Senior Administration Vacancy 801-004-17

Senior Administration (Vacancy Number: 801-004-17)
Posted: February 22, 2017.

Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
Position start date: July 1, 2017
Closing date for applications: To be determined
Position number: N/A
Position: Vice- Provost ( Indigenous Engagement)
Posting Information

The University of Manitoba is a uniquely comprehensive institution, serving over 29,000 students in 17 faculties and schools and is one of Canada’s U15 research intensive universities. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty One territory and the traditional homelands of the Cree, Dakota, Dene, Ojibway, Oji-Cree First Nations and Métis Nation, the University of Manitoba is celebrating its 140th this year. The University has committed to the vision that they will work with a variety of partners to make Manitoba the national centre for Indigenous education and research.

This vision and commitment to create meaningful and effective pathways for Indigenous achievement is outlined in the 2015-2020 University Strategic Plan, Taking Our Place. As such, the University is engaged in comprehensive efforts to attract and retain more Indigenous students, faculty and staff; to incorporate Indigenous perspectives and knowledge within its program offerings; and to honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions and cultures in its spaces. Integral to achieving this vision is the newly established position of Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement). This key leadership position will advance the University’s strong commitment to Indigenous achievement through its learning, discovery and engagement pathways. An early priority for this role will be to partner with academic and administrative units to guide the University’s commitment to embedding Indigenous perspectives into curriculum, programs and research. The Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) is also responsible for the Indigenous Achievement Office and the Indigenous Student Centre - overseeing their student support programs, services and facilities. Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) is a key member of the University’s senior leadership team and will influence all Indigenous programming at the University of Manitoba and contribute significantly to the local, provincial and national dialogue on Indigenous rights and education.

The University is seeking an Indigenous scholar with a PhD in a field related to Indigenous studies and/or experience in advancing Indigenous education, and whose experience and qualifications are commensurate with the rank of a tenured Associate Professor or Professor. Previous administrative experience in an academic setting will be complemented by an exemplary academic track record. Identified as a leader in Indigenous education and fostering the support of the community, the successful incumbent will have demonstrated an ability to bring transformational change through collaboration, respect and creativity. The successful candidate will possess strong communication and engagement skills that will inspire the University community and beyond to work together to achieve the University’s strategic goals. Bringing an expert knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, colonization, socio-economic issues and the importance of self-concept, the successful candidate will invoke a community-based and participatory approach to relationship building.

Applications and nominations, including a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest should be submitted in confidence to the email address shown below. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Application materials will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy” (Manitoba).

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