Director, Indigenous Initiatives

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ITA is the engine that powers apprenticeship in BC, bringing together partners and resources from across the trades training system to make a skilled trades career a success from start to certification. ITA has been recognized as one of BC’s Top 100 Employers for 2020.

ITA is committed to ensuring the success of Indigenous peoples in the trades and fully support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis prosperity throughout our province and country. As the governing body responsible for managing trades and apprenticeship training in BC, ITA is dedicated to reconciliation through support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRC) Calls to Action.

With a solid foundation in place, there is an opportunity to continue the evolution of a critical component of ITA’s provincial engagement. The Director, Indigenous Initiatives will champion open dialogue, transparency and incorporating UNDRIP and the TRC Calls to Action into all of ITA’s work. The Director of Indigenous Initiatives will focus on creating strategies and programs to increase the participation of Indigenous people in apprenticeship training in BC and maintain strong relationships with BC Indigenous communities to develop new industry training programs.

The Director supports ITA in representing Indigenous Initiatives related to the work ITA does with training providers, Industry, Indigenous organizations and provincial and federal levels of government. This position requires a strong background in program management, demonstrated abilities to create and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and experience acting at the senior level as an ambassador for the needs of Indigenous communities.

The ideal candidate will be an energetic leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and well-honed facilitation and problem-solving abilities. A solid history of success in a service-delivery environment and experience working within or in close partnership with the Indigenous community will be critical to the Director’s success. An understanding of trades education, community programs and consensus building among stakeholders, as well as a background in project management within a team environment would be considered an asset. A commitment to the TRC Calls to Action and UNDRIP will be paramount.

To explore this opportunity further, please send your resume and covering letter to Allison Rzen and Jennifer Madden at www.pfmsearch.com.

ITA hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity. ITA welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.