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Manager, Indigenous Affairs

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Last Date: November 16, 2010

Manager, Indigenous Affairs
Vancouver Head Office - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, metallurgical coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK. Further information about Teck can be found at

We are currently seeking an individual in the role of:
Manager, Indigenous Affairs

Reporting to the Vice President, Sustainability, the Manager of Indigenous Affairs works with our business functions to represent the Company in communicating, consulting and establishing productive working relationships with Indigenous groups and communities in jurisdictions where we are active. In addition, the Manager provides leadership on behalf of Teck in promoting good practices throughout our business functions and across the mining and metals industry. Currently, we have operations and development projects in North and South America and explore globally.

The position is based in Vancouver with frequent travel to sites and communities.

• Manages the development of corporate policies related to Indigenous affairs and develops and manages strategies, internal procedures and plans of engagement with Indigenous peoples across the project life cycle.
• Assists sites to ensure compliance with Teck’s Environment, Health, Safety and Community Management Standards, especially, our Community and Indigenous Peoples Management Standard and Human Rights Management Standard, and any other relevant commitments.
• Supports sites to design appropriate Indigenous affairs programs including consultation plans, collection of traditional knowledge and baseline data on Indigenous groups, local content plans and community sustainability initiatives related to Indigenous Peoples.
• Support the enhancement of Indigenous content in employment and procurement where possible.
• Works with sites and local indigenous groups to design and make agreements and protocols such as Memorandums of Understanding, Traditional Knowledge and Consultation protocols and Impact and Benefit Agreements.
• Manages Teck’s internal Indigenous Affairs Working Group and coordinates internal training on Indigenous affairs for the purpose of professional development and sharing of best practices.
• Provides briefings and updates to corporate and project personnel on current law and policies related to Indigenous peoples.
• In collaboration with the Corporate Affairs Group, manages the promotion of Teck’s policies and performance related to Indigenous affairs through public engagement, media, Annual Report and Sustainability Report and participation in conferences and workshops and corporate sponsorship initiatives.
• Represents Teck in industry associations and government initiatives related to Indigenous affairs and leads Teck’s initiatives in public education related to promotion of collaborative work to advance the social and cultural goals and economic opportunities of Indigenous peoples in jurisdictions where Teck operates and across the mining and metals industry.
• Monitoring and reporting on matters related Indigenous affairs, including contribution to Teck’s quarterly and annual reporting cycles, and the writing and publication of information on Teck programs and activities.

Qualifications and Experience:

• Minimum 10 years of relevant professional work experience.
• Post-graduate education (e.g. Masters, PhD) in law, social sciences, Indigenous studies, sustainability, social/public policy or other related fields.
• Evidence of direct Indigenous affairs experience and knowledge of relevant approaches and methodologies and a detailed understanding of Indigenous issues, especially in Canada and the USA, and related to ILO 169, which has recently been ratified in Chile.
• Demonstrated success working with Indigenous groups and designing, managing and evaluating Indigenous strategies and programs.
• Familiarity of the extractives sector and Indigenous groups.
• Excellent cross-cultural communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills and experience of working with a broad range of people and groups.
• Experience of monitoring and reporting on initiatives and indicators.
• Results-oriented with excellent organizational, planning and decision making skills.
• Knowledge and experience of international principles and best practice related to Indigenous groups and mining eg ILO 169, FPIC, IFC Performance Standards, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), UN Global Compact, UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
• Experience and familiarity with interpreting contracts is an advantage
• Budgeting and resource management and planning experience
• Computer literacy in Microsoft programs and other IT programs
• Integrity, respect and solutions-focused with a commitment to participatory community and sustainable development.
• Language skills, especially Spanish, are desirable

Qualified candidates are requested to forward a cover letter and resume to  before November 16, 2010.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Your application to this posting is deemed to be your consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of personal information for the purposes of recruitment. Teck respects the privacy of all applicants and the confidentiality of personal information.


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