Director, Indigenous Relations and Program Development
Victoria Cool Aid Society
Victoria BC None, CA
4d ago

Victoria Cool Aid Society has beenon a learning journey for several years now and is fully committed toreconciliation. Society leadership is committed to decolonizing our systems andpolicies by embedding an Anti-Racism Strategy throughout the organization.

TheSociety is committed to addressing anti-Indigenous racism by building trust inthe delivery of all programs and services for Indigenous Peoples and committedto the implementation of an Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) training program.

The Society has demonstrated this commitment through our recently adoptedStrategic Plan for 2021-2024 which now includes an additional Pillar’,dedicated to achieving specific reconciliation goals, as well as the ongoingICS training leadership has embarked upon in the past few years.

  • Reporting to the CEO, the Directorwill play an integral role in the Society achieving these commitments byassessing and informing policy creation and reviews, practice guidelines,system change initiatives;
  • along with developing recommendations foreducational tools to embed Indigenous Cultural Safety training throughout theorganization.

    This role will support Cool Aid in providing culturally safeservices and creating lasting change that will bridge relationships betweenIndigenous communities and organizations.

    This is a senior leadership position,responsible for upholding the vision, mission and values of the organizationand requires a strong intersectional anti-oppression, anti-racism, lens andvoice.

    The Director will work closelywith Senior Leadership and the Management Team to support the implementation ofstrategic plan objectives that impact the Society as a whole, with a specificfocus on human resources.

  • This includes developing cultural safety competenciesand incorporating them into performance reviews; supporting and mentoringIndigenous employees;
  • and providing guidance and leadership support to the Equity,Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.

    The Director, working with communityexperts, will coordinate the implementation of an ICS training program,including hiring, and supervising an in-house Indigenous Cultural SafetyFacilitator.

    The Director will work closely with the Cool Aid leadership teamto embed an anti-Indigenous racism lens in all programs throughout theorganization.

    The Director will create and maintain relationships withIndigenous communities, organizations, and Elders to support the strategicobjectives.

    The Director will incorporate theTruth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, Missing and MurderedIndigenous Women and Girls Report Calls to Justice, the United NationsDeclaration of the Rights of Indigenous people, and the Declaration on theRights of Indigenous Peoples Act, in the development of all material andexternal communication.

    Weoffer a range of benefits including a defined contribution pension plan, healthand dental benefits, long-term disability, employee and family assistanceprogram, paid sick time, and four weeks of vacation.

    Anarrow selection of the larger scope and responsibilities for this position areas follows :

  • Support the continuing development and implementation of an anti-racist and decolonization strategy.
  • Provide collaborative leadership through consultation, coaching, expertise to support the development of guidelines, systems, strategies, and educational tools that will support embedding an ICS lens throughout the Cool Aid organization.
  • Coordinate and develop a new learning framework, learning resources, and educational materials that will support the development of an ICS training program, in collaboration with an ICS Facilitator who will be hired into this role.
  • Participate in organization wide leadership meetings, promoting an understanding of systemic racism and colonization, and assess and respond to resistance.
  • Develop performance indicators for performance reviews, including the development and tracking of a culturally responsive training program, which will be in line with a recommended Pathway of Learning for Cool Aid staff, to be developed in collaboration with the Training Coordinator and the ICS Facilitator.
  • Provide specialized knowledge and skills in assessing and managing conflict that addresses power dynamics.
  • Facilitate relationship building with local Indigenous communities and organizations.
  • Develop, in collaboration with Human Resources, new and modified policies and procedures with an anti-Indigenous racism lens, recommending changes where needed.
  • Participate in the recruitment of Indigenous staff.
  • Assist with developing a supportive environment for Indigenous staff.
  • Research organizational change, implementation, and values to align the organization with the Calls to Action, Calls to Justice, and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous people.
  • Support future development of Indigenous programs for clients that encourage a healthy mindset based on Indigenous cultural values and an anti-racism lens.
  • Key Skills

  • Demonstratedunderstanding of the colonial history of Turtle Island, Truth andReconciliation Calls to Action, United Nations Declaration of the Rights ofIndigenous people and the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls Calls to Justice.
  • Demonstrated highly specialized skills in change management, anti-Indigenousracism, decolonizing systems, practice, and policy development.
  • Ability toassess, analyze and respond to challenges specific to systemic racism.
  • Demonstratedknowledge of and ability to build relationships with local First Nations andIndigenous communities.
  • Ability tolead, manage conflict, and facilitate team building that models anti-racismapproaches.
  • Knowledge ofall contact points of the local areas, including an organizationalunderstanding of the First Nations Health Authority.
  • Criticalunderstanding of decolonization, anti-Indigenous racism, white privilege, andwhite fragility.
  • The abilityto support non-Indigenous staff through resistance related to anti-Indigenousracism, trauma informed practice and racial identity development.
  • Excellentcommunication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability towork effectively and collaboratively with all levels of staff and communitypartners.
  • Ability toengage within divergent perspectives including Indigenous populations.
  • Able toself-reflect and manage self-care in an emotionally, spiritually, andintellectually demanding environment.
  • Demonstratedunderstanding of cultural safety : an ongoing process of actively working tomake services and systems safer and more equitable for Indigenous people.
  • Experience

  • Five to seven years of recentrelated experience in consulting, facilitating, coaching, mentoring, conflictmanagement and / or development of ICS curriculum development and training.
  • A background in decolonizingsystems, anti-racism pedagogy, Critical Race Theory and / or transformationallearning frameworks an asset.
  • Education

  • Master’s degree withspecialization in Conflict Analysis, Health & Human Sciences, or a relateddiscipline.
  • Requirements

  • The Ministry ofPublic Safety and Solicitor General Criminal Record Check must be completedprior to commencement of employment.
  • Pursuant to section 41 of the British Columbia Human RightsCode, preference will be given toapplicants of Indigenous Ancestry.
  • Job Information

  • Salary : $97,000to $108,000
  • Work Location 101 749 Pandora Ave.
  • Work Days Monday Friday.
  • Shift Times 8 : 30 am 4 : 30pm.
  • Weekly Hours : 40 hours.
  • Union : Exempt.
  • Benefits Eligible for 100% employer paidbenefits including health and dental care. For this position, the standardthree-month eligibility period for benefits will be waived.
  • Job Type Full time -Permanent.
  • Please provide a cover letter with your application.

    As of November 1, 2021, Cool Aid requires that all its staff are fully vaccinated (7 days past their second dose of vaccine) against COVID-19.

    If you are offered employment, it will be contingent on you providing proof of vaccination prior to your first day of employment.

    If proof of vaccination is not provided, the offer of employment will be rescinded.

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