Director, Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives · North Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Strategic Initiatives
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive
Compensation $85,000-$95,000

The role of Director, Strategic Initiatives requires a dynamic, creative and connected change leader with an ability to identify and articulate new opportunities, provide a strategic focus and plan for next steps, develop supporting materials including strategies, concept papers and proposals, and convert these strategic opportunities and relationships into concrete outcomes for the First Nations Technology Council.  The Director, Strategic Initiatives will need to be both passionate about and proficient in navigating and leveraging opportunities across the Indigenous innovation ecosystem and BC tech sector on behalf of Indigenous communities and Indigenous innovators. 


The Director, Strategic Initiatives will play a lead role in stewarding the Indigenous Digital Equity Strategy project and advancing the Technology Council’s work advocating for internet affordability and reliability in Indigenous communities. The Director, Strategic Initiatives will also be responsible for the development of new strategic initiatives, including but not limited to business development opportunities. Director, Strategic Initiatives currently oversees one direct report, a Senior Policy Lead.


Working with divisional leads across the organization, the Director, Strategic Initiatives will actively engage the technology and innovation sectors to create more opportunities for Indigenous innovators to lead and succeed. An intricate understanding of the BC technology sector and national funding landscape will support the successful candidate, along with the ability to understand, interact, engage and move key spaces and players. A strong interest in and understanding of digital equity, connectivity, technology training, and economic reconciliation is required in this role.


About the Technology Council

The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led organization that serves all 203 First Nations communities across British Columbia, working to ensure that Indigenous peoples have full and equitable access to the tools, training and support to maximize the opportunities presented by technology and innovation. The Technology Council sees the strengthening of local Indigenous economies and the empowering of Indigenous innovators as contributing to Indigenous self-determination and nationhood.


The First Nations Technology Council holds the following core values, which all employees are expected to honour, demonstrate and deepen through individual practice and team development: trust, humility, community, spirit, innovation for 7 generations, listening, resilience, indigenous wisdom, and heart. The ideal candidate will resonate with and uphold these values.

About the Role


Primary Responsibilities

  • Overseeing current strategic initiatives, and designing strategies to lead to their support and adoption. This includes stewarding the Indigenous Digital Equity Strategy project, and leading the Technology Council’s spectrum sovereignty ecosystem convening work.
  • Identifying new partnership and funding opportunities.
  • Designing new strategic initiatives, and creating the necessary supporting documents, from concept papers to formal proposals.
  • Co-creating change with Indigenous innovators and ecosystem partners.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key players in the BC tech and innovation sector.
  • Designing and delivering key presentations to the tech and innovation sector.
  • Expanding the Technology Council’s scope and influence in the technology and innovation sectors.
  • Identifying and activating business development opportunities.
  • Maintaining prospect and proposal tracking tools, and engaging in appropriate and timely follow ups.
  • Maintaining funder relationships and ensuring digital equity project reporting.
  • Overseeing consultants assigned to strategic initiatives of the Division.
  • Supporting strategic and operational planning as a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Mentoring, guiding, and managing the activities and performance of direct reports.
  • Actively participate in staff meetings, retreats, and internal meetings.


Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrates leadership aligned with Technology Council brand and core values.
  • Well-versed in change leadership, theory, and practice.
  • Strategic planning ability.
  • Ability to form strategic partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to champion initiatives and onboard support.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with proven experience in funding proposal development.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical
  • Strong public speaking and presentation abilities.
  • Interest and ability to learn Slack, Monday, Dropbox, and other online tools.



  • Minimum Bachelor level in Business, Social Sciences, Arts, Indigenous Studies, or Technology related education. An MBA would be considered an asset.
  • Minimum 3+ years in a senior management role.
  • Minimum 3+ years in stakeholder relations, partnership development, or community liaison.
  • Demonstrated First Nations and Indigenous community engagement expertise and understanding.
  • Knowledge and awareness of Indigenous perspectives on current topics impacting technology, innovation, connectivity, and digital equity.
  • Knowledge and awareness of First Nations culture, history, rights and title legislation, communities and organizations, and ability to communicate in a culturally competent and respectful manner.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications, including Word and PPT.
  • Ability to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.


This position reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.



$85,000-$95,000 based on previously demonstrated impacts.



This a 15-month maternity leave backfill position. Start date November 1, 2021; end date January 31, 2022.



This role is open to remote candidates anywhere in Canada, with a preference for candidates residing in BC.


How to Apply:

This role will remain open until filled. Please include a cover letter, CV and writing sample in your application.


We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from qualified First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. We also welcome other candidates who possess a high level of cultural competence and understanding of Indigenous experience, communities, and issues. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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  • Location
    North Vancouver, British Columbia
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    Strategic Initiatives
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