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Indigenous Program Manager

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (SWG) and the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers’ Circle Inc. (SAWCI) are partnering to fill the full-time position of Indigenous Program Manager. This position will be based in Saskatoon within an Indigenous professional office environment.

As a programming manager, you bring proven leadership in managing and liaising with staff and stakeholders for SWG and SAWCI programs. Your administrative, financial and programming experience work towards the creation and delivery of inspiring and engaging experiences for a diverse writing community in Saskatchewan.

Your demonstrated skills and experiences include budgeting and fiscal management, human resources, grant writing, sponsorship, marketing, and fundraising. You are an outstanding communicator with the ability to work collaboratively across a diverse cultural community including major funders, cultural agencies, and organizations.

If you feel you have the experience and background that would make you a competitive candidate for this position, please submit your resume and references, along with a cover letter to Tracy Hamon, Executive Director of SWG, and Lisa Bird-Wilson, Chair of SAWCI at info@skwriter.com no later than EXTENDED - February 3, 2020. This position is intended for an Indigenous person; please clearly self-declare in your cover letter. 

This is an out-of-scope position, with comprehensive benefits after three-months. Compensation is commensurate with qualifications. The SWG appreciates all responses to this competition; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Position: Indigenous Program Manager
Accountability: The Indigenous Program Manager reports to the Executive Director, SWG and Chair, SAWCI.
General Information

The Indigenous Program Manager ensures effective delivery of the SWG and SAWCI’s Indigenous provincial programs. The Indigenous Program Manager is an integral part of the management team of the SWG and for SAWCI and is a liaison of both organizations to the community. This role provides leadership in cultural awareness and protocols to our organizations’ membership and the community-at-large.
General description 
Reporting to the Executive Director of the SWG and the Chair of SAWCI, the Indigenous Program Manager’s immediate supervisor and primary liaison is the SWG Program Manager. The Executive Director reviews his/her performance. The Indigenous Program Manager liaises with Indigenous writers, networks with First Nation and Métis communities, establishes and maintains productive partnerships with stakeholders, funders and other relevant organizations, seeks funding through grant applications and sponsorships, provides programs and programming support as necessary, and maintains databases of relevant information in accordance with the SWG’s policies and practices. The Indigenous Program Manager also assists the Program Manager and other program staff to facilitate SWG programs and services.
Key Proficiencies
  • Program planning and evaluation experience
  • Grant writing experience and success 
  • Strong leadership and supervisory experience
  • Success in promoting programs
  • Knowledge of Indigenous literature, publishing and of the literary arts scene in the Indigenous community in Saskatchewan is a must 
  • Awareness of First Nations & Métis cultures and languages 
Key Responsibilities

  • Completes grants to secure programming
  • Sources new funding opportunities
  • Meets contractual obligations with the granters to ensure compliance  
  • Participates in the development of the SWG’s and SAWCI overall program plans
  • Develops, delivers, monitors, and evaluates Indigenous programs and service events and special projects in accordance with SWG and SAWCI policies and plans
  • Oversees Indigenous programming by all programming staff within the context of the SWG and SAWCI policies, procedures and strategic plans
  • Liaises and assists committees, volunteers, and committee work
  • Liaises and assists contract workers within the parameters to meet SWG and SAWCI commitments
  • Liaises with external partners, stakeholders for outreach and support
  • Creation of and compliance of budgets for most programs and assists for overall programming budgets to contribute to financial accountability and to support transparency 
  • Verifies and authorizes expense payments for programs and events
  • Monitors and collects revenues from committed funding sources
  • Reports on accountabilities such as financial, statistical, in compliance with SWG and SAWCI policies and procedures, and contractual obligations 
  • Hold discussions and forums with the Indigenous community regarding programming
  • Implements contracts to ensure proper protocols are followed
  • Responsibility to contribute and collaborate with other SWG and SAWCI staff and stakeholders
  • Ensure effective and efficient delivery of all Indigenous services and non-programming events
  • Research potential markets and information on the business of writing for Indigenous participants
  • Determine cultural awareness protocols and connections to implement Indigenous programming
  • Advocates on behalf of stakeholders and the organization, funders, and other external stakeholders, to ensure prominence, funding and to further the awareness of the SWG and SAWCI mandates 
  • Promotes programs, awards and services within both organizations’ communication policies to support program success and enhance organizational awareness
  • Develops and sustains viable partnerships and networks within the Indigenous cultural community 
  • Write and distribute materials for related documentations
  • Participates and contributes to strategic decisions of both organizations
  • Supports a strong leadership team 
  • Supervises and oversees contractual personnel 

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