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Chief Administrative Officer

Are you passionate about First Nations communities? 

Do you have a background in administration and finance?

Do you enjoy leading and working with 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)

Recruiting Company: HRCovered Inc

Hiring Company: Shawanaga First Nation

Job type: Full-Time, In-office 

Salary: $105,000/115,000K + Benefits


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.


Main Duties:

Supporting the Community 

  • 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
  • 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
  • Making sure everything is working properly around the community. Dealing with community members, having a open door for members to voice concerns, being present at community meetings, being the ears and eyes around the community

Supporting the
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
  • Leads the development, implementation and monitoring of all policies and procedures by the Shawanaga First Nation Chief and Council
  • 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
  • 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 by 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
  • 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 

Overseeing Finances 

  • 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
  • Making sure things are paid on time, budgets are done properly, salaries are paid properly. 
  • Looking at funding and supporting managers when funding applications come out 

Qualification Must Haves:

  • 3+ years experience in Business Administration with Management experience
  • First Nations Background (personally or professionally) with a knowledge and understanding of the community and culture
  • Live within commuting distance to Nobel, Ontario (30 kilometres northwest of Parry Sound)
  • Superior communication and networking skills with the ability to 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
  • Must possess a valid drivers license, dependable vehicle and be insurable 

Other Attributes: 

  • 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
  • Excellent and proficient finance, human relations/public relations, management/administration skills, communications and extensive knowledge in program and project delivery
  • Must have skills and capacity to take initiative and multi-task
  • Must have proficient level of communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent conflict management skills are essential 
  • Excellent negotiation and mediation skills are essential
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills are required
  • Reports/proposal development skills are an asset
  • Excellent Computer skills are an asset
  • Professional affiliations in Business, Law, Finance, Accounting Software such as Simply Accounting or Quickbooks Pro an asset
  • CPIC required

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.


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 We thank all candidates who apply, however, only those selected for an interviewing process will be contacted.