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|Title||Indigenization Strategy Specialist|
|Company Name||Bow Valley College|
|Anticipated Start Date||As soon as possible|
Bow Valley College is the largest and fastest growing Comprehensive Community College in Alberta. We have over 20 locations across southern Alberta helping 14,000 learners each year. Our mission is to contribute to the vitality of communities and strength of the economy through innovative adult education programs and services which equip students for successful living, lifelong learning, and employment in a global knowledge-based environment.
Why work at Bow Valley College? We have recently been named one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers for 2017. Bow Valley College is made up of employees who are committed to our learners´ success, as well as each other´s. Our staff and faculty consistently say it is the people who keep them at the College, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students, and the incredible support they receive from their co-workers and supervisors.
We are currently accepting applications for the position of Indigenization Strategy Specialist (temporary, approximately 2 years) .
The Indigenization Strategy Specialist provides strategic leadership, coordination and administration for the development and implementation of a college-wide Indigenization strategy that aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
Areas of responsibility will include:
Strategy Development and Implementation – 75%
- Under the direction of the Vice President, Learning Services and Finance and in collaboration with members of the College leadership team develop a strategic plan to guide institutional areas of focus and college-wide initiatives aimed at responding to the Calls to Action put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
- Develops strategic initiatives in consultation with internal and external stakeholders, including Indigenous communities that promote an understanding and acknowledgement of Indigenous histories, perspectives and contemporary issues.
- Liaises with the Iniikokaan Centre to enhance the coordination of supports and services for Indigenous students.
- Liaises with student recruitment team to align strategies for recruitment and retention of Indigenous students.
- Facilitates internal committees and working groups. Advise on how to best develop, execute, and raise the profile of Indigenous focused initiatives in a variety of areas including: academic development; teaching and learning; student and employee recruitment and retention; and applied research.
- Develops and maintains a central inventory of Indigenous academic and non-academic programming, research and support programs within the College.
- Facilitates, supports and where appropriate, manages the implementation of initiatives identified in the strategy.
- Monitors and evaluates strategic initiatives to ensure desired and sustainable outcomes are being achieved.
Change Management – 15%
- Assesses training and development needs and for the College related to Indigenization.
- Identifies development opportunities to ensure that employees and Board members receive the training required for the ongoing implementation of the Indigenization strategy.
- Develops the overall change management strategy for the Indigenization of the College.
Relationship Development and Management – 10 %
- Works collaboratively with the College leadership team and departments to implement strategic initiatives.
- Engages authentically with the local Indigenous community, establish trust and invoke a community-based participatory approach to develop and validate the strategy.
- Establishes positive working relationships with senior leadership, faculty and staff across the College.
- Creates informal communication networks to facilitate collaboration among faculty and staff with a specialization in Indigenous focused fields
Bachelors in related field.
Minimum five years of experience working directly with Indigenous communities.
An equivalent combination of directly related education and experience may be considered.
Valid driver’s license and access to the vehicle
Preference will be given to individuals with a thorough understanding of Indigenous cultures and who have extensive experience of working within Indigenous communities and organizations.
Experience building and maintaining working relationships with Indigenous communities and other stakeholders
Strong strategic planning skills and an ability to communicate vision and buy-in.
Demonstrated ability to exercise judgment and sensitivity when working with complex issues.
Comprehensive knowledge of Indigenous history, culture and ways of knowing.
Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
Working knowledge of the post-secondary system.
Experience facilitating community consultations.
Understanding of change management
How To Apply
Qualified applicants are encourage to apply by contacting Isaac Beadle at: