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Regional Manager, Indigenous Relations



Slave Lake or Peace River

Competition #:


Open To:

All Applicants

Date Posted:

September 12th, 2018

Closing Date:

Open Ended

Compensation Rate:

Salary Range: $91,743 to $118,343 per year

Hours Per Week:


Additional Information:

Northern Lakes College is a publicly governed Comprehensive Community Institution (CCI) with 23 campuses and 5 community access point sites, located in 50 communities across northern Alberta. Diploma and certificate programs include academic upgrading, business administration, office administration, health sciences and human services, trades and technology, university studies, and a variety of continuing education and corporate training certificates and courses. We support and promote professional development and wellness opportunities, and provide our employees with an attractive benefits plan and competitive salaries. The college’s service region offers numerous recreational activities for the entire family to enjoy!

Northern Lakes College has the following full time position available:

Regional Manager, Indigenous Relations

Reference #NLC-1685R

Salary Range: $91,743 to $118,343 per year

October 2018 to ongoing

Location: Slave Lake or Peace River

Northern Lakes College is looking for an experienced Regional Manager to support NLC’s activities within selected communities in our service region.  The role requires an entrepreneurial spirit with a solid track-record of building and maintaining productive relationships and creating business opportunities.  The successful candidate will bring an appreciation of history and cultures of peoples in our region.


- A four year undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution;
- Minimum of 5 years of related experience in a supervisory or leadership position;
- Experience working with Indigenous communities with a proven understanding of the social, cultural and    political backgrounds of Indigenous communities in Alberta;
- Cross cultural training and knowledge of post-secondary an asset;
- Established relationships with key Indigenous, Metis, Business and Industry leaders within the NLC service region;
- Excellent, organizational, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills;
- Proven problem solving, decision-making and issue management skills;
- Strong computer skills; and valid Class 5 drivers’ license & ability to travel extensively.

For complete details on this employment opportunity, visit us online at: click on Careers at NLC

Please submit a resume quoting the reference number NLC-1685R to:

Northern Lakes College, Human Resources, 1201 Main Street SE, Slave Lake, AB  T0G 2A3 

Fax: 780-849-5881

Closing Date: open until a successful candidate is found

Note: Northern Lakes College thanks all applicants for their interest in employment; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 

