Indian Residential School Survivor (IRSS) Project Manager

Indian Residential School Survivor (IRSS) Project Manager

Internal Employment OpportunitiesIndian Residential School Survivor (IRSS) Project Manager

Indian Residential School Survivor (IRSS) Project Manager


North Vancouver



Based on Experience

  • This is a Term, full-time position. (12 months)

The Indian Residential School Survivor (IRSS) Project Manager will report to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and work cross-departmentally to support the IRSS project along with other projects at TWN. The successful candidate will have a solid understanding of intergenerational trauma and will use their cultural and traditional knowledge to support residential school survivors throughout the duration of this project. They will also have a good understanding of how residential school has affected indigenous communities and a natural awareness to cultural sensitivity. The incumbent will also have a solid understanding of cultural and spiritual practices.

The IRSS Project Manager will be highly skilled in both verbal and written communication and be comfortable working in a culture with vast degrees of working styles. They will have the ability to manage multiple teams and steering committees and be a demonstrated team leader. They will be coordinating meetings both internally and externally while working with other nations to ensure all relevant data is captured. The successful candidate will also be responsible for communication such as any IRSS announcements, media statements, community notices and updates, and understand deadlines about Day Scholars and Band Class Action lawsuits.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Primary requirement for the in-house PM will be to manage the IRSS project for TWN and coordinate of all the issues related to the Day Scholars Project and will be part of the planning team striving to achieve project goals, objectives and priorities.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with various community members, plaintiffs, bands, legal teams, government ministries, agents, industry and other individuals for the purposes of long- and short-term planning as well as daily operations and resolution for day scholars
  • Acts as the primary project contact in accordance with the project plan
  • Develop a strategic comprehensive Governance service plan
  • Requires coordination and leadership up to Chief and Council and throughout the organization
  • Manage multiple teams and steering committees and work cross-departmentally
  • Ensures that the initiative is founded within the cultures, yet is structured to support effective and efficient use of resources
  • Provide oversite for the project to external partners as well as internal non-project stakeholders
  • Oversee staff from other departments to ensure outcomes for health and wellness can be consistent and prompt to members
  • Draft funding applications for grants and larger federal funding opportunities
  • Conduct bi-weekly reporting and monthly reviews
  • Coordination of regularly scheduled team meetings
  • Ensure training resources are secured for both staff and community
  • Liaise with external partners and develop positive proactive relationships that benefit members, the Nation, and the outcome of the project.
  • Ability to develop and implement a communication strategy and draft any announcements/sensitive materials that has to go out for media releases or statements that need to be made (high level of both verbal and written communication) and ensure records and documents are maintained
  • Write reports, letters to government, final document that may have to be published
  • Maintains a list of regular contacts of day scholars, outside agencies, stakeholders including government and regular committee contacts.
  • Conducts research as needed: gather, compile, organize and analyze data and prepare written reports based on data to assist with advancing class action.
  • Coordinates activities with others including governmental and private agencies, contractors and the general public.
  • Updates and participates in committees, meetings, healing and wellness activities and day scholar programming as required. Participates in all Day Scholar meetings, including traveling to meetings and/or participating via tele/video conference.
  • Schedules weekly, monthly meetings for the Day Scholar team, either in-person and/or tele/video conferencing.
  • Ensures the maintenance and security of accurate records on all project and administrative work.
  • Coordinates the operational activities of the project, including formation of a planning Day Scholar meetings, community engagements and presentations.
  • Coordinates assigned activities with various levels of the community, other departments, and outside agencies.
  • Assists in planning, coordinating and conducting the band’s work plan.
  • Establishes internal reporting relationships; administrative and support systems; identifies opportunities for improvements; directs and implements changes.
  • Develops agendas, organizes meetings, prepares reports and other correspondence and makes presentations to Chief and Council, legal team, executive committee, community groups and staff as needed.
  • Attends and participates in day scholar group meetings and stays informed of community needs and issues.
  • Performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the TWN policies, laws, bylaws, standards and procedures as directed by the Chief Administrative Officer.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all matters of the Corporate Department, as per TWN Policy.
  • Report to various funders


  • Masters of Social Work required
  • 10 years extensive experience successfully managing projects, specifically projects that include cross-departmental resources
  • Bachelor of Commerce or Project Management Professional (PMP) an asset
  • Positive experience working in a First Nations context, or strong understanding of cultural competency, anti-oppression practices and Indigenous history
  • Preference/priority given to those that self-identify as First Nations
  • Must have a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle
  • Must successfully complete a criminal record check for vulnerable populations


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Extensive and current knowledge of First Nation culture, language, Indian Residential School system and challenges. Well versed in the current state of First Nations Social, Economic, and Political issues.
  • Knowledge of the planning process and prepared for long-term commitment to the process.
  • Able to reach all levels of community through networking theories.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to continuously upgrade their skills and knowledge to further their formal training.
  • Technically competent with various computer software programs such as word-processing, data base management and file management software applications.
  • Must demonstrate exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to take initiative.
  • Ability to work with different levels of government
  • Ability to seek out different funding sources
  • Strong coordination, organizational and planning skills.
  • Able to conduct research, including collecting, organizing, analyzing, and summarizing data into reports and other documents.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and have high ethical standards.
  • Ability to coordinate and work collaboratively with Chief and Council.
  • Manages project planning sessions objectively
  • Trauma informed practice
  • Cross departmental coordinator
  • Effective listening, observation and interview skills
  • Works with various entities such as steering committees, cultural committees, external partners
  • Solid understanding of the IRSS process (different levels – individual claim process, band class action lawsuit, discovery process) – need solid understanding of all 3 of these.
  • Coordinates staff, internal resources, and external partners
  • Manages stakeholder satisfaction
  • Manages project progress, shows issues early, and makes recommendations for adjustments
  • Provides reporting as required
  • Creates and manages a budget

 We appreciate everyone’s interest in the role, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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