Employment Opportunity: Administrative Assistant

June 1, 2022


SCO is a growing and dynamic regional Indigenous organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 81,000 citizens in southern Manitoba. SCO was established 23 years ago by the Chiefs as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

SCO is developing a regional traditional governance model, as it works to restore original citizenship, language, laws, institutions, ceremonies, protocols, and procedures of governance and repair more than 150 years of colonization to fully restore the Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations.

The model developed, respects the autonomy of the 34 First Nations that comprise SCO and involves defining how individual First Nation decisions and processes intersect with regional decisions and processes. This complex process of aggregation requires a multi-year phased approach and comprehensive community planning to create a shared future vision. 

SCO will:

  • Support Anishnaabe and Dakota nationhood and build unity.
  • Assist SCO in strengthening Anishnaabe and Dakota Nations to take on greater sectoral responsibilities, and ultimately self-determination and self-governance.
  • Identify agreement among SCO members on strategic Nation-level priorities for action and approaches to issues.
  • Enhance SCO’s ability to provide input on legislation, policies, and programs so that they are more reflective of Anishnaabe and Dakota perspectives.
  • Increase capacity for SCO to address and resolve issues at a nation-to-nation level. 

SCO provides competitive compensation and an excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.


Reporting to and supporting the Director of Nation Rebuilding of the Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO), the incumbent is responsible for providing daily administrative support to the Nation Rebuilding department/project when needed. Must have awareness and knowledge of the administrative role and responsibilities.

  • Reception desk coverage.
  • Assists with questions and problems courteously and promptly.
  • Receives and screens telephone calls via switchboard.
  • Filters incoming and outgoing mail and emails.
  • Faxing/photocopying and filing.
  • Maintains paper filing of correspondence.
  • Type’s memos, minutes, and letters as requested.
  • Set up meetings and coordinates meetings and workshops for management and staff.
  • Coordinates travel arrangements as required.
  • Obtains and conveys information as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High School graduate or equivalent; additional related training preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing administrative support to management.
  • Must have demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal culture and traditions.
  • Able to operate standard business equipment including fax, photocopier, computers, etc.
  • Must be attentive to detail with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written/oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to work independently and under pressure.
  • Keyboarding skills at a minimum of 50 wpm.
  • Ability to work at an intermediate level in MS Office, including MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and the Internet.
  • Must be a team player, challenged by working in an environment of change and a believer in excellence.


  • Must provide current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • All successful candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • A valid Class 5 MB Driver’s License, must have access to a reliable vehicle for business travel.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, June 17, 2022, at 4:30 PM CST

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three work related references to:

Human Resources
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0L4
Fax: (204) 946-1869 | hr@scoinc.mb.ca

*Please note resumes without a cover letter will not be considered complete*

Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates

Please self-identify as First Nations in your cover letter

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected will be contacted for further consideration.