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Associate Director of Education



Kinoomaadziwin Education Body

Employment Opportunity: Associate Director of Education

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent


The Associate Director of Education (ADOE) reports to the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB) Director of Education. The ADOE supervises the Anishinabek Education Services Manager, Multi-Year Action Plan Manager, Senior Operations Manager, Human Resources Officer, and the Language and Culture Lead. The ADOE supports the Director of Education to manage and oversee the ongoing development of the:

Anishinabek Education System education programs and services;
implementation of the Master Education Agreement and Multi-Year Action Plan; operations and administration;
communications; and
human resources.

The ADOE is required to maintain good communications and supportive working relationships among Participating First Nation leadership and principals, District School Boards, the Ministry of Education, KEB staff and Board of Directors. Additionally, the ADOE oversees and guides the development of the Anishinabek Education System’s standards, education policies, plans and programs.


Education Leadership and Strategic Planning

Support the Director of Education to lead, manage, and oversee the delivery of services and initiatives supporting the AES’s strategic plan;
Work collaboratively with the Director of Education to maintain effective professional relationships with all AES stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement, the Master Education Agreement, and the operation of the AES;
Support the development of a team approach among the KEB managers and staff to support the Participating First Nations; and
Work closely with the Anishinabek Education Services Manager to support Participating First Nation education departments or schools to align with the system-wide education standards of the AES;
Work closely with the Anishinabek Education Services Manager to support Participating First Nation education departments or schools to align with the requirements for student success and well-being, as requested.

Financial Management

Support the Director of Education and Finance Manager to ensure the financial and narrative reporting requirements of the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement, Master Education Agreement, and funding agreements are met in a timely manner;
Work with the Director of Education and the Finance Manager to identify funding opportunities and support securing adequate funding for the operation of the AES; and
Support the KEB Managers with the efficient management of internal budgets and expenditures.


Collaborate with the Senior Operations Manager to support the development and implementation of communications policies and plans, including media responses and strategies; and
Support the Senior Operations Manager with the implementation and oversight of communications products and activities.

Advocacy, Policy, and Politics

Identify key issues that may affect the AES and recommend strategies to the Director of Education to manage the impact of key issues;
Assist the Director of Education with the implementation of Board approved strategies;
Support positive collaboration and relationships with the Participating First Nations, the Regional Education Councils, the Government of Canada, AES funders, First Nation educators, and supporters; and
Support the Education Services Manager in participating in provincial and national advocacy and policy consultations on First Nation education, as directed by the Director of Education.

Board and Committee Support

Provide support and information at scheduled Board of Directors meetings, committee meetings, and working group meetings, as required;
Support the Director of Education by facilitating discussions, and presenting briefing notes;
Provide timely support to the Board of Directors, committees, and working groups to ensure these bodies fulfil their legal, ethical, and organizational obligations; and
Identify, asses, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the AES and the KEB.

Education Programs and Services

Support the Anishinabek Education Services Manager and the Multi-Year Action Plan Manager to ensure that projects and initiatives undertaken by the KEB are timely, relevant, culturally appropriate, and reflective of the needs and priorities of the Participating First Nations and the Regional Education Councils.

Operations and Information Management

Support the Senior Operations Manager in the regular operations of the KEB, by advising on projects and issues related to office management, information technology, and student information system management.
Collaborate with the Data Management Officer and the KEB management team to ensure that data collection, analysis, research, and evaluations meet the requirements of the AES.

Human Resources Management

Supervise, mentor, train, and coach the KEB staff that report directly to the ADOE ensuring they develop annual work plans, submit quarterly reports, record weekly timesheets, engage in professional development, complete probation and annual performance evaluations, and comply with KEB policies and procedures;
Work with the KEB management team to ensure that KEB policies and procedures are followed and that all deadlines and deliverables are met;
Review recommendations from the Human Resources Officer for the KEB including staff retention and succession planning; and
As the supervising manager of the Human Resources Officer, the ADOE is responsible for human resources management of the KEB staff.

Risk Management

Support the Finance Manager and the Director of Education to identify and evaluate the risks to the AES’ people (Anishinabek students, schools, staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, committees), property, finances, goodwill, and image;
Work with the Finance Manager to implement measures to control risks as directed by the Director of Education; and
Support the Director of Education in overseeing the negotiation, development, and application of all legal contracts and agreements involving the KEB.

Other Duties

Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional organizations/societies. The Associate Director of Education will perform other duties as required by the Director of Education.


This position requires an individual with the following knowledge, skills and personal characteristics.

Essential Qualifications

Knowledge of AES, KEB, First Nation education issues, challenges, and delivery models
Demonstrated presentation skills and well-versed in public speaking
Proven effectiveness in project management
Ability to work in a team environment with others
Ability to work independently and take initiative to meet goals and objectives
Strong communication skills with proficiency in developing written communications and the development and delivery of oral presentations
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Board members, First Nations school representatives, education partners, staff, public and media
Experience in leading multidisciplinary teams and human resources management
Excellent organizational and office management skills
Computer literacy (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Teams, etc.)
Dependability and reliability
Flexibility and adaptability to changing circumstances
Creativity and innovation
Valid driver’s licence, a satisfactory drivers abstract report and a reliable vehicle
Must be willing to travel
Must be bondable

Preferred Qualifications

Working knowledge of financial software, specifically SAGE, would be considered an asset
Working knowledge of electronic file transfers and accepted banking processes, would be considered an asset
Knowledge of performance and change management
Ability to analyze issues and information and make sound conclusions and recommendations
Ability to speak Anishinaabemowin or Lenape, or a willingness to learn the language(s)

Experience and Education

Master’s Degree in Education, Public Administration, or Business Administration
Minimum 5 years of education management experience in a director/executive role, or teaching/principal experience
Proven leadership experience working with multiple partners/organizations
Experience working in a First Nation educational environment or for a First Nation school

Please note: A combination of relevant experience and education will be considered.


The hours of employment will typically be Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  The nature of this position is such that some additional work hours will be required and possibly work on the weekends or during the evenings.


This position is based out of the head office located on Nipissing First Nation.


Applications for this position will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2023.


Please submit your resume, covering letter, and three references to:

Kyesha Fong

Human Resources Officer

Kinoomaadziwin Education Body

Suite 100-132 Osprey Miikan

North Bay, ON P1B 8G5

705-845-3634 ext. 202

* Preference will be given to members of the Participating First Nations or those of Indigenous ancestry. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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