Manager: Indigenous Initiatives, George Brown College

Competition Number: REQ 4710

TITLE: Manager, Indigenous Initiatives

DIVISION: Provost Office

SALARY:  Full Time Admin, Band 11, $87,434 - $109,291 per year 

LOCATION: 200 King St.E.

STATUS:  Full Time Admin 

EFFECTIVE DATE:  Immediately

Land Acknowledgement

George Brown College is located on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and other Indigenous peoples who have lived here over time. We are grateful to share this land as treaty people who learn, work, and live in the community with each other.

George Brown College is committed to creating and sustaining an equitable and inclusive learning and working environment.  We encourage and actively seek applications from Indigenous, Black, racialized people, visible minorities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, all genders, and persons with disabilities.

At George Brown College, we have established a reputation for equipping our students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice.  As employees, we are committed to creating an enriching learning community for our students, delivering excellence in what we do, holding ourselves accountable for our work and demonstrating diversity and respect for one another.

Please identify in your cover Letter Your Indigenous Ancestry (i.e., Turtle Island – First Nations Status and non-Status, Métis or Inuit).

What responsibilities will you have in this role?

Reporting to the Director of Indigenous Initiatives, the Manager of Indigenous Initiatives will play a critical role in the implementation of the Indigenous Education Strategy and management of the Indigenous Initiatives team. The incumbent works in collaboration with senior leaders, administrators, faculty, and staff to develop, review, and revise policies, programs and practices across the College that prioritizes inclusive Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing, being and doing. The Manager will play a critical role in the design and implementation of college wide strategy for integrating indigenous framework and practice. The Manager will support the vision, mission, values, and strategic direction of the College and contribute to a positive, inclusive, supportive, and student-focused team environment of high performance, respect, trust, collaboration and continuous improvement.

  • Works closely with Director of Indigenous Initiatives to develop goals and metrics to support strategic implementation.
  • Engaging in discourse and dialogue with departments and teams - identifying and responding to needs of senior leaders, administration, faculty, support staff and students as it pertains to Indigenous awareness and knowledge development.
  • Consults with departments and divisions on policy assessment and revisions to enable Indigenous integration.
  • Create innovative ways and opportunities to promote Indigenous initiatives at George Brown College through knowledge sharing opportunities that includes both college and community members.
  • Establish community partnerships to improve various college programs to support Indigenous initiatives.
  • Develops tools and resources to support Indigenous initiatives and programming.
  • Prepares and oversees the development of resources, tools, based on relevant legislation, best and emerging practices to support institutional implementation of Indigenous initiatives.
  • Leads the consultation and integration of Indigenous approaches, decolonization and indigenization strategies and resources into college culture, activities, and programs.
  • May be called upon to assist with integration of Indigenous principles into education materials and programming.
  • Maintains reports of efforts and activities and provides updates to the Director to determine and develop ongoing initiatives and outreach.
  • Consults with interdepartmental and interdisciplinary teams to ensure accountability and overall project success.
  •  Confidentially handles sensitive information with respect to facilitating Indigenous framework discussions and decolonial methods and approaches to a variety of Indigenous initiatives.
  • Leads change and develops related academic policies, procedures, processes, and practices related to Indigenous Initiatives in consultation with the Director of Indigenous initiatives and the Director of Academic Quality.
  •  Provides leadership, management (hiring, coaching, goal setting, work assignments, performance management, discipline, etc.) and direction to full-time and part-time staff and students.
  • For programming events and ceremonies, ensures that all relevant resources are prepared and organized (including staff, Elders/Knowledge keepers, volunteers, etc.) and ensure that payments are provided for services (Elder/Knowledge keeper, drummer, etc.).
  • Manages the Indigenous Initiatives team leads by providing strategic direction, goal setting and daily support of staff, including assessments that utilize constructive feedback to promote services that are exemplary and position the college as a leader in Indigenous education Services.
  •  Responds to inquiries on behalf of the Director of Indigenous Initiatives concerning Indigenous programming and activities aligned with policy and procedures of Indigenous Initiatives and the College’s broader Indigenous Education Strategy.
  • Provides updates on inquiries to the Director of Indigenous Initiatives to determine patterns and problem areas and proposes possible resolutions.
  • Advises Indigenous Initiatives staff on anti-Indigenous prevention and education activities as it relates to sexual violence, human rights, and accessibility.
  • Coordinates and manages Elder and Elder-in-residence participation in College activities and events.
  •  Other related duties as assigned.

What qualifications do you need for this role?

Candidate must be of Indigenous ancestry (i.e., Turtle Island – First Nations Status and non-Status, Métis or Inuit).

  • Four-year degree in any of the following fields: Indigenous Studies, Policy Administration, Higher Education Administration or equivalent combination of academic preparation and experience, with combined expertise in social justice, equity studies, anti-racist/anti-oppressive practices is required.  Masters Degree is an asset.
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in leadership, project and change management and policy / program development. Previous experience managing employees in an educational or Indigenous organization, preferably in a unionized environment. 
  • Experience working with urban Indigenous communities in the Toronto area and working with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis across southern Ontario.
  • Lived experience as an indigenous person navigating various systems that has deepen the analysis of Indigenous relations.
  • Project management expertise with data analysis skills.
  • Ability to build strong working relationships at all levels in the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to review policy and develop and implement assessment tools. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in facilitation, mediation, conflict management and engaging in difficult conversations.
  • Familiarity with human rights legislation (including the Ontario Human Rights Code, relevant provisions of the Education Act and Regulations, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms).
  • Proven ability to work under pressure in order to meet frequent deadlines; flexible, adaptable and responsive to change.
  • Ability to manage budgets and tracking expenditures.
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office, Canva and additional training software.
  • Advanced communication skills. Interpersonal, virtual and in person group facilitation and coordination, workshop creation and delivery. Advanced writing and presentation skills.
  • Transportation between campus is required.
  • Demonstrated leadership in delivering excellent service to others as this is key in supporting the success of our students and our College.
  • Excellent time management skills to handle competing deadlines and priorities with high attention to detail.
  • Effective ability to interact with others and deal with situations in ways that respect diverse backgrounds, experience, and styles.
  • Flexibility in adapting to change and in participating in consultative decision-making processes.


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  • Please ensure your resume highlights all relevant education, training and experience that are applicable to the minimum qualifications for this role.
  • The College requires proof of degrees, credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post-secondary institutions and/or their international equivalents.  Credentials may require validation at the time of interviews.

Closing:  Open until filled

George Brown College is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Human Resources representative responsible for the recruitment for this position will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. Candidates who require accommodation in the interview process may contact and all information received will be addressed confidentially.

As a unionized workplace, we support our internal employees by providing first consideration to qualified applications as set out in the Collective Agreement.  

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