Indigenous Special Projects Coordinator – Initiatives & Opportunities (May 2023 – April 2025)
City : Hamilton
Category : Full-Time Support
Industry : Education
Employer : Mohawk College
Status: Initiatives & Opportunities (May 2023 – April 2025)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 35 hours/week
Home Campus: Fennell
Pay Band: H
Rate of Pay: $33.38
Posting Date: May 17th 2023
Closing Date: May 24th, 2023 at 7:00 pm EST
Please be advised that according to Support Staff Collective Agreement Article 17.1, Internal Full Time Support Staff will be given first consideration for five (5) days from the date of this posting. Preference will be given to qualified regular Full Time employees within the Full Time Support Staff bargaining unit at Mohawk College. Should a suitable candidate not be found, external candidates will be considered.
We support and encourage the contributions of our diverse employees. We are committed to nurturing an equitable, diverse and inclusive (EDI) environment for everyone who learns and works at Mohawk College. We believe the rich diversity among our students and the communities we serve should be reflected within our workforce. As educators we believe it is important to act and show leadership in advancing the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in our community.
Mohawk College is currently recruiting for our next
Indigenous Special Projects Coordinator
The Climate Change Impact on Food & Water – An Indigenous-Led Response is an initiative that will support the creation of two community-grounded and land-based courses in food security and water sovereignty, as well as consultation and knowledge-sharing around how climate change will impact First Nations communities in the region, and how to prepare for food and water security in a changing climate.
This project is anchored in the college’s long-standing relationships with learners, Elders and community members with Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (see Appendix), the expertise of our colleagues at the Centre for Climate Change Management, and the discoveries that will come from this collaboration. It will also engage an existing network of Indigenous leaders from across Canada with traditional knowledge on healthy sources of food and water.
Led by the Indigenous Innovations Specialist and the Director of Indigenous Initiatives & Special Advisor at Mohawk College and also includes the college’s Centre for Climate Change Management, a regional hub for collaboration on climate action and Ideaworks Centre for Applied Research in the administration of the funding for this initiative. It also includes academic faculty and support staff on the course curriculum development for courses on food security and water quality management for Indigenous learners.
The Special Projects Coordinator will be responsible for assisting with organizing, supporting and promoting the work of this initiative and its implementation. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in successfully supporting multi-sector projects and facilitating collective impact initiatives. The candidate will also have experience in project coordination, knowledge of the current landscape in Indigenous climate initiatives and excellent organizational and communication skills.
The duties of this position will include, but are not limited to the following:
- Collaborate with the Indigenous Innovations Specialist to develop clear objectives, milestones, performance metrics, timeframes, implementation roles and responsibilities
- Coordinate discussion and facilitate regular meetings to understand and address climate change impacts on food sovereignty, water management, and sustainability for Indigenous communities, and to discuss Indigenous responses to these
- Provide project management and apply in-depth understanding of Indigenous climate change initiatives to access, measure, and evaluate the project to ensure that deliverables have been met including leading a committee of recruited community representatives and faculty in support of the course development
- Work with the Indigenous Innovations Specialist and Ideaworks to provide progress report for key stakeholders and the public informed and engaged
- Work with the Indigenous Innovations Specialist and the Director of Indigenous Initiatives & Special Advisor to identify necessary funds/resources for implementation of activities
- Support engagement and outreach campaigns
- Update reports and presentations with relevant content, and oversee maintenance with assistance of Ideaworks
- Record and draft meeting minutes
Other duties as assigned
The successful applicant will have:
- A minimum of three years of post-secondary education in Project Management, Business or Cultural Management or similar field; sustainability or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Minimum of three years of experience working in a post-secondary environment and/or with Indigenous communities or organizations
- Experience in project management, community engagement, reporting
- Experience with, awareness of, and sensitivity to the unique cultural differences and needs of Indigenous communities and participants
- Understanding of, or willingness to learn, about protocol related to working with Elders, Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Pedagogy
- Demonstrated commitment and understanding of human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion with the ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse groups of students, employees and the community.
Mohawk College prioritizes recruiting and retaining diverse employees. With this in mind, the College is committed to fostering inclusive and barrier-free recruitment and selection processes.
Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at (905) 575 - 2047.
Mohawk College is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, S2LGBTQIA+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
For more information concerning the Mohawk College strategic plan, please see: strategicplan.mohawkcollege.ca/