Director of Indigenous Education (Term)

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:
Educational Programming

Classification Title:
Educ. Programming, Level C

Business Title:
Director of Indigenous Education (Term)

Faculty of Education

Office of Indigenous Education

Salary Range:
$75,042.00 (minimum) - $90,085.00 (midpoint) - $108,108.00 (maximum)

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Self Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The Office of Indigenous Education (OIE), headed by the Associate Dean, Indigenous Education, is responsible for the academic and professional program pathways for Indigenous students to teacher education (BEd and certificate/diploma programs), including NITEP - Indigenous Teacher Education Program, and to graduate education at masters and doctoral levels. Currently, the OIE provides oversight for 7 community-based programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in locations across British Columbia, as well as hosts on-campus Indigenous cohort programming. Online MEd and EdD programs are being developed at the graduate level to create new pathways for Indigenous learners.

OIE serves as a support hub for our Indigenous students of all levels. Every year, the Faculty of Education enrolls approximately 60 Indigenous graduate students (PhD and MA/MEd) and over 120 Indigenous undergraduate students through the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) and the regular Teacher Education Program (TEO). OIE also provides oversight for the SAGE initiative - Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement, which is an inter-institutional graduate mentoring initiative across UBC-Vancouver and UBC-Okanagan campuses.

The Director of Indigenous Education, in collaboration with the Director of NITEP and the Director of TEO, is responsible for providing oversight of Indigenous teacher candidates transitioning from NITEP pathways and for enhancing Indigenous teacher candidates' experiences throughout the broad range of programs, including practicum placements, culturally relevant professional development, and the Community Field Experience with Indigenous partners. This position plays a leadership role in recruitment and retention of Indigenous students to new pathways, supports the successful completion of Indigenous teacher candidates and graduate students, schedules program offerings in community-based field centers, and supports the professional development initiatives for students, staff, and faculty. The Director of Indigenous Education manages the day-to-day operation of OIE and administers Indigenous education awards.

A unique feature of Indigenous education programming is the community-based delivery of programs at graduate and undergraduate levels, requiring relationship building, strategic planning, and continual assessment of partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations, and educational institutions. As a result, cultivating relationships with the field and with communities is an important aspect of this Director role, leading to Indigenous education networks for teacher candidates and for educators invested in Indigenous education curriculum and teaching, graduate programming, and advancing the Faculty and UBC's strategic plans concerning Indigenous education priorities, as well as the newly launched Indigenous Strategic Plan.

This is a 2-year term position, with the possibility of renewal for a 3rd year subject to funding availability.

Organizational Status

Reporting to the Associate Dean, Indigenous Education, the Director liaises and works collaboratively with NITEP, the Teacher Education Office, Faculty of Education Departments/Schools and administrative units, Enrolment Services and Registrar, Deans, Directors and Unit Heads of University faculties, departments, schools and institutes. The Director facilitates and maintains collegial relationships with Indigenous organizations, First Nations communities, universities and colleges outside of UBC, educational organizations, school districts, Indigenous educational institutions, and government agencies at the local, regional, provincial, national, and, at times, the international level.

