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Queen’s University

Kingston, Ontario

Director, Office of Indigenous Initiatives – Office of the Provost, Vice Principal Academic

Competition Number: J0617-0479

Closing Date: July 23, 2017

JOB SUMMARY

Situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory, Queen’s is a leading Canadian university with a long-standing reputation for academic and research excellence, as well as a diverse and vibrant learning environment. The university is committed to providing students with a fundamental understanding of Indigenous rights, histories, experiences and knowledge systems relevant to their discipline; strengthening our research prominence in Indigenous focused fields; and supporting Indigenous students, staff, and faculty.

Reporting to the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion), the Director provides leadership to the newly established Office of Indigenous Initiatives. The mandate of the office is to provide long-term strategic planning to: advance Indigenous initiatives across the university; promote an understanding of Indigenous histories, knowledge and perspectives within the Queen’s community; provide guidance and support in Indigenous education and advance positive learning experiences for Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students; and support researchers engaging with Indigenous peoples and communities.

The Director plays a major role in establishing and fostering positive relationships with Indigenous peoples, communities, and organizations. The Director also engages with high level external stakeholders, including peer institutions as well as provincial and national bodies, to enhance the profile of Indigenous programming at Queen’s, attract funding for the university’s Indigenous initiatives, and advance reconciliation/conciliation.

Working closely with the university’s senior management team, the Director will support the implementation of the recommendations of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force and engage with faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders to drive progress on Indigenous initiatives across the university.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Graduate degree, or equivalent Indigenous knowledge, with 7 or more years in an equivalent role.
• Proven experience in a senior management and leadership role.
• Comprehensive knowledge of Indigenous histories, traditions, knowledge systems, and contemporary issues, as well as experience in implementing complex initiatives related to Indigenous education.
• Extensive knowledge of university structure, policy, and administrative systems, or equivalent structures, is preferred.
• Must be of Indigenous ancestry.
• Proficiency in an Indigenous language considered an asset.
• Experience in Indigenous advocacy considered an asset.
• Demonstrated connection with an Indigenous community and other Indigenous networks.
• Consideration will be given to the equivalent combination of education and experience.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Graduate degree, or equivalent Indigenous knowledge, with 7 or more years in an equivalent role.
• Proven experience in a senior management and leadership role.
• Comprehensive knowledge of Indigenous histories, traditions, knowledge systems, and contemporary issues, as well as experience in implementing complex initiatives related to Indigenous education.
• Extensive knowledge of university structure, policy, and administrative systems, or equivalent structures, is preferred.
• Must be of Indigenous ancestry.
• Proficiency in an Indigenous language considered an asset.
• Experience in Indigenous advocacy considered an asset.
• Demonstrated connection with an Indigenous community and other Indigenous networks.
• Consideration will be given to the equivalent combination of education and experience.

SPECIAL SKILLS:
• A track record of outstanding leadership with extensive experience developing and implementing impactful Indigenous focused initiatives and programs.
• The ability to build and maintain positive relationships with a broad range of stakeholders with diverse perspectives.
• The ability to serve as a support resource, facilitator and collaborator with external Indigenous community members, peer institutions, and with a variety of faculty, staff and students at Queen’s.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous education and a clear vision of how a central Indigenous Initiatives Office can have an impactful role within the university.
• An articulate champion for Indigenous peoples and issues, with advanced oral and written communications skills and the ability to represent Queen’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives to a variety of internal and external audiences.
• A leader with existing networks within various Indigenous communities and the ability to foster strong community support for Indigenous initiatives at Queen’s.
• A successful track record in managing complex programs and initiatives, and the ability to meet strategic, financial, and operational goals.
• Experience with high level advancement initiatives considered an asset.

DECISION MAKING:
• Determine the planning, development and implementation of university-wide initiatives in support of the mandate of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, including long-term strategic planning and the development of unit priorities, goals, and objectives.
• Determine strategies to effectively engage and support the Queen’s community in the development and implementation of programs and practices that advance Indigenous initiatives across the university.
• Responsible for promoting appropriate Indigenous program and curricula enhancements.
• Responsible for determining and advising on appropriate engagement and partnership practices between Queen’s researchers and Indigenous communities and organizations.
• Identify and advise on communication and outreach strategies to garner external support and funding to enhance Indigenous initiatives at Queen’s.
• Proven track record of sound financial management, including annual and long-term budget planning, monitoring expenses, and effectively managing the office within the allocated budget.
• Effective human resource management, including hiring, determining appropriate work for employees, conducting performance assessments, and fostering a positive and inclusive workplace.
• Analyze, summarize, and make recommendations regarding internal and external information, policies, and legislation that affects Indigenous academic and non-academic programming, research, and Indigenous members of the Queen’s community.
• Evaluates job candidates and makes effective recommendations on suitable hires.
• Makes decisions and/or effective recommendations regarding transfers and promotions.
• Evaluates employee performance and decides on appropriate training or coaching to address lack of proficiency in carrying out responsibilities, or remedial action for staff disciplinary situations.
• Assesses investigation outcome of grievances and makes effective recommendations on appropriate course of action or next steps on grievances.
• Makes effective recommendations on level of discipline up to discharge and probationary termination.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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