Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations
Administrative Officer 27R

This position is located in Victoria, BC.
An eligibility list may be established.

Bring your leadership skills and expertise in Indigenous Relations to this rewarding role

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Highway Department consists of approximately 1,100 staff in 30 communities throughout BC, working every day to ensure the safe, efficient and reliable operations of the highway network. The Highways Department is responsible for all aspects of the provincial highway system, including: maintaining and operating highways, highway rehabilitation and preservation, highway expansion and upgrading, emergency response, commercial vehicle safety and enforcement, and development approvals and permits

The Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations position is a member of the Indigenous Relations Team and leads development of strategic policy to ensure alignment of Ministry programs, policies and procedures with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and Tsilhqot’in and other case law. Highly skilled in research and a proficient writer, the position is able to work both independently and as a key team member. The position contributes to staff education through the development and delivery of training to increase awareness and cultural safety in the workplace.

This role may also manage negotiation of highway rights of way through reserve lands, which includes the delivery of land acquisition for highway projects and/or resolving outstanding tenure matters. This would involve resource budgeting, contract management, appraisal valuations, surveys and ensuring the Provincial and Federal processes are met during negotiations.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Sarah.Duggan@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. Information and tips about how to complete your job application, including adding or editing your résumé and applying for jobs, are available at the following link:  Your Job Application. If you still experience technical difficulties applying for a competition, please send an email to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca before the stated closing time and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

NOTE:  Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.


To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Relations, geography, forestry, natural resources, regional planning, law, public administration, or related field and a minimum of 3 years of related experience; OR, a relevant diploma with a minimum of 5 years of related experience; OR, a relevant certificate with a minimum of 7 years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the following:
    • Negotiating and/or participating in consultation with Indigenous peoples;
    • Developing and fostering respectful and long-term relationships with Indigenous organizations and/or communities;
    • Policy development and implementation;
    • Planning, coordinating and managing projects and contracted services; and,
    • Working effectively with multiple projects and assignments.

Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Planning and conducting complex research and analysis related to Indigenous land claims in British Columbia. [ AMENDED: from requirement to preference]
  • Experience working with Indigenous organizations and/or communities.
  • Candidates who self-identify as Indigenous.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile.

A Criminal Record Check [CRC] will be required.


Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Résumé:  YES – Ensure your résumé includes your educational accomplishments, employment history, including job titles, start and end dates [month and year] and your job related responsibilities for each job in your employment history, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire: YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed in the job profile.

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