The Executive Director of the new Indigenous Innovation Institute is responsible for the vision, leadership, organizational development, program development, student and academic policy development, and overall operations and financial management of this rapidly expanding initiative for the advancement of digital equity for Indigenous people in BC and nationally. The Indigenous Innovation Institute is an initiative of the First Nations Technology Council and builds on our four-year proof of concept in delivering Indigenous designed and led digital skills training and supporting hundreds of Indigenous people to launch careers in technology and innovation. The Institute holds as its vision that Indigenous Leadership Shapes Society’s Relationship with Technology and Innovation, which it pursues through hosting space for dialogue, learning, and collaboration. The Indigenous Innovation Institute is envisioned as eventually becoming an independent organization, as such the Executive Director should have a strong understanding of what is required to launch and operate a charitable entity.
Reporting to the CEO of the First Nations Technology Council, this key executive position requires an innovative change leader and systems thinker with a strong background in Indigenous education, leadership, administration, talent management and development, and budget and reporting acumen. The successful candidate will have the experience and passion to inform and translate our launch strategy and strategic plan into concrete outcomes and key results, supporting the development and delivery of a spectrum of technology skills and leadership programs for Indigenous innovators.
The Executive Director provides strategic leadership for the development of new programs aligned with current labour market information and ensures on-going consultation with Indigenous communities and learners to create timely, relevant, and progressive courses and programs designed to support Indigenous innovators and their pursuit of self-determination for their communities. The Executive Director also ensures strong partnerships across the education, technology and innovation sectors in order to facilitate educational and economic opportunities for our students and alumni, and maintains a leadership presence for the Indigenous Innovation Institute in BC and nationally. Leading a growing Institute for Indigenous innovation and technology thought leadership, the Executive Director must demonstrate passion and curiosity for cutting-edge research and Indigenous perspectives on current topics impacting technology, innovation, progressive leadership, ethics, and digital equity. The successful candidate must possess the ability to proactively identify new strategic opportunities, and exercise a high degree of initiative, sound judgment, analytical/critical thinking, and risk management abilities. Assuming an evaluative stance and ensuring timely feedback mechanisms is also key to the Technology Council’s continuous improvement approach.
The Executive Director oversees a growing team of both remote and North Vancouver-based employees including two direct reports and secondary oversight of seven staff and a growing team of 25+ contract instructors and curriculum developers. Initially, Institute finance, operations, and communications functions will be embedded within the Technology Council, with the supervision of these roles supported by the Chief Executive Officer. Above all, the Executive Director of the Indigenous Innovation Institute must have a strong vision for the future of the Institute, the administrative leadership experience to implement the vision, and the ability and dedication to inspire and motivate a growing team of Institute staff toward the vision.
About the Technology Council
The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led organization that serves all 203 First Nations communities across British Columbia, working to ensure that Indigenous peoples have full and equitable access to the tools, training, and support to maximize the opportunities presented by technology and innovation. The Technology Council sees the strengthening of local Indigenous economies and the empowering of Indigenous innovators as contributing to Indigenous self-determination and nationhood.
The First Nations Technology Council holds the following core values, which all employees are expected to honour, demonstrate and deepen through individual practice and team development: trust, humility, community, spirit, innovation for 7 generations, listening, resilience, indigenous wisdom, and heart.
About the Role
Staff Supervision and Development
Fundraising and Reporting
Evaluation and Continuous Learning
Executive Team and Organizational Leadership
Skills and Abilities:
The Executive Director, Indigenous Innovation Institute, is open to candidates anywhere in Canada, with a preference for candidates able to work from or regularly travel to the First Nations Technology Council headquarters Unit 102 – 70 Orwell Street on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will work remotely until further notice, in alignment with public health directives and best practices.
How to Apply:
Upload your resume combined with a cover letter and a writing sample. This position will remain open until it is filled.
We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from qualified First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. We also welcome other candidates who possess a high level of cultural competence and understanding of indigenous experience, communities, and issues. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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