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BAND 4 – Director Indigenous Education – CLOSING DATE EXTENDED

BC Public Service Agency

This is a Contract position in Victoria, BC posted January 8, 2022.

Amendment January 6, 2022: Posting closing date extended to January 13, 2022.

Director Indigenous Education
Management Band 4

This position is excluded from union membership.
An eligibility list may be established for future permanent and/or temporary vacancies.

NOTE:  On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19.  Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required.  It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service.  More information can be found here. 

An excellent opportunity to apply your analytical expertise

The Learning Division, within the Ministry of Education, is responsible for providing leadership and support to school districts in the areas of Indigenous Education, Inclusive Education, Early Learning, French Programs, Student Wellness and Safety, Student Hunger, Anti-Racism, Strategic Priorities and Mental Health in Schools.  Through a focus on personalized learning, the Learning Division promotes choice and flexibility, student engagement, and strong basic skills and competencies.

Located within the Learning Division, within the Ministry of Education, the Indigenous Education Branch, develops, coordinates and implements a range of policies, strategies, programs and agreements related to Indigenous Education to enable the K-12 system to improve the school success of Indigenous students. The Branch has responsibility for implementing the BC Tripartite Education Agreement, overseeing activities related to Indigenous Education in BC’s public schools as well as working closely with a broad range of partners, including Indigenous organizations and communities. The Branch provides promising-practice for school district programs, supports School Districts in system change initiatives to better meet the needs of Indigenous students, works with Indigenous organizations and communities, federal partners and collaborates with other Ministries and agencies.  The Indigenous Education Branch works closely with other branches within the Ministry to ensure that initiatives are directly aligned with the goals outlined in agreements with Indigenous organizations and to support government’s direction to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

This position assumes a leadership role in developing and maintaining key relations within the BC government, federal and provincial government officials, and a diverse range of senior leaders in school districts and Indigenous organizations to ensure the goals of government are achieved.  You are highly service oriented with excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to develop creative solutions for issues.  The nature of the work is diverse and complex and requires critical thinking, sound analysis, expeditious decision-making, and the balancing of competing priorities.  If you are looking for an exciting leadership opportunity and possess the required qualifications, we look forward to your application.

This is your opportunity to build your career and to gain a better understanding of all the public service has to offer, such as competitive employee benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with an award winning employer.  The BC Public Service encourages a healthy work/life balance that enables you to take advantage of the community and surrounding area in which you live. For more information, please visit What The BC Public Service Offers You.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For advice and guidance on applying and/or preparing for an interview for this opportunity, we invite applicants to connect with the Indigenous Applicant Advisor Amanda by email: IndigenousApplicants@gov.bc.ca or by phone: 778-698-1336.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Patricia.Kovacs@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below: 

  • Post-secondary degree in education, public administration, or a related field; OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 
  • Minimum three (3) years or more of experience in leadership roles in a professional service or stakeholder management environment.
  • Minimum three (3) years or more of experience establishing collaborative relationships with senior leaders within an organization, government, or within Indigenous communities.
  • Minimum three (3) years or more of experience leading organizational change.
  • Experience leading and coaching multi-disciplinary teams in the development and implementation of a diverse range of projects.
     

Preference may be given to applicants who:

  • Self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit with the required combination of education and experience.  
  • Have experience working with Indigenous organizations and/or communities.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting. 
 
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Cover Letter: YES – A cover letter is required as part of your application.  The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Resume: YES – A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.