Director Emergency Management

May 05, 2024

Job Opportunity: Director Emergency Management

Who We Are

The Mikisew Cree First Nation (Mikisew) has lived on the ancestral lands of the Athabasca Delta and Wood Buffalo National Park in northeastern Alberta since time immemorial. The lives of our members are linked to the land and to a close understanding of traditions, history and a natural way of life. Many of our members live in the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, and our traditional lands range over a large portion of Athabasca oil sands deposits. For nearly 30 years, Mikisew Group, our wholly owned business arm, has worked toward the long-term, sustainable economic progress of our Nation and its members through employment and significant investments in education, training, social programs and infrastructure.

Who You Are

Mikisew is currently seeking a dedicated and compassionate Director of Emergency Management to enhance the Nation’s coordination of its emergency management capacity and response to activities that include planning, preparedness, and response to emergency events e.g. – natural disasters, pandemics, severe weather events and crisis response, and establish an emergency management team comprised of staff and community members and coordinate education to MCFN entities in community emergency events.

This is a one-year contract position based in Fort McMurray or Fort Chipewyan with the possibility to extend to full-time based on securing a longer-term commitment from the government. The Anticipated start date is May 2024.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Build Partnerships with federal, provincial, municipal and NGOs (Red Cross).
  • Assist in enhancing community emergency management capacity and host training sessions on preparedness and planning.
  • Assist in developing  communications material and presenting to communities on emergency management.
  • When appropriate, assist with implementing the individual participating community’s emergency management plans.
  • Participate in training workshops, and mentoring, as identified in the personal learning plan.
  • Assist in drafting funding proposals, filling out funding applications, helping to coordinate and allocate emergency management-related funding and ensuring that all reports are completed on time.
  • Support in maintaining the following:
    • Up to date and practiced all emergency preparedness plan (EPP)
    • List all EPP partners for each member community (Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray, Fort Smith)
    • List of stakeholders for every section of member communities EPP work plan.
    • Policies and Procedures
    • Detailed meeting reports (agendas, minutes)
    • Plans/Progress reports for EPP plan development/updating.
    • Summary of outstanding issues related to EPP in each community for emergencies/outbreaks.
    • Assessment/evaluation of preparedness in emergency scenarios.
    • Needs assessment of a community in terms of readiness of response capacity.
    • Federal and Provincial agreements and NGO’s concerning roles and responsibilities in crisis events.
    • Training in Emergency Preparedness.
  • Support undertaking threat, risk, and vulnerability assessments (TRVA) and making mitigation recommendations, including performing ongoing environmental scans and TRVAs for food security/safety, warming shelters, backup generators, and demographics (vulnerable populations).
  • Other duties as required.


  • Possess a minimum grade 12 education with two years of supervisory experience and/or a combination of education and experience.
  • Completion (or willingness to complete) formal training or qualifications in emergency management.
  • Must participate in emergency management workshops and conferences to keep skills updated and share their gained knowledge with the MCFN emergency management team and community members. Following four phases of emergency management.
  • Must have or obtain within six months of hire First Aid/CPR certification and maintain such.
  • Previous experience in emergency planning, preparedness, and response to emergency events e.g. natural disasters, pandemics, severe weather events and crisis response, mitigation, recovery, response preparedness.
  • Experience preparing situation reports.
  • Knowledge of emergency management theories and principles.
  • Ability to analyze information, make appropriate recommendations and provide advice to Mikisew Cree First Nation.
  • Experience providing advice and recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Ability to maintain composure and be a calming influence.
  • Experience working within First Nations Communities.
  • Ability to work with various levels of government, First Nations and communities and partners.
  • Excellent work ethic within First Nations communities.
  • Prior public speaking and/or workshop facilitation experience.
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills

Other Requirements

  • Possess a valid Class 5 AB driver’s license and own or access to a vehicle.
  • Willingness and ability to travel as required.
  • Willingness and ability to work after hours and/or weekends and be on-call when required.
  • Willingness to submit to an oath of confidentiality.
  • Successful Completion of Criminal Record Check.
  • Willing to work flexible schedule. Combination of working remotely, in-office, and at community locations.
  • Must be fluent in English and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong working knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office Software is essential.
  • Strong understanding of available community and government resources.
  • Ability to provide clear, precise information to Leadership and members.
  • Ability to speak and/or understand the Cree language (or another applicable First Nation language) would be beneficial.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

How to Apply

If you or someone you know is interested, please send your resume to

Application deadline is until a suitable candidate is found.

We thank all who apply but we will only be contacting those selected for an interview. Thank you!