Capacity Development Manager

Capacity Development Manager

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Author pmnationtalk
Date December 20, 2020
Type Full Time
Company First Nations Financial Management Board
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Business / Management
Client First Nations Financial Management Board
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Capacity Development Manager

The First Nations Financial Management Board (The FMB) is Canada’s only legislated body that develops and publishes First Nations Financial Management and Financial Performance Standards and upon request certifies First Nations compliance to those standards. The FMB is an Aboriginal institution that provides a suite of financial management tools and services to First Nations governments seeking to strengthen their fiscal stewardship and accountability regime and develop necessary capacity to meet their expanding fiscal and financial management requirements.

The FMB is one of the First Nation institutions created through the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA).  This federal legislation is designed primarily to provide participating First Nations with the tools and capacity needed to facilitate their participation in long-term pooled borrowing through the Capital Markets – on a similar basis as other governments in Canada – to support their social and economic development objectives.

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Reporting to the Senior Capacity Development Manager, for the Ontario and Atlantic Regional, the Capacity Development Manager works with First Nation clients, providing support during the financial management system (“FMS”) pre-certification phase; managing all capacity development activities and engagements in order to secure client FMS certifications.


  • Develop relationships with assigned clients that have secured their FAL and FP certification in order to promote, build trust and secure buy-in for FMS certification;
  • Support First Nation FAL and FP certified clients to achieve FMB certification. “Support” in this context means facilitating, enabling, motivating, educating, and may take the form of:
    • facilitating the completion of a financial management system readiness assessment;
    • assisting with the identification of priorities and the preparation of a work plan;
    • providing guidance and interpretation in relation to the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, FMB standards, and any resource materials provided;
    • delivery of capacity development resources, including on-site or regional educational and awareness workshops; and
    • follow-up progress monitoring and providing encouragement.
  • Assist First Nations in promoting the change management principles required to achieve FMS certification;
  • Ensure the development of capacity building resources, such as internal control tools and templates, webinars, tutorials, workshops and a roster of third-party contacts and resources, all which will assist clients in achieving FMS certification;
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to identify and assist with the implementation of leading practice capacity development delivery methods;
  • Assist clients in managing third party contracts and funding agreements relating to capacity development;
  • Ensure relevant research is conducted on internal control capacity development and change management methodologies, tools, processes and resources;
  • Manage and develop relationships with third party contractors, external researchers and academic institutions including AFOA Canada to conduct the development and facilitation of delivery mechanisms for FMB training courses with educational institutions, Aboriginal organizations and other stakeholders;
  • Apprise Senior Manager of Capacity Development and Intervention and Director of Capacity Development and Intervention of all Intervention activities;
  • Oversee the development and delivery of presentations to FAL compliance and FP certified clients interested in becoming FMS clients; and
  • Where appropriate, deliver presentations and coordinate FMB presence at national and regional conference.


  • Professional accounting designation (CPA, CA, CGA, CMA, CIA) preferred;
  • Post- secondary (undergraduate) degree required;
  • Minimum of five years of experience planning and conducting internal or external audits of internal control over financial reporting or similar;
  • Knowledge and understanding of First Nations and Indigenous governments and organizations;
  • Knowledge of First Nations-related intervention policies, procedures and practices;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and relationship skills;
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively and to work effectively in a fast paced environment;
  • Proven experience in being hard working, diligent, mature, business-focused, detailed without losing sight of the larger picture and operationally engaged;
  • Willing to travel to remote locations;
  • Willing and able to work outside of regular business hours;
  • Bilingualism an asset (French).

Work conditions

This position:

  • Is based in Ottawa, Ontario;
  • Requires extensive national travel (travel ban currently in place due to COVID);
  • Some evening and weekends may be required.

What we offer:

We offer a range of benefits to employees, including:

  • Competitive salary
  • Work-life balance
  • Generous annual vacation
  • Employer paid extended benefits (life insurance, disability, medical and dental)
  • Matching contribution in a group RRSP
  • Subsidized training
  • Opportunities for career growth

FMB is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes and celebrates the diversity of all First Nations and people across Canada. We are an inclusive organization that treats all employees equally. As a First Nations Organization, applicants of aboriginal descent are highly encouraged to apply.

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