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Capacity Development Team Lead Filled

Halifax, NS

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) provides financial contributions to more than 175 Indigenous groups and communities through the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (AFS) and Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management (AAROM) programs. These programs are intended to support the development and maintenance of Indigenous-led fisheries and aquatic resource management organizations and structures that collaborate with various partners in relevant planning, oversight and field activities.

Building on a multi-phased approach to Indigenous Program Review (IPR) and the corresponding Action Plan for Renewal and Expansion of DFO’s Indigenous Programs, DFO and Indigenous partners are now seeking to establish a third-party Capacity Development Team (CDT) that can provide trusted guidance to all participating First Nations and Indigenous organizations as they pursue their various program objectives.

The goal is to increase community-based employment and training opportunities, advance relevant career paths, and encourage collaborative resource management and stewardship, whether in fisheries harvest planning and coordination, biological survey and assessment, or habitat and ecosystem monitoring and conservation. This vital capacity-building initiative requires a team of qualified professionals to work with communities to identify, plan, and implement the organizational capacities needed to carry out their work, from financial and human resource management to scientific and technical expertise.

The CDT will be hosted by the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) in Nova Scotia but will have a national purview. It will consist of one (1) national Team Lead, one (1) national Training Coordinator, and four (4) regionally based Capacity Development Advisors on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

What qualities are needed as Team Lead?

The first position to be hired is the Team Lead, who will oversee the CDT initiative and report progress to the federal program authority, Indigenous executives and the broader network of AFS and AAROM participants. Essential functions include networking with First Nations and Indigenous organizations, co-developing strategies to bolster or expand operational capacity, supervising team members, and managing the team’s resources.

As the ideal candidate, you have several years of progressive, practical experience in community development, management consulting, fisheries resource management, or similar roles. In addition, you bring a broad array of skills, including strategic leadership, governance, negotiation, business planning, stewardship, communications, and human resources management.

You have previously worked with Indigenous communities and organizations and are knowledgeable of Indigenous governance practices and federal, provincial, and non-governmental program offerings. You can establish credibility with local communities and team members through mutual respect, effective interpersonal relationships, and professionalism.

This is a work-from-home position which requires frequent travel across Canada. Although most work will be conducted in English, understanding French or any of the Inuk languages would be helpful.

If you would like to pursue this opportunity, please forward your resume and a letter explaining how your background and experience will meet the needs of the Capacity Development Team. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1932 in the subject line. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates.