Vice President, Education & Training

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Author pmnationtalk
Date May 24, 2019
Type Full Time
Company AFOA Canada
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Leaders International
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Vice President, Education & Training


The Organization

Founded in 1999 as a not-for-profit association, AFOA Canada has become the centre for excellence and innovation in Indigenous management, finance and governance.

The only organization of its type in Canada, AFOA Canada focuses on “building a community of professionals” by increasing capacity and providing support for the day-to-day needs of Indigenous professionals in the areas of management, finance, band administration, leadership and program management. With values base on integrity, collaboration, excellence, relevance and innovation, AFOA Canada achieves their mandate by respecting and supporting individuals, organizations, and communities on their journey to management proficiency, professional certification and self-reliance.

Spanning from the Pacific to the Atlantic, AFOA Canada is comprised of members who are leaders in their communities, organizations, and companies. These member leaders, in turn, receive professional development tools, education, and supports to improve their skills and knowledge so that they can continue to ensure their own organization’s and communities continue to thrive. By maximizing resources, strengthing decision-making and governance, enhancing the delivery of programs and services, these members become instrumental in supporting their organizations, and communities to meet each of their unique goals and objectives.

The Position

As a member of AFOA Canada’s senior management team, The Vice President, Education & Training will work closely with and report directly to the President & CEO. The Vice President, Education & Training will assume accountability for the overall direction and guidance for AFOA Canada’s full educational staff and programs including certification programs such as the Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM), Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) designations, Certified Indigenous Leadership (CIL), Harvard Business School Certificate Program, and a suite of capacity building workshops.

Key Responsibilities

In accordance with AFOA Canada’s policies and applicable laws, The Vice President, Education & Training will be responsible for leading and mentoring all educational staff including the Manager, Education & Membership; Manager, Training and Events; Education Officer(s); Education Administrator(s); and, Education Administrative Assistant(s). He/She will foster a team environment while defining training plans, directing work, and appraising performance.

The Vice President, Education & Training will maintain critical partnerships with post-secondary institutions, CPA Canada, Directors College and other Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations to ensure pathways from AFOA Canada Certified Programs to broader market certifications.

Additionally, the Vice President, Education & Training will oversee the education budget, individual membership recruitment and retention, and curriculum development, while assuming the lead role in the development and implementation of educational, certification and training programs. To facilitate this, the Vice President, Education and Training will develop and implement instructional strategies, plans and policies, program proposals and budgets while ensuring the continued integrity of educational product offerings.


  • Minimum of a Graduate degree in Education and Training (preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D.)
  • A minimum of 7 years of previous, directly relevant experience within a similar environment
  • A minimum of 5 years experience within a management level role
  • Demonstrated understanding of the differences between education and training and the PLAR process
  • Ability to align strategic goals with the AFOA Canada Vision and Mission
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge and understanding of First Nations matters at a local, national and international level
  • Experience and in-depth knowledge of program management and administration in an Indigenous Community
  • Knowledge of post-secondary regulator and accreditation standards, criteria and instructional design
  • Expertise in program delivery, reporting systems and evaluation tools and concepts
  • Possess superior writing skills and the ability to speak effectively before groups of clients and related audiences (the ability to communicate in an Aboriginal and/or French language is considered an asset)
  • Demonstrated experience effectively managing a team of employees and external contractors
  • The ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships within academia, professional associations, the Indigenous community and the private and public sectors
  • Exceptional knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other software programs
  • The ability to plan and prioritize work activities, use time efficiently, set goals and objectives organizes and/ or schedule other subordinates and their tasks to ensure deadlines are met
  • Able to develop project plans and budgets, lead/coordinate projects, communicate changes and progress, complete projects on time and within budget
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills would be an asset

The City    Ottawa

We recognize that Ottawa is located on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabeg traditional territory and we extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples for their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

The City of Ottawa is one of the top 20 cities in the world for quality of living, and the best place to live in Canada, according to Mercer and MoneySense. It is the capital of Canada and is located four hours west of Toronto, and just two hours east of Montreal. The city houses its own international airport as well as a two VIA rail stations, both of which are accessible by public transportation and by car. It has a population of just under 1 million people, making it one of the largest cities in Canada. About 37% of the Ottawa population is bilingual making it the largest city in Canada with co-official languages (English and French).

Ottawa is the hub for political activity and education in southern Ontario, home of Canada’s Parliament Buildings as well as four post- secondary institutions – the University of Ottawa (the largest French/English bilingual university in the world), Carleton University, St. Paul’s University College, and Algonquin College. Ottawa schools reflect the diversity of the population. The four school boards

– English public, French public, English Roman Catholic and French Roman Catholic – provide many options, including French immersion programs. There are also several private and boarding schools available.

With a state-of-the-art National Arts Centre, over ten museums, and a multitude of historical buildings, Ottawa is the nucleus for art and culture within Canada. The city contains Little Italy and China Town and attracts multiple festivals and concerts throughout the year. During winter, the City also boasts the world’s largest outdoor skating rink, the Rideau Canal Skateway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which spans 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Across the bridge and fifteen minutes away is also one of Canada’s largest conservation parks, Gatineau Park, featuring unique plants and wildlife, beautiful heritage sites, and an array of trails and facilities for hiking and other outdoor activities.

Additional Information

For more details or to further explore this leadership opportunity with a national scope, please contact:

Mike Eagar • Consultant
Leaders International
1 Rideau Street, Suite 700
Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7
Telephone : 613-788-8255 ext. 102

Leaders International specializes in the recruitment of Board of Directors, leadership succession and executive level positions. Our global network, Penrhyn International, is a world leader in the executive recruitment industry, with more than 47 offices in over 25 countries on 5 continents.

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