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University of Manitoba - AVPI-RA

Pathways Executive Search Inc.
Winnipeg (Region), Manitoba
Closing date
May 12, 2024

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The University of Manitoba (UM) invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for the position of Associate Vice-President (Indigenous) - Research and Academic.

Founded in 1877, UM is the province’s largest university, attracting people from around the world who share its ideals and vision for positive change. Recognized as Western Canada’s first university and located in the vibrant city of Winnipeg, UM is home to nearly 31,000 students, including a current enrolment of more than 2,700 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. The UM community also includes 5,400 academic staff and 4,000 support staff.

The University comprises 13 faculties, four schools, and nine colleges and offers a strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences as part of its broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs. UM offers more than 100+ programs of study, more than any other postsecondary institution in Manitoba. This includes 100+ undergraduate and nearly 150 graduate
programs. The University is also transforming the learning experience, with more than 100 flexible learning opportunities, including co-op and internships, immersive learning, exchange programs, and bridge programs.

As Manitoba’s only medical doctoral institution and as a member of the U15 Group of Research Universities, UM dominates the Manitoba research landscape and ranks among Canada’s most research-intensive universities. Every day, members of the UM community bring their unique voices to learning and discovery, shaping new ways of doing things and contributing to
important conversations on topics that matter most—from human rights to global health to climate change.

The University of Manitoba has two main campuses and multiple satellite campuses, located on the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Ojibwe-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the National Homeland of the Red River Métis. UM is honoured to host the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which, guided by a seven-member Governing Circle and advised by up to fifteen Survivor Circle members from across Turtle Island, is a place of learning and dialogue, where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations.

UM has been recognized for 12 years as one of Manitoba’s Top Employers and, for the last seven years, as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.

The Role

The Associate Vice-President (Indigenous)–Research and Academic (AVPI-RA) reports directly to the Vice-President (Indigenous). As a member of the University’s senior leadership team and the OVPI’s executive team, the incumbent is responsible for providing vision and leadership in support of the UM’s Indigenous achievement and engagement activities at the academic,
administrative, research, and governance levels. The AVPI-RA will join the VP Indigenous’ strong team of Indigenous leaders who support the vision and mandate of the OVPI in each of their respective portfolios. In addition, the AVPI will collaborate with academic, research, and administrative teams in the University who also support the vision and mandate of the
University of Manitoba of Indigenous excellence and engagement of Indigenous faculty, staff, and students.

The AVP will be appointed to a five-year term and retain their rank of a tenured Associate Professor or Professor. While serving as an Associate Vice-President, the incumbent is a Senior Academic Administrator outside the UMFA bargaining unit and governed by those policies (see policy). The AVPI–RA is a senior-level appointment at the University of Manitoba and is
confirmed by the Board of Governors. The normal length of service for an Associate Vice-President is five (5) years. This position does have the potential to be renewed at the end of the five years. The incumbent will demonstrate an Indigenous axiology with respect to decolonization in an academic setting.

The Application Process

Due to the significant cultural context requirements of this position, this position is designated for Indigenous candidates. Applicants must self-declare on their cover letter/resume as Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, and/or Inuit). As candidates progress through different stages of the process, they may be asked to provide supporting documents and/or references to verify Indigenous identity.

Consideration of candidates will begin in mid-April 2024, with a formal review by the committee in May 2024. Nominations, applications, or expressions of interest should be directed to Laurie Sterritt and Katy Gottfriedson-Jasper.

To Apply

To learn more about this leadership opportunity, please submit a comprehensive resume and cover letter in confidence to Pathways Executive Search.

Laurie Sterritt • Managing Director Pathways Executive Search
Telephone: 778-838-4569

Katy Gottfriedson-Jasper • Senior Consultant
Pathways Executive Search
Telephone: 250-318-6788


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