Associate Vice President, Indigenous Education and Engagement

Vancouver Island University
November 17, 2021
December 17, 2021

Known as a centre of excellence for undergraduate teaching, Vancouver Island University (VIU) produces quality graduates who are in demand by employers across the country and around the world. VIU offers three supportive campus communities to a highly diverse student population, focused on open access, innovative teaching methods, undergraduate research opportunities, and creating an exceptional learning experience for students. Located on British Columbia’s spectacular West Coast on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, VIU is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples. To continue building on its ambition of welcoming, supporting and inspiring all those who study and work at VIU, and helping our learners and our communities embrace their potential, VIU seeks an Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Education and Engagement.

The Associate Vice-President of the Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement (AVP, OIEE) collaborates and partners across VIU’s campuses and in community to guide the University in defining and implementing a vision for the interrelated commitments and practices of Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation, and to fulfill VIU’s commitment to the post-secondary calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This includes understanding learner needs and aspirations, co-creating programs and activities, supporting VIU’s faculties in integrating these programs into the curricula, and ensuring Indigenous students have community and support in meeting their educational goals. Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, the AVP, OIEE leads a team of fifteen that spans across VIU’s three campuses, and works with the Elders-in-Residence to ensure a close connection to the Nations in the region VIU serves, in alignment with VIU’s strategic commitment to build stronger partnerships with Indigenous communities. They also collaborate nationally and beyond with other institutions and communities in pursuit of the OIEE’s mission to decolonize educational systems, honour indigeneity, and celebrate shared journeys.

As the ideal candidate, you bring strong knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, cultures, and protocols locally, provincially, and nationally, and have experience working closely with Indigenous communities and organizations provincially and/or nationally. You have lived experience of Indigenous worldviews, cultures and values, with superior understanding of diverse Indigenous knowledge systems and epistemologies, ideally in the post-secondary environment. You have an ability to promote and build collaborative partnerships across a wide range of groups and individuals, and you bring an approach that includes humbleness, compassion and empathy to your relationships. In addition, you are committed to working with Indigenous communities to co-create programs, services and platforms that speak to the needs and aspirations of community. Your years of senior administrative and leadership experience are augmented by a graduate degree (PhD preferred).

For this position, we also want to highlight that First Nations, Inuit, or Métis ancestry is regarded as directly relevant to the skills and knowledge for excellence in the position. Pursuant to Section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, selection will be limited to applicants of Indigenous ancestry. If you wish to qualify for consideration, you are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter.

VIU has been awarded a BC’s Top Employer award for the last two years from the Top Employers program. If this is the next step in your professional career, please visit our website and submit your application to Allison Rzen and Shelina Esmail at

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