Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives)

Administrative/Staff Positions - Thunder Bay Campus
Aboriginal Initiatives

A unique opportunity for a senior academic administrator to shape the future of the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives while advocating for the needs and increasing participation of First Nation, Métis, Inuit and international Indigenous students in university studies at Lakehead University.

Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centered, Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia and a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. Lakehead University has approximately 8,680 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. The University has one of the highest proportions of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students among Ontario universities with close to 1,200 self-identified Indigenous students, representing 12% of enrolment. Known for its multidisciplinary teaching approach, emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking, the University offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, incorporating on-campus, on-line, community-based, and distance delivery instructional models.

Lakehead University is committed to educating students who are well prepared to make significant contributions to the national and global economies and to contribute to issues of social justice and environmental sustainability. Respect for Indigenous worldviews and knowledge, recognition of the historical and current problems facing Indigenous peoples, and a clear intention to tackle these issues proactively is central to this commitment. Through its Department of Aboriginal Education, Lakehead University offers many specific Aboriginal programs, including the Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal), Native Language Instructors’ Program, and Native Teacher Education Program. In the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Department of Indigenous Learning is committed to providing Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike with a fundamental understanding of Indigenous history, culture, and values. In addition, the University offers Native Language programs in Cree and Ojibwe, has a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, a Native Nurses Entry Program and a Native Access Program. Further information is available at Lakehead University.

As the new Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives), and head of the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, you will be the senior administrative officer leading the Aboriginal Initiatives strategy and its student support services both on and off-campus, and will support external relations with indigenous communities and organizations. The mandate of the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is to provide guidance in Indigenous education and to advance, within the University community, an understanding of Indigenous cultures, heritage and languages, through activities that heighten the awareness of Indigenous issues and identity. You will report to the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) and collaborate with the Senior Management Team. You will work closely with the Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council, Elders’ Council, and serve as a member of the Lakehead University Senate to implement the University’s mission-specific commitment ‘to working with Aboriginal peoples in furthering their educational aspirations.' As Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives), you will work collaboratively in advancing Indigenous curricula and research to help ensure that Lakehead University offers relevant programs, and develops a strong support community to enhance the recruitment and retention of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.

Demonstrating extensive knowledge in Aboriginal cultures, traditions, protocol, and socio-economic issues, the successful candidate will be an excellent relationship-builder who will bring established networks and the ability to strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities/organizations, government, private sector, and other strategic partners. You have an ease with public relations and an ability to stay on the pulse of funding opportunities available to support services for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff. This critical role will also call upon your sound business acumen, proven strengths in financial management and exemplary people management abilities. Proficiency in an Aboriginal language will be considered an asset.

As the successful candidate for the role, you will have a track record of successful administrative leadership gained over a period of years. While a doctoral degree is preferred, strong applicants holding a master’s degree will also be considered. You are adept at working within a comprehensive post- secondary system where you will enable the advancement of Indigenization in academic program planning and curriculum development. An engaging leader, you inspire others through a shared vision, continuing to strengthen the University’s profile and commitment to Aboriginal initiatives - locally, regionally and beyond.

The Search Committee will begin its review of candidates immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications, including the qualifications and accomplishments on the basis of which the individual merits consideration, should be submitted in confidence to the address shown below. Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants who meet the requirements for the position. Lakehead University is an equal opportunity employer.

To be considered for this senior administrative mandate, please forward your resume to Phelpsgroup, quoting PH178719, to

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