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Chief Executive Officer

Yellowknives Dene First Nation
October 26, 2021
Job Type
  • salary negotiable dependent on qualifications and experience


The Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) is governed by a Chief and Council which has offices in Dettah and Ndilo.  The YKDFN Chiefs and Council affirm our sacred obligation to serve our people and our commitment to live balanced contemporary lifestyles with culture and traditions important to our community, to speak our traditional language, and to protect our natural resources and treaty rights.  For Chiefs and Council to lead the YKDFN requires having qualified personnel to achieve a prosperous future for our citizens.  The incumbent works within this context to provide effective and efficient level of support and assistance.  Please apply by email to by closing date of November 19, 2021.


Under the authority of the YKDFN Chief and Council Government and reporting to the Head Chief, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the overall effective and efficient management of the YKDFN organization.  This includes, but not limited to, organizational and program development, financial and administrative planning and management, and community project management.  This full-time position is based in Dettah.

A valid Class 5 driver’s license and private vehicle is required.  The ability to speak a Dene language, knowledge and/or experience with cultural history and customs of the Wiiliideh people and previous experience working with First Nations organizations are all definite assets.


The ideal candidate for this position will have completed a university degree in Business Administration and Management or a related field coupled with five (5) years’ relevant work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and related course work with seven (7) years’ experience in a senior management position with relevant training will be considered. A strong public or business management background in the areas of program development, human resource management, financial management and strategic planning is required.  The candidate must be able to work with minimal supervision and interact with individuals of all levels in a friendly yet professional manner.

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