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Economic Development Officer

Job No: 107545
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

  • Finish each working day knowing you have truly made a difference
  • Take on an exciting new role with a thriving First Nations government
  • Enjoy a great benefits package along with excellent vacation and RSP matching

About the Community

The Batchewana First Nation is a First Nations government located just outside of Sault Ste. Marie and is a progressive group, with a rapidly growing membership, that represents four separate communities - Rankin, Batchewana, Goulais, and Whitefish Island. Our progressive nature drives many of our decisions and how we proceed with capital projects. 

With multiple departments, committees, and facilities we are a thriving group that is growing fast. For more information about the Batchewana First Nation please visit our website

About the Opportunity

The Batchewana First Nation (BFN) has an exciting opportunity for an Economic Development Officer to join our team in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Reporting to the Director of Lands and Economic Development, in the role of Economic Development Officer you will perform networking and technical functions in identifying and promoting economic development opportunities for BFN communities and members within BFN's geographical and territorial areas. 

More specifically your responsibilities within this role will include:

  • Developing an economic development strategic plan that identifies the physical development growth and changes of BFN communities and is based on a broad community consultation process and input from other BFN programs and colleagues. 
  • Networking with other native and non-native agencies identifying human resource requirements that address community needs.
  • Developing and using standardized log forms, client datasheets, and release of information forms. 
  • Monitoring and regularly evaluating community development projects, initiatives, and members services through the Economic Development Program.
  • Providing advice, recommendations, and preparing reports on all economic development activities.
  • Ensuring that all activities are in compliance with First Nation, federal, provincial policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Researching and analyzing different industries and markets for business development, expansion, modernization, and for client and community-based ventures.
  • Arranging various workshops for community members and First Nation entrepreneurs with respect to private and public business ventures. 
  • Preparing and submitting proposals to various funding agencies/financial institutions in order to access financial resources to support business development, capacity building projects, and other program initiatives of the First Nation.
  • Investigating and assisting with capital projects/economic initiatives while networking with native and non-native organizations in order to create training and employment opportunities for membership.
  • Developing human resources and realistic training plans/proposals for internal and external funding partners that will support specialized training projects with the goal of establishing skilled labour forces within the BFN communities. 
  • Developing proposals and establishing native and non-native partnerships for economic development activities on and off-reserve. 
  • Participating in relevant training, workshops, and courses as required to maintain a high level of job performance. 

In order to qualify for this role, you will have a degree in business or economics along with 3 years of related work experience. Candidates with a diploma in a related field along with 5 years of related work experience will also be considered. A drivers license and access to a vehicle are also required for this role.   

While being a member of one of the Batchewana First Nation communities is not required in order to apply, it is a significant advantage. Experience working with a First Nation community or an Aboriginal organization is also an asset.  

Our ideal candidate will have a professional and approachable demeanour. Candidates with strong analytical skills and high attention to detail will excel in this role as will individuals that are proficient with Microsoft Office, Excel, and Outlook. 

If you are a collaborative team player who is looking to advance your career with a respected First Nations organization, please read on to see what we can offer you. 

About the Benefits

As Economic Development Officer, you will be rewarded with remuneration based on qualifications and experience. 

You'll also be entitled to excellent employee benefits, including:

  • Health and Dental benefits.
  • Long term disability.
  • Life insurance.
  • Sick pay of up to 15 days a year which can be converted to vacation time. 
  • Vacation negotiable for the right candidate, PLUS 2 additional weeks off over Christmas break. 
  • RSP Matching

This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking for a rewarding role, and who wants to finish each working day knowing you have made a difference to the lives of your colleagues, organization, and community.

If you're looking for a new challenge and a leadership role that is guaranteed to provide you with satisfaction - Apply Now!

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