Coordinator – Indigenous Education Initiatives

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Req ID: 30231
Faculty/Division: OISE
Department: OISE – Office of the Dean
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Position Number: 00052999

About us

OISE is recognized as a global leader in graduate programs in teaching and learning, continuing teacher education, and education research. OISE is committed to enhancing the social, economic, political, and cultural well-being of individuals and communities locally, nationally, and globally through leadership in teaching, research, and advocacy. A unique place to work, learn, and grow, OISE addresses current and emerging challenges with the scale, academic excellence, and collaborative energy that few institutions in the world can claim. OISE is among the first Canadian faculties of education to prioritize Indigenous education and research and is committed to the development and sustainability of Indigenous education initiatives at the University of Toronto.

Your opportunity

Based within the Dean’s Office, this is your opportunity to be a part of OISE’s longstanding commitment to initiatives in Indigenous Education. This is also your opportunity to support the work of the Indigenous Education Network (IEN), a co-curricular body founded at OISE in 1989 and an enduring site of Indigenous presence at the university, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community members dedicated to Indigenous research and pedagogy.
Under the direction of the Director Office of the Dean, the Coordinator of Indigenous Education Initiatives will be responsible for the development, oversight, and coordination of Indigenous education initiatives at OISE. Responsibilities will include providing executive support to the Dean’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Education (DACIE), ensuring that due process is followed, that approved action items are executed, and that deadlines are met. The incumbent will liaise with units across OISE to promote collaboration, communications, and sharing of promising practices related to Indigenous education and student supports.
The Coordinator of Indigenous Education Initiatives will oversee the work of the Indigenous Education Network (IEN), including day-to-day management of the IEN office space and team of staff and volunteers. With support from the Administrative Assistant, Indigenous Education, and advising from faculty and staff co-chairs of the IEN Leadership Team, the Director will identify priorities and oversee implementation of student supports and co-curricular programming delivered by the IEN. The incumbent will develop and track the IEN’s budget and complete reporting and documentation of activities related to Indigenous initiatives. The incumbent will respond to internal and external requests related to Indigenous teaching and learning, sharing knowledge and making referrals as needed; this may include delivering presentations and providing input on program, project, and curriculum development.
The incumbent will also be responsible for providing advising and support to the OISE Registrar Office and Student Experience (ROSE) and departments related to Indigenous student recruitment, retention and success. This will include conceptualizing and organizing virtual and in-person recruitment events, developing and maintaining relevant recruitment and program materials, assisting with the administration of the OISE Scholarship Program for Indigenous Students and financial aid requests, and identifying pathways for Indigenous students to study and succeed at OISE. The incumbent will offer knowledge in cultural safety and trauma-informed service delivery to colleagues in the ROSE and across the Institute.
The incumbent will also work collaboratively with the Advancement and External Relations office to participate in advancement and development activities, contribute to the development of advancement plans, and develop proposals for external funding. The Coordinator will also contribute knowledge related to Indigenous education, cultures, and social/political contexts to support development of targeted outreach and communications efforts. They will also develop and maintain relationships with other Indigenous units and groups across the University of Toronto and partnerships with community organizations.
This role will supervise one USW staff-appointed position (Administrative Assistant, Indigenous Education), as well as, according to office needs, work-study students, casual staff, and volunteers.

Your responsibilities will include

  • Building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and partners of strategic importance
  • Determining logistical details and activities for events and/or programming
  • Exchanging information at formal department and/or program committee meetings
  • Advising Indigenous students on culturally specific issues, financial, academic, transition support, and other issues
  • Coordinating tasks for projects and other strategic initiatives with stakeholders
  • Coordinating meeting schedules, agendas, materials, action, and follow-up items
  • Monitoring accounts for a project and/or program
  • Directing the activities of casual staff

Essential Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree plus Post Graduate Certificate or acceptable combination of equivalent
  • Minimum four years experience related to Indigenous Education, preferably in a University environment.
  • Minimum four years experience working within the Indigenous community in Toronto and understanding of Indigenous cultural safety and trauma-informed service delivery.
  • Community outreach and partnership development experience.
  • Experience supervising staff, including students and volunteers.
  • Project management, budgeting, and reporting skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills demonstrated experience delivering presentations.
  • Strong computer skills, including superior word-processing/excel skills and strong proficiency with all other MS Office tools.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of institutional efforts toward reconciliation and equity, diversity, and inclusion frameworks.
  • Familiarity with educational issues confronting Indigenous communities and approaches to supporting student mental health and wellbeing.
  • Ability to exercise discretion with sensitive issues and confidential materials and or matters; ability to exercise good judgment; ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of protocol, discretion, and professionalism.
  • Must demonstrate initiative and tact in dealing with people at all levels and with people of varied cultural backgrounds.

Assets (Nonessential)

  • Master's or Doctorate degree in related discipline.
  • Broad knowledge of OISE programs, procedures and regulations.

To be successful in this role you will be

  • Communicator
  • Diplomatic
  • Multi-tasker
  • Organized
  • Patient
  • Proactive
  • Self-directed
  • Tactful
Closing Date: April 3, 2023, 11:59 PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 13 -- $76,284 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $97,556. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial
Recruiter: Madelaine Panoulias

Lived Experience Statement

Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized, and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity-deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.
You will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey as part of your application. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.
The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment, and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.
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