Director of Heritage, Language and Culture

Director of Heritage, Language and Culture

Website Ulkatcho First Nation

About Ulkatcho

The Ulkatcho First Nation (UFN) is one of four communities making up the Dakelh or Southern Carrier tribal nation in central British Columbia. The other Dakelh communities are Lhoosk’us Dene, Nazko, and Lhtalo Dene (formerly Red Bluff).

We are an independent and inclusive community whose residents are working together for all generations and are connected by our diverse cultures and languages, our vibrant traditional territory, and our sustainable economy. Our mission is to offer transparent, respectful, and efficient services to the Citizens of Ulkatcho First Nation and to provide opportunities for physical, spiritual, mental, economic and social wellness within a supportive, safe and healthy community. Our values include:

  • Respect – We have a special relationship with the land and water and all living things; a relationship based on a profound spiritual connection to the earth that empowers us to respect ourselves, respect each other, and respect the natural environment.
  • Accountability – Each one of us is responsible for the social, economic and environmental consequences of our decisions and accountable for our actions.
  • Transparency – We take seriously our responsibility of fiscal openness in our decision-making while fulfilling our fiduciary responsibility to all members of the Ulkatcho First Nation. Open and honest communication within our governance structure is essential to holding leaders accountable while eliminating corruption.
  • Trust – We believe that accountable and transparent leadership will result in reliable, trustworthy and strong governance with respect to the management of our community affairs and traditional lands.

The Opportunity: A Day in the life of the Director of Heritage, Language and Culture

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Director will be responsible for the vision and direction of the department ensuring it is in line with the Ulkatcho Strategic Plan and focused on the cultural identity of the nation, including protection of ancestorial territories, land, environment and language. This individual must be courageous spirit with the willingness to adapt and change through the growth and development of the department and program.

As the Director of Heritage, Language and Culture you will:

  • Lead all aspects of creation and maintenance of the UFN Heritage, Language and Culture Department
  • Responsible for writing archaeological and research proposals and scoping potential projects on behalf of UFN to generate funding and new business/revenues
  • Liaise and maintain relationships with consultants, federal and provincial governments, private sector and business entities to protect the interest of UFN’ s Cultural Heritage, Language and Culture Program in alignment with UFN Policies
  • Collaborate with Indigenous Government and Organizations to ensure Indigenous values, interests and knowledge are included in work planning, execution, reporting and referrals
  • Timely review and approval of federal and provincial permit applications and reporting
  • Communicate internally to ensure timely and proactive communication of key program issues within the nation
  • Develop and maintain the program schedule and manage resources to support nationwide planning
  • Create, implement, and report on the program budget ensuring optimization of funding dollars, in accordance with grant regulations and the Heritage Conservation Act.
  • Provide effective leadership, guidance and support to program staff and consultants
  • Maintain an understanding of applicable UFN regulations, guidelines, and associated heritage practices and policies in Canada.
  • Responsible for initiation and delivery of archaeological and cultural heritage projects, including archaeology/cultural heritage research, and archaeological/cultural heritage components of environmental assessments
  • Other duties as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology or Anthropology or other relevant field required, Master’s Degree considered an asset
  • Five to seven (5-7) years’ experience managing and executing heritage programs with a minimum of three (3) years of heritage program experience coordinating or managing large/complex projects
  • Experience developing strategic direction for a department, establishing goals, actions, measurements and assigning staff accountability
  • Proven ability to work independently, while establishing and maintaining effective working relationships while using integrated case management techniques and the ability to prioritize accordingly
  • Project Management Certification is considered an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge of BC archaeology, cultural heritage and the Heritage Conservation Act
  • Knowledge and understanding of the culture and history of Interior BC First Nations and experience in community development initiatives
  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Rights and Titles
  • Knowledge and experience related to the budget processes, with the ability to develop and manage a department budget
  • Demonstrated skills with project management and scheduling software (e.g., Microsoft Project) and ability to maintain and use computer databases including Excel, Word and presentation systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal and relationship management skills, and a high level of situational awareness
  • Demonstrated success in leadership with the ability to identify common goals and work with a diverse team to move those goals forward
  • Valid BC driver’s license and clean drivers abstract
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check

Applicants of Ulkatcho First Nation and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply. This position will remain open until filled. We thank all those who apply; however, only short-listed applicants with be contacted

NOTE: Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted. Please accept our utmost appreciation for your interest. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions or any other classification protected by federal, provincial and local laws and ordinances. Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities, upon request. This Equal Employment Opportunity policy applies to all practices relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, discipline, transfer, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. While management is primarily responsible for seeing that equal employment opportunity policies are implemented, you share in the responsibility for assuring that, by your personal actions, the policies are effective.

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