Now Hiring an Indigenous Engagement Lead

Mentor Canada broadens and deepens access to quality mentoring for youth in Canada by amplifying a mentoring mindset from coast to coast to coast. With a mission to enable mentoring relationships that encourage young people to reach their full potential through research, network building, and knowledge exchange.

Mentor Canada provides cutting-edge resources and capacity-building services to communities and organizations that embrace mentoring as a strategy to empower individuals and help them thrive. We convene, lead and participate in gathering, connecting and mobilizing people, knowledge and resources to amplify youth mentoring in Canada.

In order to achieve our ambitious goal, Mentor Canada is seeking a qualified and dynamic individual to expand Mentor Canada’s partner engagement network and activities with equity seeking groups and Indigenous organizations, Elders and Knowledge Keepers including:

  • Building awareness with organizations, agencies, schools and stakeholders to promote and support mentoring for Indigenous Youth;
  • Engaging with stakeholders to develop meaningful connections, networks and resources for stakeholders, and Mentor Canada, to meet the mentoring needs of Indigenous communities and Indigenous young people;
  • Supporting agencies and initiatives and programs as they develop and/or improve mentoring programs and approaches to include mentoring practices that are rooted in Indigenous ways of knowing and being, in order to better meet the cultural, spiritual, mental and physical needs of Indigenous Youth.

This individual is a passionate leader tasked with coordinating projects and initiatives focused on engaging Indigenous stakeholders, youth and communities. The ideal candidate will bring a strong understanding and awareness of Indigenous culture, Truth and Reconciliation and wise practices, and experience working collaboratively to develop and implement initiatives that promote dialogue, understanding, learning, and engagement national and local mentoring initiatives and strategies.

Responsibilities for this role include

Indigenous & Diversity Community Engagement and Relationship Management
  • Analyze existing stakeholders and identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen and expand Mentor Canada’s partnerships and networks to promote and support mentoring for Indigenous youth and those facing systemic barriers.
  • Lead, develop and implement a strategy for engaging and collaborating with Indigenous organizations, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. 
  • Lead, develop and implement a strategy for engaging and collaborating with equity seeking organizations.
  • Establish and build relationships with Indigenous communities and Indigenous organizations to ensure ongoing support and collaboration in serving the unique mentoring needs of Indigenous youth.
  • Engage with Indigenous organizations, Elders and Knowledge Keepers using the following knowledge and skills:
    • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, customs, beliefs and teachings;
    • Understanding of current and emerging issues of importance to Indigenous people and communities;
    • Understanding of cultural differences and how they impact wellness approaches for Indigenous children and youth; and
    • Understanding of Indigenous protocols and experience facilitating and/or assisting in cultural training/ceremonies.
  • Lead, manage and deliver initiatives to increase the recruitment of Indigenous mentors and raise the profile of mentoring for Indigenous children, youth and young people in Canada, including:
    • Developing initiative work plans;
    • Managing vendor contracts and relationships for the initiative; and
    • Completing applications for grant funding and subsequent reporting to funders to fulfil grant requirements.
  • Work with community partners to create resources and host events and training opportunities that meet the needs and expectations of Indigenous communities.
  • Lead, manage and implement the Indigenous Power of Mentoring campaign strategy that meets the business objectives of Mentor Canada
  • Develop and implement a corporate and community engagement plan for Indigenous Power of Mentoring events to increase the number of Indigenous youth and mentors involved.
  • Act as the Mentoring Ambassador for Mentor Canada:
    • Seek out opportunities to grow awareness of, and support for, Indigenous youth mentoring initiatives.
    • Bring Indigenous mentoring considerations and perspectives to mentoring ‘communities of practice’.
    • Connect with corporate partners to facilitate relationships with mentoring agencies and support mentoring for Indigenous children and youth.
Communications and Marketing
  • Support the development of Indigenous communications strategy with Mentor Canada Manager of Communications with specific focus on Indigenous youth and stakeholders.
  • Support the development of communication materials and plans, coordinate and deliver marketing and awareness campaigns for Indigenous initiatives, stakeholders and communities.
Subject Matter Expertise
  • Contribute to Mentor Canada’s strategic and operational planning, based on knowledge of Indigenous mentoring opportunities and engagement with Indigenous organizations and communities.
  • Assist with the identification of traditional and cultural indicators data/measures for Mentor Canada impact evaluations (completed by external party) and support efforts for continuous improvement of MENTOR Canada’s internal operations and strategic approaches.
  • Respond to non-technical stakeholder questions related to mentoring opportunities for equity seeking and Indigenous youth.

