The Castlemain Group, Inc. BDT – Indigenous Commercial Fisheries Contract in Vancouver, BC

The Castlemain Group, Inc.

Branch Vancouver BC CA

BDT – Indigenous Commercial Fisheries
Vancouver, BC

Broad knowledge of government policy process; Familiarity with the business support programs of federal and provincial government;…

Business Development Team – Indigenous Commercial Fisheries

About Castlemain Group

Castlemain is proud to be Canada’s leading organization providing professional advisory services to and for Indigenous communities. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in the work we undertake.

We have a team of nearly two dozen employees and associates – economists, policy advisors, professional negotiators, governance experts, communications and social media professionals, digital experts, lawyers and land management specialists – who can advise and assist Indigenous organizations with virtually any economic, governance, social or communications issue or opportunity.

We have won awards and earned a great reputation for the work we do. We are proud of our team of gifted professionals and wonder if you might be the next to join us.

Business Development Team – Indigenous Commercial Fisheries

Under the direction of the Lead, Business Development Team (BDT), the BDT – Indigenous Commercial Fisheries member will provide comprehensive and hands-on advice and assistance to Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI) commercial fishing enterprises (CFEs) located throughout British Columbia.

This role will provide a range of business support to CFEs including guidance on strategic planning, business planning, business administration, project management, and fisheries business operations. In addition to working directly with CFEs, the incumbent will also contribute to broader organizational initiatives to support the BDT mandate, including conducting research, preparing documents, engaging with industry stakeholders, and keeping apprised of relevant programs and funding opportunities.

Job Duties

  • Provides business and administrative support to CFEs by developing strong relationships and acting as business advisors and advocates;
  • Engages in ongoing strategy and planning activities to help the CFE devise and evaluate business and operational goals and work toward carrying out an action plan.
  • Supports CFEs to identify and evaluate potential business opportunities,
  • Supports the development of business cases targeted toward PICFI funding opportunities including supporting the preparation of financial projections;
  • Assesses training and education needs and helps CFEs access appropriate training plan;
  • Develops CFE management practices documentation and tools, and provides guidance;
  • Provides operational support by offering advice, problem solving, coaching, and holding strategic sessions to work through issues;
  • Assists CFEs with PICFI applications and engages with CFEs on an ongoing basis;
  • Keeps apprised of CFE governance, management, planning and reporting in relation to the CFEs goals;
  • Keeps up to date with best practices and shares/engages with CFEs on best practices as appropriate;
  • Acts as a ‘connector’, linking CFEs to other CFEs, industry, non-governmental funders, etc. as appropriate; and
  • Contributes to internal projects as required.


  • A university degree in the Biology, Sciences, Business, Economics, Community Development, or Natural Resources/Fisheries; or equivalent education and work experience;
  • An in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges in this sector;
  • Five years of progressive experience working with Indigenous people at a community and/or political level, particularly in the areas of economic development and natural resources/fisheries;
  • Familiarity with the business support programs of federal and provincial government;
  • Availability to travel frequently within British Columbia, and out of Province occasionally;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous governance approaches and best practices;
  • Knowledge of performance standards and rural community development best practices;
  • Well-honed interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Broad knowledge of government policy process;
  • Strategic mindset balanced with operational proficiency;
  • Innovative strategic thinker with the ability to translate strategy into action plans and output;
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, and a high degree of professionalism;
  • High level of capability in the areas of analytical, research and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong organizational, project, program management skills, and remains calm under pressure;
  • Competence in computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations;
  • Strong research and analytical skills with a desire to learn and advance;
  • Proficient with web and literature searches, synthesizing data and analysis;
  • Effective attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy;
  • High level of integrity, confidentiality, and accountability;
  • Ability to respond appropriately in pressure situations with a calm and steady demeanor; and
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills.

Self-identifying as Indigenous, having first-hand knowledge or experience living in and/or working with an Indigenous community will be considered an asset.

Additional duties and responsibilities may be added or modified as required throughout the course of employment.

To apply, please send your resume together with a covering letter outlining how you meet the position requirements, your availability to interview in person, and your salary expectations to Teyem Thomas.

Deadline: Open until filled

Only those candidates who submit a covering letter and fulsome resume will be eligible to be short-listed and contacted for an interview. Thank you for your interest in working with us.

Job Type: Contract

Required experience:

  • Economic Development and Natural resources/Fisheries: 5 years
  • working with Indigenous communities: 5 years
  • Indigenous governance approaches and best practice: 1 year

Required education:

  • Bachelor’s

Job Location:

  • Vancouver, BC

Required language:

  • English

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Employment Type: Freelance
Location: Vancouver, BC, CA
Posted on: 2018-04-04
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