Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement

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About Brock University

With a student population of 19,000, approximately 1,500 faculty and staff, and a network of almost 100,000 accomplished alumni, Brock University has forged a reputation as a modern and innovative comprehensive institution. Brock has seven Faculties and two Schools offering a wide range of programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. It also features one of Canada’s most diversified co-operative programs and a range of other experiential, service and creative learning opportunities. Brock is committed to fostering excellence in academic programs, research, creativity, transdisciplinarity, and community-engaged teaching, learning and scholarship.

Niagara Region

Located on the traditional lands of the Anishnaabe, Haudenosaunee, Brock University is situated in the heart of Ontario’s Niagara region with close proximity to the Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest Haudenosaunee First Nations community in Canada, and the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, as well as the distinct presence of a Metis Council. The Niagara region has a large and growing Indigenous urban community.
Brock University is also situated within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, in an area known for viticulture, tourism, natural beauty and its proximity to major Canadian and American cities. It is also recognized as a gathering place of many Indigenous nations where the stories of the Covenant Chain, Two Row Wampum and Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belts have played key roles in diverse paths towards Peace. Brock’s location plays a key role in its identity, as more than 200 community collaborations allow the University to be a vital partner who helps advance Niagara’s cultural, economic, and intellectual transformation.

About this unique opportunity

Brock University supports Indigenization, UNDRIP and the 94 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. Brock University has an active Aboriginal Education Council, and a Two Row/One Dish One Spoon Council was recently established to advise the University Senate on priority actions.
Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and as a member of senior academic administration, the position will provide transformative vision, leadership and support to the University in all aspects of Brock’s efforts to further Indigenize its campus and academic curriculum through reciprocal and collaborative intents, and thereby increase Indigenous membership and representation with the student staff and faculty populations.
This position will provide leadership in the development and implementation of a central strategy for Indigenous initiatives flowing from the University’s integrated Strategic Plan, and will be involved in liaising with Indigenous communities on future strategic planning initiatives. As the University’s key contact for Indigenous community engagement, applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong record of consensus-building relationships with Indigenous communities, organizations and universities and colleges.
Brock University actively seeks an Indigenous candidate for this position.

The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

• An Indigenous Scholar with a Ph.D. or equivalent, whose experience and qualifications are commensurate with the rank of a tenured Associate Professor or Professor.
• Lived experience of Indigenous world views, cultures and values, and superior understanding of diverse Indigenous knowledge systems, epistemologies and Indigenous research methodologies
• Knowledge of University policies as they relate to advancing Indigenous education
• Knowledge and practice of cross-cultural relationship building at the academic and community level
• Knowledge of and experience with post-secondary education initiatives, programs and transformative practices in support of Indigenous education, student success and community engagement
• Proficient knowledge of the political, legislative and governing bodies pertaining to Indigenous initiatives at a local, provincial and national level
• Demonstrated record of positive relationships within and alongside Indigenous communities
• Ability to engage external Indigenous communities and stakeholders in ways that will support Indigenization of relevant Brock University strategic priorities
• Ability to facilitate consciousness-raising within an environment of teamwork so as to challenge and overcome institutional and systemic barriers to the successful attainment of post-secondary education for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students across the University
• Experience building collaborative relationships between Indigenous communities and movements for racial justice and equity.
• A commitment to Indigenous community-engaged research, teaching and learning across diverse cultures
• Knowledge of the Truth & Reconciliation recommendations and other relevant Federal and Provincial reports, programs and grant opportunities that impact the post-secondary sector
• Competency in an Indigenous language or knowledge of Indigenous languages would be an asset

The process

The appointment, for an initial 5-year term, will commence on July 1, 2018. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately, with a deadline for applications on May 30, 2018.


Please include with the application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest in the position, and the names and contact information of three referees.

All expressions of interest, applications and nominations will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Provost@brocku.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. The application form can be found using this link https://brocku.ca/careers/senior-administrative-positions/

We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process. Please advise Patricia Mosca, Manager Talent Acquisition (pmosca@brocku.ca) to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.