Program Manager, Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)

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Program Manager, Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date June 11, 2021
Type Full Time
Company CANDO
Location Edmonton, AB
Category Business / Management
Client Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO)
Contact Information
[email protected]


Job Title: Program Manager, Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)
Direct Supervisor: Executive Director, Cando

Position Summary:

Cando is seeking to hire a Program Manager to implement and grow its First Nation Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI). The Program Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the program and will work closely with the joint team of Cando and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), who co-deliver CEDI.

The purpose of CEDI is to increase the capacity of participating First Nations and adjacent municipalities to build sustainable partnerships and to engage in joint long-term land use and community economic development planning and initiatives. It provides comprehensive accompaniment to selected applicants, including relationship building workshops, technical expertise and learning opportunities, and seed funding to initiate joint initiatives.

Having completed a pilot phase (2013-2016) with six First Nation – municipal partnerships and a second phase (2016-2021) with nine additional partnerships, the program is well positioned for growth. CEDI Phase III will start in June 2021, thanks to a contribution from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). The next four years (2021-2025) will aim to support eight new First Nation – municipal partnerships, as well as to develop alternative funding and delivery models to increase access to the expertise, knowledge and support by more communities.

The ideal candidate has a strong understanding of Indigenous planning in community economic development and land use. S/he has demonstrated experience in project and team management, as well as interest in Indigenous economic development, which includes procurement and business development, and good representation and diplomatic skills. S/he thrives in long-term development processes that require building consensus and commitment among stakeholders around important, challenging social issues.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the overall planning, management and delivery of the CEDI program (using results-based management practices and aligned on the performance monitoring framework), including establishing a strong and effective working relationship with FCM, ISC and other key partners.
  • Leads preparation of work plans and annual and semi-annual progress reports, and financial reports as per ISC contribution agreement.
  • Responsible for inter-organization collaboration between Cando and FCM, including open and collaborative communication between leadership, finance and communications departments at Cando and FCM.
  • Leads program governance, including oversight of the Steering Committee.
  • Leads the development of alternative funding and delivery models for CEDI, including to support more First Nations communities, and possibly to create opportunities for Inuit and Metis communities.
  • Supports the delivery team (Senior Program Officers, Program Officers, consultants) to design and facilitate workshops and other capacity building supports to First Nation and municipal governments.
  • Responsible for maintaining relations with the CEDI’s First Nation – municipal community partnerships, both past and current.
  • Participates strategically in working group and workshops with CEDI’s First Nation – municipal community partnerships.
  • Maintains regular contact, answers inquiries, prepares and organizes meetings with program partners (i.e., FCM, ISC Headquarters and Regional Offices, and other participating organizations).
  • Manages effectively the human and financial resources associated with this mandate, including the preparation and monitoring of annual plans and budget and individual performance management with both Cando and FCM staff. Ensures overall financial compliance of program funds.
  • Works with Cando Communications on the development of the CEDI micro-site / knowledge hub.
  • Leads the dissemination of CEDI tools and resources and promotion of program results at regional and national levels, including presenting on behalf of Cando/CEDI at these events.

Education Required:

  • Master’s degree (or bachelor’s degree with commensurate experience) from a recognized university in community or economic development, or a field related to CEDI’s purpose. NALMA Professional Land Management Certification is an asset.

Experience Required:

  • Significant and progressive experience in project management (planning and reporting, results-based management, financial management), including managing teams.
  • Knowledge and experience of First Nation governments with a focus on economic development and land-use planning is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of business planning, community and regional economic development practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge and experience of municipal government with a focus on inter-municipal or regional services is preferred.
  • Experience in group facilitation and consensus building, preferably with First Nations and/or municipalities.
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, with a strong client/service orientation. Ability to establish support and credibility at all levels, within and outside of the organization.
  • Ability to lead highly collaborative teams, including team members based in Ottawa and Edmonton offices, and other remote staff or contractors, in an outcome focused, quality delivery environment.
  • Able to work autonomously to achieve results.
  • Ability to communicate in an Indigenous language and in both official languages (English and French) is considered an asset.
  • Strong ability to multi-task, strong diplomatic skills and cultural sensitivity. Ability to influence and build commitment without direct authority.

Working Conditions:

Preferred location is Edmonton; highly qualified candidates based elsewhere in Canada may be considered for alternative work arrangements.

Uses computer skills on a daily basis, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Zoom/Microsoft Teams. Experience using SharePoint, Slack, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are assets.

  • Frequent travel across Canada, occasionally to remote areas (up to 20% of time)
  • General non-profit, Indigenous-led, office environment.
  • Moderate to heavy workload and deadline pressures.
  • Cando strives to ensure the workplace environment supports the dignity, self-esteem, and productivity of employees, volunteers, and student placements, and is free of discrimination.
  • The general hours of work will be 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., however, employees are able to implement a flexible schedule with the approval of the Executive Director.

The salary range is $90,000 – $110,000 and will be determined based on the successful candidate’s knowledge and related experience. Health and dental benefits upon successful completion of probationary period. Relocation expense (if applicable) is the responsibility of a successful applicant.

At Cando, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the First Nation, Metis and Inuit communities that we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 at 4pmMT

Please forward your cover letter and resume to the attention of Svitlana Konoval, Manager of Administrative Services at [email protected].

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