November 28, 2022

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Career Opportunity: Manager of Economic Development

Shearwater Resort and Marina, acquired by the Heiltsuk Tribal Council in 2021, offers accommodations, ecotourism experiences, and marina services for travellers visiting the central coast. (Photo: Evangeline Clifton)

This is a permanent, full-time role reporting to the CFO. Coast Funds is a hybrid organization, with team members working out of our Vancouver office and remotely.

Are you looking for an opportunity to put your business and finance skills to work helping Indigenous communities build strong, sustainable local economies?

Coast Funds is hiring a Manager of Economic Development to work in partnership with First Nations to attract and develop proposals for businesses that create family-supporting jobs in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

In this role, you’ll support First Nations by identifying and developing proposals for start-ups, joint ventures, strategic acquisitions, and infrastructure development opportunities. For a closer look at the range of business opportunities First Nations are leading on, browse a list of Coast Funds’ economic development funding approvals.


The Opportunity

As a key member of a small, collaborative, and well-organized team, you’ll:

  • Work closely with First Nations to cultivate and prepare proposals for $2.5 million of annual investments in coastal economies.
  • Lead on due diligence and risk management processes for economic development funding and provide solid recommendations to Coast Funds’ Project Review Committee.
  • Analyze and evaluate the immediate and long-term impacts of project investments, contributing to Coast Funds’ community well-being outcomes data.
  • Support the CEO, CFO, and Director of Development with proposal writing, board briefings, and community and business engagement.

About You

Coast Funds is looking for a business or finance professional with a strong commitment to community-driven economic development.

  • You have completed a bachelor’s degree in business, commerce, or economics and have a few years of work experience in reviewing and creating business plans.
  • You are familiar with the needs and priorities of First Nation communities and have experience building high-trust relationships and supporting the development of entrepreneurs and community-owned businesses.
  • You are analytically inclined with proven experience in analyzing data, forecasting, and budgeting.
  • You are a team player who can be counted on for your financial acumen.
  • You want to work within a small, high-performing team of committed professionals.
  • Ideally, you have experience working at a consulting firm, government agency, or financial institution, where your financial analysis and reporting skills have helped you build relationships and succeed alongside clients and partners.
  • You are based in the Vancouver area and are open to occasional travel, by invitation, to coastal communities in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

About Us

Coast Funds is a globally recognized conservation finance organization that supports First Nations investing in sustainable economies and ecological stewardship.

Established in 2007 with funds from governments and private foundations, Coast Funds has approved $104.4 million in investments towards 427 conservation and sustainable economic development projects in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

Equity and diversity are essential to Coast Funds’ work and team culture. We believe that an open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.

Team and Benefits

Coast Funds offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes a flexible health and dental plan, RRSP contributions, and support for ongoing professional development.

Our small team includes professionals from a variety of backgrounds that share a commitment to serving First Nations with respect and accountability. Together, we’re working hard to support Indigenous-led solutions that strengthen coastal economies and protect lands, waters, and life in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

How to Apply

We’ve partnered with WMC to help us find our new Manager of Economic Development. To apply, submit your cover letter and resume through the WMC careers page. If you have questions about the role, please feel free to contact Kataneh Sherkat ([email protected]) or Max Mollineaux ([email protected]).

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.


We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Indigenous People, Canadians, and permanent residents will be given priority.