Position Title:
Sr. Indigenous Relations Advisor
Employment Status: Full Time Permanent
Category: UUWA
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Closing Date: 11/26/2017 12:00:00 AM


Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. Owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies that delivers sustainable electricity and utility services to customers worldwide. At AltaLink, we do everything in our power to attract and keep top-notch professionals. We are proud of our collaborative culture, expertise and world-class safety record. We are a best-in-class Canadian organization, proudly named one of Canada’s 10 most admired corporate cultures and designated as a Sustainable Electricity CompanyTM. We offer work with meaning, incredible opportunities for development, work life balance and opportunities to contribute to your community. Join our team! An opportunity currently exists for the position of Senior Indigenous Relations Advisor within the Customer and Stakeholder Engagement Department. This role requires an experienced and outgoing individual to lead the consultation process required for transmission projects and maintain Indigenous community relations for AltaLink’s operations and maintenance needs. Under the leadership and direction of the Manager of Indigenous Relations, the Senior Indigenous Relations Advisor is accountable for consultation activities and establishing relationships within communities for AltaLink’s electric transmission projects.


  • Coordinate the Indigenous consultation requirements for transmission projects.
  • Negotiate capacity funding and Traditional Land Use Assessment agreements.
  • Develop strong working relationships with Indigenous communities, Federal, Provincial and Municipal Regulators.
  • Develop consultation strategies and plans adhering to federal and provincial guidelines and direction, commensurate with project requirements.
  • Design and implement information sessions, open houses, advisory committee meetings or other such events required to ensure full consultation.
  • Consult directly with key community contacts to gather input on project proposals.
  • Proactively identify engagement opportunities, issues and communicate them to the project team.
  • Act as AltaLink’s witness or witness support for consultation issues at Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) hearings.
  • Prepare the Indigenous consultation portion of AUC Facility applications.
  • Participate in regional multi-stakeholder organizations.
  • Develop consultation budgets associated with projects.
  • Submit reports, applications or information needed to meet provincial and AUC regulatory requirements.
  • Identify mitigation strategies in collaboration with Indigenous communities.
  • Contribute to the development and execution of consultation strategies while enhancing corporate reputation and our ability to execute projects.
  • Manage and monitor project timelines.
  • Facilitate Traditional Land Use field assessments with Indigenous community designates, including organizing fieldwork logistics, implement safe work plans, transporting people and equipment, collect field data (field notes; Global Positioning System [GPS] sites), and general participation in all fieldwork activities.
  • Liaise with Indigenous community businesses, and our project managers and major contractors regarding participation of Indigenous businesses or workforce in project construction.

  • Qualifications

  • Degree in Social Sciences or equivalent education and experience, IAP2 certification considered an asset.
  • 7+ years’ experience in a related field (Indigenous Relations, Governance, Consultation, Traditional Land Use Assessments, Environment, Archaeology, Communications), with a minimum of 3 years direct experience in Indigenous Relations.
  • Experience in consultation on linear facilities.
  • Proven ability/experience in the above noted responsibilities.
  • Proven ability to work with Indigenous Communities, including Chief and Council, and consultation coordinators.
  • Experience with Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Land Use Assessments including work-plan development and implementation.
  • Knowledge and experience applying Alberta Indigenous Relations’ consultation policies and procedures.
  • Through training and/or experience, possess a broad understanding of current and historical Indigenous rights, case law and legal issues.
  • Able to successfully deal with controversial or politically sensitive issues, using sound judgement and problem solving skills.
  • Witness skills or similar background.
  • Background with land use and right-of-way issues.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong networking skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Proven ability to develop strong relationships with internal and external clients.
  • Valid driver’s license and be comfortable with highway driving.
  • Able to travel within Alberta and accommodate overnight stays.
  • Proven track record of good attendance and job performance. NOTE:
  • AltaLink employees should be aware that we may contact your manager during the selection process.
  • Please note some positions may require job specific assessments, regular criminal record checks, additional AltaLink training, medicals and annual drivers abstracts.
  • Please contact Hiring Manager or Recruiter for further clarification if required.
  • Only candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.

  • Only the candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.