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Organization: Willowgrove
Start Date: Nov. 2021
End Date: Dec. 2022
Salary: 18.75 hours/week (0.5 FTE)
Rate of Pay: $20/hr
Job Type: Contract (With chance of renewal)

Organization Description:
As a settler organization, Willowgrove acknowledges it is housed on the land once cared for by the
Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat Peoples. We recognize that these and other
diverse nations still live and work in our community. In honour of the treaties we pledge to care for
this land and use it respectfully.

Willowgrove is a land-based, charitable organization, founded by the Mennonite community. Guided
by the principles of this faith, Willowgrove is committed to nurturing growth, welcoming community,
building peace, honouring the land, and cultivating learning. To learn more, please visit our website
to learn more: https://www.willowgrove.ca/about-willowgrove

Our 100-acre property (located in Stouffville, Ontario) includes greenbelt land, an apple orchard, a
creek and pond, an old growth forest, livestock, and wildlife, and since 1968, we have used this land
to offer camping programs, events, education, and recreation opportunities for children and
families. By offering these services in an outdoor setting, we hope to nurture the social, emotional,
spiritual, and physical growth of our community.

Position Background
In line with TRC’s calls to action, we are hoping to use our programming and audience to help
educate our community, and build relationships with local first nation communities. We aim to be
better allies, and are dedicated to creating workshops and educational opportunities at Willowgrove
that showcase and elevate Indigenous voices. We recognize that our work in reconciliation requires
relationship building. We want to listen to the needs of our closest Indigenous neighbours: the
Mississaugas of Scugog Island, the Chippewas of Georgina Island, Chippewas of Rama, Mississaugas
of Hiawatha, Mississaugas of Alderville, Mississaugas of Curve Lake, and Chippewas of Beausoleil so
that together we may figure out programming opportunities that serve both our communities well.

Job Description: Indigenous Education Coordinator
Willowgrove is looking to hire an Indigenous Education Coordinator to work alongside our
organization to build relationships with Indigenous folks in order to incorporate more Indigenous
teachings and voices into our programming.

The Indigenous Education Coordinator will be responsible for the following:
Coordinating Indigenous Learning:

  • Planning and organizing workshops, events, as well as KAIROS Blanket Exercise
    programs
  • Scheduling staff, volunteers and facilitators, and provide administrative support
  • Overseeing program marketing, inquiries and bookings
  • Networking with Indigenous Communities and Organizations:
  • Building relationships and making connections for collaborations between Settler
    and Indigenous communities and organizations
  • Exploring mutually beneficial community partnerships for on-site programming
  • Providing organizational consultation and acting as an advisor on TRC goals
  • Infusing Indigenous teachings into Willowgrove programs:
  • Communicating between programs and meeting with program heads
  • Reviewing current curriculums and lessons, as well as develop new
    programs/exploring additional programming opportunities
  • Contributing to social media posts in order to increase our online education
    The Indigenous Education Coordinator will have the following skills, knowledge or abilities:
  • Preference will be given to a person who self-identifies as an Indigenous person of North
    America
  • Undergraduate degree in a related discipline
  • Experience and knowledge engaging Indigenous communities is preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to build relationships, strong communication skills, interpersonal and cross-cultural
    effectiveness skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, resourceful, flexible and able to work independently and meet
    deadlines
  • Ability to plan, implement and prioritize tasks, optimize resources, and work with others to
    accomplish goals or priorities
  • Proficient with MS Office Word and Excel.

To apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Johnny Wideman, Executive Director, at
johnny@willowgrove.ca by Nov. 30 at 5pm.

We thank all applicants for applying, but only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Willowgrove is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and a work
environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We
welcome applications from persons with disabilities and will provide accommodation at all stages of
the recruitment and selection process, upon request. We believe in equity and inclusion and strongly
encourage submissions from all qualified individuals regardless of gender, age, race, sexual
orientation, and physical ability.