What makes a good Indigenous Guardian program manager?
A program manager who is responsible for running and overseeing your guardian program will help ensure that staff are supported and do their work effectively and safely. You may want to create a position or add the responsibilities to a senior guardian’s job description.
A guardian program manager is ideally a strong leader who is good at mentoring and managing people and who has strong organizational and project management skills. It is also an asset to have skills in fundraising, reporting, communications, and data analysis.
Responsibilities of the program manager may include:
- Coordinating and championing your program vision.
- Managing program work plans and budgets.
- Coordinating work schedules, regular staff meetings, training, and program logistics (i.e. equipment, travel, and maintenance).
- Developing policies, procedures, and safety protocols, and ensuring they are understood and followed.
- Monitoring and tracking project activities, and ensuring accountability.
- Program administration, including time/pay sheets, purchasing, and financial reporting.
- Reporting to and working with governance bodies and the community.
- Fundraising and project reporting.
- Managing information, data, and analysis.
There are several community resources shared below that could be useful to a program manager, including an Operational Health and Safety Manual, Guardian Staff Information Form, as well as specific policies for corrective action/discipline, and drug and alcohol use. Take advantage of what other programs have already developed.