Community Relations Manager

Skeena Resources Limited is a Canadian mining exploration company focused on revitalizing the past-producing Eskay Creek gold-silver mine located in Tahltan Territory in the Golden Triangle of northwest British Columbia with additional development projects and properties in our portfolio. Eskay Creek was the highest-grade gold mine in the world when it was in production from 1994 - 2008. Skeena is aggressively advancing Eskay Creek to have a full Feasibility Study completed by the end of 2021.

As a Skeena employee, you will become part of a dynamic, innovative, and results-driven work environment. You will be given assignments that will challenge your skillset while working alongside employees with diverse backgrounds and cultures. We value Health and Safety, the Environment, and the Communities within which we operate, and work collaboratively with our Indigenous partners, leveraging their traditional knowledge and respect for the land. By joining our team, you will become part of an organization driven by opportunity, entrepreneurship, and results.

Job Posting: Community Relations Manager

Reporting directly to the Vice-President Sustainability, the Community Relations Manager will be responsible for the Indigenous and community relations aspects of Skeena Resources’ projects, and for designing and implementing processes, programs and communications that result in positive and sustainable results for local Indigenous Nations and nearby communities. The role will be based out of the successful candidates point of hire (home office) and require frequent travel (public health guidance considered) to communities in Northwestern British Columbia (Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake, Iskut, Smithers, Terrace).
The Community Relations Manager is the primary community relations resource to service the Skeena operational field sites and development project activities. This position works directly with local Indigenous partners, local municipalities, and stakeholder groups to design and implement community relations programs that support Skeena’s mission, vision, and values.

The Community Relations Manager performs a wide range of duties including some or all the following:

• Coordinate, track and manage internal and external reporting obligations and commitments;
• Review deliverables to ensure alignment with community expectations and interests;
• Coordinate and participate in the execution of community engagement events, tours and/or functions;
• Participate and monitor site-level data on social performance and risk management, such as baselines and impact assessments, risk registers, engagement tracking and management plans;
• Considers risks; communicating, managing, and mitigating as they arise;
• Participate in negotiations with Indigenous government and organizations;
• Responsible for the design and implementation of community programs and partnerships, consistent with Skeena Resources Limited policies, site realities and community priorities;
• Maintain Skeena’s overall relationship with local Indigenous communities, in keeping with our started values;
• Develop strategic plans, programs, and tools to support continuous improvement to the community relations function that align with the site and Corporate needs;
• Responsible for identifying and implementing outreach programs to our community partners to achieve the goals and commitments of any community agreements;
• Work closely with the Skeena Human Resources and Payroll staff to develop strong tracking, analytics, and reporting of Skeena’s employment diversity metrics;
• Assist in sourcing Indigenous candidates for employment opportunities;
• Participate in presentations to Indigenous leadership and community members with respect Skeena operations and future plans;
• Provide quarterly information sessions, or more frequently if requested, as it pertains to positive community interactions, donations, partnership opportunities, outreach programs, training initiatives, business opportunities, etc.;
• Inform Skeena Senior Management of any grievances and any unresolved issues identified by Indigenous members, including barriers to employment;
• Make recommendations to Skeena senior Management respecting workplace retention of Indigenous community members;
• Develop and implement in partnership with local Indigenous partners a framework for cross cultural training, regular training and included in the onsite orientations provided to all new employees;
• Develop and maintain tracking systems to monitor and gather feedback on community agreement obligations;
• Perform all other related duties as required.

Qualifications & Requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, social sciences, sustainable community development, social work, sustainability, public health, participatory research, and/or economic development may be considered;
• Minimum of 5 years of direct experience in rural communities with an emphasis on working with Indigenous peoples and focus on community engagement, and/or community development;
• Must have past experience in Mining or other resource extraction industry;
• Knowledge and understanding of the culture and history of Northern B.C. Indigenous Nations;
• Knowledge of relevant approaches and methodologies with a detailed understanding of social and community issues;
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills, which includes being comfortable and effective at communicating complex technical knowledge and concepts to other staff, clients, regulatory agencies, and project stakeholders;
• Excellent written, and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills, including active listening, public speaking, and dialogue;
• Proven ability to identify and manage social risks;
• Demonstrated planning, organizing, meeting facilitation and program design experience;
• High degree of initiative, self-motivation, accountability, and independent judgment
• Familiarity with relevant BC and federal legislation and regulations (e.g., WorksafeBC guidelines, Mines Act, Occupational Health and Safety Legislation)
• Adaptable to change, ability to operate in less than perfect conditions and with less than perfect information at times;
• Ability to work with minimal guidance (Must be self-directed);
• Actively seek opportunities to recognize health and safety hazards, resolve safety issues, and work to mitigate associated risks in the workplace;
• Must be able to travel independently and safely to remote communities in Northwest BC; and
• Must be legally entitled to work in Canada;

The job is in a fast paced, and at times stressful working environment, with having to manage multiple competing priorities. This job will require the incumbent to be able to travel and work in locations outside of their home-based office. This job requires the incumbent to be away from home for periods of time.

To apply by email, send your cover letter and resume in Word or PDF format to, by 4:00 pm May 11th, 2021.

Include your NAME and the JOB TITLE in the subject line of your e-mail response.

Priority hiring consideration will be given to Indigenous Nations members who reside within the territories our projects are located. We thank all candidates for their interest however only those considered for an interview will be contacted

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Date Posted: April 27, 2021
Closing Date:
Vancouver, BC