Seeking: Program Director

dene_nahjo_logo_black_400px_300dpi_rgb– We Are Seeking A Full Time –



 This position reports to the Dene Nahjo steering committee and oversees the development and delivery of its projects.  This position will support our mission, goals and objectives and maintain the operating and financial systems and policies and procedures that support our work.

Dene Nahjo is a new generation of leaders and community builders working to advance social and environmental justice for Northern peoples and to promote Indigenous leadership.

START DATE: June 2015    HOURS: Full Time

TERM: One year to start, with possibility of extension depending on funding

LOCATION: The Program Director will be located in the North

SALARY: Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Our benefits include generous vacation and personal time and a good benefits plan.



Lead coordination of all Dene Nahjo projects including:

Finalize dates, locations, venues, travel, on site vehicle needs, meals and accommodations
Work with community contacts to ensure local traditional protocols are respected
Oversee registration for events, with support from communications and social media coordinators  and community contacts
Create and distribute participant packages and promotional materials
Develop a health and safety plan for all projects
Work with the Communication Coordinator and Media Coordinator to ensure all projects are documented and posted to social media and website
Host a welcome dinner/team building activity at the start of each project
Host a final dinner and de-brief at the end of each project
Submit a report after each project

Perform the duties of Social Media Coordinator until such time as one is hired

Work with the Dene Nahjo Communications Coordinator to develop a process for coordinating, vetting and posting blog entries
Monitor and maintain social media presence through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Chair Dene Nahjo project committees
Coordination of meetings and materials
Composing and distributing action tracking and meeting minutes

Management and Administration

Liaise with Tides Canada support team to ensure effective operations and compliance with Tides Canada policies and procedures
First point of contact for Dene Nahjo
Direct flow and review of all correspondence and ensuring deadlines are met
Prepare and deliver regular activity reports
Maintain the Dene Nahjo gmail account and maintain an electronic file storage system
Assist in development of financial goals and budget preparation, including monitoring and tracking expenditures for project budgets, reconciling expenditures and credit card payments, and processing on behalf of the Dene Nahjo
Prepare grant proposals, reports and budgets
Ensure compliance with all grant agreements supporting Dene Nahjo activities
Contract and supervise the work of employees and contractors as necessary to support Dene Nahjo activities

Community Outreach

Foster collegial relationship with circumpolar colleagues
Identify intersecting issues and potential strategic alignment among regions, territorially as well as circumpolar



Understanding of Northern geographical, ecological, and human diversity, together with knowledge of the range of social and environmental issues relevant to the North
Experience working and living in a northern community, or at a minimum, demonstrated commitment to and sensitivity towards uniquely northern conditions and culture
Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: project management, administration, office management, budget and financial management and reporting
Experience with successful grant writing and fundraising activities, either as a grant-seeker or a funder
Highly computer literate with advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office and comfortable with online platforms
Familiarity with contract administration, oversight, and monitoring performance against terms
Willingness and ability to travel as necessary
Solid writing and communication skills
Strong organizational skills; ability to manage competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
Able to work both collaboratively and independently; demonstrated flexibility and initiative

How to Apply:

Together with your resume, please forward a cover letter which includes your responses to the following questions:

  1. How did you hear about this position?
  2. What interests you most about this position?
  3. Based on Dene Nahjo’s mission and the position requirements, describe why you are a strong fit?
  4. Briefly tell us about your current/most recent job.  Why are you looking for a change?
  5. Briefly tell us about any experience you have working with social justice issues and your experience working in communities.
  6. So that we can ensure a mutual best-fit, what are your salary expectations?

Please send your resume and cover letter with your responses to the above questions to by June 22, 2015

For more information about Dene Nahjo and Tides Canada, please visit our websites:

Dene Nahjo is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform, which provides governance, human resources, financial, and grant management for leading environmental and social projects across Canada, allowing projects to more effectively achieve their missions. Tides Canada has full fiduciary and governance responsibility for Dene Nahjo. The selected candidate will be an employee of Tides Canada Initiatives Society.
Our sincere appreciation to all those expressing interest in this position, however, only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.  Priority will be given to Indigenous Northern applicants. We will accept applications until the position is filled. No recruiters please.


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