Job Posting – White River Forest Products LP & White Lake Limited Partnership: Aboriginal Human Resources Officer

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The White River Forest Products LP & White Lake Limited Partnership are seeking a highly motivated, qualified and committed professional to fill an immediate vacancy for:  Aboriginal Human Resources Officer

Position Description

The Aboriginal Human Resources Officer works under the direction of the White River Forest Products General Manager, Pic Mobert First Nation CEO and/or respective designates;  this position will be an employee of the White Lake Resources Corp but will be located in the White River Sawmill.

Classification: One year contract with the potential to move to full-time, permanent, following the initial term of employment and successful completion of applicable probationary reviews as evidenced by a positive performance appraisal completed by the General Manager of WRFPL and the CEO of the Pic Mobert First Nation, and/or their designates.

Reports To:             CEO, White Lake Limited Partnership

Compensation: To be determined based on qualifications, education and experience

Authority: Recommend to White River Forest Products LP and Pic Mobert policies and procedures to encourage and promote opportunities for aboriginal people in the WRFP operations.

Position Summary:

The Aboriginal Human Resources Officer is a new position created through a unique partnership of White River Forest Products LP and the White Lake Limited Partnership (Pic Mobert First Nation), mandated to:

Priorities:

  1. Support the development and maintenance of a positive and inclusive working environment for Aboriginal People within the operations of the White River sawmill, with a view to supporting the development of a highly skilled, committed and productive long-term workforce to support all aspects of mill operations.  
  2. Accountable for encouraging and supporting Aboriginal People (with a special focus on Band and community members of the Pic Mobert Nation, a founding shareholder of White River Forest Products LP), to seek, secure and retain employment with White River Forest Products LP through a number of key activities:
    1. Build awareness of current and future employment and employment advancement opportunities among current and prospective employees from the Pic Mobert First Nation, particularly among Aboriginal youth;
    2. Contribute to the development and implementation of a recruitment and selection process such that is considerate of and encouraging for Aboriginal employees;
    3. Promote awareness, knowledge and sensitivity within the larger company workforce of Aboriginal issues, cultures and communities so as to support a tolerant and respectful work environment that is based on equality and free of racism;
    4. Act as an advisor, resource person and support for Aboriginal employees who may be experiencing work-place based challenges or aspirations, with a view to maintaining and advancing in their employment – this may include investigating issues, consulting with employees on a one-on-one basis, meeting with, discussing and seeking effective resolution of issues by meeting with supervisors and management and/or sitting in on meetings with employees in the capacity of advisor and facilitator of issues resolution;
    5. Providing instruction and advisory support to employees on their responsibilities and rights under applicable legislation, regulations, company policies and procedures and collective agreements;
    6. Represent Aboriginal interests and issues in matters involving the Steelworkers Union and its applicable agreements with White River Forest Products LP;
    7. Assisting employees to identify, develop and implement career development/advancement plans for their employment with supervisors and management, along with related organizations as appropriate;
    8. Participating as a member of the governing committee for the White River Forest Products-Pic Mobert First Nation Economic Development “Trust”;
    9. Acting as a liaison, positive communications and working relationships, between White River Forest Products LP and the Pic Mobert First Nation’s Chief and Council and various departments and staff, on matters related to Aboriginal employment;
    10. Researching, proposing, developing and implementing special programs and projects that are supportive of achievement of the above noted activities and accountabilities (e.g. student placements, job fairs, cooperative placements, special projects, events, etc.);
    11. Promote & celebrate success stories.

Qualifications:

The Employee must demonstrate knowledge, experience and competencies in the following:

  • An in-depth understanding of and compassion for Aboriginal Peoples, history, culture, communities and the unique challenges of Aboriginal People in entering and sustaining employment;
  • Positive and effective advocacy skills;
  • Strong facilitation and conflict resolution skills;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Proficient in both oral and written communication;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Attention to detail and deadline driven;
  • Strong MS Office skills;
  • Ability to multitask;
  • Customer service oriented;
  • Diploma in HR or Certificate in Human Resource Management (preferred) or other related education and/or an equivalent or related education, training and work experiences;
  • Minimum of 2 – 3 years of experience in an HR Coordinator/Generalist role;
  • Experience in the forest industry or an industrial environment is considered an asset;
  • CHRP designation or in process is considered an asset;
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable automobile.

The Pic Mobert First Nation believes that it is essential that its employees are role models of healthy lifestyles and as such candidates must be willing to complete a health assessment, pre-employment and occasional drug testing, and provide a criminal records cheque (CPIC) as a condition of employment. An initial drug test must be submitted prior to commencing employment.

Also, due to the extensive responsibilities of this position and high potential for conflict of interest in dealing with matters concerning local social housing, the Aboriginal Human Resources Coordinator must be fully dedicated to their duties and as such may not run for nor hold an elected office on the Pic Mobert First Nation Band Council during their term of employment in this position.

If you are interested, please send a current resume and cover letter by October 11st, 2017 to:  Norm Jaehrling, Pic Mobert CEO, P.O. Box 717, 207  2nd Street,  Pic Mobert, Ontario, P0M 2J0   Or email: jaehrlingssm@gmail.com

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Lana Lawrence at (807) 822-2134.

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