• Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Toronto

University of Toronto

About us: The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada’s leading university and one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world. The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs. We can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflect the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking and collaboration. At Arts & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

Your opportunity: As the largest faculty in one of Canada’s leading universities, the Faculty of Arts & Science has a central role to play in answering the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The Indigenous Partnerships Advisor in the Strategic Partnerships Office provides an amazing opportunity to develop and advance new initiatives supporting Indigenous programs, research and partnerships across the Faculty of Arts & Science. We are recruiting an experienced professional with a high degree of initiative, creativity and integrity. As the Indigenous Partnerships Advisor, your role will be to work closely with the leadership of the Faculty to support and develop initiatives supporting Indigenous teaching, learning, and research activity. You will have responsibility for developing and managing partnerships with Indigenous groups and allied organizations. The incumbent will also be a key advisor to faculty and staff on a range of issues, especially related to grants and programming. This critical role requires deep connections and credibility with local Indigenous communities combined with the ability to work effectively in a complex academic environment.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Liaising with contacts to identify opportunities for industry collaborations
  • Liaising with academic units and stakeholders to support research funding initiatives
  • Keeping well-informed on funding opportunities and resources, application policies/procedures and key deadlines
  • Serving as a resource for faculty and staff on Indigenous issues
  • Building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and partners of strategic importance
  • Conducting detailed analysis and evaluation to inform program planning activities
  • Developing and implementing new programs and initiatives independently
  • Analyzing statistical information to evaluate the performance of programs and/or partnerships


Essential Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or acceptable combination of education and equivalent related experience.
  • Minimum five years of recent and related experience advising on best practices to inform research, programming, and pedagogy that impact Indigenous groups.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and recent experience working with local GTA Indigenous organizations and Indigenous peoples.
  • Experience with or advising on academic research, including grant writing, funding sources, and knowledge mobilization.
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders; negotiating, applying dispute resolution strategies, influencing, liaising, briefing, and evaluating as required.
  • Experience developing memoranda of understanding and drafting partnership agreements.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, facilitating, and evaluating training sessions and workshops, and resources.
  • Demonstrated experience with full-cycle project and program management, including ideation, defining work scope, implementation, managing stakeholders, and evaluation; experience managing several programs and projects simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of best practices in curriculum development & pedagogy in post-secondary environments.
  • Ability to analyze complex situations and risk implications to provide recommendations and contingency plans.
  • Experience using knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion theories, and best practices impacting Indigenous peoples to proactively identify opportunities and gaps in existing programming, policies, and/or processes, and drafting proposals to address.
  • Working knowledge of University of Toronto, or similar post-secondary institution, structure, policies, and procedures.
  • Strong communication (written and verbal), facilitation, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of tact, diplomacy, and good judgment

Visit the following link to view the full posting and submit your application for consideration: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Indigenous-Partnerships-Advisor/544440717/

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