Director, Indigenous Education

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Aurora College
Job ID: 17791
Salary: $108,732 - $129,890
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Dec 13, 2019

Department Information

Aurora College is focused on student success and is committed to supporting the development of our Northern society through excellence in education, training and research that is culturally sensitive and responsive to the people we serve.


Job Information

Located in Fort Smith and reporting to the Vice President, Education and Training, the Director is responsible to work collaboratively with faculty and staff to provide strategic leadership, guidance, advice and direction in all Indigenous-related education and Indigenization initiatives.

The incumbent will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to develop and maintain reciprocal and respectful engagements including establishing partnerships with Indigenous governments and using Indigenous knowledge education frameworks.  The incumbent will be accountable for developing, leading and motivating a collaborative team of professionals working towards a shared vision.

The knowledge, skills and abilities required are:

  • Expertise in leading inclusion of Indigenous content in post-secondary education contexts
  • Extensive experience working with Indigenous learners at the post-secondary level
  • Extensive and intimate knowledge of the NWT, communities, Indigenous peoples and Indigenous cultures, world views, ways of knowing, teaching, learning, doing, being and lifeways
  • Extensive knowledge of current NWT Indigenous leadership, leadership systems and community leaders including Indigenous language communities
  • Experience in team development and implementation, Indigenous curriculum design, development and implementation and Indigenous culture-based education
  • Requires effective communication, extensive experience working with Indigenous leadership, organizations and community members
  • Ability to engage in critical reflections, analysis, synthesis, organization and presentation of knowledge gathered through research and evaluation
  • Ability to develop curricula, strategies, research, resource and support materials
  • Understanding of departmental philosophy, curricula, directives, strategic frameworks, policies and approaches and best practices
  • Strong coordination, facilitation, interpersonal and communication skills in diverse environments
  • Strong strategic thinking and decision making skills
  • Demonstrated experience in financial planning and reporting

The knowledge, skills and abilities required are normally acquired through completion of a Ph.D. (preferably with a specialty in Indigenous education) in addition to a minimum of five (5) years' experience in a senior managerial, policy and/or specialist role in Indigenous contexts.  Lived experience of Indigenous world views, cultures and values with superior understanding of diverse Indigenous knowledge's and knowledge systems.

Preference will be given to an Indigenous candidate with experience in Indigenous education, classroom teaching, and research and curriculum development within Indigenous and Northern contexts.



GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
195 McDougal Road
Box 876
Ph. (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

More Information


The incumbent in this position will be required to travel to northern communities on a regular basis.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $55.76 per hour (approximately $108,732.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $6,612.00.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 17791         

Closing Date: December 13, 2019 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time