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Position #: 00000960
Regional Operations Division delivers client and natural resource management services across the province.
Services include land and resource management, natural resource authorizations and client services at many
locations across the province. The Thompson Rivers District offers integrated service delivery across a broad
range of values including forests, water and lands. The ministry is structured in 23 districts within eight regions
under the leadership of three geographically based Assistant Deputy Ministers.
Reporting to a Regional Executive Director (RED) the District Manager is accountable for sector-wide land and
resource management operations within a district.
Functions as a member of the ministry senior management team and as member of the regional
management team which governs regional ministry operations, accountabilities and resources.
Responsible for advising senior levels of government including Ministers, on local issues and
relationships sensitive to government interests.
Responds to clients and clients’ issues on behalf of the Minister, Deputy Minister, Assistant Deputy
Minister and RED.
Provides support to the RED and Assistant Deputy Minister through the provision of strategic advice
and development of solutions for complex and high profile resource operations issues occurring at the
district level.
Directs and contributes to the further development and management of a streamlined single point of
entry for clients and stakeholders to increase efficiency, and remove duplication, overlap, and barriers
that slow or discourage economic investment.
Contributes to enhancing protection, management and stewardship of natural resources including
ecosystems, water quality and quantity, fish and wildlife habitat and species at risk.
Ensures the maintenance of environmental standards and the fulfillment of statutory obligations
related to natural resource authorizations.
Supports the coordination and implementation of First Nations consultations related to resource use
Provides input to legislation/regulation development treaties and other First Nations agreements to
support operational requirements.
Contributes to the development and oversees the implementation of performance standards, service
levels and operations to meet ministry and regional goals and objectives.
Determines, secures and manages human and financial resources (e.g. budget development and
management), infrastructure, agreements and contracts required for district operations.
Implements change management and workforce strategies to ensure a competent and engaged work
force in a newly integrated environment.
Supervises staff of management and bargaining unit employees including assignment of work,
development and evaluation of performance plans, employee safety, approval of leave, response to
grievances and initiation of discipline processes.
Leads or oversees a variety of local sector planning groups, steering committees, task forces, etc.
Represents the ministry at public sector and industry forums at local, regional, and provincial levels.
Identifies, develops, consults and negotiates with key internal and external partners and stakeholders
to further district and regional objectives, and respond to emerging and potentially controversial policy
and operational issues.
Establishes priorities for resource allocation within the district and supports a region-based approach
to resource allocation.
Exercises assigned statutory decision-making authority and oversees staff in the exercise of assigned
statutory decision making authority under the following statutes: Land Act, Forest Act, Water Act, and
Forest and Range Practices Act, and other secondary acts and regulations.
Undergraduate degree in natural resource management or related studies and a minimum of 7 years
of related experience; or a Master’s degree in natural resource management in a related field and
minimum 5 years related experience; or a technical diploma in natural resource management and
minimum 10 years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience and ability to manage high profile issues involving diverse internal and
external stakeholders, provide strategic advice and develop creative solutions to complex problems.
Experience organizing, planning and managing complex and multiple projects concurrently to achieve
business goals.
Experience working within a matrix management structure where objectives are achieved by working
collaboratively across organizational boundaries.
Experience in financial and human resource management.
Preference may be given to applicants with the following:
o Five (5) or more years' experience in an operational management capacity including business
planning and performance management accountabilities.
o Five (5) or more years' experience leading, coaching and managing multi-disciplinary
professional and technical staff.
o Five (5) or more years' experience negotiating solutions, partnerships and agreements with
stakeholders and/or First Nations related to natural resource management.
 Must possess and maintain a valid Class 5 BC driver’s license.
 May be required to work irregular hours and at times, in remote locations, travel frequently and be oncall for operational emergencies.
 Must be willing to meet the transportation arrangements required by the ministry (i.e. travel in small
aircraft, helicopter, driving on natural resource roads, etc.)
 Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a
criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security
screening checks as required by the ministry.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Clear written and verbal communication skills.
1. Leadership implies a desire to lead others, including diverse teams. Leadership is generally, but not
always, demonstrated from a position of formal authority. The "team" here should be understood
broadly as any group with which the person interacts regularly.
2. Innovation indicates an effort to improve performance by doing or promoting new things, such as
introducing a previously unknown or untried solution or procedure to the specific area or organization.
3. Developing People involves knowledge and skills such as mentoring, performance evaluation and
feedback, career planning and coaching to enhance subordinates growth and development.
4. Promoting Empowerment involves knowledge and skills in using processes such as delegation and
information sharing to enhance subordinate ownership and empowerment over their task and
5. Creating and Managing Change involves knowledge and skills to manage in the organization through
setting direction and urgency, building a coalition of support, communicating widely, handling
resistance to change and facilitating implementation of successful change actions.
6. Designing Strategy and Structure involves knowledge and skills in the analysis of the environment, size
of the organization, strategy and use of technology.
7. Negotiating/Conflict Management involves knowledge and skills to engage in two-party/multi-party
negotiations and to facilitate third-party intervention or mediations into conflict situations.
8. Building Strategic Alliances involves knowledge and skills to engage in internal and external
stakeholder analysis and to negotiate agreements and alliances based on a full understanding of power
and politics.