Director Technical Services

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Director Technical Services

Job Information
Date August 19, 2021
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Mikisew Cree First Nation
Salary 120000 - Annual
Location Fort Chipewyan, AB
Category Technical Support
Contact Information
[email protected]

DEPARTMENT:      MCFN – Technical Services

REPORTING TO:     Operations Manager

DURATION:  Full-Time, Permanent Employee

LOCATION:     Fort Chipewyan, AB

We are currently seeking a Director of Technical Services to join the team in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.  Ideally the successful candidate will live in the community however if a suitable candidate is not found then a fly in/fly out cross shift option may be considered.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Director Technical Services will be responsible for the direction, planning, coordination and supervision of the Technical Services department.  The Department leads programs and activities related to the Mikisew Cree First Nation’s housing initiatives municipal operations, preventative maintenance, corrective maintenance, major and minor capital improvements of streets and parking services, transmission of potable water, safe removal of sewage, engineering services and the proper developments of reserve infrastructure and services.

Working within the general objectives and directions from the Chief and Council, the Director is expected to play a major role in developing specific objectives and plans, providing direction, accomplishing expectations efficiently and effectively and evaluating the department’s operation.


  • Develop and implement annual departmental and staff work plans (financial, equipment, material and human resources) to accomplish department and program service levels (through budgeting) and to monitor and be accountable for resource utilization according to plan.
  • Responsible for the direction and supervision of all department personnel.
  • Assist the CEO and the Chief and Council in establishing annual goals, budgets and direction for the department.
  • Ensures there is continuity with other department initiatives that target new reserve infrastructure and services and/or business facilities and services construction.
  • Ensures the positive image of the department with membership.
  • The Director has the authority to make requisitions for capital work, fixed assets and operating expenses within approved budgets, policies and procedures, to manage staff, to enter into and sign contractual agreements for approved projects on behalf of the department and oversee such projects to ensure a net result.
  • Coordinate the efficient and effective execution of both ongoing Housing and Technical Services responsibilities and specific assigned projects.
  • Liaise with other departments, public groups and the membership to overcome problems, find solutions and plan and execute improvements.
  • Communicate, operate within and provide input into the broader priorities, direction and policy of the MCFN.
  • Establish and maintain general policies and procedures for the operations of the Technical Services department.
  • Responsible for the role of Director of Disaster Services as per the Emergency Operations Plan for the community of Fort Chipewyan.
  • Responsible for Facilities Maintenance and the planning organization of preventative maintenance work.
  • Responsible for managing the budget and submitting update reports and cost estimates as may be required by funding organizations including the federal government.
  • Responsible for the organization, planning, implementation administration and evaluation of the MCFN housing programs.
  • Responsible for multi-year capital plans and projects including the identification, planning, development, preparation and submission of plans and cost estimates. Engaging and selecting consultants to provide architectural and engineering services.
  • Tender call reviews and awarding of Tenders.
  • Monitoring work in progress to ensure compliance with plans and specifications and following up accordingly.
  • Resolve technical problems that arise during construction.
  • Establish and maintain a filing system for capital projects including design drawing as-built drawings, inspection reports, feasibility studies, site plans, project evaluations, computer data etc.
  • Utilize a centralized computer system that incorporates programs for capital project management and to ensure that data is entered correctly, processed and recorded.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelors or master’s degree in engineering, Public Administration or related field.
  • 5 – 10 years experience in First Nation and municipal government (construction, public works and housing maintenance) operations with proven experience in managing a large workforce (~60 employees).
  • Extensive experience dealing with federal and provincial government funding and training agencies and authorities.
  • Proven management and organizational skills.
  • Construction project management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • High degree of interpersonal and public relation skills.
  • Strong resourcing skills and excellent job costing and forecasting skills.
  • Valid Class 5 Drivers Licence.
  • Knowledge of First Nation culture and traditions is considered an asset.

Salary:                  To commensurate with a combination of education, experience, and skills.

Benefits:              Paid Vacation and a Comprehensive Group Benefits and Pension Plan

Schedule:            Monday to Friday 7.5 hours/day

Deadline to apply is 5:00pm MST, August 27, 2021

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