Vice President of Programs and Student Success

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Author pmnationtalk
Date March 15, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Leaders International
Location Toronto,ON
Category Education/Administrative
Client Leaders International
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Vice President of Programs and Student Success

The Organization

Led by Indigenous people for Indigenous people, Indspire is the single largest funder of post-secondary Indigenous education outside of the federal government. The organization is strongly committed to education for the long-term benefit of Indigenous Peoples, their families, their communities, and Canada. Indspire serves First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students in geographically remote communities, rural areas and urban centres nationally. With the support of their partners, they disburse financial awards, deliver programs and events, and share resources with the goal of improving educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. Since 2004, Indspire has awarded more than $100-million in scholarships and bursaries to more than 35,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students nationwide. In 2017-18, Indspire awarded $14.2 million through almost 4,900 scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students across Canada.

With a vision to enrich Canada through Indigenous education, Indspire continues to transform, positioning itself as a national leader in advancing modern and innovative education.

Their strategic priorities from 2017 to 2022 include:

  • Continuously improving our programs and initiatives to produce outstanding Indigenous education and positive socioeconomic outcomes
  • Increasing our investment in people, technology and other resources to achieve our vision and mission and to enhance its impact
  • Continue to be a catalyst for Indigenous people achieving their potential by forging meaningful partnerships
  • Enhance recognition of our innovative leadership in Indigenous education and achievement
  • Continue to build financial sustainability as the organization of choice for funders of Indigenous education and achievement towards reconciliation.

Indspire Awards

Established in 1993, and presented in 1994, in conjunction with the United Nations Declaration of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Indspire Awards are intended to celebrate and encourage excellence in the Indigenous community.

Awards are presented in a variety of categories, varying by the achievements of the people in the nominating period. 14 awards are presented each year including one for Lifetime Achievement and three Youth Awards; one each for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.

The awards are broadcast annually on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

The  Position

Indspire is seeking a Vice President of Programs and Student Success to lead them into the future, ensuring they successfully achieve their strategic goals as identified. In this role, you will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and work in collaboration with the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As a key member of the executive management team, you will provide leadership, vision and operational oversight to the Education Department. Notably, this includes leading Indspire’s scholarship, bursary, and awards programs as well as establishing new programs and services. Specifically, Indspire has identified the following priority areas to build and grow:

  • Student Success will offer a national mentorship program to Indigenous students, so they are supported not only financially but in all areas of their lives from high school to their professional lives
  • Teach for Tomorrow – a pilot program that provides training and support for participants to become educators;
  • Research and Impact leveraging the information housed by Indspire – presenting a significant opportunity for meaningful projects and to enhance programs and services

o Building on the trust Indigenous students have with Indspire, the research space and evaluation framework will advance better educational outcomes. It will be formally supported by a circle of Indigenous scholars that will both act in an ethics advisory role and conduct sponsored research projects;

  • The National Gathering, an annual Indigenous Educators Conference;
  • Soaring Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering;
  • Building Brighter Futures bursaries, scholarships and awards programs.

With a reputation for being highly strategic and a track record of leading change and transformation, the Vice President of Programs and Student Success is a key representative of the organization, fostering important relationships with stakeholders and building on partnerships with Indigenous communities and national organizations. You will promote Indspire programs and support fundraising efforts, create opportunities for collaboration, and increase the organization’s visibility, impact and network. Collaboratively, you are able to engage with many and lead innovation through research and data while remaining actively involved with Indigenous stakeholders nationally.

Your operational responsibilities will include managing staff, financial resources, and program budgets, upholding and updating policies and procedures, and building and supporting a positive team culture. The ability to establish and implement work plans, key performance indicators, and report on your portfolio will position Indspire each year for success in the next. Guiding staff development through mentorship will allow you to foster a high performing team that is results-oriented.

The Position (cont.)

A relevant university degree combined with a background in senior administration and management will have prepared you with the knowledge and skills for this integral role. You should be a strong communicator, a relationship-builder and have a flair for negotiating “win-win” outcomes. With excellent knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories and issues in education Canada wide, you will bring a collaborative and flexible working style and comfort working in a dynamic environment. Bilingualism and a post-graduate degree are considered an asset. Preference will be given to an Indigenous candidate.

To Apply

This opportunity is located in southern Ontario at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory (Ohsweken, ON) and Toronto. Applications and inquiries for this exciting executive role should be directed to Brenda LaRose – Partner at Leaders International at 204-515-3828 ext. 103 or by email at

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