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Managing Director

Dene Nahjo
February 4, 2022
Yellowknife, NT,
Job Type
Base Salary


Dene Nahjo is a Dene innovation collective based out of Sǫ̀mbak'è, Denendeh (Yellowknife, NT).  The goals of Dene Nahjo are to support Indigenous leadership in the north by: 1. Facilitating opportunities for Indigenous people to connect to land, language, culture and community; 2. Providing opportunities for education and action on social and ecological justice; and 3. Creating Indigenous-led spaces that feel safe and culturally affirming for Indigenous peoples. Our vision is: Land, Language, Culture. Forever. Dene Nahjo is a project on MakeWay’s shared platform.

We seek a qualified and energetic self-starter to lead the development, management, administration and coordination of Dene Nahjo’s programs and objectives. The Managing Director will maintain Dene Nahjo’s operating and financial systems, and policies and procedures. The Managing Director will report directly to the Steering Committee. This is a flexible position that can be either part-time or full-time, but requires a significant time commitment and level of flexibility during programming periods.

Application deadline: 25 February 2022


Management and Administration tasks include:

  • Acting as first point of contact for Dene Nahjo
  • Developing financial goals and budget, including monitoring and tracking expenditures for project budgets, reconciling expenditures and credit card payments and processing in accordance with MakeWay guidelines
  • Preparing grant proposals, reports, and budgets
  • Liaising with MakeWay support team to ensure effective operations and compliance with charitable regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Ensuring compliance with all grant agreements supporting Dene Nahjo activities
  • Contracting and supervising the work of existing and additional employees and contractors as necessary to support Dene Nahjo activities, in accordance with MakeWay guidelines
  • Directing flow and review of all correspondence to ensure deadlines are met
  • Overseeing the preparation and delivery of regular activity reports to the Steering Committee, Advisory Council, Founding Members Council and Elder Advisory Committee
  • Preparing a yearly report on Dene Nahjo projects/activities to support fundraising and promotional efforts
  • In accordance with MakeWay guidelines, oversee the monitoring and maintenance of Dene Nahjo’s social media presence (Facebook and Instagram)
  • Maintaining the Dene Nahjo email account
  • Maintaining an up-to-date guide of Dene Nahjo inventory

Lead Development and Implementation of new Programming Areas by:

  • Identifying new projects ideas, in alignment with Dene Nahjo’s vision, based on current gaps in Indigenous-led programming and stated programming goals of northern Indigenous peoples and communities
  • Maintaining and fostering local and regional community relationships to identify potential programming partnerships


Support Dene Nahjo project committees by:

  • Directing the coordination of meetings and materials
  • Developing program standards
  • Supporting project leads to ensure that Dene Nahjo program standards are maintained
  • Working with community contacts to ensure local traditional protocols are respected
  • Overseeing the creation and distribution of participant packages and promotional materials
  • Submitting a report to the Steering Committee after each project to support continuous learning and improvement


Oversee coordination of all Dene Nahjo projects by:

  • Ensuring transparent communication and facilitating equitable decision-making with community partners in the project planning processes
  • Overseeing registration for events and projects. Where the number of participants for a project/program is limited, ensure priority registration is reserved for local community members or as directed by community partners. Where applications must be assessed, ensure a place on the selections committee is reserved for the partner community’s representative(s)
  • Working with community partners to identify local contractors to fill the project’s personnel needs
  • Supporting, as much as possible, the participation of families and children in Dene Nahjo programs
  • Ensuring all administrative paperwork and required project documents are well-prepared and distributed to community partners in a timely manner to facilitate efficient decision-making and approvals
  • Coordinating participant approvals and waivers like photo release forms and liability waivers
  • Ensuring programs are delivered to the highest level of safety and health standards by ensuring adequate experienced and qualified staff, properly preparing staff and participants, ensuring food safety guidelines and current Covid-19 guidelines are followed, creating a safety plan for each project including evacuation procedures, and following advice and guidelines of local designated community contacts and knowledge holders.
  • Creating project reports for distribution to community partners and participants
  • Working with the MakeWay Marketing and Communications team and Dene Nahjo staff to ensure all projects are documented and posted to social media and the website in accordance with MakeWay guidelines
  • Ensuring program gear is properly maintained and stored

Community Outreach tasks include:

  • Fostering collegial relationships with local, territorial, national, and circumpolar colleagues by attending relevant gatherings (virtual and/or in-person), conferences, workshops etc…
  • Representing Dene Nahjo at local events, calls for support, information sessions etc…
  • Supporting local initiatives that align with Dene Nahjo’s vision and goals as much as possible
  • Creating opportunities for community involvement and mentorship in Dene Nahjo’s work


Qualifications required:

  • Model and honour Indigenous values – respect and honour Indigenous cultural values and priorities
  • Demonstrate initiative and productivity under minimal supervision
  • Have experience managing staff and contractors
  • Have a deep understanding of Indigenous peoples and issues, particularly in Denendeh
  • Understand the history and socio-political outcomes of colonization, and contemporary manifestations of ongoing colonization
  • Have experience working with northern Indigenous communities and multi-cultural environments
  • Demonstrate excellence in non-profit sector management, grant writing, and project management
  • Have a post-secondary degree in a related discipline, or a combination of education and relevant experience
  • Hold a valid driver’s license
  • Be flexible to adapting work hours to accommodate meetings and programming as needed, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Be willing to travel as needed
  • Be willing and able to carry equipment (up to 50 lbs) up and down stairs and to program sites
  • Comfortable working in land-based settings, staying in tents or cabins heated by woodstove, and traveling to coordinate programs onsite

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