Employment Opportunity: ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Job Description


Reports To: Executive Director


The Academic Director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of Oshki-Pimache-O-Win’s post-secondary educational programs including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Academic Director is responsible for researching, developing, administering, and evaluating learning programs in response to the identified needs of client groups and communities.

As a member of the Management Team, the Academic Director will be involved in strategic planning and play a key role in working closely with the Executive Director, Director of Finance, and Director of Student Success to develop and deliver appropriate programming.


Plan Programs

  • Plan the delivery of the overall program and its activities in accordance with the mission and the goals of the Institute
  • Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the Institute
  • Identify post-secondary educational programs and education partners
  • Identify training programs and training partners
  • Develop funding proposals for programs that meet community needs and ensure the continuous delivery of services
  • Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program
  • Develop an annual budget and operating plan to support each program
  • Determine faculty requirements for program delivery
  • Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of each program and to identify areas for improvement
  • In consultation with the Senior Management Team, determine facility, classroom, and IT needs
  • Develop community-based partnerships (eg. Elders program)

Staff Programs

  • In consultation with the Finance Director, recruit, interview and recommend well-qualified program staff to the Executive Director
  • Implement the human resources policies, procedures and practices of the Institute
  • Implement a performance management process for all program staff
  • Ensure that all faculty receive an appropriate orientation to the Institute and all programs as well as any applicable training

Lead Programs

  • Ensure that program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the Institute
  • Ensure that program activities comply with all relevant legislation and professional standards
  • Oversee the collection and maintenance of records on students for statistical purposes according to the confidentiality/privacy policy of the Institute
  • Ensure all staff members receive orientation and appropriate training in accordance with organizational standards
  • Supervise program staff by providing direction, input and regular feedback
  • Act as a resource for all program staff and faculty
  • Coach and counsel students to encourage and promote continued success and program completion
  • Coach and counsel program staff to meet or exceed their full potential
  • Deal with performance issues according to established protocols as required
  • Liaise with Program Coordinators to ensure effective and efficient program delivery
  • Coordinate the delivery of services among different program activities to increase effectiveness and efficiency
  • Bring program staff requests forward to the Senior Management Team
  • Approve employee requests including vacation, travel, medical leaves, and off-site training

Control Programs

  • Prepare interim and final reports for management and for funders
  • Communicate with funders as outlined in funding agreements
  • Ensure that programs operate within the approved budget
  • Monitor the program activities on a regular basis and conduct an annual evaluation according to the program evaluation framework
  • Report evaluation findings to the Executive Director and recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate
  • Approve all program-related purchase orders and sign related cheques
  • Attend Senior Management meetings as required


Education & Experience

  • Completion of a post-secondary program, preferably in Business Administration, Education
  • 5 to 7 years of Senior Management experience in developing, implementing and monitoring post-secondary Education programs
  • A background in an education setting would be a definite asset

Required Knowledge & Skills

The incumbent must have proficient knowledge in and be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • ability to research, develop, and plan programs
  • program administration, management, delivery, and evaluation
  • staff hiring, training, development, and motivation programs
  • performance management methods, and techniques
  • strong mentoring and coaching skills
  • an understanding of First Nation culture and an appreciation for the needs and challenges faced by First Nations post-secondary students
  • advanced computer skills including the ability to operate spreadsheets and word processing programs at a high proficiency level
  • fluency in either Ojibway or Cree would be an asset.

Developed Competencies

  • The incumbent must also demonstrate success in the following areas:
  • Excellent team leadership and supervisory skills to ensure successful outcomes
  • Proven program management strengths including development, administration, delivery and evaluation
  • Strategic thinker; able to anticipate and plan for the future
  • Superior verbal and listening communication skills to deal with sensitive issues discretely and with tact
  • Effective written communication skills including the ability to prepare complex proposals and reports
  • Highly developed analytical, research, interpretive and evaluative skills to identify issues and make recommendations
  • Outstanding judgment, problem solving and decision making abilities

    Personal Attributes

    • The incumbent must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:
    • strict adherence to confidentiality
    • honesty and trustworthiness
    • respect
    • cultural awareness and sensitivity
    • flexibility
    • self-motivation
    • team-orientation
    • diplomacy, tact, and sound judgment


    • Ability to work flexible hours, evenings, and/or weekends as required
    • Ability to travel as required


    Send cover letter and resume by May 18th to: info@oshki.ca

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