Funding – Creating Humanities Communities Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities. Due: Feb 15, 2017
Title Director, Aboriginal Education
Posting Number 101116
Posting Date 03-08-2016
Closing Date 03-28-2016
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Access and Regions, the
Director of Aboriginal Education is responsible for the strategic direction of
Aboriginal Education at the College.
Within the context of the College Plan and in conjunction with the Senior
Educational Team (SET), the Director is responsible for the development
and preservation of strategic educational planning relationships with the
First Nations throughout the College region. The Director will implement a
robust process of continuous assessment in program demand in the
pursuit of mutually beneficial opportunities to increase education
accessibility and student enrollment throughout NIC Region. The Director
shall collaborate with Deans, Department Chairs, and the Registrar and
actively participate in the planning of programs, services, policy, and
procedures, which facilitates access, retention, and student success,
within the College community.
The Director is the first point of contact for the Ministry of Advanced
Education, First Nations Councils and School Districts within the College
region on all matters related to Aboriginal education. The Director is
accountable for ensuring the collation of accurate information regarding
the educational needs of the Aboriginal population, sources of funding
available to assist the College in meeting those needs, and collaboration
with SET and those responsible for Aboriginal education, in the
development of funding proposals specifically designed to meet those
A primary purpose of the position is to build capacity within North Island
College, and to work effectively with First Nations students and faculty
regionally to support and develop the indigenization of the curriculum.
Areas of responsibility include: development of Aboriginal Education Policy
Framework in alignment with CICan Indigenous Protocol commitments;
enhance indigenous-centered services, learning environments, student
and community spaces; and to support the educational goal of First
Nations people in the College region in all matters related to the College
Please note: The College received special program approval by the BC
Human Rights Tribunal to give preference to the hiring of a person of
Aboriginal ancestry for this position.
Position Competencies – Creates a Positive Climate and Culture
– Effective Communication Skills
– Effectively Develops Goals & Objectives
– Focuses Effectively on Key Results and Priorities
– Demonstrates a Focus on Continuous Improvement
– Interpersonal Effectiveness
– Team Leadership
– Developing Others
– Championing and Adapting to Change
Duties and Responsibilities
The areas of responsibility include:
1. Educational Leadership;
2. External Communication and Relationship Development;
4. Financial Management
5. Employee Relations
Required Education & Experience
– The College received special program approval by the BC Human Rights
Tribunal to give preference to the hiring of a person of Aboriginal ancestry
for this position.
– Completion or in progress a Master’s Degree in an appropriate discipline
and demonstrated experience, 3 years’ experience preferred, in a
leadership role in a post-secondary Aboriginal Education setting; which
must include demonstrated management and leadership experience in
Aboriginal Education. Candidates with an undergraduate degree and
considerable experience in Aboriginal Education at a post-secondary
institution, may also be considered.
– A demonstrated record of success in Aboriginal Education and
community development work, resource procurement, grant and proposal
writing and project management.
– Demonstrated experience resolving student concerns, informally and
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
– Extensive knowledge of Aboriginal populations within the traditional
territories of thirty-five First Nations inclusive of the Nuu-chah-nulth,
Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions.
– A working knowledge of governance models and related management
– Strong interpersonal skills, including communication (written and oral),
negotiation and advocacy skills; particularly in communicating and
consulting with community groups, school districts, industry, local
government agencies, and the College community.
– Demonstrated commitment to collaborative and consultative leadership
and the ability to work effectively within a management team and fastpaced
– Advanced computer skills as required by the position.
– The ability to plan annual budgets and follow established financial
policies and practices to ensure fiscally responsible management of
– The knowledge and ability to implement quality improvement initiatives
and measure outcomes.
– Experience with organizational change practices.
– Experience in the effective management of human resources, within a
unionized workforce and administering collective agreements.
Pay Grade In accordance with the Exempt Administrators’ Salary Scale
Location Campbell River (CR)
Department Assistant Vice-President, Access & Regions
Link to Job Description Director, Aboriginal Education:
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please scan copies of your transcripts into one document for attachment.
If your transcripts are not available at the time of application, please attach
a letter or certificate of confirmation from the educational institution.
Public Open House: Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre & Library Garden. 11:30am-2:30pm, Feb 23, 2016
Campus and Community Planning is hosting an Open House to welcome views and comments on plans for the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, a 620 square meter, two-level facility providing exhibition and program space to promote learning and dialogue regarding Indian Residential Schools in Canada, and the Library Garden, a remodel of the current garden to complement the new Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.
Tuesday, February 23, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Foyer, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall
If you cannot attend the Open House, comments may be submitted through the above project webpages or to the contact noted below by March 1, 2016.
Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 15, 2016