Director, Student Services
People First HR Services
Sioux Lookout, Ontario
1d ago

Director, Student Services

Sioux Lookout, ON

On behalf of our client, IFNA (Independent First Nations Alliance), we are seeking a Director, Student Services to join their growing team and community.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Director, Student Services is responsible for setting and executing strategic direction for the Department while leading a team of senior managers, and securing funding, grants, and resources to build the capacity of the Department.

The ideal candidate will be well versed in managing and growing partnerships, public relationships, and community relations that can ultimately enhance the Department’s ability to deliver on the education mandate and overall public profile of IFNA’s Student Services Department.

The Director, Student Services is responsible for :

  • Strategic Leadership; Develop and coordinate multi-pronged approach to delivering holistic programs that integrate Academic, Wellness, and Residence services.
  • Ensure Academic, Wellness, and Residence programs and services are coordinated and aligned with IFNA’s strategic priorities through development of and accountability to : work plans, Departmental strategic plan, and operational goals.

    Provide change leadership to Department, ensuring successful adoption of department-wide systems and processes relating to human resources, budget management, communications, reporting, and service delivery standards.

  • Team Leadership; Provide leadership and direction to management team consisting of Manager Academic, Manager Wellness, and Manager Residence.
  • Manage and coordinate overall human resources and budget plans with Management team.

  • Community and Public Relations; Consult with First Nations and Community stakeholders to identify priority areas for development and support;
  • Act as spokesperson for the Department. Manage and develop an effective plan for external communications, outreach, and community engagement, focusing on efforts that enhance public profile and ability to deliver services.

    Be a local, provincial, and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes as a model for other First Nations organizations.

  • Growth and Advancement; Develop and lead a multi-level plan for securing grants and funding that support Academic, Wellness, and Residence programs and services;
  • Develop plans to grow and expand programs and services. Build partnerships and relationships with political, Community, and educational stakeholders to support advancement of programs and services.

    About you and your experience :

  • 5-7 years’ experience in a senior leadership role.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience working within the Mental Health, Wellness and Education sectors.
  • Experience in Community Engagement and Business Development, utilizing public relations and funding expertise is required.
  • Experience working in a First Nations Community is required.
  • Experience in creating, managing and analyzing the strategic plans and budgets; creating necessary reporting for the organization.
  • Experience in leading and implementing change management processes.
  • Demonstrate a passion for the Community.
  • Able to motivate and lead a diverse team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Traditional Cultural Competencies in historical knowledge and intercultural competence.
  • Preferred Aboriginal Language traditional practices and understanding of ceremonies would be considered an asset.
  • Current CPR, First Aid, ASIST Suicide Prevention, and Safe TALK certification is an asset.
  • Independent First Nations Alliance offers :

  • Competitive Compensation
  • Robust Group Benefits
  • Opportunity to contribute to community growth and positive change.
  • Meet IFNA :

    The Independent First Nations Alliance (IFNA) provides advisory services to its members of five First Nations, Whitesand First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, Muskrat Dam First Nation, Pikangikum First Nation, and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.

    The First Nation Chiefs Council provides policy and direction to the IFNA organization, in the areas of Education, Economic Development, Technical Services, Financial Management, and Governance.

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