Our market leading Energy client has an immediate need for a Community and Indigenous Engagement Advisor. This person can be located in either Fort St. John or Prince George British Columbia. This would be a six month contract position.
Under the leadership of the Manager Community and Indigenous Engagement, this position is accountable for managing Indigenous consultation processes, while providing advice into the development and implementation of strategies, policy and programs for safe and environmentally responsible operations within a defined geographical area.
This includes developing protocols and programs designed to strategically deliver consistent, effective and mutually beneficial engagement and consultation processes with Indigenous and local communities.
This role will include designing targeted capacity building programs to support the Indigenous Engagement Frame including developing and implementing engagement strategies, structuring consultation protocols and implementation oversight, relationship agreement making, and providing advice into project teams.
Overall internally, this position will provide strategic and tactical advice, build confidence and generate managerial support for Indigenous matters, within company operating areas.
The role has a significant impact on mitigating potential financial and regulatory risks associated with continuing safe operations activities as well as the design and development of successful expansion projects.
Additionally, the role will support innovative economic development solutions that will influence sustainable change throughout the organization in support of the Indigenous procurement program.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Assist in the development and implementation of strategic protocols and approaches which will provide a basis for consistent and effective engagement with Indigenous communities to build trust, support safe operations and expansion projects, with the ultimate goal to deliver mutual benefits derived from mutual interests.
Ensure company interests are communicated in a culturally respectful manner to Indigenous peoples, to build an understanding of the practical realities of a pipeline company and present a scope of the opportunities available in the industry.
Provide strategic advice into the maintenance of relationships with Indigenous and local communities.
Where required, negotiate or facilitate resolutions in undefined, complex and dynamic situations which have the potential to impact system operations, expansion, or relationships. Implement working and relationship agreements: 1. ensure consistent implementation; 2. effective management of agreement obligations to ensure the terms deliver the outcomes expected; 3. build sustainable long term relationships, including economic development, cultural support, social responsibility; and
- develop and implement a framework within which operations and maintenance activities are conducted; as well as define the scope of projects and activities which require consultation and notification.
Assist in the development and implementation of strategies to distribute effective internal communication on Indigenous legal and governance matters that will influence relationships, operations and expansion capability.
Develop and implement consistent strategies to facilitate regional Indigenous community engagement and mitigation dialogues, social engagement (literacy, community health), issues management, Indigenous Supply Chain Program and position the Company as a credible partner to communities and government.
Participate in building an effective Indigenous cultural awareness program within the Company, lead strategic discussions with managers with respect to delivery of the Indigenous Engagement Framework.
Provide preliminary risk assessments to business development, develop consistent internal processes to support Crown consultation, field studies (i.e. traditional land-use, traditional ecological knowledge, archaeology) and to facilitate Indigenous community engagement and mitigation dialogues.
Ability to travel is required. Overtime and weekend work as required.
Ability to organize ones time and commitments independently from others within the organization. Willingness to work in a high stress and sometimes highly emotional environment.
A broad understanding of Indigenous culture, history and politics (BC and western treaties).
Ability to analyze, summarize and explain complex ideas, risks and challenges to Company leadership in a balanced manner that ensures Indigenous Engagement responsibilities, goals and objectives are considered and included.
Ability to influence decisions rendered by other functional groups leadership, which could impinge or complement this role.
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS FOR JOB:
- Education Degree or diploma or professional designation; for example related to social sciences, law, business or resource management
- Professional/Technical Certification or Licenses Preferred
- 4-7 years directly related experience in the Indigenous Engagement industry, including:
- Indigenous relations historical and legal environment (for example Delgammukw, the Indian Act, Specific Claims Act), in the context of land-use, facility development and maintenance.
- Indigenous governance and cultural awareness.
- Background in negotiating contracts, procurement, benefit agreements.
o Understanding of pipeline operations and linear undertakings, safety and capital expansion business development and project requirements.
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