Dean, Indigenous Education and Engagement
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POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Vice President, Students and Institutional Planning, the Dean, Indigenous Education and Engagement provides leadership, strategic planning and culturally fluent, context-sensitive advisement to both the senior Leadership Team and the wider College community. Bridging relationships internally across the institution and externally with important communities and organizations, the Dean is responsible for overseeing the Aboriginal Resource Centre team and maintaining a warm, welcoming environment for students, staff, faculty and guests. She/he fosters a supportive, culturally-safe environment and inspires innovative, specialized support services. The Dean proactively develops programs, secures funding, engages with internal / external stakeholders, sets priorities and implements strategic initiatives.

The Dean provides both day-to-day and forward-focused leadership for indigenization, decolonized practices, Indigenous education programming, and teaching-learning stewardship to create a university community that proudly and respectfully serves Indigenous students, employees, and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.

The Dean ensures that development of various programs and support services are respectful and responsive to the needs of all Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, Metis and non-status learners. Additional responsibilities include the creation of professional development opportunities, cultural awareness building for the entire college community, including staff, students, faculty and administrators.

As the Dean, Indigenous Education and Engagement, the incumbent will be responsible for the following key activities:

  • Develops, implements, and manages the Indigenous Student Services unit, overseeing a team that offers diverse services to support Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff, and faculty;
  • Builds genuine engagement and relationships with the First Nations on whose territories the college campuses are located;
  • Establishes and maintains strong and positive relationships with all Indigenous communities within the college region;
  • Furthers Indigenous programming and partnerships with faculties and departments;
  • In collaboration with college units and departments, advances services for Indigenous learners at all Humber campuses;
  • Provides strategic leadership enhancing student recruitment, engagement, and academic success;
  • Represents the college and advises college leadership on national, provincial, and local initiatives relating to Indigenous education;
  • Provides senior leadership on the actions, reporting, and activities as they relate to the College’s Indigenous Education Plan;
  • Fosters and promotes plans and actions related to indigenization and decolonizing practices in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls-to-Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  • Advises College leadership on indigenizing curriculum, Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, and relevant research;
  • Promotes the role of Elders in all aspects of academic planning, teaching and learning, administration, and student and employee support;
  • Leads the creation of plans, practices, and actions that ensure a welcoming and supportive environment for Indigenous peoples;
  • Secure funding (from public or private entities) for programming priorities as well as adhering to the criteria outlined in the Postsecondary Education Fund for Indigenous Learners (PEFAL); and,
  • Acts as the key contact for the Indigenous Education Council (IEC), the Indigenous Education Office (IOE) at MTCU and the Indigenous Peoples Education Circle (IPEC) and ensures sustained engagement from Indigenous community members in a way that is both culturally competent and professional.


  • A Masters degree in Indigenous studies, education or a closely related field at the time of appointment, or the equivalent in professional experience.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience within a post-secondary environment in support of Indigenous education, student success, and/or community engagement.
  • Self-identifies as an Indigenous/Aboriginal person with lived experience and expertise in Indigenous knowledges, epistemologies, methodologies, histories, traditions and/or languages
  • Excellent leadership, teambuilding, interpersonal, organizational and management skills including demonstrated ability to work collegially in a diverse, inclusive and unionized environment
  • Excellent relationship building skills with an ability to facilitate sensitive conversations that raise consciousness for diverse and impactful issues related to Indigenous peoples
  • Ability to inspire, motivate, support and empower others through authentic listening, engagement and humility
  • Along with in-depth knowledge of the post-secondary education environment, the ideal candidate will bring outstanding communication skills, strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Direct experience operationalizing strategic plans, inspiring innovative thinking and creating lasting solutions for tactical problems or initiatives
  • Successful experience building collaborative relationships between Indigenous communities and institutions
  • Knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations as well as Federal and Provincial Reports, programs and grant opportunities that impact the Post-secondary sector
  • Project management expertise with demonstrated ability to analyze, plan, deliver and report on multiple projects in an effective and timely manner

Humber College will begin reviewing applications in December 2019; the posting will continue until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this international search, however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We welcome applicants who are of First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or other Indigenous ancestry.

To apply in confidence, email 1) a letter expressing interest in this particular position, giving brief examples of experience and proposed projects; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) names of three (3) references with contact information. Submit applications to the retained search firm: Leaders International Executive Search via email to mike@leadersinternational.com.

For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please contact Mr. Mike Eagar, Consultant at 613-788-8254 ext. 102 or Laurie Sterritt, Partner at 778-838-4569

Humber College is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.

Hours Per Week: 37.5
Position Type: FT Administration
Work Locations: North Campus 205 Humber College Blvd. Etobicoke M9W 5L7
Job Family: Administrative Services
Deadline to Apply: Open until filled
Job Posting: 10/28/19
Department: Indigenous Education and Engagement