Indigenous Leadership Coordinator 2019 | Carolinian Canada
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Join our team

Carolinian Canada is pleased to offer the opportunity of employment in the position of

Indigenous Leadership Coordinator
(Full-time, 1-year contract)

Opportunity overview

Carolinian Canada is seeking an Indigenous Leadership Coordinator to join an energetic team to strengthen connections and collaboration for healthy landscapes in the Carolinian Zone.

Carolinian Canada is a coalition of leaders growing healthy landscapes for a green future in the Carolinian Zone, Ontario’s extraordinary far south. Our mission is to strengthen collaboration for healthy ecosystems. We connect leaders and communities to save, steward and seed regenerative landscapes with native plants. Our multi-partner programs and network are accelerating a shift in cultural values toward respect, responsibility and protection of wildlife, water and ways of life.

We recognize that Indigenous leadership is critical to our mission. At Carolinian Canada we have a history of partnership with First Nations communities. We have been actively moving to better understand, integrate and benefit Indigenous values, perspectives, leaders and ways of knowing. With this position, we are excited to expand this direction.

The Indigenous Leadership Coordinator will work as part of a team to:

  • Realize opportunities to build reciprocity with Indigenous communities in alignment with a shared vision
  • Enable deeper relationships between diverse sectors and Indigenous peoples to strengthen collaboration and outcomes for healthy ecosystems across the Carolinian Zone
  • Respectfully integrate diverse Indigenous leadership, perspectives and values across our mission, organization, programs and network

The Carolinian Canada team works through a virtual office. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified applicants, including Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, persons with disabilities and members of sexual minority groups to apply.

Key Responsibilities

Percentages indicate the estimated amount of time the coordinator will dedicate to advancing key goals.

40% - Take steps to strengthen Indigenous connections across the Carolinian Zone network for healthy landscapes

  • Lead the development and implementation of a healthy network strategy to work together to build reciprocity with Indigenous communities in alignment with a shared vision such as:
    • Deepen understanding of colonialism and varying Indigenous perspectives
    • Move beyond consultation to enable meaningful collaboration
    • Facilitate collaborative and continuous learning to ensure community needs, perspectives and visions are accurately and respectfully represented

40% - Take steps to integrate Indigenous perspectives and leadership across Carolinian Canada programs

  • Strengthen Indigenous connections and support the planning, delivery and reporting of programs and events (e.g. Annual Forum, Go Wild Grow Wild Expo, Annual General Meeting etc.)
  • Assist in adapting programs, resources and evaluation practices to support continuous learning and improvement of program inclusivity

10% - Take steps to integrate Indigenous leadership across the organizational structure

  • Assist in fostering greater Indigenous leadership within the organization
  • Advise on policy and approaches to foster an inclusive environment that is open to critique and self-reflexivity and premised on humility, continued learning and centring relationships
  • Contribute to developing proposals and programs to support these aims

10% - Work planning and team building

  • Work closely with and maintain regular communications and good relations with team, committees and partners including weekly team meetings and some in-person meetings.  Share successes, challenges and intentions for related work activities.
  • Manage workplan with supervisor; Maintain records and administration related to workplan
  • Other tasks as assigned

Preferred Knowledge & Experience

  • Completed university or college degree with a focus on Indigenous or environmental (or related) studies, or other comparable and relevant qualification derived through experience
  • Demonstrated interest in Settler-Indigenous relations and Indigenous and ecological resurgence
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local Indigenous histories and perspectives, preferably through lived experience and awareness of the effects of colonialism in Canada
  • Leadership training and experience fostering community leadership
  • Experience exploring shared goals and building partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous institutions
  • Experience as mediator, mentor, trainer or facilitator

Values and competencies

  • Respects conflict, negotiation, diversity of views and uses them to support community learning
  • Fosters values of responsibility, respect, learning, innovation, active listening, critical thinking
  • Strong interpersonal communication, can confidently express Indigenous knowledge and values
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer program experience including Outlook, Microsoft Word
  • High degree of self-direction, time management, prioritization skills
  • Valid driver’s licence and access to reliable vehicle
  • Equipped home office in the Carolinian Zone
  • Able to work productively in a virtual office through on-line communications, file sharing and meetings.

Contract Amount

$45,000 to $60,000, depending on experience and skills

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted until midnight on November 5th, 2019. Interested applicants, please submit your resume and cover letter below. Applicants will be contacted for interviews on a rolling basis.

Individuals requiring alternate method to apply or accommodation during the application/recruitment process should advise so arrangements can be made - please include Indigenous Leadership Coordinator in your subject line. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

We thank all who apply, however, only those selected to proceed in the recruitment process will be contacted. For more information about Carolinian Canada, please refer to our website:

Submissions are Now Closed

If you have any questions or technical difficulties contact - please include Indigenous Leadership Coordinator in your subject line.

Thank you to everyone who applied. Due to capacity, we may only contact successful applicants.

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