Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM)

Assistant Deputy Minister Legislative Transformation and Engagement

Declaration Act Secretariat

Victoria, BC (Other locations may be considered 

The Declaration Act Secretariat supports the province in its efforts to establish true, lasting reconciliation with First Nations and Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. The Secretariat provides an important means for government to achieve this obligation. The Secretariat assists ministries to deliver substantive measures to support a coherent, consistent, and systemic implementation of the Declaration Act.

The Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Legislative Transformation and Engagement, will report to the Associate Deputy Minister and will fill a fundamental role supporting the cross-government efforts to work in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to align laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The ADM must operate as a collaborative executive team member who is also an accountable cross-sector leader. In addition, the ADM must have the legal understanding and policy expertise to provide guidance to ministries in their policy and legislative work with regard to alignment with the UN Declaration.

Applications for this position are limited to those who self-identify as Indigenous, with the required combination of education and experience.

The incumbent is a seasoned leader with significant senior management/executive experience working with First Nations, Indigenous peoples and organizations. This role demands an understanding of the political environment and experience working with elected officials and/or ministers when navigating complex projects and/or challenges. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

A complete role description and listing of qualifications is below. The appointee will be required to consent to a criminal record check.

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Assistant Deputy Minister, Legislative Transformation and Engagement Declaration Act Secretariat

Victoria, BC (Other locations may be considered)

Salary Range $150,900 – $192,500

Ministry Overview

The Declaration Act Secretariat supports the province in its efforts to establish true, lasting reconciliation with First Nations and Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. The Secretariat is charged with coordinating and assisting the cross-government efforts to work in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to align laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), as per section 3 of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (the Declaration Act):

Measures to align laws with Declaration

  1. In consultation and cooperation with the Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, the government must take all measures necessary to ensure the laws of British Columbia are consistent with the Declaration.

The Secretariat provides an important means for government to achieve this obligation. The Secretariat assists ministries to deliver substantive measures to support a coherent, consistent, and systemic implementation of the Declaration Act, especially the alignment of laws obligations in Section 3 of the Act. Recognizing that implementation of the Declaration Act, the UN Declaration and Constitutionally protected title and rights requires an integrated, “whole of government” effort.

The Secretariat plays a central coordination role, to develop processes, and advise and guide ministries on consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples and on consistency of legislation with the UN Declaration.

Legislative planning must include Declaration Act implementation considerations, which the Secretariat will help to embed in government processes. The Secretariat will also work with ministries to establish legislative priorities for alignment with the UN Declaration.

Through engagement with Indigenous organizations and internal government discussions, the following principles will guide the Secretariat:

Capable

  • The Secretariat will have the legal understanding and policy expertise to provide guidance to ministries in their policy and legislative work with regard to alignment with the UN Declaration
  • The Secretariat will have the capacity to coordinate complex processes, and design and develop proposals for refinements and changes to aspects of the machinery of government for the purposes of facilitating implementation of the Declaration Act.

Credible

  • The Secretariat will have the capacity and influence to be effective in supporting the implementation of the Declaration Act.
  • The Secretariat will be staffed with public servants that have the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively implement its
  • Indigenous professionals are a priority in the staffing of the

Accountable

  • Secretariat processes (decision-making structure, engagement processes, prioritization decisions) will be transparent to First Nations, Indigenous organizations and peoples as well as to government decision-makers and

This work requires building new and lasting collaborative partnerships with First Nations and Indigenous communities, all levels of Government, industry, and stakeholders. A key component of these partnerships is to continue building a strong economy and a secure future so that all British Columbians, including First Nations and Indigenous peoples, are able to benefit from that economy. The vision is that British Columbia is a place where communities are healthy, prosperous, sustainable, and self-determining founded on positive, lasting relationships between First Nations and Indigenous peoples and all British Columbians.

Position

The Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Legislative Transformation and Engagement, will report to the Associate Deputy Minister and will fill a fundamental role supporting the cross-government efforts to work in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to align laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), as per section 3 of the Declaration Act.

The Secretariat’s executive team is comprised of the Associate Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister who provides leadership to the Secretariat to uphold the guiding principles and shares the responsibility to implement legislative development in government.

The ADM must operate as a collaborative executive team member who is also an accountable cross-sector leader. In addition, the ADM must have the legal understanding and policy expertise to provide guidance to ministries in their policy and legislative work with regard to alignment with the UN Declaration (note – the Secretariat is not intended to provide legal advice).

The ADM must maintain a close working relationship with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, who is accountable for coordinating the development and implementation of the Declaration Act Action Plan, and the Annual Report required under the Declaration Act.

The position is accountable for developing a professional, motivated, highly engaged team, as well as building collaborative working relationships with First Nations, Indigenous peoples and organizations, other ministries, levels of governments, and stakeholders.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

The Assistant Deputy Minister is responsible and accountable to:

  • Develop mechanisms for, and oversee, the effective implementation and coordination of government’s obligation to ensure that new legislation, and related policies, are consistent with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.
  • Deliver and oversee substantive processes, standards, and measures to ensure coherent, consistent, and systemic implementation of the Declaration Act, especially the alignment of laws obligations in section 3 of the
  • Provide guidance to Ministries on consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples and consistency of legislation with the UN Declaration.
  • The ADM provides advice on important strategic, policy and legal issues to deputy ministers, ministers, and senior government officials, and works collaboratively with a wide range of First Nations, Indigenous Governing

Bodies, Indigenous Organizations, other levels of government as well as internal and external partners and stakeholders.

