Indigenous Cultural Education and Protocol Specialist

The Vice Provost (Indigenous Engagement) within the Office of the Provost is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Indigenous Cultural Education and Protocol Specialist .

Reporting to the Vice Provost (Indigenous Engagement) and working closely with the Director, (Indigenous Strategy), this position will develop and manage cultural programs, protocols, policies and procedures to improve intercultural capacity building and respectful engagement of traditional knowledge keepers and indigenous community leaders in teaching, learning, and research. As an important part of the Indigenous Strategy team, this position works collaboratively with others to realize the principles, goals, and recommendations of the Indigenous strategy. The position manages inquiries related to cultural protocol, cultural resources (internal and external), and provides cultural advice to faculty and staff looking to engage Traditional Knowledge Keepers in teaching, learning, research, and special event planning. The position also assists in the development and facilitation of foundational cultural awareness workshops for faculty and staff. This individual will also work collaboratively to advise on reviews of institutional policies and procedures that present barriers to the respectful engagement of elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Indigenous community leaders. This role will be responsible for building, drafting, and establishing cultural guidelines for the campus community related to Indigenous protocol. To that end, the incumbent will provide awareness training, communications, and mentorship regarding appropriate observance of Indigenous-based cultural protocols across the campus community. The position will work closely with the Provost's team, University Relations, and the Native Centre on cultural protocol, event planning, and intercultural capacity building.


Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):


  • Develop an in depth understanding of principles, recommendations, and overall content and intent of Indigenous Strategy

  • Manage guidelines and provide cultural advice, awareness, and guidance to the campus community on Indigenous Cultural Protocols

  • Provide cultural advice, awareness, and guidance on the Traditional Territorial Acknowledgements

  • Develop and deliver basic cultural awareness training and workshops

  • Ensure university policies procedures and practices are respectful of cultural protocols and promote respective engagement of traditional knowledge keepers

  • Increase intercultural capacity building across the campus through proactive education and cultural awareness workshops

  • Liaise and collaborate with other business units and faculties in the development and delivery of cultural awareness workshops and programming

  • Build and maintain strong, respectful relationships with Indigenous elders/traditional knowledge keepers

  • Assist with the management and coordination of Traditional Knowledge Keeper's Dialogues

  • Provide cultural assistance to ceremonial elders upon request and when appropriate

  • Engage Traditional Knowledge Keepers in teaching, learning and research

  • Provide advice on appropriate use of ii taa' poh' to' p (Indigenous Strategy) communication style guide and associated imagery

  • Develop a reporting mechanism to identify and track cultural awareness programs and courses that contribute to intercultural capacity building across the campus community

  • Ensure University of Calgary new and revised institutional policies and procedures are inclusive of indigenous perspectives and peoples and in alignment with cultural protocols

  • Manage and vet requests for traditional knowledge keepers and/or cultural experts to participate in campus events, courses, or dialogues

  • When requested, participate in institutional policy development and/or reviews to ensure Indigenous inclusion

  • Provide cultural advice to faculty and staff looking to engage Traditional Knowledge Keeper's in teaching, learning, research

  • Provide guidance and assistance to University Relations, the Native Centre, Continuing Education, Human Resources, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President in institutional event planning with respect to Indigenous inclusion and cultural protocols

  • Work closely with the Native Centre, Continuing Education, and Human Resources on intercultural capacity building workshops and programs

  • Assist with proposal development (fund development) for new programs related to intercultural capacity building

  • Represent the Office of the Vice Provost (Indigenous Engagement) on relevant internal and external committees as appointed

    Qualifications / Requirements:


  • Completed Master's Degree is preferred, completed Bachelor Degree in related field will be considered with the appropriate community related work experience

  • Minimum 3 years related work experience, preferably in direct association with indigenous education, programs, and/or communities

  • Familiarity and knowledge of regional Indigenous cultural protocols and ceremonial observances is essential

  • Proven experience in the coordination of Indigenous cultural events

  • Demonstrated excellence facilitation skills (public speaking)

  • Ability to act decisively and to exercise a high degree of diplomacy, confidentiality, initiative and judgment

  • Possess positive, well established relationships with Indigenous communities, leaders, and cultural knowledge keepers

  • Experience in teaching indigenous adult learners and/or high school students

  • Demonstrated ability to identify funding sources and prepare funding proposals to support new program recommendations

  • Good judgment and initiative, tact and diplomacy in dealing with the frequent interactions with, staff, instructors, university departments and external organizations

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Professional (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)

  • Ability to perform multiple and complex tasks, with attention to detail and business processes

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with a strong customer service orientation

    Application Deadline: April 25, 2018

    We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.