Senior Education Manager

Community / Organization: 
Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation
Posting Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2021
Closing Date: 
Friday, March 26, 2021
Dog Creek, BC
Job Status: 
Full Time

About Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation

Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (SXFN) is a community located in a semi-remote area on the Fraser River, approximately 85 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake. We were originally two distinct bands, the Canoe Creek band and the Dog Creek band, that have since come together to form SXFN. There are currently 745 registered members within our Secwepemc nation and we all have a shared vision of becoming an economically and politically self-sustaining community that lives the Secwepemc culture, language, and traditions, in a healthy and safe environment. 

As a community, we are passionate about education for the next generation. Our education efforts are supported by a strong team of management and educators that span a daycare and the Rosie Seymour Elementary School (RSES). The Teachers and Principal of the Rosie Seymour Elementary School currently educate 25 students using a robust curriculum that also encompasses our heritage and language.

For more information about our community please visit our homepage by clicking here.

About the Region

One of the highlights of working within our community is the breathtaking natural beauty to be found on your doorstep. Vast forests, rivers, and mountains can be seen in all directions and are ready to be explored by a lover of the great outdoors. If you're tired of the monotony of city living and you're eager for a life where you can step outside your front door and be immediately reconnected with the natural world around you, then we invite you to read on. 


About the Opportunity

Currently, SXFN has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Education Manager to join our community on a full-time basis. 

Reporting to the Band Administrator, this role will see you accountable for the successful operations of the Education program according to our vision, objectives, and strategic direction. This role will also see you responsible for the efficient operations of all head start, daycare, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education matters while being an advocate for education in the community. 

Some of your key responsibilities in this role will include:

  • Developing an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives for programs and services aligned with the SXFN educational strategic vision including program delivery, services, and evaluation. 
  • Creating an ongoing relationship with educational organizations such as FNESC, FNSA, BC TEA, RSES, School District #27, and other partners to ensure that students are receiving high-quality education and employment opportunities. 
  • Conducting needs assessments, identifying learning gaps, and providing information to leadership in order to develop plans and priorities when it comes to creating programs designed to address the learning requirements of all students and deliver learning outcomes to a standard that will allow students to transfer at similar levels of achievement between RSES and provincial schools in BC. 
  • Providing a leadership role in the development of curriculum related to land-based learning, language programs, and accreditation for students.
  • Working with the Principal of RSES to expand the use of language and cultural experiences for all students. 
  • Managing the post-secondary program for students enrolled in Bachelor, Certificate, and/or Diploma degree programs including related skills and employment opportunities for the SXFN.
  • Managing the Local Education Agreement between SXFN and School District #27.
  • Preparing and managing budgets and reports as required by SXFN leadership, contribution agreements, and educational organizations on a timely basis. 

Preference will be given to applicants who identify as First Nations.

More About You

In order to qualify for this role, you will have at least a Bachelor's Degree in Education or Business Administration or a similar relevant field along with at least 3 to 5 years of education, business, and/or management experience and a valid driver's license. Candidates with a Master's Degree in Education are preferred. You'll also join us with experience in the development of curriculum, proposals for funding, program assessment, and financial management. Previous experience working with indigenous students is a significant asset. 

As our ideal candidate for this role, you will have knowledge of culturally responsive teaching practices. In addition, you will have excellent communication skills and a natural aptitude for bringing out the best in your direct reports and the students around you.

Do you want to make a lasting difference to a vibrant First Nation community? Here's your chance. Please read on to see what we have to offer you! 

Please note that a current satisfactory criminal record clearance and vulnerable sector check is required for this role. 

About the Benefits

In exchange for your hard work and dedication, you'll be awarded a highly competitive annual salary based on skills and experience. You'll also be entitled to the following excellent package.

  • Vision and dental benefits.
  • Access to a pension plan.
  • Negotiable relocation assistance. 
  • Negotiable vacation of 3 to 4 weeks based on experience. 
  • The opportunity to work within a friendly and inclusive community. 

If you share our values and have the skills necessary to bring success to the role, then we invite you to apply today!

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