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Squamish Nation
Executive Director, People Services

Providing wrap around supports for the health and wellbeing of Squamish Nation members.

We are the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh – descendants of the original Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-speaking villages throughout the watersheds of the Squamish River, Mamquam River, Howe Sound, English Bay, False Creek, and Burrard Inlet. With over 4,100 members, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw is one of the largest First Nations in British Columbia, and the future is one of growth, ambition, and opportunity. With a variety of projects and initiatives underway – including the development of the Sen̓áw lands which will create 6000 housing units, in the heart of Kitsilano – the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw is poised to have a major influence throughout its ancestral lands from Vancouver and Squamish to Whistler.

The Executive Director, People Services will oversee a newly formed division that delivers programs and services focused on creating wrap-around supports for the health and well-being of members. The division includes Ayás Mén̓men Child and Family Services; Yúustway Health and Wellness; Ta7lnew̓ás Education, Employment & Training; and Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway Member Services. The Executive Director, People Services will work to identify opportunities for the departments to work more closely together, ultimately ensuring Squamish Nation members have the tools, abilities and pathways to flourish in a safe, supportive community and environment. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to influence the strategic direction of the organization, while always being guided by the values of the Squamish Nation. Working closely with a wide variety of external partners, the Executive Director, People Services must consistently connect with colleagues and members to ensure they are accurately representing the Nation’s vision, beliefs and ideals.

As the ideal candidate, you have a demonstrated track record in advocating for and building overall capacity of the social,health and well-being of an Indigenous community. You have a background in social service delivery, having played a senior leadership role with a large, complex, multi-partner and multi-program agency. You ideally bring a deep knowledge of Coast Salish communities, and have demonstrated a commitment to furthering your own knowledge and understanding in Indigenous worldviews, values, and cultural practices. You bring an ability to effectively represent a Nation or entity at senior levels of government, as well as with funding partners, academic institutions, and other related organizations. Entrepreneurial and proactive, you have the ability to identify new opportunities for Squamish Nation members and will ensure the team is equipped to balance existing priorities with emerging ones. A seasoned leader, you are able to contribute to the overall strategy and objectives of the Squamish Nation as a member of the leadership team.

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