Core Functions

The Eeyou Marine Region Planning Commission (EMRPC) is seeking a Director, responsible for running the day-to-day EMRPC operations, liaising and coordinating with the EMRPC Chairperson and Commissioners, managing staff and external consultants, and overseeing the land use planning activities of the Commission.

Managerial Responsibilities:

  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the EMRPC
  • Hiring, general direction, coordination, and evaluation of EMRPC staff
  • Managing contracts with external consultants
  • Providing coordination, support, and assistance to the Chairperson for EMRPC meetings
  • Working with the EMRPC accountant to track, manage, and report on the commission’s finances throughout the year
  • Prepare, monitor, and report on the progress and implementation of the EMRPC annual work plans
  • Ensuring that the EMRPC operates in a manner consistent with their policies and procedures
  • Liaising with the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement implementation committee

Land Use Planning Responsibilities

  • Overseeing the land use planning work for the EMRPC
  • Advising, assisting, and collaborating closely with the EMRPC staff and consultants, as well as collaborating with researchers and other entities such as the Eeyou Marine Region (EMR) Wildlife Board, EMR Impact Review Board, Nunavik Marine Region Planning Commission, Cree First Nations, Eeyou Planning Commission, and the Cree Nation Government
  • Overseeing work to develop, finalize, and implement a land use plan for the Eeyou Marine Region (EMR), including developing specific planning goals and objectives, and plan zoning and direction in accordance with the EMRLCA and EMR planning work to date
  • Working with the Nunavik Marine Region Planning Commission to ensure land use planning is harmonized for the Eeyou Marine Region – Nunavik Marine Region joint zone
  • Overseeing the planning and implementation of engagement sessions and hearings to support the development, review, and approval of a land use plan for the EMR
  • Working with the EMR Impact Review Board to ensure that land use planning and impact review processes for the EMR are aligned and effective

Other Responsibilities:

  • Representing the EMRPC with co-management partners, Governments, and the public
  • Increasing public understanding and appreciation of the EMRPC through public presentations and other forms of communications
  • Ensuring effective communication and collaboration with other organizations, other co-management boards, government agencies and the public
  • Other duties as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban/Regional Land Use Planning or equivalent experience
  • Membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec, or another professional planning Institute or Association is an asset


  • A minimum of 5 years working in a related field
  • Experience working on planning issues in rural/remote contexts and/or at the regional scale is an asset


  • Fluency in English is required
  • Fluency in Cree is an asset
  • Written knowledge of French is an asset

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Highly motivated and pro-active
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team setting
  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills;
  • Experience with Geographical Information System (GIS) applications is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an indigenous and/or inter-cultural context
  • Willingness to work in a northern community

Additional Information

The head office of the EMRPC is in Waskaganish. The Director is to share their worktime between the Waskaganish office and Montreal.

If the applicant chooses to reside full-time in Waskaganish, additional benefits include:

  • Assistance for relocation
  • Housing at a subsidized rate
  • Northern benefits package
  • Work vehicle in Waskaganish
  • Cargo allowance
  • Return home trips

Additional Requirements

  • Typical office setting where there are no unusual physical demands;
  • Be willing to travel regularly;
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license


Please e-mail your cover letter and resumé to:

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants are invited to visit the web site to review the Land Use Planning (Chapter 8) provisions of the EMRLCA.

The EMRPC may, at its discretion, waive certain aforementioned requirements if a suitable candidate who is a Cree James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement beneficiary accepts to follow a training plan determined by the EMRPC as a condition of employment.