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Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) is a unique Indigenous Institute, recognized by community, government, and institutions of higher learning, as a Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Knowledge. SNP offers postsecondary, secondary, trades education and training. SNP has formal partnerships with nine publicly funded Ontario Universities and Colleges and collaborates with six Ontario-based Indigenous owned and controlled post-secondary Institutes.

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Function & Overview

The Director-Deyohahá:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) is a leader within SNP’s educational community. The Director-IKC guides and supports efforts to revitalize, preserve and nurture Indigenous knowledge and languages through education, research, and knowledge mobilization. Reporting to the Vice-President Academic (VPA), this role also supports the enlivening of Deyohaha:ge:’s community institutional mandate, and SNP’s vision and mission through participation in strategic initiatives, curriculum development, relationship building and partnership development. The Director-Deyohahá:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) is required to perform all duties consistent with the governance values and operating policies of Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) while fostering positive relations with staff, students, stakeholders, and the community; contributing to a culturally supportive teaching, learning and work environment consistent with Hodinǫshǫ:nih/Rotinonhson:ni values of Ga’nigohi:yo:/Kanikoriio (Respect and the Good Mind).


The duties of the Director – Indigenous Knowledge Centre include, without limitation:

Strategic Initiatives

  • Advancing SNP’s efforts to support Indigenous knowledge mobilization and Indigenous language revitalization internally, with educational partners, community-based organizations, and other partners;
  • Identifying conceptualizing, and developing projects, programs, and events in collaboration with faculty, instructors, students, Indigenous Knowledge Guardians, Associate Professors, Community Scholars, and SNP and Deyohahá:ge: staff;
  • Leading and supporting the development of a community awareness and public education program for SNP;
  • Facilitating discussion and dialogue towards the establish of a strategic plan for the IKC;
  • Working with the VPA and other academic leadership to establish and monitor performance measures that support the growth and development of SNP’s research and knowledge mobilization activity;


  • Supporting the development of research capacity and advance research plans internally, and with educational and community partners;
  • Leading the development, periodic revision, and continual implementation of research and research ethics polices and processes;
  • Providing leadership in establishing and coordinating activities relevant to the preservation and nurturing of Indigenous knowledge and languages, and other areas identified through SNP’s strategic goals and objectives;
  • Fostering and supporting institutional and collaborative research in Indigenous knowledge, and Indigenous language revitalization, as well as other areas emerging from SNP’s academic plan;
  • Overseeing and contributing to the creation of educational resource materials for Indigenous arts, history, culture, and languages;
  • Planning and contributing to research, proposals, and applications for presentation to donors, foundations, and government agencies;
  • Identifying and supporting the functional, capacity, and growth needs of Deyohahá:ge:;
  • Providing guidance and training to research and project assistants, as required;
  • Providing ongoing support to approved collaborative research and academic development projects;

Leadership & General Administration

  • Managing staffing and oversee the drafting and updating of job descriptions for all positions in the Deyohahá:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre;
  • Supporting the coordination of the IKC through the maintenance of the roles & responsibilities matrix, mapping the interrelationships between all positions, and assigning project portfolios;
  • Supervising all full-time permanent staff; authorize overtime, and evaluate and endorse requests for personal and vacation time; review and approve year-end leave allowance calculations and monthly time sheets; and generate annual time tracking workbooks, as needed;
  • Managing and coordinating performance reviews for all full-time permanent staff;
  • Awareness, understanding of, and adherence to existing SNP policies and processes; and support the collaborative development and effective implementation of new and emergent policies and processes;
  • Serving as ex-officio member of administratively appointed academic and research working groups, committees, and other ad-hoc advisory, project-oriented, and decision-making bodies;
  • Providing accurate, timely and comprehensive information and guidance on all pertinent matters within their jurisdiction to the Vice-President Academic, institutional governance bodies, and associated committees;
  • Participating in maintaining a supportive environment conducive to learning and working at SNP; and
  • Other related duties, as required.


Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree and/or Doctorate with a specialization in a field directly relevant to Indigenous higher education, knowledge, language, and/or governance;
  • Demonstrated experience in a senior level management position in a postsecondary, research, library, or archival environment;
  • Experience and familiarity with the functions of research centers, Indigenous archives, libraries and museums, Indigenous institutes, and/or Indigenous knowledge centers (research, curriculum development, etc.); and
  • Successful management experience bringing complex assignments from inception to implementation while balancing political, community and other stakeholder interests, and resolving conflicts.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to establish respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples, organizations, and communities as well as the broader post-secondary education and research sector including government, colleges, universities and others;
  • A general and current knowledge of Hodinǫshǫ:nih history, culture, values, contemporary issues, community priorities, and stakeholders;
  • Ability to speak an Hodinǫshǫ:nih language is considered a particular asset;
  • Sound interpersonal skills including organization, negotiation, confidentiality, and professional judgement; and ability to work under pressure and manage schedules, budgets, and work plans, to meet demanding deadlines;
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and continuous learning;
  • Excellent communication skills with an emphasis on written expression (i.e., faultless spelling and grammar, and professional style);
  • Strong project management acumen, including budgeting skills and the ability to anticipate long-term financial needs and requirements for program or project delivery;
  • Acumen in planning, coordinating, directing, monitoring and evaluating projects;
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage schedules, portfolios, and timelines, to meet demanding deadlines;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with standard desktop computing programs, including spreadsheets, word processing, and database applications, on the Windows 2010 (or later) operating system; and
  • Capacity to work both independently and in a team setting, demonstrating Hodinǫshǫ:nih values of Ga`nigohi:yo:.

At Six Nations Polytechnic, we are committed to diversity and inclusion as we continue and expand our efforts to become a more inclusive, safe and respectful workplace. Human Resources will accommodate any needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Recruitment processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, as may be requested.

Job Type: Full Time, Permanent


  • Company registered pension plan
  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • Paid sick and personal time


  • Monday to Friday
  • 37.5 hours/week