Are you passionate about culture, the arts, natural history, and science? Are you keen on how these elements aesthetically come together to tell the many stories of humanity? This role might be for you! We are searching for an Indigenous Educator for our Toronto based client.
Under the management of the Senior Manager, School Engagement and work supervision of the Lead Indigenous Educator, the Indigenous Educator, Being Legendary (PT) delivers educational content for both the general public and school groups. The incumbent works as part of a cohesive team, building this content in partnership with several internal and external stakeholders, to ensure it speaks cogently to the client’s content, the Studio and client’s vision, and connections to larger issues facing the Indigenous community. The Indigenous Educator, Being Legendary (PT) actively participates in training sessions and demonstrates a willingness to learn, reflect, build upon, and apply their cultural knowledge and skills/abilities to develop and deliver engaging content for audiences of all ages and lived experiences.
The incumbent will engage with audiences, and thus need to be available, primarily during weekend peak hours, but will be asked to participate in content development and program delivery throughout the week.
- Creates and delivers relevant and responsive educational and outreach programming, based on distinct Indigenous lived experiences, knowledges, and perspectives.
- Creates and delivers relevant and responsive educational and outreach programming, based on distinct Indigenous lived experiences, knowledges, and perspectives. Uses 21st century and Indigenous pedagogical approaches and teaching strategies that are centred on learners’ needs and experiences. Maintains knowledge and keeps updated on Indigenous knowledges and perspectives, research and collections, programming, and policies and procedures. Supports the strategy developed by the Senior Manager, School Engagement by emphasizing an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based active learning experience. Adapts and customizes programs according to student and teacher learning needs and intended outcomes.
- Using a variety of digital tools, creates and delivers relevant and responsive distance learning experiences for students and teachers, based on distinct Indigenous lived experiences, knowledges, and perspectives. Adapts and customizes programs according to student and teacher learning needs, intended outcomes, and technological competence.
- Significant contributor to online learning portals, under the work supervision of the Lead Indigenous Educator and including other Indigenous Educators and the Digital Experiences Producer, to ensure the relevance and accuracy of cultural content. Coordinates, collaborates, and liaises with staff (e.g., Curatorial) and external stakeholders (e.g., Indigenous collaborators) to develop cultural aspects of the portals. Supports editing and writing as required.
- Supports and delivers the workshop programs in support of Indigenous Education and Digital Learning teams.
- Collaboratively with School Engagement staff, develops new programs as assigned based on distinct Indigenous knowledges, perspectives, and collections, by applying knowledge of inquiry-based object learning, anti-racist and anti-oppressive education, and Indigenous ways of knowing and being, in support of the Ontario Curriculum and the departmental strategy. Works closely with other Educators and Digital Learning staff to develop a cohesive approach to the delivery of school programs. Adapts programs for delivery online or onsite, as required.
- Participates in training sessions on pedagogy, teaching strategies, digital technologies, etc. with a willingness to learn, to reflect on one’s own teaching practice, to build upon one’s knowledge/skills/abilities as an educator, and to apply training to teaching and program development. Participates in Indigenous Advisory Circle meetings as available. May be involved in the coordination of high school co-op or internship placements.
- Works closely with other Educators, and Digital Learning staff to develop a cohesive approach to learning by developing, adapting, and sharing specialized pedagogical techniques to impart maximum onsite and online learning experiences to client groups of all ages. Pilots new programs developed by completing research, studying the exhibits and collections, and by applying knowledge of inquiry-based object learning, anti-racist and anti-oppressive education, and Indigenous ways of knowing and being, in support of the Ontario Curriculum and the departmental strategy.
- Sets up and takes down objects/specimens from teaching collection according to standard handling procedures. Sets up and takes down digital equipment, audio-visual equipment, computers and tablets, and artmaking equipment as needed. Responds immediately, as trained, to situations requiring urgent attention, including and not limited to basic first aid, lost children, and emergency alarm.
Qualifications provided by Client
- Completion of a 4-year degree from an accredited post-secondary institution specializing in Indigenous Studies or Education, OR an acceptable equivalent in Indigenous teachings and knowledges, education, and lived experience.
- Minimum of two (2) years of work experience in public-facing communication and facilitation for children, youth, and adults. This may include leading tours, workshops, and other formal/informal educational delivery, including cultural engagement activities such as beadwork, sewing, storytelling, powwow dancing, etc.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver appropriate, accessible, and engaging educational experiences centred on the audiences’ learning needs and Indigenous knowledges and perspectives would be a key asset.
- Superior interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills, and a learner-oriented approach to engaging with audiences.
- Proven ability to work in a team, especially the ability to synthesize content based on the needs of several different stakeholders and sometimes conflicting priorities.
- First Nations (especially Cree), Métis, or Inuit ancestry is preferred.
- Working knowledge of the Ontario Curriculum and working pedagogical knowledge in both formal and informal education settings would be considered an asset.
- Oral and written fluency in French would be considered an asset.
Salary and Terms of Employment
SALARY: $29.54 per hour
WORK SCHEDULE: P/T up to 24 hours a week
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: 6 Months or 420 hours, whichever comes first (performance based only)
Client’s Diversity Statement
“[we] consider equity, diversity, and inclusivity foundational to our institutional success. We seek to foster a workplace that reflects the full breadth of the communities we serve and welcome applications from women, racialized persons/BIPOC, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, LGBTQ2S+, and people with disabilities.”
Please note that due to the intrinsic cultural aspects of this role, lived Indigenous experience is considered an asset.
Staﬀ Shop Inc. is committed to conducting its business in compliance with all applicable human rights law. Protected Grounds is determined in accordance with the human rights legislation that applies in each province in which we provide services, and include race, creed, colour, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship, record of oﬀences, family status, marital status, nationality, ancestry, place of origin, receipt of public assistance or disability of such person or employee (“Protected Grounds”).
Job Types: Part-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 6 months
Part-time hours: 24 per week
Salary: $29.54 per hour
- Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)
- Indigenous Educating/Group Speaking/Workshop Facilitation: 2 years (preferred)