Director of Aboriginal Education
A critical leadership role in helping our First Nations, Metis and Inuit students excel.
The successful candidate will be part of the District Management Team and will report to the Superintendent of Schools.
School District No. 22(Vernon) resides in the territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) people and serves approximately 8100 students in the communities of Vernon, Coldstream, Lavington, Lumby and Cherryville. There are 14 elementary, 5 secondary and 5 alternate programs in which more than 1100 Aboriginal students are enrolled.
The Director will have major responsibilities to:
- Lead the implementation of the recently developed Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement
- Develop stronger relationships and improve networking and communication between all Aboriginal communities and School District No. 22
- Continue to build a respectful and productive relationship with our Aboriginal students, families and communities
- Implement the Story of Our Ways II (Story of the Okanagan People – territory, history, language and relationships)
- Work as a member of the Aboriginal Education Committee and Local Education Agreement Committee
- Supervise and support Aboriginal Education staff
- Be a champion for Aboriginal Education throughout the District
- Work closely with the Director of Student Learning to help integrate First Peoples Principles of Learning in all schools and courses
- Assist schools in the development of annual school plans that support their Aboriginal learners
- Liaise with Ministry of Children and Family Development – Aboriginal Services and other community agencies
- Coordinate with the Director of Student Support Services to provide supports for students facing multiple challenges
- Increase Okanagan language programs
- Liaise with Okanagan Indian Band, First Nations Friendship Centre, and Vernon and District Metis Association
- Work with the Ministry of Education including 1701 reporting requirements
- Prepare and report on annual budget
You have extensive credentials including a Masters degree in Indigenous Studies, Curriculum, Administration or related experience. You have a minimum of five years experience in a leadership role with a deep understanding of Aboriginal history and superior knowledge of best practices in Aboriginal ways of learning.
Ideally you are Aboriginal with a good understanding of the Okanagan Nation and the many other Aboriginal Peoples we serve.
To apply, please send your resume, statement of philosophy, supporting documents, including references, by June 1, 2015 to:
Superintendent of Schools
Vernon, BC V1T 8S8