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Job Description

Indspire is an Indigenous national registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of improving educational outcomes for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. Through Indspire’s education offerings, we provide resources to students, educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving success for Indigenous youth. In 2018-19, Indspire awarded $16.2 million through 5,553 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth, making it the largest funder of Indigenous post-secondary education outside the federal government. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by First Nations, Inuit and Métis people that is broadcast nationally.

Never has there been a better time to join this national leader.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Programs and Student Success, the Director plays a central role in creating and maintaining focus, commitment and momentum.

The Director is accountable for:

  • Designing and monitoring progress and ensuring coherence between the Building Brighter Futures (BBF) and Student Success programs;
  • Defining and overseeing processes, procedures and reporting required to manage each of the programs;
  • Overseeing the program projects and their interdependencies;
  • Managing program strategic direction, performance measurement framework and annual workplans;
  • Managing performance, mentoring and coaching team leads and managers.

Position Responsibilities

Program Development and Management

  • Plan, design and manage programs ensuring effective quality assurance, consistency and coherence with infrastructure and planning;
  • Identify and manage compliance with Indigenous, organizational and technical standards;
  • Define and document program governance arrangements;
  • Manage both the dependencies and the interfaces between programs and across departmental functions;
  • Manage the transition of new programs to operational implementation;
  • Track and monitor program expenditures, ensuring program budget management is in keeping with envelope and guidelines;
  • Manage performance and coach direct reports;
  • Represent Indspire at conferences and participate in speaking engagements.

Process and Systems

  • Document and manage program processes, procedures and reporting structures;
  • Manage and support relevant program IT systems, and infrastructure;
  • Develop and manage program performance metrics;
  • Communicate and inform Inspire staff on program responsibilities, process and timelines.


  • Monitor program progress, resolving issues and making corrective action as needed;
  • Manage program risks and implement strategies for successful outcomes;
  • Initiate solutions and other management interventions wherever gaps in the programs are identified or issues arise;
  • Facilitate completion of annual workplans aligned with Strategic Plan;
  • Plan and implement communication and engagement strategies.


  • Completion of a post-secondary degree and/or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5-8 years’ management experience.
  • Strong Project Manager ideally with Program or Project Management designation.
  • Experience in managing data driven initiatives, databases, customer relations management systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational change management.
  • Extensive communication and engagement experience.
  • Deep knowledge, preferably through lived experience, of Indigenous communities.
  • Knowledge and strong understanding of, and appreciation for Indigenous ways of knowing in teaching and learning.
  • Proven coach, mentor, and successful team leader.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and build relationships with community leaders and representatives.
  • Demonstrated strong cultural competence; self-confident; flexible.
  • Ability to travel within Canada throughout the year.

The duties within this job description may be amended from time to time.

How to Apply

This is a full-time position based as Indspire’s Six Nations office. The salary range is competitive with a good benefits package, including pension plan. We are an Indigenous led organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from qualified First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and all others interested in the position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. To learn more about Indspire, visit

To apply, please forward your résumé, and cover letter to All qualified candidates will be contacted directly. No agency calls please.

Deadline for Applications: Tuesday, March 10, 2020


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