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Chief Administration Officer (CAO)

Do you enjoy leading people? Now is your chance to take your career to the next level by joining the Shawanaga First Nation as the CAO! 

Job Title: Chief Administration Officer (CAO)

Company: Shawanaga First Nation

Location: 2 Village Road Nobel, Ontario P0G 1G0 (30 kilometres northwest of Parry Sound and approximately 150 kilometres southeast of Sudbury)

Job type: Permanent & Full-Time

Job Status: In-office, 5 days a week based on a 37.5 hour work week

Salary: $105,000/115,000K  based on experience

Compensation: Health & dental benefits and pension

Perks: 2 weeks paid vacation over Christmas and 2 additional weeks for the rest of the year


Position Summary

The Chief Administrative Officer is directly responsible for the overall efficient and effective administrative and financial management of the Shawanaga First Nation Administration, its program areas and services, and for keeping Chief and Council current and up-to-date on all matters related to the business of the First Nation in a timely and professional manner, to implement the organizational review recommendations and all other goals and objectives considered by the Chief and Council.


Key Responsibilities

  • Communicate effectively with community members, Chief and Council, Council Committees and Boards, staff, funding agencies, First Nation Organizations and others as required in a timely responsible and professional manner
  • Be familiar with the Indian Act, Treaties and Treaty Rights applicable to the First Nation, Native Law, Statues and Regulations, Canada Labour Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Native Organizations and Government Structure, and other laws, systems and processes applicable in conducting the business of the First Nation
  • Leads the development, implementation and monitoring of all policies and procedures by the Shawanaga First Nation Chief and Council
  • Ensures that a consolidated annual budget is developed, monitored, and maintained as per the Shawanaga First Nation financial policies and procedures
  • Oversees finance staff, ensuring that all monthly financial responsibilities are completed accurately and in a timely manner as required by Chief and Council
  • Oversees all community operations such as Capital Programs, Water Systems, Housing, Social Services, Education, Shawanaga First Nation Retail and Food Corporations, Community Health and Safety Fire Protection and all other Specified Projects as directed by the Shawanaga First Nation Chief and Council
  • Responsible for the Shawanaga First Nation community and governance development plans and activities, approves and submits reports as required by funding agencies and Chief and Council
  • Oversee and direct the Administration of the program areas and services of the First Nation, maintain direct contact, verbal and written with Chief and Council on all matters concerning the Shawanaga First Nation’s business
  • Responsible for ensuring the Vision and Strategic Plan approved bu Council are implemented in an efficient and effective manner and that the Senior Management Team and staff are current and up-to-date on the Direction of Council and carry out the appropriate elements of the Vision and Strategic Plan as designated and assigned
  • Ensure council directives/motions and BCR’s are followed up in a timely, efficient and professional manner 
  • Oversee the preparation of Council agendas, regular and special meetings, ensuring Chief and Council, Senior Managers and staff to remain up-to-date on community related issues, services, and programs to effectively carry out their responsibilities in an efficient, effective and professional timely manner; and ensure the community members are informed of matters that may affect them
  • Liaise with other First Nations, program agencies, and related organizations to network effectively for the benefit of the Shawanaga First Nation Chief and Council and the community
  • Additional duties as required



  • Minimum diploma or degree in Business Administration or Public Administration or related field with 3-5 year experience in a senior management position
  • Demonstrated financial management, communications, administration, human resource management, human resources strategic planning and extensive knowledge in program and project delivery
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, including the ability to network, build and foster positive networking relationships with Chief and Council, staff, Shawanaga First Nation community members, local municipal, provincial and federal governments and industry proponents
  • Professional affiliations in Business, Law, Finance, Accounting Software such as Simply Accounting or Quickbooks Pro
  • Must have skills and capacity to take initiative and multi-task
  • Reports/proposal development skills are an asset
  • Knowledge and understanding of the community and culture is essential
  • Excellent Computer skills are an asset
  • Must possess a valid drivers license, dependable vehicle and be insurable
  • CPIC required


Management Ability

  • Excellent and proficient finance, human relations/public relations, management/administration skills 
  • Excellent conflict management skills are essential 
  • Excellent negotiation and mediation skills are essential
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills are required
  • Must have proficient level of communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Must possess excellent organizational and time-management skills


About Shawanaga First Nation

Shawanaga First Nation belongs to the larger Anishnabek Nation which stretches across much of Ontario, east across the Prairies and around the northern shores of all the Great Lakes. The Anishnabek Nation is comprised of Algonquin, Saulteaux, Anishnabe (Ojibway), Odawa, Chippewa and several other groups.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Preference may be given to Aboriginal candidates with relevant on reserve employment experience and/or those with knowledge and understanding of Shawanaga First Nation history and community. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected factors. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We wish to thank everyone for their applications.


How to Apply

Are you ready to make a difference and chart an exciting new career path?  Please send your resume to and title the email CAO Shawanaga.” We thank all candidates who apply, however, only those selected for an interviewing process will be contacted