Director – First People’s Centre and Indigenous Engagement

Canadore College of Applied Arts & Technology

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November 12, 2020
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Job Type
Annual Salary
100K and above
Hours per Week
Closing Date






DEADLINE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2020 – 12:00 P.M.

Under the direction of the Vice-President, Enrolment Management, Indigenous and Student Services in relation to Indigenous Student Support Services, Partner Liaison, Special Initiatives and Community Led-Training, the Director is responsible for providing leadership and management to the day-to-day operations of the specified portfolio, including specific leadership focus on advancing Indigenous student achievement and partnership initiatives while leading and supporting research.

The incumbent will support the efforts to implement the Indigenous Strategic Framework, a vision for the entire College community to achieve meaningful integration of Indigenous knowledge, cultural traditions and community into the development of academic programs, applied research projects and College policies.

The Director will execute a range of management functions as a member of the Student Services Leadership Team and will administer aspects of the College’s Strategic Plans, Indigenous Strategic Framework and Enrolment Management Plan with a special focus on Access, student pathways and business development opportunities.  The incumbent will foster relationships internally and externally and support strategies to attract students to the College.

Through proactive planning, the Director will organize and prioritize tasks to foster excellence within the overall college-program mix as well as ensure a positive reputation that is consistent with the mission and vision and commitment to its 5 Pillars; Student Success, Program and Service Excellence, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Connection to Community and Sustainability.

Knowledge and Skills


  • The incumbent has lived experience as an  Indigenous, Métis or Inuit person
  • Completion of a four year Diploma/Degree, coupled with specialization within the area of business development; Master’s Degree preferred or equivalent in a related area (e.g. Educational Administration, Adult Education, Public Administration)
  • Minimum nine (9) years’ recent leadership experience in a related field, including experience in curriculum development, consensus-based dispute resolution, marketing, public relations, budgeting and human resources management
  • Knowledge of Indigenous language, protocols and practice
  • Superior research & analytical skills, to identify/ evaluate new opportunities and issues
  • Previous experience with supervision of various staff within a unionized setting
  • Open-minded and approachable with leadership abilities
  • Strategic thinker with ability to connect with the big picture to operations
  • Knowledge of the community college educational structure and experience in the community college environment
  • Experience in budgets, project management, conflict resolution, entrepreneurship, marketing, human resources and developing partnerships linkages
  • Ability to coordinate multiple and diverse activities
  • Superior interpersonal and language skills to develop manage and maintain a wide-range of stakeholder links/ relationships; facilitate suitable partnerships, diplomatically while working in collaboration with relevant internal and external stakeholders

Duties and Responsibilities



  • Act as the contact person for college service departments and community partners on day-to-day operations of the portfolio
  • Research, compile and analyse data from program, service, partnership and planning purposes with specific attention paid to student retention, attrition and graduation rates
  • Maintain excellent student relations within and between the FPC, partners and college stakeholders
  • Represent the College on community, and provincial committees as required, including the Indigenous Peoples Education Circle.

Human Resources Management

  • Manage quality, performance and logistics of Counsellors and support staff; ensure appropriate policies and procedures are developed and implemented to enable all staff to effectively carry out their responsibilities
  • Ensure the smooth and positive functioning of the department through identification, mediation, and resolution of issues involving various stakeholders
  • Provide expertise on Indigenous relations, community partnerships, Indigenous applied research and advise to college stakeholders on policies and procedures
  • Oversee the process for college-funded student positions (e.g. work-study program) across all relative projects

Financial and Resource Planning and Operations

  • Work closely with the Vice-President on financial matters through problem identification and identifying possible solutions
  • Compile, monitor and analyze operating and capital budgets and respond to college-wide financial initiatives
  • Work with college service departments to proactively plan, acquire and maintain program and service capital equipment
  • Monitor and ensure the accurate collection and allocation of other program, service and/or project revenues in accordance to college procedures

Indigenous Partnership Development. Contract Execution and Program Development

  • Share responsibility for the overall planning, direction, policy development, and budget management of the First Peoples’ Centre and its requisite activities
  • Visit external Institute partners and cultivate relationships for programs and services that establish innovative and ground-breaking practices in Indigenous Education
  • Monitor, expand and support the creation of new program options with and through partners by applying a co-creation model that fosters responses to Truth & Reconciliation
  • Explore and establish applied research opportunities that fall within the Conducting Research with Indigenous People Policy

Lead, Develop and Execute the Operations of the First Peoples’ Centre

  • Create the conditions required for the provision of province leading student services to support the unique needs of Indigenous Learners
  • Foster a supportive, pan-college environment for all Indigenous People, rooted in training, professional development and supportive cultural learning opportunities
  • Maintain the space, infrastructure and decorum required to actively provide sacred, cultural practice on and off-campus in a respectful and appropriate manner



  • Completion of a four year Diploma/Degree, coupled with specialization within the area of business development; Master’s Degree preferred or equivalent in a related area (e.g. Educational Administration, Adult Education, Public Administration)

How to Apply

A cover letter together with a current resume, quoting the above competition number, will be accepted or by E-Mail at , or Fax: 705-474-8005, until 12:00 p.m., on Friday, November 27, 2020.


Canadore College is committed to diversity, inclusion and equity.

While we thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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