Director, Education

  • Fort McKay First Nation
  • Fort McKay, AB, Canada
  • Nov 13, 2023
Full-Time Director of Education

Job Description

Director, Education    

Education Department  



The Elsie Fabian School opened its doors September of 2022 and we are looking for a dynamic and passionate Education Director who loves Northern Living to join the team! The school has incorporated both the Dene and Cree Language, culture, and Land-Based Education where students learn about their rich local history. Elsie Fabian school staff practice and believe that the well-being of the child is at the center of everything; this is the shared practice and belief of the Fort McKay elders, parents and community members. The foundation of the Elsie Fabian School is engagement in teaching and learning, parents and community, culture and traditions, and a school environment based on the principles of love, responsibility, respect, listening, nurturing, relationships, humility and learning. Join us and be apart of the Fort McKay community - a Nation that is committed to advancing quality education for all Indigenous learners by connecting to land and honouring our languages.

The Education Director will work closely with community advisory groups to shape and mold Education Program curriculum to meet the student’s needs. As a mentor, the Director will coach teachers on how to implement courses and work closely with the FMFN Education Authority to ensure rules, laws and regulations are upheld. This is a permanent full-time salaried position reporting directly to the CEO and is based on seventy-five (75) hours bi-weekly, located in Fort McKay, AB,


  • Develop best teaching practices by collaborating with teachers and paraprofessionals.
  • Implement different curricula based on grade level and school subject, choose textbooks and classroom materials.
  • Conduct training workshops for teachers prior to the school year starting to teach them how to implement the chosen curriculum.
  • Monitor the teachers' progress toward achieving educational goals.
  • Take the necessary steps to provide a safe and caring environment that fosters well-being and maintains respectful and responsible behavior for each student.
  • Take the necessary steps to provide for the safety and welfare of students while participating in school programs or while being transported to or from school programs on transportation provided by FMFN.
  • Take the necessary steps to provide facilities to accommodate FMFN students.
  • Provide leadership in all matters relating to education in Fort McKay First Nation.
  • Ensure that effective and appropriate educational programs are delivered to all students.
  • Establish and maintain clear, consistent expectations that encourage pupils to pursue educational goals.
  • Ensure that students have the opportunity to meet, at the minimum, the standards of education mandated by FN Education Law.
  • Develop and maintain positive and effective relations with staff at the Federal, Provincial and Local government levels.
  • Develop and maintain positive and effective relations with surrounding schools and board departments.
  • Provide leadership to promote clear, consistent, expectations that focus on successful outcomes for students.
  • Ensure that the fiscal management of the FMFN Education Program is in accordance with FMFN’s annual budget, other applicable grant regulations, and in accordance with the provisions of the FN Education Act, and Education Authority Policy.
  • Demonstrate effective organizational skills that result in compliance with all legal, Education Authority mandates and timelines.
  • Provide leadership for the development and review of a multi-year strategic plan, in accordance with FN Education Act and Education Authority Policy.
  • Ensure appropriate involvement of the Education Authority (approval of process and timelines, establishment of Education Authority priorities and outcomes, key results and final Education Authority approval).
  • Report regularly on results achieved and FMFN Education Program improvement plans.
  • Responsible for all personnel-related issues, save and except those personnel matters precluded by Education Authority policy and law.
  • Ensure effective systems are in place for the selection, supervision, development and performance review of all staff.
  • Facilitate the planning, development, implementation, review and evaluation of Education Authority policies.
  • Provide leadership in the planning, development, implementation, review and evaluation of administrative procedures.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relations with Education Authority.
  • Support Education Authority in performing its role and facilitate the implementation of its role as outlined in FMFN law.
  • Establish effective communication strategies to keep the FMFN Education Program informed of key monitoring reports, student, volunteer and staff successes, local issues and board decisions.
  • Ensure that open, transparent and positive internal and external communications are in place.
  • Participate in community affairs in order to enhance and support the FMFN Education Program and promote public education.
  • Establish effective recognition programs and strategies to ensure that the internal and external audiences are aware of student, volunteer, staff and successes.
  • Demonstrate positive and proactive leadership that has the support of the staff with whom the Director works most closely.
  • Make succession plans to ensure strong future leadership.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


  • A Post Graduate Degree is an asset.
  • Able to supply a clear criminal record check with vulnerable sector
  • Extensive Experience working in a First Nations community including knowledge of First Nations culture, traditions and values


At Fort McKay, we value the dedication of our employees, which is why we give so much in return. In addition to Competitive Pay, we also offer the following;  

  • Comprehensive Health benefits package with Medical, Dental and Vision coverage
  • An employer matched Pension Plan
  • A healthy work-life balance with an on-site fitness centre
  • Transportation to and from work
  • The opportunity to work with a community that is committed to protecting its traditional lands - to learn more about the Moose Lake Plan visit:


The Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN) is composed of over 800 band members, including those of Cree and Dene heritage, with approximately 400 members residing in the hamlet of Fort McKay a community located approximately 65 km north of Fort McMurray. Fort McKay offers the best of both worlds: remote northern life for the nature lover and proximity to a large city of about 70,000 people with all the amenities you need.



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Closing Date: Open until Filled

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*Preference will be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry in any hiring decision, please declare your Indigenous status in your application.