Indigenous Community Engagement Manager

Vancouver Island University - Nanaimo, BC (30+ days ago)

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Indigenous Community Engagement Manager (RE-POSTED)
Employment Group
Position Number
Provost and Vice-President Academic
Office of Aboriginal Education
Nanaimo campus
Appointment Type
regular full-time
35 hours a week (subject to funding)
Pay Level
Excluded Pay Band 9
Appointment Start Date
Applicant Documents
CV/Resume, Cover Letter, Qualifications , Referees/ References
Posted Date
Closing Date
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The Indigenous Community Engagement Manager will join the Office of Aboriginal Education & Engagement. This position is integral to supporting Vancouver Island University's Indigenous commitment, particularly as it relates to the following: -Support community-based learning that builds on Indigenous protocols, ways of knowing, and facilitates bridging into VIU -Foster understanding of Indigenous interests, opportunities, needs, rights, law and legal orders by working with and supporting Indigenous communities and leaders -Promote, enhance and sustain collaborative relationships with Indigenous communities in order to develop opportunities for, and promote the success of, Indigenous students This position's role and responsibility is to provide outreach to Indigenous communities interested in partnering with VIU to support the development and delivery of community based education programming to support Indigenous communities economic and social development strategies as well as to manage current programs, for credit and non-credit, with Indigenous communities and organizations involving different VIU faculties.

Related duties and expectations for this position include:
Research and identify potential feasible funding opportunities and write funding proposals to support Indigenous Education initiatives at VIU and with Indigenous communities/organizations.
Promote VIU's strategic plan commitments to Indigenous Education programs and activities to prospective partners and communities including industry, post-secondary institutions and funding bodies to develop new and maintain existing partners building collaborations.
Work with Indigenous community partners and VIU faculty to conduct educational/training needs analysis, feasibility assessments and oversee curriculum review and adaptations to meet the Indigenous community economic and social development strategies.
Negotiate Learning Partnership Agreements and Memorandum of Understanding articulating operational commitments on behalf of VIU
Provide advice and make recommendations to management as it relates to addressing systemic issues that restrict or limit culturally appropriate development and delivery of Indigenous community-based education programs and courses.
Hire and manage a new position of Indigenous Employment Navigator.
Oversee the development of creating employment pathways through education leading to meaningful employment for Indigenous students
Manage the development and progression of the EleV program element related to transitions to employment; supporting transitions for Indigenous students graduating from programs at VIU into the workforce, identifying and working toward addressing systemic barriers to employment.
Network and collaborate with project partners for funding submissions, negotiations, implementation and reporting of programming for Indigenous audiences.
Act as a point of contact to work with faculty, services areas, research office and centres across campuses and provide operational advice to develop and implement Indigenous initiatives.
Support strategic and annual planning, day to day operations, budget development, monitoring and accountability for expenditures, personnel management (internal and external) enrollment management, program design and implementation for the delivery of VIU programs.
Provide conflict resolutions strategies and diplomacy while being aware of protocol within communities and organizations. Where problems arise, recommend and implement solutions.
Conduct joint program evaluations and review of business processes for efficiency and effectiveness.
Demonstrate ability to produce concise and complex project reports including budget reports.
Enrollment management, recruitment and providing student service supports in community.
Manage Program Assistant. Given, the collaborative nature of this work and the focus on community based development and delivery, it is expected that this position will contribute significantly to the identification of promising practices, policies and procedures related to supporting Indigenous students access, retention and completion in educational programs.

Required Qualifications:
Master's Degree in a relevant discipline from an appropriately accredited institution. Minimum five years' related experience. A combination of relevant education and experience i.e. a relevant undergraduate degree (B.A., BSc., BBA) or significant industry/community experience may be considered.

Additional qualifications include:
Documented experience leading the development and management of projects specifically educational programming including development and managing budgets, project implementation and reporting requirements.
Demonstrate experience in writing and negotiating proposals/grants that have been successfully awarded.
Demonstrated ability in developing and maintaining partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations, understanding of local protocol and diversity among different Nations and the role Elders and traditional knowledge keepers play in program development and delivery.
Demonstrated ability in human resource and program management, community and program development, budget development and fiscal management, superior interpersonal and written communication skills and group facilitation skills.
Proven ability to make decisions, negotiate contracts, persuade and influence others, resolve conflict and maintain organized records.
Ability to take initiative and work independently in a dynamic work environment.
Competent use of information technology.
Demonstrate ability to produce concise and complex project reports including budget reports.

Candidates who hold a relevant undergraduate (e.g. BA, BSc, BBA) and have significant industry/community experience may also be considered

Preferred Qualifications:
Five to ten years in the post-secondary system
Related experience in contract training and community development with Indigenous communities and implementation as a project manager.
Knowledge of post-secondary and or University-College system in BC. Lived experience in Indigenous communities.
The ideal candidate will be an energetic self-starter who is flexible, creative and resourceful.

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.