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Governance Director (Ehnnaagdaagdahwenjiget)

Job Title: Governance Director (Ehnnaagdaagdahwenjiget)

Location: Maniloulin Island (45 minutes from Gore Bay)

Job Type: Permanent & Full-Time. Based on a 34.5 hour work week 

Job Status: Hybrid 

Reports to: Zhiibaahaasing First Nation Chief and Council

Salary: $55K-75K based on experience 

Compensation Package: Health insurance, RRSP matching


Position Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Band Administrator, and accountable to the Zhiibaahaasing First Nation Chief and Council, Ehnnaagdaagdahwenjiget (Governance Director) will be responsible for managing the overall implementation of legislative authorities including language and culture, leadership selection, management and operations, and citizenship. 

Our ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of and respect for Indigenous culture, customs, traditions, and issues. The Ehnnaagdaagdahwenjiget (Governance Director) will demonstrate strong leadership skills with the ability to manage, supervise, and provide support to staff. This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills and well developed organizational and time management skills. The ability to engage and listen to the community is key to the overall role. 

In the newly-created Governance Department, you will be tasked with developing and implementing the administrative capacity to exercise self-governance jurisdiction. Nuanced understanding of the jurisdictional milieu of First Nations is very important. This high-profile position demands strategic and long-range planning skills, coupled with experience in organizational development/governance as well as public affairs. Sound decision-making skills and the ability to motivate your staff will be crucial to your success in the role. 



  • Anishinabek background is preferred, Knowledge of First Nations People.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Community Development, Public Administration, Law or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 2 years of senior-level management experience. 
  • Previous experience working within or with a First Nations community.
  • Knowledge of distinctions between federal, provincial and First Nation legislative and jurisdictional environments and clear understanding of how they interrelate
  • G Class driver’s Licence



The Zhiibaahaasing First Nation (formerly Cockburn Island First Nation) is a First Nation band government in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is a member of the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin. An Odawa and Ojibwe community located in the Manitoulin District, the First Nation has two distinct parcels of land.


How to Apply

Are you ready to make a difference and chart an exciting new career path? Please send your resume to Please title the email “Zhiibaahaasing”.