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Queen's University

Director, Office of Indigenous Initiatives



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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.

Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience.  Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting.  We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more. 

Job Description

Job Description

• Work collaboratively with the university’s senior management team to implement the recommendations of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force and advance Indigenous initiatives across the university.
• Under the direction of the Deputy Provost (Academic, Operations and Inclusion), and in collaboration with members of the senior leadership team, develop a strategic plan to guide institutional areas of focus and university wide objectives aimed at supporting Queen’s Indigenous initiatives.
• Act as a resource for deans, department heads, and faculty members in developing and enhancing Indigenous partnerships, academic programming, and curricula development.
• Working with the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research), provide advice to faculty and staff whose research involves Indigenous people and communities, where appropriate.
• Establish and foster relationships with Indigenous communities, organizations, and individuals, and act as a central liaison between Indigenous communities and Queen’s. The Director will build a network of Indigenous community members and identify areas of mutual interest to foster collaborations which enhance Indigenous education opportunities, facilitate research collaborations with Indigenous communities, and strengthen Queen’s commitment to meaningfully contributing to reconciliation/conciliation.
• Develop and implement initiatives that promote an understanding of Indigenous histories, perspectives and contemporary issues within the university community. Establish positive relationships and partnerships with senior administrators, staff, faculty, and student leaders to help advance and engage the university community in Indigenous initiatives. Liaise with the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs to develop strategies that ensure sustained progress on initiatives that support Indigenous learners. In particular, the Director will work collaboratively with Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre to enhance the coordination of supports and services for Indigenous students.
• In partnership with the University’s Advancement and Government Relations teams, the Director will help to identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts and funding opportunities from high level donors, corporate sponsors, and government agencies.
• Serve on a variety of internal and external committees, working groups, and advisory councils to provide advice on how best to develop, execute, and raise the profile of Indigenous focused initiatives in a broad range of areas, including academic development; teaching and learning; research; space and event planning; and faculty, staff, and student recruitment and support. The Director is also expected to regularly attend meetings of Queen’s University Aboriginal Council and to serve as a member if nominated.
• Engage with peer institutions and sector-wide bodies to advance Indigenous education and reconciliation/conciliation initiatives.
• Working with the Office of the Vice-Principal (University Relations) as appropriate, develop and implement communication plans to engage with internal and external stakeholders to raise the profile of Indigenous initiatives at Queen's.
• Effectively plan and manage the budget for the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.
• Create informal communication networks to facilitate collaboration among faculty and staff with a specialization in Indigenous focused fields.
• Develop and maintain a central inventory of Indigenous academic and non-academic programming, research, and support programs at Queen’s.
• Plans, prioritizes and manages the work of employees, providing strategic and tactical advice, guidance and coaching. Identifies the need for staff resources, participates on staffing committees, and makes effective recommendations regarding employee selection.
• Manages performance by establishing performance standards, reviewing and evaluating performance and conducting formal performance reviews on an ongoing basis.
• Assesses staff training and development needs, and ensures that employees receive training required to improve and sustain successful performance.
• Investigates, addresses and resolves employee/labour relations issues, including disciplinary matters. Makes decisions or effective recommendations on matters involving possible discipline, discharge and probationary termination.

• 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.

• 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.


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.

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at

The closing date for this competition is July 23, 2017.  To apply, visit:

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Queen's University
Paul Kerekes
Posting Date: 27-Jun-2017Education - College/University Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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