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Posted on: August 9, 2019
Deadline: September 6, 2019
Grade: N/A


This posting represents a five (5) year renewable contract, full-time position.


Concordia University is recognized as Canada’s top university under the age of 50 and one of the most international universities in the world. Ambitious, innovative, research- and community-engaged we are celebrated for our commitments to transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact. Located on two campuses in the heart of cosmopolitan Montreal, we are designing a next generation university that draws on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of our local and global partnerships to prepare our graduates to flourish in the world of tomorrow. Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community. In 2016, the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group (IDLG) was created with a 3-year mandate to explore, identify and recommend priority areas in which Concordia can take action towards fostering a vibrant, dynamic, research-engaged community for Indigenous excellence. The newly formed Indigenous Directions Leadership Council (IDLC) is continuing this important work. This position – Senior Director Indigenous Directions – is an early outcome of the IDLC’s work and recognizes the importance of establishing a senior position to advance Indigenous Directions at Concordia. We are actively seeking candidates with an established track record of leadership in and with Indigenous communities. Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, this pivotal role of the Senior Director, Indigenous Directions will provide strategic and visionary leadership for the University in advancing the implementation of the University’s Indigenous Directions Action Plan recommendations, identifying immediate and long-term goals for supporting the hiring of Indigenous faculty and staff, enrollment of Indigenous students, and implementation of Indigenous knowledges and protocols within the University’s core strategic priorities, operations and structures.

Primary responsibilities

  • Lead the implementation of the Indigenous Directions Action Plan in collaboration with the Indigenous Directions Leadership Council (IDLC); establish clear, open channels of communication with faculty, staff and students, senior leadership in the university, and Indigenous communities; identify and engage appropriate stakeholders; guide ongoing planning and evaluation processes of the implementation of the Action Plan; and advocate for financial and human resources.
  • Chair the IDLC and collaborate with the IDLC on developing frameworks, policies, processes and initiatives that will foster a culture of engagement, commitment, responsibility, accountability, innovation and excellence at Concordia.
  • Create and sustain working relationships with the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogical Advisor, Office of Research, Office of Rights and Responsibilities, Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator, Aboriginal Student Resource Centre Coordinator, and other key stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with the President and Provost and Vice-President, Academic, other members of the university’s senior leadership team, and the IDLC, provide strategic, diplomatic and transformational visionary leadership to ensure the successful implementation of the Indigenous Directions Action Plan, and its ongoing visibility and vitality as a university priority.
  • In collaboration with the Vice-Provost, Innovation in Teaching and Learning and the Vice-Provost, Partnerships and Experiential Learning, the Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogical Advisor, and other academic leaders, support the seamless integration of Indigenous histories, perspectives and knowledges into the university’s core teaching, research, and public engagement activities.
  • In collaboration with the Associate Vice-President Strategy and Operations and IDLC, develop strategies and processes to promote and support Indigenous-related research activities, including fostering excellence and integrity in research and scholarly activity; supporting efforts to obtain and maintain sponsored funding for research with and by Indigenous peoples; supporting and developing strategies for strong Indigenous graduate student mentorship and development of Indigenous research methodologies.
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Provost, the Vice-Provost of Faculty Development and Inclusion, the Associate Vice-President of Human Resources, the Senior Lead on Equity and Diversity, the Office of Rights and Responsibilities, Aboriginal Student Resource Centre and student leadership, develop strategies and approaches to ensure culturally safe and respectful spaces and services for Indigenous students, faculty and staff.
  • In collaboration with the Vice-Provost of Planning and Positioning, the Director of Recruitment and the Indigenous Student Recruitment Officer, support enrolment management strategies and processes to increase participation of Indigenous applicants, including processes that use student experience and success data to inform and drive recruitment and admission strategy.
  • In collaboration with the Vice-Provost, Partnerships and Experiential Learning, the Senior Director, Office of Community Engagement, the Executive Director, Government Relations, and elder in residence, engage with external Indigenous communities and other key stakeholders in support of the University’s Indigenous initiatives. Identify, initiate, and manage complex multi-stakeholder relationships and partnerships with University stakeholders, government agencies, community groups and cultural organizations to ensure an inclusive, accessible and responsive approach in all our partnership building.
  • In collaboration with the Vice-President Advancement, foster relationships with Indigenous alumni, prospective donors, and foundations to build a strong alumni network, to support and enhance Indigenous initiatives.
  • In collaboration with University Communications Services and IDLC, develop an effective communications strategy that includes the Indigenous Directions Hub website to foster effective communication between the University and the communities it serves.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience working with Indigenous communities, PhD highly recommended.
  • Five (5) years’ or more experience working in an Indigenous community and/or communities on educational and/or institutional strategic initiatives, with a demonstrated track record of strategic leadership and experiences working with Indigenous community-based educational institutions and/or post-secondary institutional settings.
  • Demonstrated strong connections to Indigenous communities and membership to Indigenous nation(s) is an asset.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of Indigenous education, community protocols, diverse Indigenous histories, worldviews, and Indigenous knowledge systems.
  • Demonstrated track record in building respectful and constructive relationships with Indigenous communities.
  • Demonstrated ability in the development, implementation and advancement of strategic Indigenous initiatives and educational excellence.
  • A commitment to community-engaged research, teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrated competency and proficiency of written and spoken Indigenous language(s) communication skills are assets.
  • Demonstrated competency and proficiency of written and spoken English communication skills required, and French is an asset.
  • The selection committee for the new Senior Director, Indigenous Directions recognizes that no one individual may exhibit all of the above qualifications in equal measure. Nevertheless, these criteria are seen to be desirable and will be sought in candidates for the role.
  • How to Apply:
  • Concordia is partnering with the search firm Leaders International on this call.
  • A letter of introduction and a curriculum vitae should be submitted electronically by September 6, 2019, to Mr. Mike Eagar, Consultant at Leaders International, at Mr. Eagar can be reached by phone at 613-788-8254 ext. 102.


N/A per annum



Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by September 6, 2019. Please click on the How to Apply button below for further instructions.

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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