Okanagan College transforms lives and communities. We are one of Canada’s leading colleges. We create outstanding educational experiences for our learners, both students and employees. We work and learn in a welcoming and caring culture. We are a catalyst for change through collaboration with our learners and partners. We serve, lead and anticipate the social, economic and environmental needs of communities.
Office of the President
Under the limited supervision of the President, the Indigenization Advisor will support the College’s process to embed Indigenous ways of knowing and being into the framework of the College working with internal and external advisers. The incumbent evaluates, organizes and actions goals and activities toward Indigenous OC. They will be expected to provide advice and guidance to the President and the Executive to ensure the College is meeting its relevant obligations and commitments in this area.
It will be essential for the Advisor to actively engage internal and external communities in the work they do. It is expected that in facilitating and enhancing connections with communities, that the incumbent will work collaboratively with other Okanagan College employees who share in those connections.
Education and Experience:
Minimum of Bachelor’s degree. Minimum 5 years practical and/or position-based experience working with Indigenous communities, organizations and/or individuals is required. Experience working on Indigenous programs / projects is highly desirable. Minimum of 5 years practical or position-based experience managing complex projects is an asset. Experience in change management is an asset.
Functions and Duties:
1. Summarize Okanagan College’s current state, current goals and progress to date in relation to Indigenous ways.
2. Assess the alignment of Okanagan College Indigenous goals to the Calls to Action in Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
3. Work with internal and external communities to develop action plans for institutional goals.
4. Organize and facilitate consultation sessions with internal and external participants.
5. Act as Chair of the College Indigenous Community Engagement Team as well as the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Alley Assembly.
6. Support the President in enabling the President’s Indigenous Advisory Circle.
7. Prioritize and develop a timeline for the institutions Indigenous goals to help focus the College’s attention and resources.
8. Act as liaison to the Aboriginal Services department, Indigenous Studies faculty and other OC units as appropriate to support ways of knowing and being into the framework of the College.
9. Provide input and recommendations on strategies, initiatives and activities to support the College’s process to embed 10. Indigenous ways of knowing and being into the framework of the College.
10. Facilitate short- and long-term strategic plans within pre-established parameters to ensure assigned projects are appropriately managed to meet the requirements of the College.
11. Develop project plans from problem definition through design, implementation and post-implementation review utilizing best practices with respect to project management standards including status reporting.
12. Develop budget proposals to operationalize Indigenous activities.
13. Align activities within each project to ensure deliverable and expectations can be met in terms of deadlines, budget, human capital and other resource requirements.
14. Work with Indigenous Services to facilitate and enhance connections between Okanagan College and the Indigenous communities within the region.
15. Participate in College-wide committees, events and projects related to Indigenization.
16. Act as an impartial, independent contact for Indigenous students and staff to provide a safe place for students and staff to raise concerns and opportunities about equity for Indigenous people within the College.
17. Work with Public Affairs to develop and execute communications plans.
18. Attend Executive team meetings as required to advise Executive on planning and decision-making activities related to Indigenization. Provides input into the development of short and medium range plans, and budget development for operating requirements related to Indigenization.
19. Support the development of College policies, procedures and services to support Indigenization.
20. Maintain relevant documents and records on behalf of the College.
21. Perform other related duties as required.
Skills and Abilities:
– Demonstrated specialized understanding and respect for Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
– Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Canadian Indigenous people’s histories, cultures and experiences.
– Ability to be flexible and responsive to the internal and external community and the progress made by the College on its journey toward reconciliation.
– Strong research skills using online and traditional sources of information.
– Ability to plan and think strategically.
– Strong project management skills.
– Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain positive relationships and rapport with internal and external stakeholders.
– Team player with an aptitude for working in a collegial manner.
– Ability to facilitate discussion groups, large and small.
– Strong analytical skills and creative problem solver.
– Strong written and verbal communication skills.
– Strong presentation skills.
– Strong time management skills and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and work independently in a, collaborative, diverse and inclusive environment.
– Ability to develop budget proposals.
– Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgement and operate with a high degree of confidentiality.
– Knowledge of the nsyilxcən and/or secwepemctsin languages is an asset.
Minimum of Bachelor’s degree.
Exempt – Continuing Full-time
Appointment Start Date:
Annual Salary/Hourly Rate:
Range $86,619 to $115,492. Typical Hiring Range $103,943 to $115,492.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Interested candidates are encouraged to review the candidate profile found here: https://tinyurl.com/Indigenization-Advisor
Please note, applications will start to be reviewed in early February.
Posting Opening Date:
Posting Closing Date:
Open Until Filled
To apply for this position, please go to the following website: https://www.employmentopportunities.okanagan.bc.ca and complete an on-line application.