Director of Instruction – Indigenous Education

Community / Organization: 
North Okanagan-Shuswap School District
Posting Date: 
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Closing Date: 
Monday, April 11, 2022
Salmon Arm
Job Status: 
Full Time

The Board of Education of
School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)


The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District invites applications from individuals who are seeking a challenging and rewarding Senior Leadership Team opportunity in a vibrant and beautiful environment. The start date for the position is negotiable depending on the availability of the successful applicant but is anticipated that the appointment would be effective August 1, 2022.

Our District
In the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District, we serve just over 6700 students in 24 schools through a variety of sites located around Shuswap Lake and the North Okanagan. The school district supports Indigenous learners from five distinct communities, which include the Adams Lake Band, the Little Shuswap Lake Band, the Neskonlith Band, the Splatsin First Nation, and the Salmon Arm Metis Association. Our Strategic Plan prioritizes a “students first” focus on success, organizational efficiency, and a culture of health and wellness as our key goals.

Our Communities
With year-round recreational activities in a spectacular natural setting, we offer a small-town atmosphere with big city services. You’ll find musical and theatre performances, garden markets, wineries, and opportunities for world class boating, biking, hiking, and golf right outside your door. Add in quick access to larger centers and very affordable housing, and it is clear that the North Okanagan-Shuswap is a truly desirable place to live.

The Position
The Director of Instruction - Indigenous Education reports directly to the Superintendent and provides system leadership regarding the success of Indigenous learners and learning. Key responsibilities include:
• Providing inspirational and visionary leadership in Indigenous education and is a champion for Indigenous student success;
• Responsibility for the planning, implementing, coordinating, supporting, and monitoring of programs and services for Indigenous students and families throughout the district;
• Ensuring district programs and services reflect best practice in Indigenous education and comply with all Ministry of Education policies and directives;
• Working collaboratively as a member of the Senior Leadership Team to execute the district’s Strategic Plan;
• Working directly with the Superintendent and Rightsholders on all Indigenous education initiatives;
• Working in partnership with the First Nations Education Council (FNEC), Indigenous communities, and Rightsholders to monitor services and supports for Indigenous students;
• Leading a district response to address equity;
• Leading a strategy for the implementation of First Peoples Principles of Learning; integration of Indigenous curriculum, culture, knowledge, and history; and Indigenous language revitalization;
• Providing updates to the Board of Education and the First Nations Education Council (FNEC) regarding the progress made on initiatives supporting student success within Indigenous Education Enhancement Agreement (IEEA);
• Assisting school and district administrators, teachers, and support staff to develop instructional knowledge and delivery of supports that lead to Indigenous learner success as part of the district’s commitment to equity;
• Providing leadership to school-based administrators, teachers, and school-based Indigenous staff to provide culturally supportive and welcoming environments for Indigenous learners;
• Working in partnership with the First Nations Education Council (FNEC) to develop and provide oversight to the annual budget for Indigenous Education targeted funding;
• Working to implement the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, the Board of Education’s goals, and Ministry of Education mandates;
• Overseeing the implementation of the Ministry of Education’s new graduation requirement.

The preferred candidate will have lived experience with the challenges and opportunities within the school system, and will have professionally demonstrated:
• The possession of, or eligibility to possess, British Columbia Teacher Regulation Branch certification;
• A Master’s Degree in Education or equivalent post-secondary graduate training;
• Outstanding experience working effectively as a school principal in the K-12 system; including the supervision of staff, programs, and budgets;
• A fundamental belief that all learners can achieve at a high level;
• Commitment to and progress toward Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action;
• Strong knowledge of Indigenous curriculum, culture, values, history, and language;
• Knowledge and understanding of British Columbia’s Indigenous communities, protocols, and contemporary issues;
• Successful implementation of school-wide approaches to improve literacy and numeracy, and effective use of school-wide assessments and coherent use of data to reach equity in student learning results;
• Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills in a culturally appropriate manner;
• The ability to build strong, meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and partners;
• Excellent oral and written communication;
• Strong organizational skills;
• Additional consideration will be given to candidates with Indigenous ancestry.

The Process
Please submit your application package via Make a Future via by noon on Monday, April 11, 2022.

Your application package should include a brief cover letter, a resume that summarizes related experiences, a statement of educational philosophy, and up to five confidential reference contacts. Reference letters will be considered but are not expected.

We appreciate all interest in this position, however only those selected to be shortlisted will be contacted by the District.

Questions regarding this competition may be directed to Donna Kriger, Superintendent, at or (250) 804-7822.
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