Location: Atikokan, Dryden, Kenora, Fort Frances, Midland, Barrie or Owen Sound
Closes: November 2, 2021
Starting Salary: $68,290 to $78,550, per year based on experience. Salary Range Max $88,800 [2021 Rates]
All applicants are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who meet the requirements for MNO Citizenship as per the MNO Bylaws and who are in good standing.
What We Offer
As an employer, the Métis Nation of Ontario offers a collaborative work environment with competitive salary, comprehensive employer-paid health benefits, a pension plan, 15 days’ vacation to start, annual paid two-week holiday closure in December-January, 16 paid public and employer holidays, early closures on long weekends, and 15 paid health & wellness days (sick leave).
The Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO’s) Lands, Resources and Consultations (LRC) Branch facilitates consultations between the MNO’s communities, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the nuclear power industry on projects and policies that have the potential to impact the lives of Métis in Ontario. The primary goal of these consultations is to ensure that MNO citizens are informed of nuclear projects and their potential impacts, as well as of any proposals for changes to the way that the industry is regulated that may affect the lives and traditional way of life of MNO citizens.
The Manager of Nuclear Programs will primarily be responsible for managing the MNO’s consultation on Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel which is being developed by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). The plan, known as Adaptive Phased Management, is looking to contain and isolate Canada’s used nuclear fuel in a Deep Geological Repository (DGR), a network of underground tunnels and rooms approximately 500 meters underground. The areas currently under consideration for the DGR in Ontario are Ignace and South Bruce. The MNO is involved in consultation on the studies of these sites, as well as on the plans for the safe containment, handling and transportation of the used nuclear fuel requiring isolation. Reporting to the Director of LRC, the Manager, Nuclear Programs will oversee and provide support to the following:
- Work with the MNO’s Regional Consultation Committees to develop annual plans for consultation on site studies, transportation and other related topics;
- Negotiation of consultation agreements between the MNO and funding agencies such as NWMO, CNSC;
- Support the negotiations of an Impact Benefit Style agreement with the NWMO for the hosting region;
- Financial oversight and management of MNO’s agreements with CNSC, NWMO and nuclear industry including spending and financial reporting;
- Implementation of consultation activities, as agreed and outlined in agreements;
- Procurement of consultant and legal services, as needed;
- Planning and coordination of community events where MNO citizens are informed of nuclear projects and issues;
- Work with the MNO’s Regional Consultation Committees to create opportunities for citizens to participate in activities to learn and share knowledge about issues related to nuclear projects, such as ground water quality;
- Support consultations on other nuclear projects and policy reviews, as requested.
- Work with other LRC branch staff on any cross-sectoral initiatives related to nuclear (e.g., water quality monitoring);
- Other tasks as assigned by their people leader.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Project Management (25%)
- Managing activities related to MNO communities’ engagement on Canada’s plan for the management of used nuclear fuel and other nuclear projects;
- Procuring and managing external consultant-led projects;
- Working with MNO’s Regional Consultation Committees to set strategic goals and vision for consultation on nuclear projects and policies;
- Initiating and implementing a project management approach and system to the completion of several concurrent projects that include, among other things, internal staffing and external consultant support systems;
- Ensuring that all on-going LRC Projects are carried out in accordance with the assigned regulatory and internal timelines, budgets and other related requirements;
- Establishing and maintaining an effective Information and Project Management system for all branch operations.
People Management (25%)
- Providing management tools and strategic leadership to steer the Lands, Resources and Consultation Branch to function at a higher level of overall performance including the management of certain aspects of the day-to-day operations such as the management of staff, finances, contracts, consultation and accommodation processes and external environmental contractors or consultants;
- Manage the employment lifecycle for direct reports, including supporting in recruitment, discipline, termination, and other people issues;
- Engage in performance management, coaching and probationary reviews for all employees;
- Model a health and safety culture and hold responsibility for the health and safety of all direct reports and all MNO employees.
Community Engagement (25%)
- Facilitating small and large group community meetings.
- Building and maintain positive working relationships with program funders;
- Establishing and maintaining positive and productive working relationships with government agencies, industry proponents and other MNO branches;
- Establishing and maintaining productive relationships between the LRC Branch and the MNO’s elected representatives.
- Collaborating with the other LRC Branch managers to make effective decisions associated with LRC Branch projects, operations and deliverables.
- Working in partnership with the MNO Way of Life unit to collect Métis traditional knowledge, as needed, and to assist the MNO at the local, regional and provincial levels in making decisions related to nuclear issues.
Performing other duties as assigned by the Director of the Lands, Resources and Consultations branch.
- Strong desire to act in the service of MNO Citizens, to advance and uphold rights and culture
- Significant knowledge of Métis and/or Indigenous policy issues and principles or a demonstrated ability to quickly acquire knowledge
- A Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies or related field and equivalent industry experience (at least 5 years) relevant experience in a project management or similar role- a combination of experience and education may be considered in lieu of above
- PMP an asset
- Demonstrated ability and capacity to critically analyze documents and synthesize findings in a clear and concise fashion.
- 3-5 years in a supervisory role with experience in conflict management, demonstrated ability to manage complex employee situations and demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team
- Demonstrated ability to write reports and communicate effectively both in writing and orally in order to establish and maintain a credible presence with internal and external stakeholders.
- Strong interpersonal skills in order to liaise with MNO leadership and management, government partners and other external stakeholders.
- Willingness and ability to work flexible hours, including some weekends, and travel throughout Ontario.
- Strong financial literacy and basic accounting/ budgeting
- Dependability, strong work ethic, a willingness to learn and ability to take direction.
- Effective interpersonal and liaison skills to work collaboratively with team members
- Technical knowledge and expertise in water quality monitoring and/or the impacts of climate change on water quality and freshwater ecosystems is preferred
- Ability to drive a rented vehicle, driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract are required.
- Work experience in community-led program development and implementation is an asset
- Experience or working knowledge of environmental field work is an asset
- Experience working with government policy, programming and funding is an asset
Who We Are
In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure and vision, encapsulated in the Statement of Prime Purpose. Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario represents over 25,000 Métis citizens.
The MNO delivers programs and services to its citizens through these branches: Healing and Wellness; Education and Training; Housing; Lands, Resources and Consultation; Intergovernmental and Community Relations; Self-Government and Registry. Through these various branches, the MNO maintains 30+ offices and community spaces across the province, administers over $50 million annually, and employs about 350 staff across the province.
The Métis Nation of Ontario commits to providing accommodation as required by the Ontario Human Rights Act, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The Métis Nation of Ontario will work cooperatively and in the spirit of respect with all partners in the accommodation process. These accommodations will extend to all aspects of the employment relationship including recruitment and selection.
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Please note, all employees, regardless of role or location, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee has a valid medical exemption. This condition of employment is effective for all employees, full or part-time, permanent or contract, whether working remotely or not, as of November 1, 2021.