Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Leadership, Innovation and Partnerships, Student Services

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Surrey, BC, Canada
  • Apr 20, 2022
Full time Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Multicultural Affairs Student Affairs Vice President/Associate/Assistant VP

Job Description


The Position

KPU is seeking an Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Leadership, Innovation and Partnerships.  This role reports to the Vice President, Students. Reporting directly to this position is the Manager of Indigenous Services for Students, the Communications and Events Coordinator and other support positions.

The Associate Vice-President (AVP), Indigenous Leadership, Innovation and Partnerships is responsible for the overall Indigenous leadership, innovation, partnerships, and strategic planning at KPU.

The AVP will provide leadership and support KPU’s efforts towards truth and reconciliation, and provide senior advice and guidance on how KPU can work towards decolonizing and Indigenizing the university’s structure.

The position works collaboratively across all campuses, with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to develop relationships and ensure effective education and service for Indigenous learners.

The AVP plays a key role in keeping the University engaged with the external Indigenous communities and in promoting the importance of Indigeneity and reconciliation.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

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Who are we looking for?

  • Strong preference given to candidates who identify as an individual with Indigenous heritage, inclusive of status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.
  • Relevant lived and professional experience rooted in local Indigenous communities, knowledges, and traditions is preferred.
  • Experience in leading and implementing change, including developing new strategies, policies and procedures.
  • Extensive managerial and collegial leadership with the ability to serve as a representative and advocate for institutional resources that support Indigenous learners.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and fostering student success.
  • Demonstrated understanding and leadership in support of UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) calls to action.
  • Demonstrated experience with leading and implementing institutional change initiatives
  • Ability to plan and manage at both the strategic and operational levels and successfully lead and manage change in a multi-union, complex environment.
  • Knowledge of key partner organizations in this field.
  • Understanding of the Canadian education system and academic policies and processes that contribute to a quality student experience.
  • Experience in funding, grant and proposal writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to present and converse with senior leaders within Indigenous communities and with senior stakeholders.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including the ability to persuade and influence individuals and groups with diverse needs and interests.
  • Knowledge of an Indigenous language would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of budget planning, development and management.
  • Intercampus travel is required; possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is preferred.


What education & experience should you have?

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree, preferably in Indigenous studies, Indigenous education or a related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of related leadership experience, preferably in a public sector environment.
  • Preferred 5 years of related community and Indigenous outreach experience, preferably in a post-secondary or public sector environment.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Application Details

The Location:

KPU is a multi-campus institution, frequent travel between campuses will be required. A hybrid of work from home and work from campus is offered.


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Note to Applicants:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from equity deserving groups and diverse experiences including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.


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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students,   and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check. 


Position will remain open until filled. Applications must be submitted via the online Career Centre - email applications will not be considered.


For inquiries or recommendations related to this position, please contact:

Brittany Berger

Interim Human Resources Business Partner


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Application Deadline

Open until filled.