Job Description

Title: Regional Manager, Indigenous Relations

Department: External Relations

Major Job Function: Community Support

Reporting the Senior Director, External Relations, the Regional Manager, Indigenous Relations is responsible for maintaining a positive and mutually productive relationship between the College and the First Nation and Métis communities and other external organizations including business and industry, community partners, regional associations, school boards, economic alliances and chambers of commerce within the NLC service region.   The Regional Manager will provide support to designated Community Education Committees and community leaders within our service region.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Community Relations
  • Meet with community leaders, band chiefs, councillors and report outcomes to the appropriate College staff, Directors and/or President.
  • Work with other community agencies, business and industry to identify education and training needs within the community.
  • Advise various community leaders, business and industry representatives on strategies for approaching the College for programs and services.
  • Identify, clarify and transmit information regarding trends, issues, or incidents of potentially disruptive nature in the communities of by industry, students and staff. Recommend appropriate response and/or action.
  • Advise the College on community perceptions and issues that may require a marketing response.
  • Proactively liaise with other institutions, agencies, community groups and business/industry to collaborate and optimize community and College resources.
  • Participate in meetings of the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development authorities, External Relations, and others as required.
  • Promote College programs and activities.
  • Market College programs and identify revenue potentials within region.
  • Inform communities about:
    • Donation opportunities.
    • Student award options.
    • The separation of responsibility between the College and funding agencies.
    • The availability of services (old and new) and available contacts.
    • The advantages of attending Northern Lakes College.
    • The goals of the College.
    • The successes of the College.
  1. Community Education Committee (CEC) Support
  • Active participation and engagement at designated Community Education Committee (CEC) meetings including the development of agenda related to local campus and general college priorities, including college programming.
  • Assist communities in understanding the roles of the CEC, CCEC, the Board of Governors, and employees.
  • Promote College courses, programs, and services in the communities during community meetings.
  • Responsible for the management of and expenditures of the local Community Program Fund and budgeting/reporting processes.
  • Advise community-nominating bodies on the nomination process for CEC members.
  • Encourage regular communication between CEC’s, local community leaders, and municipal governments to ensure that College information is shared widely and community input is heard.
  • Promote community leadership development by modeling effective meetings and encouraging participative decision-making.
  • Participate in meetings of the Council of Community Education Committee as required and oversee the management of the meeting as required.
  • Inform students and the community about College services and programs.
  1. Operations Management
  • Within the context of the Regional Manager’s responsibility, operationalize the College Institutional Plan (CIP).
  • Advise on Cultural Issues and Events
  • Consult with the development of strategies to improve student recruitment, retention and completion rates, ensuring the completion and accuracy of key performance indicators and information flow to and from Senior Management and program deliverers.
  • Identify, explore the potential for new and innovative skill training programs that will provide relevant employment opportunities within the region.
  • Provide informal advice from a cultural perspective that considers community sensibilities.
  • Active participation on various internal College committees including the Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Chairing the annual Round Dance and the Metis Celebrations committees and oversight of both events.
  1. Human Resource Management
  • Provide consultation, leadership, and supervision for administrative staff and Community Access Point staff as required.
  • Responsible for initiating recruitment of direct reports, chairing hiring committees, new employee orientation, professional development and training.
  • Responsible for facilitating the resolution of direct report issues and concerns in a timely, fair and equitable manner.
  • Work cooperatively with other College units, and performing liaison functions between the CEC and College administration.
  1. Financial Resource Management
  • Assess needs within region and oversee, prepare and monitor CEC and CPF budgets.
  • Maintain overall fiscal responsibility as per college policy and procedure.
  1. Oversight / Administrative Duties
  • Perform administrative duties as required
  • Submit Performance Appraisals, budgets, and other documents as required.
  • Manage individual offices including monitoring supply inventory and requesting supplies in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Keep a safe and healthy work environment by ensuring classrooms and the campus is clean and by reporting unsafe conditions as required.
  • Safety inspections as required.
  1. Adherence to College Values
  • Adhere to College policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Set professional improvement goals and work with supervisor in the performance appraisal process.
  • Consult and collaborate with other staff and supervisor to meet college goals.
  • Work as a member of the college team to overcome barriers to student success.
  • Attend meetings and provide input and feedback as required.
  • Contribute to the positive image of the college.
  • Be familiar with the mission, vision, values and mandate of the College.

Skills / Knowledge:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal & written).
  • Supervision and performance management techniques.
  • Knowledge of various computer applications and software.
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Understanding and appreciation of rural remote communities.
  • Ability to match community needs with College programs and services.
  • Familiarity with Community Economic Development initiatives and Community Liaison practices.
  • In-depth knowledge of College Policies, Procedures, and Regulations.
  • Knowledge of the College’s Comprehensive Institutional Plan
  • Analytical skills – the ability to make decisions and judgements based on College Policies, Procedures and Regulations, knowledge and experience.


  • A four year undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience in a supervisory or leadership position
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities with a proven understanding of the social, cultural and political backgrounds of Indigenous communities in Alberta
  • Cross cultural training and knowledge of post-secondary an asset
  • Established relationships with key Indigenous, Metis, Business and Industry leaders within the NLC service region
  • Excellent, organizational, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Proven problem solving, decision-making and issue management skills.
  • Strong computer skills
  • Valid Class 5 drivers’ license & ability to travel extensively

Additional Assets:

  • Ability to communicate in Cree
  • Knowledge of meeting rules of order and ability to explain and lead others to implement
  • Experience living in rural environments


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