Skills and Abilities

Indigenous Community Awareness: Is aware of and understands Indigenous culture and world view, including:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, customs, beliefs and teachings;

  • Understanding of current and emerging issues of importance to Indigenous people and communities;

  • Understanding of cultural differences and how they impact wellness approaches for children and youth.

Indigenous Stakeholder Engagement and Facilitation:

  • Understanding of Indigenous protocols and experience facilitating and/or assisting in cultural training/ceremonies.

  • Excellent public speaking and facilitation skills. Proven ability to motivate and facilitate groups of people and positively influence others.  Is effective in a variety of formal presentation settings; one-on-one, small and large groups; is effective both inside and outside the organization, commands attention and can manage group process during a presentation; can change tactics midstream when something is not working

Communications: Ability to creatively translate information into concise and professionally written content for print, online (e.g., website, social media) and in-person delivery for the Indigenous community.

Interpersonal:  Ability to relate well to a variety of persons and cultivate relationships. Builds appropriate rapport and constructive and effective relationships.

Organized, Efficient and Outcome Oriented:  Is able to articulate goals and the action steps needed to achieve them. Can schedule and manage individual resource time effectively/efficiently. Sets clear objectives and measures, and monitors progress. 

Development and Continual Learning - Keeps up to date on the issues related to the state of mentoring in Canada and Internationally.  Continually learning how to build networks, create consensus and work together to progress toward a goal.

Technology: Skilled with MS programs (i.e., Word, Excel and Outlook) and Google Drive. Understands and can use technology as a tool in sharing and providing information effectively.

Client Focused: Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external clients. Uses research and credible information to improve internal processes. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with partners, co-workers and leadership team.  Deals effectively with diversity.

Problem Solving:  Uses a multilevel approach when it comes to solving problems related to their work. Is proactive in solving problems and can gather the appropriate information necessary to make informed decisions. 

Ethics and Integrity: Understands ethical behaviour and business practices and ensures own behaviour and the behaviour of others are consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.

Professionalism:  Able to give, request and receive feedback in a positive and productive manner.  Seeks to solve conflicts before they become problems; evaluates their own role in situations.  Carries self professionally with regards to attire, behavior, language and attitude.  Treats others with respect.  Represents the organization in a positive manner.

Minimum Role Qualifications

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis on Indigenous studies, social/community work and/or education.

Experience: Five or more years’ experience with:

  • Indigenous stakeholder engagement plan development and implementation

  • Understanding and engagement with Indigenous communities, youth, culture

  • Implementing and fostering Truth and Reconciliation strategies that shape organizational cultural and values

  • Planning and delivering marketing campaigns for Indigenous communities

  • Youth development

  • Indigenous community engagement and facilitation

  • Indigenous network / partnership development

  • Managing multiple and diverse stakeholder relationships

  • Experience facilitating diverse multi-stakeholder groups and events (virtual and in-person modalities)

Technical: Has proven awareness and knowledge base for information management systems and databases.  Utilizes social media and other technologies to build networks and platforms like podcasts, webinars, and video conferencing to stay connected to remote contacts.

Job Description & Application Process

Job Description:

Employment status: Part-Time contract position (0.8) with potential to become full-time

Duration: Until March 31, 2023

Salary range: $65,000-$75,000 annual salary

Mentor Canada offers:

  • Virtual work environment

  • Flexible working hours

  • Comprehensive Benefits Package

  • Travel opportunities (once travel restrictions are lifted)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, the employer as part of the Mentor Canada coalition, is committed to principles of anti-oppression and employment equity, and strives to create an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We strongly encourage people who self-identify as Indigenous, racialized, Francophone, immigrant, refugee, differently abled, LGBT2SQ+ or as members of other equity seeking groups to apply. If accommodation is required during the hiring process, please inform the hiring committee once selected for an interview.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to Tracy Luca-Huger, Interim Executive Director. The posting will be live until the position is filled or a candidate has been identified.

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