sensitivity is preferred
Knowledge of Ktunaxa culture, language, traditions and values would be an asset

Training, Education, and Experience

Bachelor degree in human resources or related field required;
Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation, or working towards CPHR designation preferred;
3 years of experience as an HR Generalist/Manager, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.
Valid Class 5 driver’s licence

For further information about this position, including a list of duties and responsibilities, please visit our website aqam.net under Employment and Contract Opportunities.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:

ʔaq̓am Administration

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5     e-mail:        Fax: 250-426-8935

Closing Date: This position will remain open until the right applicant is found. Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!
PERMANENT PART-TIME
IT Manager

The IT Manager is responsible for all aspects of Information technology in the organization. This includes computer hardware and software, server/network administration, data security, backup and disaster recovery, asset management and procurement, 3rd party service management, etc.  The organization includes: ʔaq̓am Administration, ʔaq̓am Operations, ʔaq̓am Lands, ʔaq̓am Community Health and Wellness, ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises (Including a gas station and store), ʔaq̓amnik Elementary School and Gymnasium.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Strong organization skills and attention to detail.
Analytical and solution oriented.
Ability to take initiative and work independently as a critical thinker.
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
Excellent customer service skills.
Advanced knowledge of Windows Server and Desktop Operating Systems. Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office applications. Experience with Exchange Online and Office 365, Sage 300, Shadow Protect SPX is an advantage.
Good understanding of TCP/IP data networks, switching, routing, VPN’s and VLANS.  Experience with CISCO and Sonic Wall is an advantage.
Ability to use small tools to dissemble, replace parts and re-assemble technology devices. 
Ability to quickly assimilate the skills to work with new systems as they develop.
Demonstrated knowledge of Ktunaxa/Aboriginal people and Ktunaxa/Aboriginal culture is an asset.

Training, Education, and Experience

One or more of:

Associate's or bachelor's degree or certificate in a relevant subject.
Voluntary certifications considered:

A+ certification.
Microsoft certified IT professional certification.
Cisco certified network associate certification.

Proof of successful experience in an IT technical support capacity.

For further information about this position please visit our website aqam.net under Employment and Contract Opportunities.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:

Ivan Winter, Director of Finance

ʔaq̓am Administration

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5     e-mail:        Fax: 250-426-8935

Closing Date: This position will remain open until the right applicant is found. Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!
PERMANENT FULL-TIME
Operations coordinator

The Operations Coordinator is responsible for actively assisting the Director of Operations with the administration and management of all facilities and community infrastructure. This position is responsible for achieving the goals related to ʔaq̓am infrastructure, housing, energy and safety and security. 

Key contributions are:

Oversee the Operation and Maintenance schedules for all ʔaq̓am buildings, infrastructure and assets ensuring that all required maintenance and repairs are completed and adequate records are kept.
Implement and maintain an Asset Inventory and Asset Use Policy and Procedures for all ʔaq̓am Assets.
Prioritize daily and weekly maintenance priorities for staff.
Provides back-up support to the Water Operator on the Community Small Water System as a Certified Small Water System Operator.
Project Management of all assigned capital projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Coordinate and oversee contractors/service providers.
Coordinate and arrange all regular maintenance servicing for all facilities/vehicles.
Oversee solid waste and snow removal contracts.
Oversee and Coordinate service agreements.
Prepare lease agreements and rental documentation.
Implement and ensure compliance with all safety and security protocols.
Coordination of all building and equipment bookings/requests.
Oversee Operations & Maintenance management plan and ensure compliance with schedules, testing and reporting including fire safety inspections and servicing.
Assist with funding and grant preparation and the administration thereof, as directed.
Participate in Emergency Management Committee; represent the Band on behalf of the committee at the Emergency Management Program Committee (RDEK).
Provides back-up support to the Water Operator; maintain water treatment and distribution facilities in order to provide potable water.  Regulate flow of water by testing, operating, and controlling motors, pumps, and valves.  Monitor and adjust controls to regulate flow rates, loss of head pressure, and water elevation and distribution of water.
In conjunction with the Water/Facility Maintenance Worker operate the community District Heating System in accordance with provided training.
Prioritize maintenance team day-to-day activities; distribute tasks and responsibilities based on urgency and resources required.

Lead the operational Health and Safety Committee and ensure compliance with federal and provincial regulations.  Coordinate Training with the Human Resources Generalist.
Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the Operation Department and/or Band facilities and housing.
Project Management support on all assigned capital projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the National and British Columbia Building Codes;
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
Proficient with computers and Microsoft Office.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a diverse team environment; Dedicated to a high level of customer service and professionalism;

Maintenance knowledge and skills. Basic knowledge of construction, home and building operations and maintenance.

Strong focus on safety and ability to follow safe work procedures is required.
Adaptability and flexibility: resourceful to seek creative solutions.
Problem solving skills coupled with analytical abilities that enable consideration of details and complexities of issues while achieving results.