  • The ADM provides briefings, recommendations, and decision-making material for the Minister, Deputy Minister, Cabinet, and various committees.
  • Represents the Secretariat on various inter-ministry and federal/ provincial ADM Committees.
  • Develop and maintain a strategic prioritization process and schedule, based on input from ministries and Indigenous peoples and organizations, that identifies existing laws for review and alignment with the UN
  • Lead, develop and enable a valued, high functioning, resilient and adaptable
  • Adhere to budgetary
  • Accountable for human resource leadership and management within the organization to:
    • Build capacity and succession management within the Secretariat;
    • Participate as an executive team member to provide executive leadership within the organization and to further the strategic corporate agenda for government;
    • Participate in government’s estimates process;
    • Organize, direct, and manage the performance of staff to meet operational requirements;
    • Ensure that human resource management responsibilities that directly flow to them through legislation or labour contracts are discharged;
    • Develop workforce plans and manage employee engagement;
    • Ensure that human resource management responsibilities are carried out in a manner consistent with applicable legislation, collective agreements, terms and conditions of employment, and the Corporate Human Resource Management Policy Framework;
    • Service planning, including development of service standards, and ensuring accountability processes and performance management systems are in place; and
    • Identify underlying issues and implement effective

Qualifications

Applications for this position are limited to those who self-identify as Indigenous, with the required combination of education and experience.

  • Significant senior management/executive experience working with First Nations, Indigenous peoples and
  • Experience working with elected officials and/or ministers when dealing with complex projects and/or challenges, demonstrating an understanding of the political environment.
  • Experience representing government and consulting with local and federal governments, stakeholders, interest groups.
  • Significant recent experience at a senior executive level managing multi- disciplinary staff, project teams and budgets
  • A proven record of displaying and exercising sound judgment, diplomacy, tact and discretion in all relationships and interactions including in public
  • Experience in strategic financial management leveraging finance and corporate services.
  • Experience in strategic planning, formulating policy, strategies and business plans
  • Experience providing oversight of a major project(s) in a complex
  • Related university degree and/or significant senior progressive executive/senior management experience in leading and managing teams in a highly complex working environment.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledgeable in general government processes, legal and legislative proficiency, policy development acumen, engagement experience, and be capable of networking and relationship management.
  • A depth of knowledge of the UN Declaration, Constitution Act Section 35 (1), legislative and policy development, Indigenous peoples, and the colonial history and legacy in BC.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous history, culture and jurisprudence, negotiations, and the treaty process.
  • Committed to cross-government collaboration and dedicated to building and leading a highly effective, trusted, collaborative, professional and engaged
  • Proven progressive senior leadership skills, a strong business acumen, project management skills, and results orientation.
  • Outstanding skills in influence, persuasion, problem-solving and conflict

The appointee will be required to consent to a criminal record check.

Competencies

To achieve government’s Vision, the ADM must position and structure their organization to maximize its effectiveness. ADM’s practice strategic thinking in translating the vision to goals and strategies and support their accomplishment through facilitation and leading change.

The ADM demonstrates change Leadership in all of their responsibilities. ADM champions the achievement of intended, real change that advances Indigenous self-determination in British Columbia. It involves collaboratively developing and implementing progressive solutions. The ADM inspires others into new ways of thinking and doing business while energizing the transformation process and removing barriers to change.

In leading People, ADM must motivate, empower and lead employees to accomplish goals and objectives, rewarding high performance, promoting empowerment and developing their employees, providing opportunities for growth, and managing issues with their organization.

As a credible champion the ADM shows courage and conviction in advocating for change for the betterment through the implementation of the human rights of Indigenous peoples. This means stepping forward, from a place of respect and knowledge, to name and help advance needed change. This may mean challenging current business policies, practices and attitudes. A credible champion demonstrates outstanding performance as identified by Indigenous peoples and the public service.

Building a Trust Based Relationship requires the ADM to have a fundamental understanding that “relationship” is the foundation from which all activities happen and that building a good relationship takes both time and commitment. It relies upon demonstrated integrity and transparency. Building a trust-based relationship requires a high level of consciousness of the experience of Indigenous peoples with regards to Crown relations. It assumes that strengths, leadership and knowledge abound in Indigenous peoples, cultures, and communities.

BC Public Service Leadership Expectations

  • Be a model and advocate of the BC Public Service Values and Standards of Conduct in professionally serving government to the highest ethical
  • Be an active enabler of innovation and engagement as keys to maintaining and enhancing public trust and confidence.
  • Demonstrate foresight and understanding of our modern, digital context to better service citizens.
  • Be proactive, resilient, and nimble, taking thoughtful, calculated
  • Be biased to action and removing unnecessary complexity to deliver the best possible service and outcomes for
  • Act to improve the corporate capacity, capability, and commitment of the public service.

The professional values of the BC Public Service . . .

Courage, Teamwork, Curiosity, Service, Passion, Accountability

Always with integrity