Work Performed

Within the Office of Indigenous Education (OIE):
  • Provides strategic guidance to OIE, NITEP, and TEO on Indigenous teacher education matters related to recruitment, retention, and successful completion of Indigenous teacher candidates in the professional certification year of the TEO program, including on-campus and community field centers;
  • In collaboration with NITEP and TEO, provides oversight of community-based professional certification (e.g. post-degree Specialization, Bella Coola, Cariboo) programs;
  • Collaborates with NITEP staff on recruitment of Indigenous students to post-degree and community-based professional certification Indigenous teacher education pathways, including admissions and registration;
  • Develops culturally relevant professional development for: Indigenous teacher candidates in the professional certification year and works with NITEP to extend professional learning to NITEP field centers and NITEP students; masters and doctoral students; staff and faculty.
  • Cultivates Indigenous education networks, relationships, and community relationships that advance Indigenous education and leads to impacts of Indigenous education on the field;
  • At times, represents the Associate Dean of Indigenous Education at Indigenous education partner meetings;
  • Undertakes special initiatives assigned by the Associate Dean of Indigenous Education aimed at advancing Indigenous priorities in teacher education and graduate education;
  • Represents Indigenous education on faculty committees, such as CCASA, hiring committees, and other relevant areas being developed through staff and faculty development;
  • Supports the implementation of Faculty of Education and UBC strategic plans (e.g. Shaping UBC's Next Century, the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan, and UBC Inclusion Action Plan, etc.);
  • Creates Indigenous education communications pertaining to Indigenous community-based professional certification programming, graduate education programs, and Indigenous education more broadly;
  • Works with the Associate Dean of Indigenous education to identify and support new Indigenous education projects or program opportunities at undergraduate and graduate levels (e.g. UBC-O, new field centers, EDAL and MEd partnerships; doctoral programming);
  • Strengthens relationships and programming between the Faculty of Education-Vancouver and Okanagan School of Education concerning Indigenous priorities at graduate and undergraduate levels;
  • Supports the SAGE - Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement expansion initiative, which is an inter-institutional graduate mentoring initiative for UBC-Vancouver and UBC-Okanagan campus;
  • Advances Indigenous undergraduate and graduate programming initiatives, including recruitment and support for community-based Masters and doctoral programs;
  • Supports community-based graduate programs in relationship to development and implementation activities, admissions, retention strategies, communications, student supports, and program evaluations;
  • Performs appropriate administrative duties in the absence of the Associate Dean, Indigenous Education;
  • Participates in long- and short-term strategic development for NITEP, TEO, and the Office of Indigenous Education pertaining to Indigenous teacher education. Reviews program and operational needs and determines how such needs can be met with the available resources and seeks resources required;
  • Provides leadership for, and works as a team member, for academic initiatives in Indigenous education;
  • Provide oversight of student appointments in the OIE;
  • Provides oversight to the Indigenous Faculty Associate/Sponsor Associate network
  • Supports the promotion of Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology within the School of Kinesiology, through OIE communications and partnership initiatives;
  • Manages and administers Indigenous education awards totaling $250k annually.
  • Manages OIE's day-to-day operation including management of staff and student employees.
Within the Teacher Education Office:
  • Provides strategic guidance to TEO staff on matters related to Indigenous teacher candidates, including recruitment, transitions, and retention;
  • Participates in the advising of Indigenous teacher candidates;
  • Assists with the approval of community-based delivery of the professional certification year working with TEO, the BC Teacher Certification Branch and the certification of Indigenous teacher educators;
  • Provides oversight and guidance in TEO in handling complex and difficult issues on matters related to advising, coursework, practicum experiences and other serious matters related to Indigenous teacher candidates. Works with TEO and NITEP to compose letters to communicate major decisions (e.g. admission and re-admission appeals, student advancement, etc.);
  • Provides professional development and oversight for TEO staff, Faculty and School Associates, and faculty members supporting Indigenous students;
  • Joins TEO as an integral team member on educational initiatives that support Indigenous students and Indigenous education matters;
  • Supports Course Coordinators in TEO in the advancement of Indigenous perspectives and pedagogies across teacher education;
  • Supports the Annual Teacher Education Conference for all secondary, elementary, and NITEP students each December, particularly around themes of Indigenous education
  • Provides leadership for, and works as a team member, for Indigenous teacher education matters in TEO;
  • Supports staffing the roster of instructors that teach Indigenous education course EDUC 440 and EDUC 442 courses, as well as interacts with the various departments in the Faculty of Education with regard to the identification and hiring of instructors for community-based teacher education programming.
Supervision Received

Reports to Associate Dean, Indigenous Education. Works independently and exercises discretionary judgement and tact in running the programs to meet strategic goals. Receives direction and oversight from the Associate Dean, Indigenous, as necessary.

Supervision Given

Directly manages the work of the staff and student employees in OIE. Provides leadership and direction to program coordinators in NITEP and TEO in relation to Indigenous teacher candidates

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The Director plays a pivotal role in implementing the strategic vision of the Office of Indigenous Education. Errors in judgement could seriously impair the reputation of the unit and/or its collaborative efforts with the Faculty's departments and units as well as the reputation of UBC and the Faculty with the Indigenous community partners.


Master's degree in Education. Graduate degree in education, specializing in educational leadership, preferred. Minimum of six years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferably in leadership positions at the school-, district- and/or university-level in British Columbia. Experience with and knowledge of current pedagogical research and best practices in teaching is considered an asset. - Proven team management skills with ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure.
  • Ability to lead change by taking appropriate action to ensure acceptance and support.
  • Ability to listen effectively, interact respectfully, and act transparently.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues and act accordingly.
  • Availability to work flexible/extended hours as needed.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion is critical.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.