Chairperson, First Nations Financial Management Board

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Portfolio:
Indigenous and Northern Affairs
Position title:
Chairperson
Type:
Part-time
Location:
Vancouver, BC
Application Review Date:
January 31, 2019
Opportunity number:
J1018-0123

The First Nations Financial Management Board (FNFMB) assists First Nations in strengthening their financial management regimes and provides independent certification for First Nations' financial performance and financial management systems. Certification by the First Nations Financial Management Board is necessary for a First Nation to participate in pooled borrowing through the bonds issued by the First Nations Finance Authority. The First Nations Financial Management Board plays an integral role in strengthening First Nations' core governance functions and capacity, in ensuring the credibility of pooled borrowing under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, and in positioning First Nations to benefit from economic development opportunities. As a shared governance institution, the First Nations Financial Management Board is not an agent of the Crown but is accountable to the Minister of Indigenous Services.

The Chairperson of the First Nations Financial Management Board provides executive leadership, strategic operational and policy directions, ensuring that the Board fulfils its legal and regulatory mandate under the Act.

To this end, among other duties, the Chairperson formulates a vision for the Board and promotes the integrity of the operations of the First Nations Financial Management Board and of First Nations financial management standards, approaches, processes and practices. The Chairperson also advances financial management capacity and accountability frameworks of First Nations governments and a robust fiscal infrastructure in support of economic development, self-governance and self-determination. The Chairperson leads the development and application of decision-making processes resulting in the certification of First Nations financial performance and management systems and the implementation of co-management or third-party management of local revenues.

The Chairperson promotes the financial management interests and concerns of First Nations with other First Nations institutions, First Nations governments and associations, as well as federal departments and provincial governments and provides advice to the Minister on the soundness of First Nations' financial management regimes and systems and the evolution of fiscal arrangements between First Nations and the federal government.

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience


  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, an Aboriginal Financial Manager certification, or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;

  • Experience in providing executive leadership and strategic directions for a public or private sector organization or a First Nations council;

  • Experience in overseeing the development and implementation of strategies and approaches to advance financial management capacity, governance and accountability frameworks of First Nations governments;

  • Experience in First Nations economic development, management, administration, financial reporting, financial statement preparation, risk management, internal control development and implementation as well as financial performance measurement;

  • Experience serving as a member or chairperson of a board of directors in a public or private sector board or a First Nations council;


The following would be considered as important assets:

  • Experience in overseeing the development and implementation of decision making processes resulting in the certification of First Nations;

  • Experience in overseeing the implementation of co-management or third-party management of First Nations;

  • Experience with making presentations to First Nations, the public, media, and parliamentary committees;

  • Experience with the development of legislation and regulations;

  • Experience in overseeing the development of strategies, approaches and programs to educate First Nations and stakeholders;

  • Experience serving as a member or chairperson of a board of directors in a public or private sector board or a First Nations council;

  • Experience in liaising with and providing advice to elected officials or federal, provincial ,municipal or Indigenous governments;

  • Experience with community relations and stakeholder engagement; and

  • Senior executive management experience, including managing human and financial resources.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of public policy environments, processes and best practices;

  • Knowledge of the machinery of government;

  • Knowledge of the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, including the role and mandate of the First Nations Financial Management Board, and other related legislation;

  • General understanding and groundings in economics, commerce, banking, investment, debt financing, accounting, financial planning and management;

  • Knowledge of First Nations governments, cultures, societies and economies;

  • Ability to work in close collaboration with elected officials, private and public sector representatives, and the public in partnership with Indigenous stakeholders;

  • Knowledge of the operations of government, including those related to sound management principles, accountability and transparency; and

  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to act as a national spokesperson and manage communications with a variety of stakeholders.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:


  • Conceptual and innovative thinking

  • Leadership

  • Flexibility

  • Impact and influence

  • Sound judgment

  • High ethical standards and integrity

  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills

  • Collaborative


Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website under the Forms and reference material.

  • All appointees are subject to the Conflicts of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.
  • If you are appointed, you must reside in or are willing to relocate to a location within reasonable commuting distance of the Board's head office which is located in West Vancouver, BC or any other location that the Governor in Council determines.

  • If you are appointed, you must be available and willing to work between 220 to 260 days a year.

  • If you are appointed, you must be available and willing to travel within Canada on a regular basis and for extended periods.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are members of a First Nation.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for this positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment. A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2019. Candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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