Manager, Indigenous Initiatives and Community Development

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Employment Information

  • Post ID: 460053927
  • Posted Date: Dec 15, 2021
  • Closing Date: Aug 12, 2022
  • Company: Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
  • Category: Education, Training & Research
  • Business Location:14 Fultz Blvd, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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Job Details

  • Experience: 5 years or more
  • Remuneration: $80,310.96 to $92,810.72
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
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Job Description

Manager, Indigenous Initiatives and Community Development

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Salary Range: $80,310.96 to $92,810.72 

Location:  MITT campuses and/or remotely, as required

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (35 hours/week)


Reporting to the Vice President, Academic, the Manager, Indigenous Initiatives and Community Development provides leadership in all areas of Indigenous education, recruitment, supports and partnership opportunities. This position provides leadership in ensuring learner connections to the institution, institutional supports and employment opportunities. This includes providing overall management of Cultural Engagement Activities and the Elder Support program including the planning and evaluation, implementation, monitoring of budgets and targets, and supervision of elder staff.

This position will work in collaboration with the Executive Council, Senior Academic Team and the Indigenous Advisory Council to develop and implement an Indigenous Strategic Plan to serve all prospective and current indigenous peoples. The position will provide administrative support to the Indigenous Advisory Council. The position will work with internal and external stakeholders including learners, employees, and industry / business to ensure respectful relationships exist so that Indigenous learner needs are best served.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Lead the Indigenization Strategy across the college, the Indigenous Advisory Council, manage the Elder Engagement program and activities within the Aazhogan Center of the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT).
  • Provide leadership and direction to ensure a collaborative, safe, effective, and efficient work. environment between the Managers, Indigenous Initiatives and Community Development Office and the college community in all Equity, Diversity and Inclusion activities.
  • Identify, recommend and lead opportunities for strategic and operational alliances throughout the region and province with Indigenous communities and organizations. Provide leadership and guidance on issues related to Indigenous initiatives and activities.
  • Using an “Indigenous Lens” approach, support and advise the development and implementation of policies, procedures, guidelines, and strategies pertaining to program planning and best practices in the college.
  • Represent senior management on committees as assigned including Indigenous Advisory Council, MITT Educational Circle, Business Advisory councils, and Reconciliation and Community Partnerships.
  • Represent the College as a liaison with government contacts, Indigenous community partners and Indigenous Education Institutes.
  • Develop educational programming (workshops, presentations, special events) that promote an understanding of procedures and policies relating to Indigenization, fosters awareness and understating of Indigenous history, cultural practices, traditions and knowledge.
  • Identify areas of alignment with the Truth & Reconciliation (TRC) Commission’s Calls to Action.
  • In collaboration with the Vice Presidents of Academic, prepare, manage and administer the annual budget.
  • Represent the senior management of MITT at the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint, CICan, Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Universities, and the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord.
  • Provide support to the Business and Organizational Development department of MITT and collaborate with the People Services division of MITT to develop organizational strategic initiatives to support the institution’s strategic and academic plans.


Required Qualifications and Experience:

A combination of education and recent, relevant management experience in a post-secondary environment may be considered.

  • Relevant post-secondary degree in Indigenous Studies, Education, Social Work and/or related field
  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Some College or University experience would be an asset
  • A minimum of three to five years of experience working in an administrative and supervisory capacity preferably in post-secondary sector is required, with a sound knowledge of Indigenous education
  • Demonstrated progressive administrative experience in a learning environment or a relevant combination of education and work experience
  • Experience with education strategies and initiatives related to Indigenous education
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, time management, verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong working knowledge of computer and software applications
  • Experience in administrative setting in a leadership position
  • Experience developing, implementing and supervising programs and employees
  • Experience in program and project development
  • Ability to work with little supervision
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience liaising with government, non-profit organizations, community and municipal organizations
  • Excellent understanding of, knowledge and excellent comfort level working with Indigenous students, communities and organization
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of First Nations structures and processes
  • Ability to carry out budget forecasting and budget monitoring
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills and the ability to balance multiple tasks and prioritize duties under pressure
  • Higher level skillset to work with little supervision to support students, faculty and staff throughout the academic year
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to perform and professionally communicate in a rapidly changing environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build harmonious working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, students, clients, and the public
  • Inclusive approach to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Flexibility and the ability to work a non-standard workday when required
  • Possess the ability to work in a fluid work environment while adhering to a structured annual academic schedule


Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • The ability to speak Cree, Ojibwa or Michif considered a strong asset 
  • Lead preparation of contracts and MOUs’ ensuring all related requirements are carried out as needed
  • Experience as a lead/participants in a models of council governance
  • Previous engagement in leading strategic planning activities
  • Demonstrated abilities in community development in a urban, rural or remote indigenous community


MITT requires that staff, students and faculty either be fully vaccinated or participate in regular rapid testing to be able to access any of MITT’s facilities. For further information please review the COVID-19 staff policy here. This policy is subject to change in response to changing Manitoba Public health orders.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions. Developmental opportunities may be available for candidates who do not meet all of the requirements of the position.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 14, 2021. Visit to submit your resume and cover letter.