Employment Opportunities

Director of Operations

Post Date: 05/18/2017
Location: Edmonton, AB
About us: Rupertsland Institute (RLI), an affiliate of the Métis Nation of Alberta, is seeking a Director of Operations based out of our Head Office in Edmonton. Rupertsland Institute’s mandate is to:

• Identify and promote actions that improve education, skill levels, and employment opportunities for Metis people.
• Manage and deliver programs that enable Metis individuals to pursue and education, enhance their skill level, and to find productive and remunerative occupations and employment.
• Engage the Province of Alberta, the Government of Canada, educational institutions, industry and the Metis community in order to promote partnerships that enhance education, skill development and employment opportunities for Metis people; and
• Conduct research and produce professional studies that enable a better understanding of Metis identity, the social, economic and cultural conditions of the Metis people, and the measures that will enhance their individual and collective well-being within Canadian society.
The Role: Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Operations carries authority and management responsibility for Rupertsland Institute (RLI) Operations under its three mandated areas including education, training and research. As such, the Director of Operations has direct supervisory responsibility for the Senior Management Team (SMT), assists the CEO in strategic planning processes and business plan development, and supports and reports on activities related to RLI annual work-plans.

Specific duties include:
• Provide technical support and recommendations to the CEO during development of RLI strategic and business planning processes, funding agreement(s) and contractual negotiations, and on operational matters as required;
• In consultation with the Senior Management Team (SMT) develop Annual Operational Plans for the Aboriginal Skills, Employment and Training Strategy (ASETS) agreement and/or its successor strategy; applicable budget(s), subject to approval by the CEO and Board of Governors;
• Assist the Associate Directors in the development of measurable, annual work-plans for each respective division and individual areas of responsibility;
• As necessary, provide leadership, mentorship, guidance, feedback, advice and technical assistance to the Associate Directors;
• Ensure activities in the Associate Director’s work-plans are conducted as planned, along with quarterly reports outlining progress against measurable outcomes;
• Ensure narrative, financial, and results reporting meets the requirements of the ASETS agreement and expectations of the CEO;
• Under the direction of the CEO and in consultation with the SMT, develop, revise and maintain RLI policy manual(s) where necessary, along with the Metis Training to Employment Procedure manual;
• Implement quality assurance processes to ensure all RLI programs and services meet the results and accountability targets that are set, and that all aspects of RLI service delivery is effective, efficient, and in compliance with RLI standards and criteria.
• Monitor RLI expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budgets, CEO directives, ASETS allowable expenditures, and RLI policy and procedures;
• In consultation with the CEO and the SMT, develop evaluation frameworks for RLI operations as required;
• In conjunction with the Associate Director – Human Resources and respective supervisors, ensure strategic human resource plans are in place as well as annual capacity building plans for RLI staff.
• Ensure the CEO is apprised at all times of any adverse risk, impact, or potential liability to RLI including adverse media relations, client service denials, program and budget modifications, HR and personnel issues, and politically sensitive issues.
To Fit the Role: You have a minimum of:
• A post-secondary degree in business, management, public administration, or related field;
• Five years of work experience in a non-profit setting with demonstrated leadership, and sound management practice in corporate services including, finance, accounting, human resources, IT, communications, marketing and reporting;
• Two years of closely related work experience with an Indigenous organization
Comprehensive knowledge of:
• Most current philosophies of Metis Nation representative structures; their strategic objectives, mandates, and business plans including those of the Rupertsland Institute Metis Centre of Excellence;
• Principles of non-profit management and their application to the Indigenous workplace;
• Indigenous labour market programming in Canada, and specifically, the Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy;
• Strategic planning processes visa-vis non-profit settings
• Human resources strategic management and staff development procedures
• Budgeting processes and sound financial understanding of GAPP;

Key Skills:
• Sound leadership and proven team-building skills;
• Effective supervisory and staff management skills;
• Highly developed budgeting and financial planning skills;
• Excellent organizational and problem solving skills;
• Excellent writing and editing skills
Application Deadline: All applications accepted until a suitable candidate is found.
Firm/Company: Rupertsland Institute (RLI)
Application Procedure: Please send cover letter and resume to Kathleen Tilley at or fax 780.801.9992. Quote Job ID: DO-HO
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