Competition Number: OSSTFA-21-0101E
POSTED: October 1, 2021
DEADLINE: 4:30 p.m., October 22, 2021

Graduation Coach
For Indigenous Students
1.0 Term Position

This term position will begin as soon as possible and end no later than July 6, 2022.

Category D: $59,041 to $86,189 per annum
Work Year: 194 + 3 Days

The Toronto District School Board adheres to equitable hiring, employment, and promotion practices.

Reporting to the System Superintendent, Indigenous Education, the Indigenous Graduation Coach will provide supports to First Nations, Métis, Inuit learners, with the goal of increasing the number of Indigenous students obtaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and successfully transitioning into post-secondary education, training, or labour market opportunities.

A key component of this program is that the Indigenous Graduation Coach has connections and relationship within Indigenous communities. The Grad Coach will report to the System Superintendent of Indigenous Education and will be working collaboratively with the Student Success team at the Urban Indigenous Education Centre (UIEC).

Summary of Duties:

  • Act as a mentor, advisor and advocate to students with teachers, other school staff and families;
  • Act as an advocate and a role model for students in pathways planning related to graduation and post-secondary destinations;
  • Facilitate access and referrals to academic supports and community resources to provide an integrated support system for student achievement and well-being;
  • Monitor and track students’ progress utilizing current data collection and communication tools;
  • Work directly with the UIEC staff to assemble support structures inside and outside the Board;
  • Meet with students on a regular basis to monitor attendance, engagement, assignments, courses, completion, grades, credit accumulation;
  • Track for graduation, intervene and facilitate student’s successful journey towards their chosen pathways;
  • Assemble a “Circle of Caring adults” who will provide customized and personalized supports to students;
  • Communicate and share pertinent information about students with the Circle of Caring adults so they can be made aware of challenges and barriers faced day to day and can support students accordingly;
  • Build capacity by utilizing access to the Professional Learning E-Community site;
  • Integrate and link new programs and supports to existing programs in order to address student needs;
  • Create a welcoming environment in the school for Indigenous students;
  • Engage students by affirming the identities and cultures of Indigenous through Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy;
  • Connect students with their cultural identity, organize and facilitate student leadership development;
  • Maintain confidential information on each individual student, utilizing the secondary school’s educational software resource to track and monitor academic achievement and well-being;
  • Facilitate student engagement in order to create trusting relationships between Indigenous students and their secondary school community;
  • Establish a safety plan during breaks in regular programming (i.e., long weekends, extended breaks, etc.) for at-risk students;
  • Engage with parents, guardians, families and communities to build trusting relationships and facilitate communication and dialogue;
  • Develop collective knowledge of educators and provide cultural competency supports as required;
  • Advocate with Indigenous cultural knowledge to help transform school culture;
  • Create space for Indigenous students to voice their experiences to enable the TDSB and secondary schools to establish trusting relationships and responsive services;
  • Prepare reports and compile statistics as required;
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the System Superintendent, Executive Superintendent and/or Associate Director.


  • University Degree in a related field with two years successful experience with Indigenous students or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience working with secondary students;
  • Demonstrated institutional agency by working in alignment with principals, Superintendents, Associate Director;
  • Demonstrated understanding of Anti-Indigenous Racism;
  • Life experience deeply rooted in local Indigenous communities and experience working with underserved students, their families and communities;
  • Understanding of OCAP (Ownership control access and possession);
  • Experience working within Indigenous communities;
  • Understanding of Indigenous context within the GTA;
  • Understanding continuing impact of colonization within Indigenous community;
  • Understanding of Trauma informed practice and cultural safety within Indigenous context;
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Ability to identify barriers and intervention points;
  • Understanding of the diversity and composition of the Indigenous community within the GTA;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a team;
  • Ability to safeguard and handle confidential information;
  • Knowledge of the principles of Truth and Reconciliation, Call for Commission, Call to Action, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the principles of Human Rights;
  • Familiarity with related TDSB policies, procedures and protocols, the Education Act, and other relevant legislation;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work co-operatively as part of an interdisciplinary team including teachers, principals, support staff and community agency personnel; and
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office, student information systems etc.

Special Requirements:

  • First Nations, Métis, Inuit candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Provision of own vehicle for Board Business; requires a valid Ontario driver’s license.
  • Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends in order to meet program needs.

Travel: This position requires regular travel, and use of a car is required for which employees shall receive a monthly Travel Allowance in accordance with the Collective Agreement.


  • Fluency in Indigenous language(s).

Hours of Work: Full-time: 7.0 hours per day, scheduled according to operational needs        

Work Year: 194 + 3 days

Location: Urban Indigenous Education Centre, 16 Phin Avenue

Please note:
As a prospective employee of TDSB, you must be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment (subject to TDSB-approved exemptions) in accordance with the TDSB’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Procedure for Employees, Trustees and Other Individuals (PR734).  This offer of employment is conditional upon you providing satisfactory proof of vaccination to TDSB prior to the commencement of your employment.

Applications should be submitted:

  1. In resume form with a covering letter to: applications.unita@tdsb.on.ca
  2. with competition #OSSTFA-21-0101E in the subject line of the covering letter
  3. no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 22, 2021

We strive to meet the accommodation needs of persons with disabilities.  Applicants are encouraged to make their needs for accommodation known in advance during the application process.

Only applications selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants will not be acknowledged in writing.