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Reporting directly to the Dean of Indigenous Initiatives, and in close collaboration with the Dean, key institutional stakeholders and community partners, the Associate Director contributes towards the development of strategic and operational plans, and provides leadership in operationalizing key tasks, objectives and initiatives that will serve to indigenize Vancouver Community College (e.g. policies, practices, campus services). In addition, the Associate Director provides day-to-day leadership for the Department of Indigenous Education and Community Engagement including all staffing, services and activities that directly serve and support Indigenous students with an emphasis to enhancing access and success.
This position also provides advice and functionally supports VCC in strengthening its relationships with external communities (e.g. Indigenous communities, local organizations and businesses) to ensure meaningful engagement and effective partnership.
All efforts of the Associate Director will be guided by United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the Colleges and Institutes Canada Indigenous Education Protocol.
1. Contributes towards the collaborative development of strategic and operational plans, project plans, and other tools to guide and support the implementation of the college’s overall direction and vision for the indigenization, reconciliation and decolonization at VCC.
2. Leads and/or facilitates departmental and cross-functional teams consisting of internal and external stakeholders to ensure the successful, efficient, and on-budget implementation of tasks, objectives and initiatives.
3. Provides guidance and assistance to employees and faculty regarding local, provincial and national Indigenous protocols and practices.
4. Contributes towards enhanced partnerships and maintaining ongoing positive relationships with local Indigenous communities, organizations, businesses and industry that serve to enhance services and supports for Indigenous students.
5. Assists the Dean with facilitating, coordinating, and delivering various activities, events and workshops to foster awareness on Indigenous communities, history, cultural practices, and traditional knowledge.
6. Develops and maintains positive relationships with key external stakeholders including post-secondary institutions, Indigenous organizations, government ministries, funding agencies and foundations.
7. Provides effective leadership, coaching and direction to the staff, fostering a collaborative and service-oriented culture and creating a positive experience.
8. Promotes the department, the needs of Indigenous students and provides corresponding advice and guidance to enhance services, supports and community engagement at the college.
9. Participates in the selection and evaluation of staff, and facilitates optimal teamwork and collaboration and how to meet desired service levels.
10. Ensures staff receive job orientation, training, and ongoing support / professional development to sustain continuous learning needs.
11. Oversees all functions of the Gathering Space(s) and related supports and activities so as to ensure a welcoming, respectful and supportive environment.
12. Develops and monitors budgets, helps ensure the effective use of resources and seeks the collection and maintenance of data/metrics for reporting and decision making purposes.
13. Facilitates the development and maintenance of contracts and terms of agreements with outside contractors/vendors related to supports, projects, special events and initiatives.
14. Assists with the development and monitoring of the Indigenous project grants.
15. Plans and coordinates needed resources required for successful projects, activities and initiatives within the department.
16. Identifies alternate sources of funding and prepares proposals in collaboration with VCC stakeholders as well as community partners.
17. Represents the Dean at meetings and events as needed.
18. Performs other related duties as required.
Education and Experience
- A Master’s Degree from a recognized institution in a relevant field and a combination of experience, skills and knowledge of Indigenous knowledge system(s) and de-colonization.
- Seven (7) years’ recent related experience in a leadership role within a unionized post-secondary environment with a successful track record in student services along with direct working knowledge in recruiting, engaging and supporting Indigenous students.
- Or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Project management training would be an asset.
Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated record of outstanding leadership with extensive experience developing and implementing impactful Indigenous focused initiatives and programs.
- Demonstrated history of successful relationships with Indigenous communities.
- Strong working knowledge of student services in post-secondary education.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and understanding of cross-cultural relations.
- Strong administrative and organizational skills.
- Demonstrated excellence in project and event management including budget management.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Strong dispute and conflict resolution skills.
- Excellent operational planning and implementation skills with the ability to think strategically, initiate action and achieve desired outcomes for multiple initiatives.
- Ability to work as an integral team member and provide leadership to teams and working committees, achieving goals using consultative and collegial processes.
- Ability to communicate sensitive and complex information to a wide variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to build and sustain effective partnerships.
- Demonstrated ability to supervise, motivate, and mentor staff.
Salary Range - Prorated based on FTE
$77,447 – $103,263 – $113,589 annualized (Pay Grid 11). Normal starting salary placement is between $77,447 and $103,263. Compensation beyond the control/mid-point requires approval by the Public Sector Employer’s Council Secretariat (PSEC).
Posting Detail Information
Employment Group Administration
Type of Position Permanent
Employment Type Full Time
Department INDIGENOUS INITIATIVES
Primary Location - This position may require you to work at all VCC locations. Broadway
Is this posting only for internal applicants? No
Desired Start Date - May be subject to change 02/24/2020
Position End Date - For Temporary Positions
Vacation Blackout Dates
Number of Hours per Week 35
Work Schedule - Hours may vary according to the needs of the Department
Normally, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. However, hours may vary according to the needs of the Department.
Eligible for Fortnight No
Special Instructions to Applicant
Posting Open Date 01/24/2020
Posting Close Date 02/06/2020
Is this a pooled posting? No