Indigenous Education Specialist

Community / Organization: 
First Nations Technology Council
Posting Date: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Closing Date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Location: 
North Vancouver
Job Status: 
Full Time
Description: 

Reporting to the Manager, Indigenous Education, the Indigenous Education Specialist plays a critical role in reviewing, decolonizing, and Indigenizing technology curriculum in Technology Council skills programs. This highly specialized position requires an curriculum developer well-versed in Indigenous paradigms and perspectives who is knowledgeable of best practices in Indigenous Adult Education and learning theory.

The Indigenous Education Specialist will also need to be able to understand and synthesize complex technology skills training to translate it into our customized curriculum and student outcomes. As such, a high degree of tech literacy and interest in emerging technologies is required.

This role will also require an educational professional who both understands and practices safe cultural communication, is agile and generous in their thinking, and allows for a diversity of perspectives across the Indigenous technology landscape. The ability to work well and respectfully with others is a must, as is the ability to negotiate often complex social and cultural issues where there are divergent perspectives

As a member of the Indigenous Innovation and Technology Development Division, the Indigenous Education Specialist will also support a variety of Institute initiatives to provide an Indigenous lens to programs and procedures.

Primary Responsibilities
• Demonstrates leadership aligned with Technology Council brand and core values.

• Research relevant Indigenous knowledges  and apply the research to the curriculum;

• Decolonialize and Indigenize current and new curriculum content, the methodology (student’s learning experience), and the pedagogy (approach to teaching) to existing and new programming;

• Apply First Peoples Principles of Learning and Best Practices in Indigenous and Adult Education to the curriculum; 

• Support the Manager, Indigenous Education in curriculum maintenance and development of curriculum, and;

• Assist with creating space in our curriculum for Indigenous stories, role models, resources, and teachings in tech-based curriculum. 


Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrates leadership aligned with Technology Council brand and core values.

• Excellent research skills. 

• Must be a skilled communicator with the ability to work with a remote team.

• Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with others for positive impact.

• Strong understanding of First Peoples Principles of Learning and application to Indigenous Education.

• Facilitation and presentation skills.  

• Strong organizational and planning abilities.

• Demonstrated leadership, enthusiasm, appreciation, and respect when engaging formally and informally with all team members, instructors, program participants, contractors, and external stakeholders 

• Ability to prioritize, including ability to manage multiple complex files and competing priorities

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with educational and industry partners

• Interest and ability to learn Slack, Monday, Dropbox, Google.docs and other online tools


Requirements:
• A graduate or undergraduate degree in Indigenous Studies, Education, or related studies.

• Experience in development of Indigenous-focused education materials or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Experience in Indigenous adult education.

• Interpersonal and networking capabilities with Indigenous communities.

• Sound understanding of the history of First Nations in British Columbia, and an ability and interest to learn more about the history, culture, protocols and practices, socio-economic issues, rights and future vision of Indigenous peoples. 

• Ability to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Core Values
The First Nations Technology Council holds the following core values, which all employees are expected to honour, demonstrate and deepen through individual practice and team development: trust, humility, community, spirit, innovation for 7 generations, listening, resilience, indigenous wisdom, and heart. 

Supervision
This position reports directly to the Manager, Indigenous Education. 

Location
This position is located at the First Nations Technology Council headquarters Unit 102 – 70 Orwell Street on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will work remotely until further notice, in alignment with public health directives and best practices.

Contact: 
How to Apply Please send your resume and cover letter to robyn@technologycouncil.ca. This position will remain open until it is filled.
Type of opportunity: 
Job Posting
Job Sector: 
Not for profit

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