Chief Executive Officer, 2020 North American Indigenous Games

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Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games.

The 2020 North American Indigenous Games is an opportunity for our Mi’kmaw people and culture to shine.  To tell their stories and enrich the lives of those who come to know their history.  To acknowledge and celebrate the role and influence our First People, as well as all Indigenous people, have played and continue to play in shaping our identity as Nova Scotians and Canadians.

The North American Indigenous Games goal is to improve the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples by supporting self-determined sports and cultural activities which encourage equal access to participation in the social, cultural and spiritual fabric of the community in which they reside and which respects Indigenous distinctiveness.  The North American Indigenous Games help us realize the collective potential of our bodies, minds, spirit and of our people – our hopes and dreams – The Spirit Strong, Brave & True.

Reporting to and working with the Host Society Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) brings strategic leadership, support and knowledge to ensure effective planning, implementation and delivery of the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in accordance with the Host Society Board’s vision and mandate.


  • Provide strategic leadership by:
    • Establishing direction for the Games
    • Building alignment and commitment to the vision and strategic goals
    • Fostering effective community engagement
    • Ensuring execution and accountability through effective talent management strategies that will ensure the recruitment and retention of the staff and volunteer workforce
    • Lead by example to motivate, inspire and create a positive work environment
  • To work with the NAIG Council and the Elders Advisory Committee on developing a strong cultural program, consistent with the founding principles, that wold not only be for the benefit of the participants but also to the wider host community.
  • Oversee financial management in the pursuit of established fundraising goals and the establishment and adherence to approved budgets.
  • Create a culture of safety by establishing a framework of risk management.
  • Establish and maintain positive, effective and influential relationships with key stakeholders necessary for the successful execution and operation of the Games.

Education and Experience:

  • University degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Sports Management or related discipline
  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of First Nations customs, culture and history.
  • 8-10 years of progressively responsible managerial and related experience
  • Experience working at an equivalent senior executive level public or private sector; not-for-profit or major events management position preferred
  • Demonstrated project management experience with the ability to motivate and direct a high number of broad, complex and diverse activities in a dynamic environment

Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:

  •  Exceptional skills in managing a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, national sport organizations, governments, the corporate sector, and the media
  •  Excellent communication, negotiation, financial management, people management, risk management and change management skills
  • The following attributes will be considered as assets:
  •  Demonstrated understanding of the performance drivers, organizational context, and of the regulatory environment present within the framework of executing a multi-sport games event
  • Sport administration experience
  • Experience in Indigenous cultural programs and showcases
  • Familiarity with the Halifax and Nova Scotia community
  • Experience working in a political atmosphere
  • Results-oriented with a drive for eliminating barriers

Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

Please note – Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion.

COMPETENCIES: Valuing Diversity, Communication, Analytical Thinking, Organisation and Planning, Values and Ethics, Customer Service, Decision Making, Networking / Relationship Building, & Teamwork and Cooperation

WORK STATUS: Upon the date of hire the successful candidate begin term employment for a period not to exceed 60 days post the closing ceremonies for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games.

SALARY: Salary to commensurate with education & experience


CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to midnight on July 16th, 2018

Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.

While we encourage all qualified persons to apply: qualified Aboriginal/Indigenous applicants will be given priority in accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.


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