The Public Works Manager is responsible for providing overall day-to-day management administration and delivery of the Public Works program and services, in a responsible and efficient manner.  The position is part of the overall management team in Tsawout. 



  • Develops strategic guidance and planning tools for the TFN PW program, including developing the five-year strategic PW plan; annual operations work-plans;
  • Establishes and achieves program deliverables for PW services based on the TFN’s overall strategic plan and operating goals for each fiscal year;
  • Plans, organizes, reviews, and directs the development and implementation of projects and/or activities to the appropriate employees; coordinates and provides activities status reports; ensures all projects are completed on time and on budget;
  • Negotiates and reviews contracts and agreements with workers or consultants hired to assist the work of the Public Works department;
  • Develops and administers the annual budget, in consultation with the Comptroller, for the Public Works department and participates in the TFN’s annual budget process; reviews financial reports on a monthly basis, in consultation with the Comptroller and forwards to the Band Manager for review;
  • Prepares funding proposals; ensures programs and services are adequately funded and that reports required by any funding or partner agencies are completed and forwarded as per agreed to format, timelines and contract requirements, as applicable;
  • Prepares and executes annual work plans within budget for the operation and maintenance of Nation physical assets;
  • Develop administrative systems and procedures (information/filing systems) for departmental objectives;
  • Manages, monitors, and approves all expenditures within spending authority; ensures expenditures made are within budgetary parameters and prepare any internal reporting required;
  • Accountable for the fiscal soundness and cost effectiveness of the PW department’s operations. Monitors and implements appropriate intervention to achieve operational budget targets;
  • Develops and manages repairs and maintenance schedules, operations of the water systems, policy development, funding and other financial issues related to these aspects of the operation;
  • If required, performs day to day maintenance, repairs and renovations on TFN properties (buildings, water systems and roads) units including, but not limited to minor plumbing and maintaining pipes and drainage, carpentry, general contracting, renovating, electrical, and masonry, concrete and asphalt work, pavement laying, road patching and maintenance; Operates power tools and equipment;
  • Works collaboratively with other members of the management team. Contributes to identifying, developing and implementing strategic initiatives, policies, plans, and programs necessary for the successful operation of the TFN;
  • Executes departmental human resource related initiatives including staff selection, setting strategies and objectives, prioritizing work, ensuring proper training, completing annual performance reviews and plans, encouraging employee professional development, discipline, and resolution of labour relations issues;
  • Ensures that the department’s productivity and performance standards are met. Continuously strives to improve departmental operational efficiencies and workflows;
  • Continually monitors areas of responsibility for opportunities for improvement and innovation and works proactively to implement these. Identifies new trends and possibilities for the provision of exemplary services; evaluates and coordinates long term planning for Public Works services and makes recommendations to the Band Manager. Identifies and pursues funding through existing and new funding sources;
  • Prepares, submits and reports on programs, special projects, and other statistical reports accurately and in a timely manner to ensure that the budget requirements are being met, as required by the Band Manager, Chief and Council, management team and stakeholders;
  • Plans, revises, and implements policies, standards, procedures, and practices relating specifically to the delivery of PW services;
  • Interacts with TFN employees and community as well as external stakeholders; and communicates and responds to routine requests or inquiries from staff and stakeholders;
  • Ensures that service quality standards are maintained and consistently delivered in all areas of responsibility;
  • Applies principles of change management to assist staff to meet organizational and departmental requirements;
  • Serves as the TFN’s Public Works services expert and sits on committees, attends meetings, fields telephone calls and emails, and represents the TFN to various stakeholders;
  • Builds and maintains partnerships with potential and existing stakeholders and contractors to provide support for new programs and initiatives;
  • Attends and participates in management meetings and initiatives; chairs various meetings as required;
  • Presents a professional, positive and helpful attitude at all times;
  • Promotes a safe workplace; ensures that all established safety procedures are followed;
  • Carries out other duties essential to the position as directed by the Band Manager.


  • Red Seal journeyman tradesperson an asset; or
  • Degree or Diploma in Facilities Management, Planning, or Engineering an asset;
  • Minimum 5 years experience in the public works or construction industry;
  • Minimum 5 years experience in building maintenance and repairs including basic carpentry and plumbing;
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience of management and public administration is preferred;
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience managing, directing and leading employees; and liaising with various regulatory agencies;
  • Experience developing a variety of written reports, policy and procedures, analyses, presentations and other documentation;
  • Experience developing, managing and controlling operating budgets;
  • Experience managing projects;
  • Experience operating small water systems is preferred;
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification an asset;
  • Experience operating large heavy equipment an asset.


  • Valid Class 5 driver’s licence, a clean driver’s abstract and reliable vehicle is required;
  • Valid standard first aid and CPR certificate an asset;
  • Clean criminal record is required.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Thursday September 29, 2022 (4:00 PM) 

Submit cover letter (including salary expectations) and resume using one of the methods below:


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Teresa Tuohy,
Executive Assistant
Tsawout First Nation
7728 Tetayut Rd. Saanichton, BC
V8M 2C3


Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.

We thank all interested applicants, however, only those short-listed will be contacted for an interview.