Director Indigenous Engagement, Glenbow

 

Glenbow invites nominations and applications for the position of Director, Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation.

Glenbow is located in Mohkinstis, on Treaty 7 Territory, and respects the history, languages, traditions and cultures of the Nations on whose traditional land we reside: The Blackfoot Confederacy, which includes Siksika, Piikani and Kainaiwa; the Tsuut’ina; the Îyârhe Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nation; and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Their contributions to the museum and their continued support are integral to our success in educating visitors and sharing the rich heritage of this land. We further acknowledge the vital connections we have to other Indigenous peoples, whose visual and intangible culture is represented in the museum’s collections and exhibitions.

Glenbow is a place of confluence; a meeting point for peoples and communities to join a flow of ideas, knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. Indigenous knowledge has long been central to Glenbow’s work, and represent a major component of its collections, exhibitions, education and public programs, and its responsibility to serve as a space for understanding and reconciliation within a diverse community. Since its founding in 1966, Glenbow has grown into one of Canada’s leading museums in part due to its close continuing relationship with Indigenous communities.

Glenbow is currently undertaking a wholesale revitalization of the museum, including a $115 million renovation of its building, and a refreshed and reimagined public program and business model, with a goal of providing increased access, support and leadership for our communities, while also exploring what best practices should evolve for Canadian museums. Glenbow seeks to appoint a new position of Director, Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation in support of these initiatives, and in alignment with Glenbow’s responsibilities to meet the goals outlined by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Reporting to the COO and VP Engagement, the Director, Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation, will take a leadership role in Glenbow’s ongoing efforts to ensure collections, exhibitions, education and programs are accessible to Indigenous communities, and are influenced by Indigenous knowledge and practice. The Director will build upon the museum’s existing relationships with Indigenous communities, while also creating and advancing new opportunities to engage with Indigenous communities across Canada and internationally. As a member of Glenbow’s management team, the Director will involve staff, volunteer and partner voices to facilitate an ongoing dialogue within Glenbow on the further Indigenization of the museum. This position will also serve as the primary facilitator of a newly formed national Indigenous Advisory Group, to plan and lead Indigenous engagement activities through the development and design of the building renovation, as well as for its reprogramming and reopening in 2024.

In keeping with Glenbow’s Employment Equity Priorities, recruitment of this position is restricted to candidates that self-identify as Indigenous.

To be successful within this role, you will have previous experience leading respectful and authentic community engagement strategies and building effective relationships with diverse Indigenous communities, Indigenous organizations and key stakeholders within government, education, culture, business, and not-for-profit sectors. In addition, you will possess demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, protocols, and histories.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process by contacting Ella Hipolito at ellah@boyden.com or 604-602-2552.

Consideration of candidates, by the search committee, will begin in early July. For further information and the full executive briefing document, please contact Ella Hipolito at ellah@boyden.com or 604-602-2552.