Willing to undergo a criminal record check
Demonstrated knowledge of Ktunaxa/Aboriginal people and Ktunaxa/Aboriginal culture is an asset.

Training, Education, and Experience

Business Administration Degree, Project Management Certificate/Designation, Construction or Asset Management Education and relevant experience.
Valid Class 5 BC driver’s license.
Completion of Small Water Operator 1 Training/Course or willingness to obtain,
Safety training including: First Aid Level 1, WHMIS, hazardous chemicals. 
Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a similar role
Previous experience managing a team of employees and overseeing operations related to construction, housing, facilities management, and/or infrastructure for an organization/company.

For further information about this position, including a list of duties and responsibilities, please visit our website aqam.net under Employment and Contract Opportunities.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:

Michelle Shortridge, Director of Operations & Community Services

ʔaq̓am Administration

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5     e-mail:                Fax: 250-426-8935

Closing Date: This position will remain open until the right applicant is found. Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.

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INTERNAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

1 YEAR TERM FULL-TIME POSITION

Language & Culture Researcher

ʔaq̓am is seeking a self motivated and highly organized individual to fill the position of Language & Culture Researcher to perform key work with the St. Eugene Cemetery.

Position Summary:

The Language & Culture Researcher is responsible for:

Working with and seek direction from Language Speakers and Knowledge Holders
Contact archival bodies such as the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Royal BC Museum, Ktunaxa National Council archives, etc. for the purposes of obtaining records relevant to the operation of the St. Eugene Residential School
Administer and manage contracts for works on the St. Eugene Cemetery, cemetery, church and hospital
Liaise with the Ktunaxa Nation Council Traditional Knowledge and Language sector, as needed
Review archives and identify relevant information to the identification of unnamed burials within the St. Eugene cemetery
Develop communications and updates for ʔaq̓amnik̓ and Ktunaxa citizens
Draft content and design for signage and monuments within the cemetery
Oversee cultural protocols with respect to contractors working on site etc.
Seek funding, prepare proposals and submit final funding reports to support project work
Draft contracts and manage projects as they relate to the position duties
Submit cemetery maintenance requests to Operations as needed

Training, Education, and Experience

Previous experience in a similar research role and relevant education will be considered
Excellent listening and communication skills
Excellent document management skills
Problem solving skills
Highly motivated and able to prioritize work tasks
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a diverse team environment
Previous experience working with a First Nation’s organization, and knowledge and appreciation of the culture, values and political objectives of the ʔaq̓am Community is a must.

For further information about this position, please visit our website aqam.net under Employment and Contract Opportunities

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:

ʔaq̓am Administration

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5   e-mail:         Fax: 250-426-8935

Closing Date: Open unil suitable candidate found  - Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Internal applications are only open to current ʔaq̓am employees, ʔaq̓am members or Ktunaxa Citizens. We encourage you to self identify in your application. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.

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INTERNAL JOB POSTING

2 POSITIONS!

Safety and Security (ksukqawsaqwun ȼ ȼmak̓wiȼkniyam) Officer Trainees

*Internal job postings are open only to current ʔaq̓am staff, ʔaq̓am Band Members and other Ktunaxa Bands’ Members*

The Safety and Security (ksukqawsaqwun ȼ ȼmak̓wiȼkniyam) Officer Trainee (the Trainee) position is an opportunity for an interested ʔaq̓amnik̓ to gain training and employment in the areas of compliance and enforcement. The Trainee will be responsible for patrolling lands and liaising with enforcement agencies as needed in order to ensure ʔaq̓am’s Land Code laws and regulations are promoted and adhered to. Further, the Trainee will play an essential role in the engagement and mentorship of citizens on the land to promote stewardship, deliver relevant safety programs within the ʔaq̓amnik̓ school, and work to create safe community environments.

Key Responsibilities

Willingness to pursue the following training/courses supported by ʔaq̓am:

CPR/First Aid Training
Conflict Resolution
Restorative Justice
Basic or Advanced Security Training
Natural Resource Law Enforcement, Criminology, Bylaw, and/or Investigative Courses
Other courses as required, offered through the Justice Institute of BC or other such institutions

Patrol, monitor, and respond to reports of concern on the lands.
Uphold ʔaq̓am laws, regulations, policies, and plans related to land use by issuing violations.
Work with the ʔaq̓amnik̓ school to develop and deliver age-appropriate programming for students (ex. D.A.R.E.).
Conduct community outreach and education on stewardship principles and the ʔaq̓am Amended Land Code.
Conduct compliance monitoring and site inspections for all land instruments.
Build relationships with provincial and federal enforcement and court agency staff.
Collect and interpret environmental data.
Prepare relevant reports in relation to job duties.

