1.0 FTE Term Indigenization Coordinator
Career Opportunities
Job Code: 2972269 Closing Date: Ongoing
Employer: School District #8 (Kootenay Lake) Posted on: Mar 07, 2021
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Job Type:
Full Time
Contract / term
Job Category:
Teachers, Principals & Superintendents
Openings: 1
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Start Date:  Feb 01, 2021
End Date:  2021/06/30
Job Description & Requirements

School District 8 (Kootenay Lake) is nestled in the Southeast corner of British Columbia.  We are a vibrant area, covering 6 "families of schools" in the centers of Creston, Crawford Bay, Kaslo/Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, and the Slocan Valley.  Our area is beautiful, vibrant, a fantastic place to raise children, has a world-renowned Arts and Entertainment community, and easily accesses a variety of amazing outdoor pursuits.

Our FOCUS.LEARN.EXCEL philosophy and our Learning Goals of: Literacy, Numeracy, Indigenization and Inclusion guide our practice with our students.  Our learners and our staff are further guided by our Board of Education's Student Expectations of:  Academic Success, Creativity and Imagination, Citizenship, and Resiliency.  We focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.

School District 8 (Kootenay Lake) has a posting for 1.0 FTE Term Indigenization Coordinator.  This position is District based and includes travel to all families of schools.

Job Summary:
This is a specialized position in SD8, disseminating and supporting best practices for Indigenization K-12, keeping Aboriginal student success at the learning center of this work.  This position supports a district wide action plan aligned with Truth and Reconciliation – Calls to Action in Education, Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement, and Provincial standards for support Aboriginal student success.  

Essential Aspects of this position
•    Respond to ABED district goals and district Enhancement Agreement
•    Develop an ABED district Wrap Around Program for at-risk Aboriginal youth providing appropriate supports/plan for students using a cultural model (maximum 4 per year)
•    Facilitate Aboriginal Youth Leadership councils in each secondary/middle school
o    Partner with schools (Aboriginal success teachers, BAA course instructors, student council sponsors, etc.)
o    Engage youth in an ongoing discussion for feedback on Enhancement Agreement goals
o    Facilitate youth driven leadership events and opportunities (pow wow, youth conference, orange t-shirt day, National Aboriginal day)
•    Develop “role model” programs
o    Facilitate District wide role model poster project
o    Maintain an “alumni” club for SD8 graduates – where are they now? What helped them be successful? What can they offer to future students?
•    Liaise with partnering institutions in the K-16 education system
o    Continue to build meaningful partnerships and collaborations
•    Provide cultural support for Indigenization of student meetings, when requested
•    Maintain and build relationships with and work alongside community service providers
o    Maintain a current community resource package and referral information for staff
    i.e. “For support with XX, try this path xx…”
•    Develop and implement family empowerment opportunities for Aboriginal parents
•    Monitor and track student interactions and supports through district tracking system – as per Ministry ABED funding requirements
•    Help facilitate and develop professional development opportunities for staff
o    Blanket Exercise
o    Provide “lunch and learn” opportunities for staff or staff meeting outreach
o    Support staff self-care initiatives
•    Maintain a list of knowledge keepers and Elders available for support to district
•    Engage with local nations and build/maintain meaningful partnerships
•    Support the development and implementation of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
o    Community/staff consultations
o    Annual checkups – “where are we at?”
o    Aligning work of district to vision/goals of EA
•    Grant writing for additional programming funds
•    Facilitates and supports the AEACEC

•    Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Counselling or related field
•    Background, education, and experience in counselling and social work from an Indigenous lens
•    Extensive Knowledge of Aboriginal ways of knowing
•    Knowledge of K-12 school system
•    Ability to work in a team and independently
•    Strong ability to build relationships with youth and families
•    Extensive knowledge of BC’s Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
•    Strong organization skills, leadership skills, project management

For questions please contact District Principal for Aboriginal Education, Gail Higginbottom at gail.higginbottom@sd8.bc.ca or Homelinks Principal, Rob Simpson at rob.simpson@sd8.bc.ca and/or Principal of Wildflower School, Sacha.Kalabis@sd8.bc.ca.

While we thank all applicants for their application, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

School District 8 supports equity hiring for Indigenous applicants.

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