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Director, K-12 Institute



Job Description

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Through Indspire’s K-12 Institute, it provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success for Indigenous youth. In 2016-17, Indspire awarded $11.6 million through 3,764 bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous youth, making it the largest funder of Indigenous education outside the federal government. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people that is broadcast nationally.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Education, the Director, K-12 Institute will provide strategic leadership and vision in the planning, development and implementation of the Institute’s national community-based K-12 presence in Indigenous communities. The Director, K-12 Institute will also create partnerships with all stakeholders, including educators, students, and donors to strategically advance the Institute’s goals, and provide strategic oversight of the Institute’s programming, tools and resources, ensuring their compatibility with the needs of communities.
The position responsibilities of the Director, K-12 Institute include:

Key Duties

Institute Community Program Management
• Provides strategic leadership, direction and oversight to the development and implementation of the Institute’s K-12 staff and programs including strategic and operational plans, milestones and oversees their implementation.
• Provides management and oversight to the Institute’s K-12 team through coaching/mentoring, performance management while promoting a positive and culturally safe work environment.
• Develops and provides oversight to program budget.
• Collaborates with the Vice-President Education to establish goals, timelines and deliverables for the Institute’s community-based programming.
• Builds and maintains strategic and collaborative partnerships with Indigenous communities, educational organizations, and other Indigenous bodies across Canada to promote the Institute’s programs.
• Oversees the strategic development and use of on-line tools through the advancement of a K-12 community educational presence.
• Manages the program’s contractor process and recruits qualified consultants/researchers in regions and communities for research and evaluation work with the Institute.
• Collaborates with all Indspire departments as appropriate demonstrating leadership in the marketing, fundraising, financial and technical management of the Institute.
Institute Community Program Development and Delivery
• Works closely with Communication and Marketing to guide and oversee the technical soundness, security and performance of the tools used for on-line delivery of the Institute programs such as but not limited to webinars, and postings of program results.
• Collaborates with the Vice-President Education and the K-12 team to select communities to participate in a variety of Indspire K-12 programs that advances strategies leading to improved student outcomes.
• Develops and recommends methods to reach educators who will benefit from K-12 Institute that includes resources and programming.
• Ensures concise and thorough outcomes-based qualitative and statistical research reports articulating findings related to Indigenous knowledge appropriate to a broad audience, including Indigenous communities, funding partners, and all levels of government.
• Provides input to and, as appropriate, engages in the development and delivery of papers and articles incorporating important academic research findings related to Indigenous education and outcomes in support of ongoing funding and program development.
• Understands research methodology and incorporates research findings to the development of the online community.
• Represents Indspire at conferences and may be required to speak at other engagements.
Project Management
• Directs the overall strategic management of all Institute projects, ensuring the use of project management best practices to deliver timely results within established project budgets.
• Contributes to the support of key Indspire events, including the National Gathering for Indigenous Education, the Indspire Awards, Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gatherings and others as they arise.


• Completion of a Masters level university degree preferably in Education or equivalent as well as relevant experience.

• Five plus years of extensive and successful experience, such as K-12 education leadership, curriculum development, and/or broader education/public administration experience.

• Demonstrated experience managing or leading staff teams.
• Demonstrated understanding and experience working with Indigenous communities is required.
• Broad knowledge and experience in Canada’s Indigenous education field.
• Demonstrated expertise in project development and management.
• Knowledgeable of current research methods and reporting.
• Ability to present research to both academic and non-academic audiences; knowledge of outcomes-based language.
• Knowledge, strong understanding of and appreciation for Indigenous ways of knowing.
• Demonstrated ability to influence and build relationships with community leaders and representatives to ensure their participation in research and inclusion in the Institute’s online presence.
• Experience with on-line teaching/learning methods and programs a definite asset.
• Ability to travel within Canada throughout the year.
• Proficiency in French is an asset.

How to Apply

This is a full-time position and will be based at Indspire’s head office on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. The salary range is competitive with a great benefit package, including pension plan. We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from qualified Indigenous persons and all others interested in the position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. To learn more about Indspire visit

To apply, please forward your résumé, and cover letter to
All qualified candidates will be contacted directly.
No agency calls please.
Deadline for Applications: October 10, 2017

Contact Information

Amanda Charles
Posting Date: 18-Sep-2017Accounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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