Employment Opportunity Details

Chief Executive Officer - Full Time Permanent

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Saskatoon Tribal Council

Job Opportunity

INTERNAL/EXTERNAL Posting                                                  

Chief Executive Officer – Full Time Permanent

The Organization

Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) improves the quality of life of First Nations through mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations and industry. Opportunities for improved living are accessed through programs and services in health, safety, economic development, education, and financial investments in the broader community. Acting as a representative body for seven First Nations, STC delivers programs and services to those living in member communities and Saskatoon. More information is available at www.sktc.sk.ca.

FIRE: Fairness, Integrity, Respect, Excellence

The Position

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Chairman of the Governance House Board of Directors and the Governance House Board of Directors, represented by STC’s seven Member Community Chiefs.  The CEO will continuously promote First Nations' philosophy and STC’s mission and values.  The CEO will be responsible to successfully achieve STC’s mission by leading the development and execution of the long-term strategies which progresses towards the accomplishment of consistent and timely goals.   The CEO will be accountable for good stewardship, ensuring accountability of funds and assets, the effective use of systems, and the relevance of sound processes to guide the organization.  The CEO will serve as Co-Chair of the HR and Performance Management Committee of all other STC Boards, plus ex-officio Board Member in Board Meetings of all other STC Boards. The CEO will be a transformational leader responsible for providing the overall leadership and management to STC staff. The CEO will have the strategic orientation to manage high profile and complex contractual, financial, resource issues, as well as possess the acumen necessary to balance policy priorities, corporate interests, and effective program delivery and services.  The CEO will serve as the senior member of the management team and as a bridge between STC management, the Treaty Office and the STC Board of Directors.


Your Mission

  • Participate with the STC Board of Directors in leading, developing and implementing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization;
  • Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and STC management and accountability to implement plans and policies authorized by the board;
  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the Saskatoon Tribal Council;
  • Identify and evaluate the risks to STC's people (clients, staff, management, communities), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to mitigate risks;
  • Inform boards regularly on the state of the organization and all-important factors influencing it;
  • Oversee and collaborate with the CFO to develop and manage corporate budgets;
  • Ensure all STC operations, programs and services are conducted in a respectful and responsible manner, and that all decisions and actions meet relevant legislation, agreements, policies and procedures;
  • Direct reports include CFO, COO and Directors of all STC Corporations and major Business Units, in co-management with the Chairs and HR Committees of Other STC Boards
  • Through leadership of Directors, provides the direction and accountability that should cascade down to management teams and staff in every other STC Business Unit and Corporation
  • Ensure consistent evaluations of each of the program and service areas for effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Coordinate, chair, facilitate and follow up on regular senior management team meetings;
  • Participate in regular supervision and annual performance evaluation of senior management;
  • Provide direction and support to Directors through regular coaching sessions
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board of Directors;
  • Negotiate and oversee the project management of contracts with consultants and contractors as required;
  • Participate on Boards and Committees as required;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Treaty Office and the STC Board of Directors.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Business, Public Administration or related field; MBA or MPA preferred.
  • Five (5) years or greater, experience in an executive position leading operation and/or a C-Suite level for a First Nation, public/private sector or government agency
  • Demonstrated experience in developing strategic plans, successfully working alongside and building relationships across a wide spectrum, including First Nation Communities, First Nation organizations, business and private industry partners in the pursuit of broad public policy and organizational goals.
  • Experience working with elected officials or high-level executives.
  • Experience in building and maintaining an organization dedicated to service and integrity.
  • Experience working with STC member First Nation communities is considered an asset

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Business Knowledge/Acumen
    • Strong knowledge of fiscal management and responsibility, business finance, capital funding, contracts, and partnerships;
    • Understanding of the factors that motivate people and organizations toward achieving goals and priorities
    • Obtaining essential information about a situation, focusing on key objectives, recognize the relevant options for a solution, selecting an appropriate course of action and set in motion an implementation plan to get the job done.
    • Understands social media technology and its use in enabling effective communications
  • Visioning and Strategic Thinking:
    • Knowledge and experience working with First Nations traditions, culture and issues.
    • Ability to see the “big picture” of how STC fits within the First Nation community structure, urban Saskatoon residents and how it can continually enhance its impact on the community’s and urban client’s it serves now and into the future.
    • Ability to develop short and long-range planning processes and an understanding of risk management with a willingness to take strategic risks when appropriate;
  • Leadership
    • Ability to build an organization dedicated to service and integrity
    • Ability to build relations with a broad and diverse group; and to build partnerships to increase impact
    • Ability to build teamwork, cooperation and communication between multiple departments and program teams;
    • Strategically communicates and clearly defines roles and responsibilities, purpose, goals, milestones, deliverables and criteria for success;
    • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills;
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making:
    • Ability to analyze complex sets of data and determine appropriate courses of action
    • Skill in developing innovative approaches to solve internal and external issues
    • Flexibility and ability to manage issues and crises calmly, diplomatically and effectively
    • Ability to quickly understand multiple issues, to determine how they interconnect and develop recommendations
  • Personal Excellence
    • Strength in being a decisive and compassionate leader
    • Initiative, strong work ethic and drive for results
    • Honours commitments with attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy;
    • High level of integrity, confidentially, and accountability;
    • Maintains effectiveness, drive and focus for extended periods of time, with composure in highly stressful or adverse situations.

Saskatoon Tribal Council offers a competitive compensation package.

Saskatoon Tribal Council welcomes all applicants but will give preference to qualified members of Kinistin Saulteaux Nation, Mistawasis First Nation, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Muskoday First Nation, One Arrow First Nation, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Yellow Quill First Nation, or current permanent employees of the Saskatoon Tribal Council. 

Application Process

This opportunity closes at 4:30 p.m. on February 10, 2021. To apply, please submit your private and confidential resume & cover letter:

Click here to apply online

or send your resume to:

STC Human Resources Director

Suite 200-335 Packham Avenue

Saskatoon SK   S7N 4S1

Fax: (306) 244-1097

Email:  frunnsREMOVE_THIS@sktc.skREMOVE_THIS.ca

No telephone calls please. Saskatoon Tribal Council appreciates the interest of all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants are required to state how they meet the eligibility requirements in their cover letter.

* Internal postings are STC employment opportunites - open to qualified members of Kinistin Saulteaux Nation, Mistawasis First Nation, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Muskoday First Nation, One Arrow First Nation, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Yellow Quill First Nation, or current permanent employees of the Saskatoon Tribal Council.

* External postings are STC employment opportunites - open for application by the general public

* Community Postings are STC member First Nation employment opportunities - open for application by the general public