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The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is home to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Dental Science (DDS) programs (respective 4-year professional degrees), as well as prestigious Postgraduate Medicine and Dental Programs. Additionally, in collaboration with Western's Ivey School of Business and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Schulich's inter-faculty Masters of Public Health Program offers a Master’s Degree in Public Health, while also offering an undergraduate Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) Program in partnership with the Faculty of Science and MSc and PhD Graduate Programs, in both the Basic and Clinical Sciences.
In conjunction with campus partners, Schulich also offers a combined MD/PhD; partnering with Western's Faculty of Engineering to offer a combined BMSc/BESc and with the Richard Ivey School of Business to offer a combined BMSc/HBA degree. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry provides outstanding education within a research-intensive, distributed learning environment where tomorrow’s physicians, dentists, health researchers and other scholars learn to be socially responsible leaders in the advancement of human health locally, regionally and globally.
Reporting to the Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity Inclusion and Decolonization, the Program Director, Indigenous Initiatives will play a strategic leadership role in the development and implementation of strategies and initiatives, which address the historical and systemic barriers that Indigenous peoples face in accessing and fully participating in health professions and health care settings in Canada. The role will lead the development and implementation of the Indigenous Health Action Plan and support the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in achieving the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and advancing Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan at a Faculty level.
The role will support the overall educational mission of the School, with specific attention to optimizing educational opportunities for prospective and current Indigenous learners. The Program Director will also review, respond, advise on, and make decisions with regards to Indigenous education and learner support in the Faculty, in collaboration with Schulich leaders and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, and represent Schulich both internally and externally regarding Indigenous medical school initiatives.
- Undergraduate degree in Indigenous Studies, Education, Social Work, or related discipline
- Master’s degree in Indigenous Studies, Education, Social Work, or related discipline is preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- 5 years' related experience working and developing relationships with Indigenous communities/ organizations/ populations
- Experience creating and implementing Indigenous student transition supports, cultural supports, and supporting Indigenous student success in an educational setting
- Experience Indigenizing and decolonizing approaches to academic courses, programs and services
- Experience working in a university research focused environment is preferred
- Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit in Canada) with lived experience
- Thorough understanding of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit communities and funding structures and vehicles
- Familiarity with Indigenous/Indigenous post-secondary student needs and barriers, as well as best practices in counselling methods and approaches
- Familiarity with Western’s Indigenous Student Services and Indigenous Admission practices across the postsecondary sector preferred
- Thorough understanding of Indigenous funding programs and educational sponsorship supports
- In-depth knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, traditions, and history
- Advanced ability to effectively communicate (orally and in writing), lead business discussions and provide guidance and expertise to others
- Ability to influence and collaborate respectfully with key partners both internally and externally
- Demonstrated ability to form strong community partnerships both within the university and with local First Nations and Indigenous organizations and promote Indigenous Knowledge and cultures
- Strong leadership skills with the ability to develop shared vision to lead employees to excellence
- Proven ability to take initiative and champion a project from conception through implementation and evaluation
- Demonstrated analytical ability with a working knowledge of accounting principles
- Ability to work well under pressure and handle multiple conflicting priorities in a fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions
- Creative problem-solving skills and sound professional judgment, especially regarding confidential/sensitive matters
- Ability to speak and write an Indigenous language would be an asset
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