Indigenous STEM Education Coordinator Queen's University Canada

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Job Summary

Reporting to the Director, Aboriginal Access to Engineering, the Indigenous STEM Education Coordinator is responsible for the delivery of educational outreach programming with Indigenous community school partners engaged in Aboriginal Access to Engineering (‘AAE’) initiatives with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (‘FEAS’).



The Coordinator is accountable for planning educational workshops and programming, with the majority of time in this position spent working in primary (K-8) schools. Working effectively as a member of a team, the Indigenous STEM Outreach Coordinator will also support key goals and objectives of the AAE unit.



This position involves travel (e.g. day and / or overnight) and requires the incumbent to work a variable schedule, including evenings and weekends, in order to support program and / or area needs. This position will be based in Oshweken, Ontario, with regular travel to Eastern Ontario.


Job Description

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 
• Develops curriculum-linked lessons, workshops, presentations, and experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (‘STEM’) specific to Indigenous communities.
• Delivers outreach programming to a wide variety of audiences, primarily, but not limited to, elementary and secondary schoolchildren.
• Develops and delivers professional development experiences and programs for teachers, collaborating with educational leadership and teachers themselves on learning plans in STEM. 
• Liaises with classroom teachers, principals, and community groups to determine types of STEM educational support required to complement current and future curricula as well as to meet AAE program objectives. 
• Represents AAE as required at Indigenous community events related to partner school activities.
• Collects, compiles, and summarizes relevant information and statistics on work activities for reporting purposes.
• Documents new material for AAE website and social media communication related to Indigenous outreach in STEM.
• When appropriate, supervises summer students hired in service of the AAE outreach program.
• Committed to continuous professional learning, in order to enhance personal capacity in coaching leading-edge, technology-based education.
• Advises the Director on general direction and policy needs for the overall outreach program.
• Undertakes other duties as required in support of program functions and priorities.

 



REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 
• University degree in Education required, with a preference for undergraduate studies in Engineering, Sciences, Indigenous Studies, or related area. Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Indigenous ancestry with demonstrated community involvement and strong knowledge of Indigenous cultures, communities, customs, practices, and communication styles preferred. 
• Non-Indigenous candidates should demonstrate cross cultural competency and willingness to learn about Indigenous cultures, communities, customs, practices, and communication styles.
• Previous experience and training in educational technology integration considered an asset. 
• Demonstrated knowledge of Mohawk and/or Cayuga languages considered an asset.
• Knowledge of the engineering profession and course of study, admission requirements, and general structure and function of universities considered an asset.
• Valid Province of Ontario Class G driver’s licence required.
• Satisfactory Criminal Records Check (‘CPIC’) and Vulnerable Sector Screening required.



SPECIAL SKILLS:
• Exceptional ability to work independently to organize, plan, and self-initiate both long-term and short-term goals and projects.
• Experience working in a self-directed environment with high quality discretion and judgement. 
• Able to appropriately determine when to escalate matters to the Director and senior management. 
• Able to work collaboratively and effectively within a small group setting.
• Able to work with children and youth from early elementary through university.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular, the ability to empathize and communicate effectively with Indigenous clients and the Queen’s University community.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public presentation skills.
• Strong relationship-building skills combined with an ability to develop and proactively use networks to build rapport to seek or provide help.
• Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail, time management, and the ability to set and balance evolving priorities.
• Able to analyze data to provide statistical reports on activities.
• Computer and office skills, including web-based technology and ability to adapt to emerging technology.
• Recognizes and embraces diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices in education and within professional settings. 
• Professional and respectful of client confidentiality.

 



DECISION MAKING: 
• Researches, identifies and recommends effective educational practices and programs, in collaboration with Director and community partners.
• Makes decisions regarding the development, format, and content of communication tools, lessons, workshops, and presentations.
• Identifies actions required to achieve project completion.
• Establishes day-to-day work plan and travel schedule within budget allocations.
• Decides when to refer a matter to the Director ensuring appropriate background information is provide.


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