Permanent Full Time

January 18, 2021


Job Summary:

The role of the Relationship Specialist is to assist the Relationship Manager with building and maintaining relationships, drafting associated agreements, and to draft communications with external entities and other First Nations. They may also have the opportunity to work on other TWN projects, where skills and interests align.

 Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assists with building and maintaining relationships with external entities and has a significant role in drafting associated agreements.
  • Ensures the vision laid out in the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Declaration, Stewardship Policy, economic development strategy and overall Tsleil-Waututh philosophy is met, asserting Tsleil-Waututh Aboriginal rights, title and interests.
  • Along with the Relationship Manager, builds relationships with crown governments, private sector, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, proponents and other First Nations.
  • Participates, along with the Relationship Manager, with Director and/or Leadership on boards with First Nations and other governments, private sector, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Supports the Relationship Manager with negotiations, as required.
  • Assists with ensuring communications within all TWN departments and/or other Tsleil-Waututh governmental bodies are consistent and follow appropriate protocols.
  • Under the direction of the Relationship Manager, documents issues, suggestions and resolutions related to agreement negotiations.
  • Reviews and collaborates on reports and letters, as directed.
  • Assists the Relationship Manager in seeking and pursuing new funding opportunities for the program.
  • Attends meetings as required.
  • Assists the Relationship Manager with providing input into Departmental communications and outreach, which may include the development of presentations, media releases, and council information packages.
  • Assists with the implementation and delivery of other Department initiatives, as directed by the Relationship Manager.
  • Provides input to the Relationship Manager into the development of funding proposals, reports and other deliverables.
  • Prepares and presents updates and the analysis of results to a wide variety of groups, such as leadership, colleagues, community members, and proponents.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Relationship Manager.



  • Given TWN’s goal to grow capacity within the Nation, preference given to a Tsleil-Waututh Nation member.
  • Bachelors Degree or combination of education and experience in a related field to Communications, Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies etc. with a minimum of 2 years professional work experience.
  • Education and/or experience in business communications; ability to communicate effectively with personnel at all levels of business organizations.
  • Experience with financial management an asset.
  • Experience with negotiation and conflict resolution an asset.
  • Brings a creative and unconventional approach to problem solving (ability to think outside the box).
  • Understanding of Aboriginal rights and title and the strategies employed by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to protect Tsleil-Waututh’s interests.
  • Experience with First Nations negotiations processes, and ability to work in a dynamic cross-cultural setting is an asset.
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills; self-motivated; attention to detail; able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under pressure.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, cooperation and ability to shift priorities rapidly.
  • Demonstrate patience, understanding, and a willingness to share and learn.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle an asset.

 Work Conditions:

Physical Demands

  • Significant desk work with long periods of manual dexterity activities (keyboard operations, filing).

 Mental Focus

  • Must synthesize complex and diverse information.
  • Must remain calm, professional, objective, and constructive.
  • Attention to detail with strong organizational skills.
  • Must model adherence to established systems and processes.
  • Provide detailed and comprehensive strategic advice with little notice.
  • Highly-developed ability to work under pressure.

 Environmental Conditions

  • Dynamic environment with multiple demands, changing priorities and constant interruptions.
  • Highly sensitive legal, confidential and political issues and environment.
  • Engagement with other departments, crown governments, private sector, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, proponents and other First Nations.
  • Occasional meetings outside normal office hours.

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Relationship Specialist

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