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  • Post Date: June 19, 2023
Job Description


Organization: Cree First Nation of Waswanipi
Location: Waswanipi, QC
Salary Grade: As established by the salary scale

Type: Full-Time/Regular

Roles and Responsibilities

Reporting to Council, the Director General is accountable for the sound management of all the human, material and financial resources of the Band, and is responsible for the planning,  organization, direction, control and coordination of all the activities and departments of the Band. The Director General will implement the Chief and Council’s vision and ensure proper organizational planning and execution of approved programs.

Functional and Strategic Responsibilities

  • In alignment with the mission, vision, values and objectives set by Council, develop 4-year strategic and annual plans for the Community and ensure that they are communicated to Council and Management.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of the strategic plans by assisting Directors in the development of specific annual action plans. Monitor and control their progress throughout the
  • Recommend and implement the organization’s strategic growth initiatives.
  • Promote positive relations with all external actors, e.g., community members, the Cree Nation Government, the Provincial and Federal governments, other Cree communities and entities.
  • Set performance standards and key performance indicators to ensure the delivery of all services.
  • Direct all aspects of the organization’s operations through the Directors, while ensuring all departments are complying with approved policies, procedures, and contractual obligations.
  • Ensure continuity between Councils by briefing new Council Members on current projects, activities and programs.
  • Meet with Directors to understand the functioning of the departments, as well as the resources required. Follow-up on projects and mandates to ensure the smooth running of the  departments and the achievement of goals.
  • Oversee the departments’ activities in accordance with the objectives and priorities determined by Council and in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations.
  • Ensure that information from Council meetings is gathered and registered, (mandates, resolutions, etc.) and communicated to Directors, and cascaded down to their staff.
  • Serve as a liaison between Directors and Council, reviewing presentations and gathering information.
  • Attend Council and Executive Committee meetings; provide advice, observations, and suggestions with respect to the impact of desired projects, activities and programs on Band resources.
  • Work in collaboration with Council in drafting, updating, and implementing policies and laws, and ensuring continuous compliance.
  • Ensure that complaints and concerns voiced by Community Members are addressed by the appropriate department.

Operational and Financial Responsibilities

  • Oversee the preparation of capital expenditures and plans for the Band’s orderly functioning.
  • Ensure and oversee the preparation of the program of capital expenditures and the plans, programs and projects intended for the orderly functioning of the Band.
  • Ensure Directors and employees provide the Treasurer with the information required to prepare monthly and annual financial reports and budgets.
  • Collaborate with the Treasurer to ensure the timely submission of final or special reports required by funding agreements.
  • Ensure that Directors have access to financial information as provided by the Treasurer, enabling effective financial monitoring and management.
  • Ensure that the organization adheres to provisions of Financial Law.
  • Maintain detailed inventory of Band assets over $5,000 in fair market value.
  • Incorporate the Treasurer’s financial studies and market analysis findings into the strategic planning process.
  • Supply the Treasurer with internal data necessary for conducting financial studies and market analysis.
  • Provide Treasurer with internal data to conduct financial studies and market analysis
  • Provide quarterly reports on Band services, activities, and financial/human resources to Chief, Council, and Management.
  • Prepare and review reports for regulatory bodies.
  • Present the annual report at the General Assembly.
  • Ensure that departments actively pursue additional funding opportunities and collaborate with the Treasurer in reviewing and approving funding proposals.
  • Stay updated on relevant policies and laws (Labour Laws, Cree-Naskapi Act, Council Resolutions, and Contracts and/or Agreements, etc.).
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills in area(s) of responsibility.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Determine individual and team objectives based on the mandates and goals set by Council.
  • Evaluate workload of Directors. Offer them guidance on their mandates so that they achieve the goals set by Council.
  • Call for and facilitate staff and Management meetings to provide the necessary information, guide efforts in the right direction and motivate Directors.
  • Encourage Directors to work together to maximize the use of resources and achieve the best possible results.
  • Evaluate and manage the performance of direct reports according to the policies and procedures in place through continuous coaching and feedback.
  • Ensure Directors evaluate and manage the performance of their employees.
  • Identify training needs linked with Council Vision and department needs.

The above are the basic duties and responsibilities of the Director General. Other duties may be assigned by the CFNW from time to time.

Experience and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Administration, Management, Operations or a related field.
  • Eight to twelve (8 to 12) years of relevant work experience including supervisory, budget management and public sector management responsibilities, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills

  • Fluency in Cree and English, spoken and written
  • Fluency in French is an asset

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, diplomatic, and communication skills
  • Strong judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Sound work ethics and credibility
  • Ability to plan and implement change initiatives
  • Teambuilding and performance management skills
  • Knowledge of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi’s organizational structure
  • Ability to create and maintain strong internal and external partnerships
  • Ability to delegate
  • Service-oriented and results-driven
  • Ability to be discreet and maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Proficient in writing reports, proposals, and business correspondences
  • Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office products

Working Environment

The Director General works form an office at the Band Administration Building and is responsible for working from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with one hour off for lunch. Due to the nature of the work, travel is required to attend meetings out of the community and attendance may be required at odd hours and weekends to handle staff related issues, Council meetings or to ensure that activities and events are operating effectively and efficiently.


The Director General oversees the budgeting for the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi. This includes directing and controlling expenditures for large contract attributions.

Application Period

From June 19th until June 30th, 2023


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