Job Posting

Director Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Managerial & Professional


Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario

Deadline: October 20, 2017

Posted: October 10, 2017

Job Summary

The Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC) exists to enhance the development and well-being of the Queen’s University Indigenous Community. The Centre serves as a hub for the University’s implementation of Indigenous priorities, encouraging university stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff and senior administrators, to develop an awareness and appreciation of the Indigenous experience in Canada. In keeping with the teachings of the Four Directions, the Centre supports individual Indigenous students in balancing their academic, spiritual, physical and emotional needs.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Student Life & Learning, the Director leads the FDASC staff, programs and activities and is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the Centre’s programs and services. The Director serves as an expert resource for students, faculty and staff regarding all aspects of Indigenous education and cultural awareness to promote and maintain a strong Indigenous presence at Queen’s University. The Director provides leadership in bridging understanding of Indigenous student needs within the Queen’s community and supports the University’s goal of meaningful integration of Indigenous knowledge. Responsibilities include collaborations and consultations with faculty and leaders across the University to embed Indigenous awareness and principles in academic activities and the physical environment.

Non-traditional hours, including evening and/or weekend commitments and some travel are required.

Job Description

• Provides leadership to the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, developing overall direction of the Centre’s activities and services. Oversees the implementation of strategic plans to support organizational goals, and program objectives.
• Builds strong internal and external partnerships with faculty, staff and the broader Indigenous community while leading outreach initiatives including national, provincial and local networks, community and joint projects which support Indigenous learners
• Facilitates and supports innovative programs and services designed to recruit and retain First Nations, Metis and Inuit learners.
• Working with the Office of the University Registrar, leads the development, implementation and maintenance of the University’s Indigenous recruitment plan and student success strategies.
• Works collaboratively with department and program heads and senior administrators to deepen understanding of Indigenous cultures and ensure commitment to Indigenous student success throughout the University Serves as an Indigenous representative on external and internal committees and panels on behalf of Student Affairs, as appropriate.
• Oversees the design, coordination, promotion and implementation of Indigenous initiatives within Student Affairs and FDASC, ensuring the systematic development of emerging projects aligned with the University’s strategic Indigenous priorities.
• Works collaboratively with partners, through participation on two of the Aboriginal Council Working Groups (Aboriginal Student Access and Support & Cultural Awareness and Programming) to enhance Indigenous-focused academic programs and supports.
• Develops initiatives that recognize the distinct needs of Indigenous students and address cultural differences that may be a barrier to success.
• Provides leadership in establishing a strong network with secondary schools as well as other post-secondary educational institutions that promote outreach to and reduce barriers for prospective students.
• Researches and identifies external sources of funding and in collaboration with relevant colleagues and units, develops funding proposals in support of the FDASC’s mandate and to ensure the sustainability of Indigenous initiatives at Queen’s.
• As the leader of the FDASC, provides and protects “Indigenous place” at the University, both by providing physical space that is welcoming and nourishing and by fostering Indigenous ideals of teaching and learning in community.
• Participates in developing, presenting, and overseeing the budget for FDASC.
• Analyzes and monitors budgets, and ensures budgetary control procedures are followed.
• Identifies funding, revenue generating, and sponsorship opportunities to resources new or existing programs.
• Develops and drafts funding proposals for multiple potential donors and sponsors.
• Manages funds received as a result for successful proposals.
• Plans, prioritizes and manages the work of employees, providing strategic and tactical advice, guidance and coaching. Identifies the need for staff resources, participates on staffing committees, and makes effective recommendations regarding employee selection.
• Manages performance by establishing performance standards, reviewing and evaluating performance and conducting formal performance reviews on an ongoing basis.
• Assesses staff training and development needs, and ensures that employees receive training required to improve and sustain successful performance.
• Investigates, addresses and resolves employee/labour relations issues, including making decisions regarding disciplinary and discharge matters.
• Participates in educational activities offered through Queen’s (e.g. teaching courses, serving on departmental committees, community service activities, lectures and workshops, etc.)
• Works with key administrators in the Office of Advancement to maintain and enhance links with Queen’s alumni and prospective donors for programs, supports and services within Student Affairs and FDASC.

• University degree in a field related to the aspects of the position, such as Education, Social Sciences or Policy Studies, with some demonstrated focus on Indigenous development. A Master’s degree would be considered an asset.
• A minimum of 3-5 years of managerial experience specifically in the areas of budget development, program development and human resource management. Working in a post-secondary setting would be an asset.
• Must be of Indigenous ancestry.
• Strong knowledge of Indigenous culture(s), practices and communication styles.
• Comprehensive knowledge of Indigenous histories, traditions, knowledge systems, and contemporary issues, as well as experience in implementing complex initiatives related to Indigenous education.
• Extensive Indigenous community development or partnership building experience.
• Demonstrated professional experience or academic work in student affairs, student development, education or a related field.
• Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Exceptional communication, diplomacy and interpersonal skills and abilities to establish credibility, influence outcomes and win cooperation from a variety of audiences.
• Direct, in-depth understanding of the Indigenous community.
• Known for political savvy and ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with key stakeholders both internally and externally.
• Able to demonstrate tact and discretion, maturity and good judgement, and the ability to deal with sensitive issues in a professional manner.
• Interest and demonstrated skills in program development and enhancement, including the initiation, fostering and preparation of funding proposals.
• Ability to analyze complex situations and determine appropriate course of action to reach a resolution, using advanced analytical and problem solving skills.
• Strong mentor comfortable providing support, advocacy and counseling to Indigenous students.
• Able to communicate sensitive and complex information to a wide variety of audiences.
• A leader with existing networks within various Indigenous communities and the ability to foster strong community support for Indigenous initiatives at Queen’s.
• Leadership ability and sound professional judgement.
• A successful track record in managing complex programs and initiatives, and the ability to meet strategic, financial, and operational goals.
• Excellent project management and planning skills.

• Makes decisions regarding budgetary planning and expenditures.
• Determines recommendations and implementation strategies for the development and continuous improvement of programs or creation of new programs to meet the University’s strategic goals.
• Decisions regarding the programming of social, cultural and educational opportunities at the FDASC and within the University community.
• Maintains knowledge of and experience with the academic mission and systems of the University to determine how best to integrate and align FDASC priorities within the University strategic plan and objectives.
• Decisions regarding best strategies to approaching and educating the university community with respect to Indigenous student issues.
• Determines when exceptions to policies and regulations are appropriate based on individual student situations and advocates on behalf of students for appropriate resolution of issues.
• Evaluates job candidates and makes effective recommendations on suitable hires.
• Makes decisions and/or effective recommendations regarding transfers and promotions.
• Evaluates employee performance and decides on appropriate training or coaching to address lack of proficiency in carrying out responsibilities, or remedial action for staff disciplinary situations.
• Assesses investigation outcome of grievances and makes effective recommendations on appropriate course of action or next steps on grievances.
• Makes effective recommendations on level of discipline up to discharge and probationary termination.

Closing Statement

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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