Reporting to the Director, Strategic Indigenous Learning Initiatives, the Manager of Indigenous Learning & Impact leads the work of creating a Learning Framework in partnership with internal and external stakeholders that will be used to evaluate activities and guide learning from the initiatives supported through the EleV Partnership. This position will work alongside EleV program leads, Indigenous community partners, students and Elders to articulate and amplify the program activities and the resulting impact. This will include illustrating promising practices, engaging youth and communities in story-telling and bringing data and learning back to community. The Manager of Indigenous Learning & Impact will gather information that will be used for reporting back to the Mastercard Foundation, and to illustrate what is working individually and systemically through the EleV Partnership initiatives, and in turn, how these can become sustainable and embedded in both institutional and community priorities.
The Manager of Indigenous Learning & Impact will provide leadership in the development of Indigenous learning strategies, including:
- Design, delivery, and deployment of creative learning opportunities
- Analyze and evaluate current operational processes
- Performances and recommend solutions when necessary
The incumbent will need to understand operational dynamics in the Blackfoot Confederacy, University and Mastercard Foundation to build relationships with the many stakeholders to negotiate for the needed student learning outcomes and operational changes at the University. The Manager of Indigenous Learning & Impact will ensure that Indigenous youth, Elders, community members and stakeholders are included in the ongoing evaluation and co-design of initiatives and programs, ensuring that we are meeting the EleV Partnership’s four objectives and producing systems change.
Preferred Skills include:
- Diverse experience in Indigenous education including Indigenous program development, Indigenous post-secondary education, and/or Indigenous research
- Documented experience in Indigenous program evaluation and curriculum development
- Ability to work with diverse stakeholders (e.g. staff, faculty, Indigenous youth, Elders, Indigenous communities, educational organizations, and others) in a sensitive environment required
- Demonstrated experience in event planning and networking with various stakeholders
- Exemplary communication skills (both written and verbal) evidenced by the preparation of research reports, executive summaries, slides, and handouts
- Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills required in working with students, staff, faculty, and the public
- Exceptional project management and organizational skills
- Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous issues and pedagogical practices within higher education
- Demonstrated presentation skills and ability to receive feedback
- Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team is essential
- Able to excel in a fast-paced and team-based environment; ability to make sound independent judgments and utilize problem solving abilities with a high degree of professionalism
- Experience working with Indigenous youth and communities and awareness of protocols required
- Experience working with Elders and Knowledge Keepers and understanding of protocols required
- Knowledge and awareness of Indigenous youth and matters related to Indigenous youth pursuing post-secondary education required
- A bachelor’s degree in a field related to Indigenous studies, education, business administration, or similar. Master of Education or Graduate Degree preferred.
- The ideal Candidate will be Indigenous (First Nations status or non-status, Métis or Inuit) with demonstrated knowledge and experience working with diverse Indigenous cultures, communities, protocols and practices.
- Preference will be given to individuals who have extensive knowledge and experience with Blackfoot culture, communities, protocols, and practices; established community relationships is an asset.
- Experience with student/faculty development, Indigenous knowledge and education, educational programming and program development is preferred.