Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.

About the University

Western Washington University is a comprehensive state university, highly ranked nationally, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school.  The campus, overlooking the San Juan Islands, is located in Bellingham, a coastal community of 83,000, 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, B.C.


About the Department

The Center for Canadian-American Studies, in consortium with its counterpart at the University of Washington, is one of just two US Department of Education National Resource Centers for the Study of Canada. We offer comprehensive interdisciplinary majors and minors for undergraduates, foster research on Canadian topics, organize seminars and symposia on current Canada-U.S. public policy issues, sponsor events highlighting Canadian culture, and conduct the nationally recognized STUDY CANADA program for K-12 educators.


About the Position

This is a 10-month 0.5 FTE position: 20 hours/week from October 16, 2017 to August 15, 2018.

As the Education and Curriculum Specialist, you will manage the daily operations of the Center for Canadian-American Studies’s K-12 outreach program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collect, evaluate, design, and circulate curricular resources for teaching and learning about Canadian history, cultures, geography, and politics for K-12 educators locally, regionally, and nationally in the US
  • Collect, evaluate, design, and circulate curricular resources for teaching and learning about the western US/Canada border region, including environmental issues on the Salish Sea and Indigenous peoples’ experiences on both sides of the border
  • Develop and maintain an outreach strategy for regularly sharing curricular resources about Canada and the western US/Canada border region with K-12 educators
  • Collaborate with Northwest and Northwest National Resource Centers on Canada, to represent and promote K-12 curriculum and outreach programming – involves traveling to the University of Washington, other institutions of higher education in the region, and regional and national conferences
  • Develop workshops for teachers in British Columbia and Washington State about the western US/Canada border region to complement province/state-mandated curricula about Indigenous peoples
  • Manage online presence for K-12 programming, including mailing lists, website materials, and newsletter
  • Counsel and advise curriculum developers and teachers at the local, regional, and national level about methods and resources for teaching and learning about Canadian history, cultures, geography, and politics
  • Collaborate with Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada staff, including Canada House staff at WWU, to report on outreach data to the US Department of Education and to assist with the Title VI grant competition
  • Collaborate with Canada House staff to prepare other grant applications to support continuation of K-12 curriculum development and outreach
  • Assist with other Canada House conferences, colloquia, visiting lectures, media, and community outreach as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Environmental Education, Social Sciences, Environmental Studies, or other related fields
  • Two years of K-12 curriculum development experience
  • Experience designing workshops and trainings
  • Knowledge of Canada’s history, culture, geography, and politics
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively translate critical scholarship to K-12 curricula and lesson planning
  • Demonstrated ability to discern and develop high-quality instructional materials
  • Demonstrated excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills with diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability in creative problem solving
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a professional and productive manner
  • Highly self-driven and self-motivated

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Sciences, Environmental Studies, or other related fields
  • Experience working in higher education
  • Knowledge of colonial histories and Indigenous peoples’ experiences in the US and Canada
  • Knowledge of the Since Time Immemorial curriculum and/or curricula designed in collaboration with First Nations in British Columbia, such as materials from the First Nations Education Steering Committee or First Nations Schools Associations, Shared Learnings teaching guides, or BC Ministry of Education resources on Aboriginal Education in British Columbia


Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.


Closing Date 

Open until filled. Application review will begin on Oct 12, 2017.