Knowledge, Skills, and abilities

Knowledge of and/or willingness to learn ʔaq̓am laws, regulations, policies, and plans.
Preference will be given to individuals with ʔaq̓amnik̓ and Ktunaxa ancestry.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with people from various backgrounds.
Must be reliable and willing to work flexible hours (day/night).
Strong communication (verbal and written) skills.
Willingness to undergo a Criminal Record Check.
Valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.

training, education, and experience

Completion of Grade 12 or GED equivalent required.
Knowledge of Ktunaxa culture, traditions and values required.
Enforcement related training or continued education or post-secondary is an asset.
Previous experience in an enforcement capacity on/off reserve is an asset.
Previous experience in an office setting is an asset.

Critical Success Factors

Our purpose is serving the ʔaq̓am Community and the Ktunaxa Nation overall.  Therefore, anyone who joins the organization should have an understanding of ʔaq̓am and/or the Ktunaxa Nation. This understanding can be gained from being a member of the ʔaq̓am Community and/or the Ktunaxa Nation, being from ʔaq̓am or Ktunaxa ancestry, or from working with the Community and/or the Nation.  If a person looking to join the ʔaq̓am Organization does not currently possess this understanding of the Community or Nation, they must demonstrate a genuine interest to learn more and immerse themselves in the culture to gain a greater understanding and be a true ally. 

For further information about this position, please visit our website aqam.net under Employment and Contract Opportunities.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:

ʔaq̓am Administration

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5   e-mail:         Fax: 250-426-8935

Closing Date: Open until filled. Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.

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Casual On-Call Positions Available!
ECEs, ECE Assistants or Responsible Adults!

ʔaq̓amnik̓ Daycare Centre

At ʔaq̓am we are dedicated to working toward our community Vision, collaborating to provide quality programs and services to ʔaq̓amnik̓ (the people).   By infusing our Ktunaxa language and culture into the programming at our ʔaq̓amnik̓ Daycare Centre we are laying the foundation for the next generation of strong and healthy Ktunaxa citizens.  Our employees enjoy exposure to Ktunaxa culture and language, a cohesive work environment, and a dedicated and enthusiastic team!

Key responsibilities will include:

Assist with or provide quality childcare as well as plan and carry out developmentally and age appropriate educational activities to engage children aged 1-5 years in learning;
Help, or assist ECEs to help, children complete daily tasks and routines to gain independence and provide constant feedback and communication to build self-esteem; 
Function as a member of our cohesive, positive, flexible and exuberant team, which includes staff, management, parents and community members.

Successful candidates will have:

Early Childhood Educators:

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certification and licence to practice;
Doctor’s medical clearance letter;
Up to date immunization record;
First Aid Certificate;
Vulnerable Sector Check Criminal Record Check.

ECE Assistants:

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Assistant Certification and licence to practice;
Doctor’s medical clearance letter;
Up to date immunization record;
First Aid Certificate;
Vulnerable Sector Check Criminal Record Check.

Responsible Adults:

At least 19 years of age;
Able to provide care and mature guidance to children;
Have completed a course, or a combination of courses, of at least 20 hours duration in child development, guidance, health and safety, or nutrition, or willing to take this training; 
Have relevant work experience;
Vulnerable Sector Check Criminal Record Check.

Preference will be given to candidates who also have:

Previous experience working in a First Nation community.

Food Safe certification.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:

ʔaq̓am                                                                                      Fax:  (250) 426-8935                                                            

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5                     Email: 

Position will remain open until a suitable list of on-call candidates is established.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.

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ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises Opportunities:

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

Traffic Control Flagger

D&B Flagging & Traffic Control is a rapidly-growing business, proudly owned by member bands of the Ktunaxa Nation since 2018. Our Office is located at the ʔaq̓am Community just outside of Cranbrook, BC. We are currently looking for multiple highly motivated, organized and responsible individuals to join our team in a dynamic and rewarding environment.

The successful candidates should look to have relevant experience and qualifications which align with the roles and responsibilities outlined below. This position is required immediately and can be based out of Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Radium, Invermere or Elkford!

Roles and Responsibilities

• Driving fully equipped pickup to sites;

• Setting up standard signs for work zones;

• Guiding vehicles safely through or around work zones and accident scenes;

• Communicating direction clearly to contractors, the public and other flaggers on site;

• Self-motivated and safety oriented team player.

Qualifications

• Traffic Control Certification;

• Must be professional, patient, alert, respectful and direct, even in situations of confrontation;

• Must be able to stand for a long period of time in all weather conditions;

• Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Remuneration: Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications. D&B Flagging offers competitive wages.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “Traffic Control Flagger - Confidential” to:

Closing Date: Open until all positions are filled. Thank you to all those applicants that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.

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EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES:

To view other opportunities please visit:

http://www.ktunaxa.org/careers/current-postings/

Columbia Basin Trust Opportunities

http://ourtrust.org/about/careers/