Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Skwah First Nation
Chilliwack, British Columbia
Commensurate on qualifications and experience
Closing date
Oct 16, 2022

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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

About Sqwá (Skwah) First Nation

The Skwah First Nation is a member of the Pelhó'lxw (Pilalt) Tribe of First Nations situated along the Hope River. Skwah’s traditional village site is now known as Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack, BC and approximately one-third of our nation’s 660 citizens reside on Skwah’s main reserve located at the historic Chilliwack Landing, two kilometres west of our traditional village. Fishing, rodeo, and canoe have always been foundational parts of life within Skwah First Nation. Skwah’s Chilliwack Landing Preschool & Kindergarten has served the development of children within the community and surrounding area for forty years to help children reach their full potential. Our community is nearing completion of its Comprehensive Community Plan and is currently in process to develop and adopt our own land code within the First Nations Land Management Act.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

The Skwah First Nation is seeking a full-time, qualified Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), responsible for the management, administration and delivery of all Skwah First Nation programs and services in order to ensure that the needs of Band Members are met in a reasonable, effective and efficient manner.

The successful applicant will have significant and proven skills and abilities developed in a senior management role, preferably in a First Nation organization. The CAO maintains strict confidentiality in performing their duties and demonstrates the following personal attributes: Integrity, Respect, Trust, Honesty, Compassion, and Accountability.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Chief and Council, the CAO will oversee all the operations of the Band with the exception of the operations of any future Band-owned businesses. The CAO will ensure that all operations are conducted in a respectful and responsible manner, ensuring all decisions and actions are within the laws of the Band, British Columbia, and Canada, and in keeping with direction of Chief and Council.

The CAO is responsible for the management and direction of a staff of some 30 persons in the areas of Education, Social Development, Housing, Health, Capital Projects, Public Works, Forestry, Elders, and other programs as may be offered by the Band. They will also manage several large scale projects from proposal writing to reporting.

The CAO has a responsibility to communicate with other government departments and agencies, business and industry operation within the Traditional Territory, and to ensure that anyone operating on Skwah First Nation Indian Reserves complies with the legislation, policies and procedures of the Band, British Columbia, and Canada.


  • Degree in Business Management
  • CAPA designation an asset
  • Minimum 5 years experience in similar position
  • Experience compiling, analyzing, developing, and preparing data, reports, forecasts, and recommendations for Boards or Band Councils
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Human resource management experience
  • Familiarity with Band programs, regulations, practices, policies and procedures
  • Understanding of First Nation history, culture and contemporary issues is an asset
  • Working knowledge and experience in proposal and grant writing
  • Knowledge of financial and reporting requirements for ISC and other funding agencies


Salary Range: Commensurate on qualifications and experience.

Closing Date: Applications accepted until position is filled.

This is a full-time position. Candidates will be screened according to the qualifications listed. The CAO is considered a position of trust; therefore, a Criminal Record check must be successfully completed by the proposed candidate.

Interested candidates are required to submit a resume, cover letter, and three letters of reference. Candidates may also be required to submit to a criminal reference check. Faxed or emailed applications will also be accepted.

Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry.

Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter or resume: Skwah First Nation P.O. Box 178 Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 6H7 Phone: (604) 792-9204 Fax: (604) 792-1093 Email:

We regret that we will only respond to those applicants chosen for an interview. We thank all applicants for their interest.


Skwah First Nation also encompasses other lands: Skwahli which is situated across the slough, Skwahla which sits at the base of Little Mountain, and Schelowat which is agricultural land out in Rosedale. Skwah FN also shares the administration of the Grass Indian Reserve #5, Pekw’Xe:yles, and Skumalasph IR#16.


Chilliwack Landing Preschool has been teaching children from the community and surrounding areas for over 30 years, fostering the values of self-worth & self-preservation through the cultural connection within our children’s family traditions, elder teachings and community involvement. Our curriculum is all about ensuring our young children reach their full potential through the outstanding care and educational programming. We are an accredited school open to the community of Chilliwack and Sardis.

A great source of pride for Skwah First Nation is the River Spirit Canoe Club. Started and run by the Williams family, members compete and win regularly throughout BC and the north western states. They also work closely with School District #33, where students are introduced to traditional First Nations cultural teaching and experiences.

Find Us
(604) 792-9204
P.O. Box 178
V2P 6H7

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