Director, Aboriginal Education
Aboriginal Education Services

Founded in 1971, MacEwan University is a vibrant, innovative educational institution focused on student learning. MacEwan fosters student success and student contributions within local, national and international communities. MacEwan strives to exemplify the values of respect, integrity, citizenship and environmental stewardship through teaching, learning, scholarship and service. This undergraduate university offers more than 60 programs including undergraduate degrees, applied degrees, diplomas, certificates, continuing education and corporate training. Espousing the “Students First” principle, MacEwan University is committed to promoting intellectual curiosity and excitement for learning.

The Aboriginal Education and Services Centre offers a diverse range of services in support of aboriginal and non-aboriginal students, including student recruitment and student success activities, funding information and cultural programming.

Reporting to the Vice President, Student Services and working collaboratively with aboriginal students, Elders, and MacEwan University stakeholders, the Director, Aboriginal Education and Services provides leadership and has administrative responsibility for the following University activities.

With the support of a team comprised of two continuing staff members and several student and casual staff members, The Director, Aboriginal Education and Services will be responsible for:
• Developing and maintaining relationships with the Aboriginal communities and acting as a liaison for MacEwan University as required.
• Developing and implementing a strategic plan articulating the post-secondary needs and roles for MacEwan University with respect to Aboriginal communities in Western Canada.
• Providing strategic leadership for the university community in order to enhance Aboriginal student recruitment, engagement, and academic success.
• Developing, implementing and maintaining sustainable programs, activities and strategies for Aboriginal students by working in collaboration with faculties, schools, Student Services, the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) as well as external agencies. Representing the University and advising MacEwan University leadership on national, provincial and local initiatives regarding aboriginal education.

Supported by a graduate degree or by two undergraduate degrees, the successful candidate will have extensive experience in leadership within a post-secondary setting, including direct experience related to aboriginal post-secondary education, specifically, aboriginal student recruitment, and student development and student success.

The following skills will be crucial to the success of the Director, Aboriginal Education and Services:

• Excellent and demonstrated knowledge of and respect for diverse aboriginal cultural identities and values.
• Strong communication, networking and interpersonal skills including diplomacy and tact with students, Elders, faculties, schools, and administrative units.
• Ability to lead teams and manage professional and support staff.
• Ability to develop and manage successful financial plans within a university setting.
• Ability to contribute effectively to the development of strategic plans and institutional policies and practices.

This position is included under the Officers Employment Policy, D1040.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Category Full-Time Continuing
Salary Under review
Closing Date Open until a suitable candidate is found
Competition No. 14.06.091
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Human Resources Department
University Services Centre
Rm. 10-600, 10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 4S2

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