Director of Indigenous Leadership

Director of Indigenous Leadership

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Author pmnationtalk
Date July 22, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Banff  Centre for Arts and Creativity
Location Banff, AB
Client Leaders International
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Director of Indigenous Leadership

Banff  Centre for Arts and Creativity is located on the lands of Treaty 7 territory. We acknowledge, honour and celebrate the past, present, and future generations of Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, and Tsuut’ina Nations, and Metis from Region 3, the original stewards of the land on which Banff Centre is situated.

The Organization

Banff Centre is a multidisciplinary educational institution that is proudly located on the side of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain. The Centre serves as an inspiring setting that fosters creativity and offers programming across artistic disciplines in cultural and Indigenous leadership, mountain culture, and the environment.

As a publicly accessible campus for events, summits, festivals, performances, and exhibitions, Banff Centre is home to internationally acclaimed festivals such as the Banff International String Quartet Festival and Competition and the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival and World Tour.

Not only does the Banff Centre bring people together, but it also creates space for inspired thought leadership. Banff Centre enriches the world by bringing together artists, leaders, and communities to create, collaborate, share, envision, learn, and be inspired. Banff Centre has had an immeasurable impact over almost nine decades on the lives of individuals, Alberta and Canada’s cultural economy, the global social fabric, and the local community. Having built on the work of those who came before, Banff Centre will pass on a rich inheritance to future generations.

“We share a deep belief that Banff  Centre has an unparalleled opportunity to fulfill its  potential as a purpose-driven organization with an entrepreneurial spirit, engaging in partnerships with others, and listening to our communities.”

– Janice Price, President & CEO and Adam Waterous, Chairman


To be a catalyst for creativity and thought, where potential is realized. To inspire leaders – artists, cultural, business, and community – to conceive powerful ideas and create new work that can be shared with and improve our world.

To experience the power of the mountains, particularly our home on Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain, supported by talented employees and thought leaders, to envision and to create and be in relationship with our environment and each other.

To be accessible, open, respectful, and welcoming as we build new connections across disciplines and cultures, create new learning opportunities for participants, and enhance and share knowledge and experiences with each other locally and globally.

The Opportunity

Integrating the power of the arts, the wisdom of Indigenous practice, and the extraordinary beauty of Banff National Park, Banff Centre’s Indigenous Leadership Management Programs (ILMP) prepare and empower participants to gain knowledge, skills and understanding of:

  • establishing a strategic direction for their communities and organizations
  • implementing plans through focused effort, measuring performance and running effective organizations building communities with sustainable economies
  • leading through change and growth.

Banff Centre is seeking an experienced leader for its Director, Indigenous Leadership (DIL) role to lead the design and delivery of ILMP. The DIL will work to inspire ILMP participants to bring creative and reflective approaches to a rapidly changing world. ILMP creates a culturally safe space that connects participants with others who share a commitment to positive change in Indigenous communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, and government.

Regularly engaging with the Indigenous Programs Council (IPC), Elders, and tradional knowledge keepers, the DIL conveys an Indigenous world view, values, and wise practices that will influence the whole organization and all Banff Centre programs and gatherings. With strong leadership skillss, the DIL will guide a passionate and engaged team and create a respectful workplace that balances structure and policy alongside community and cultural competence.

“The Indigenous Leadership Management Program is about bridging and connecting people and different perspectives—it’s about sharing Indigenous knowledges and wise practices. It’s about supporting people to develop their own cultural identity and to honour the place and peoples who came before us.

– Daryl Kootenay, Instructor, Indigenous Leadership Management Program

The Role

The Director, Indigenous Leadership, reports directly to the Vice President, Arts and Leadership and has the faculty and program design team reporting directly to them. To achieve excellence in program planning, design and delivery, the Director is accountable for creative design and business development that ensures programming goals, organizational priorities, and deadlines are met. They are also responsible for delivering on the following critical elements of the role:

Program Development

  • Research, write, present and, publish Banff Centre’s Indigenous leadership domain work
  • Collaborate regularly with the IPC, Elders, and cultural advisors, along with the Director, Indigenous Engagement and the Cultural Leadership team through the faculty ensemble and participating in program design
  • Host and lead IPC meetings
  • Assess feasibility for micro-credentialling; design and deliver as appropriate
  • Oversee funded Chair positions in Indigenous Leadership work, and seek opportunities through partnerships with other research universities and institutions
  • Assess and analyze opportunities for thought leader forums, summits, or symposia related to Indigenous knowledges and perspectives
  • Provide leadership and an Indigenous world view in the design and delivery of programs to continually improve our programs and products
  • Identify, design, and deliver work that is accessible to Indigenous communities and the general public to add value to each of our programs
  • Develop programs within budgetary limits and specified deadlines

The Role (con’t)

Ensure Program Excellence

  • Develop strong and supportive relationships with existing faculty and recruit new faculty and elders, as required
  • Provide guidance, coaching, and mentorship to Indigenous faculty and staff to ensure professional growth as well as teaching and program excellence
  • In collaboration with IPC and Indigenous participants, review and redesign existing programs for continual program improvement
  • Embrace organizational and divisional priorities regarding overall open enrolment program design and quality management
  • Ensure that evaluations of all programs and events clearly and demonstrably measure theirt impact
  • Design and/or oversee custom Indigenous program design, as required/requested
  • Support the Marketing and Communications team with input, editing, and review of Indigenous leadership content
  • Co-facilitate/teach in ILMP and backfill for existing faculty or onboard new faculty, as needed
  • Provide all requested information for client bids, proposals, income projections, and donor, grant and administrative reporting
  • Inform, understand, and be accountable for the budgets pertaining to ILMP and its projects

Community Relations and Business Development

  • Present our Wise Practices, Deep Listening, and Cultures Based Innovation work and other Banff Centre research in Indigenous leadership and community economic development through conferences, writing, and publishing
  • Develop strong external relationships with Indigenous leaders and scholars, First Nations communities, donors, educational institutions.
  • Develop new relationships with potential partners and practice leaders in the realms of reconciliation and decolonization
  • Represent ILMP at meetings with potential donors, partners, and clients
  • Play a strong outward-facing role in bringing the work we do at Banff Centre across Canada, North America, and the world; share the perspectives of the IPC and Indigenous faculty at multiple and varied public events
  • As coordinated through the organizational planning calendar, act as host for programs and events, and help ensure a significant ILMP presence at these events (such as banquets, receptions, and presentations)

Leadership and Influence

  • Advocate for the ongoing and shifting needs of Indigenous programming and the strategic importance of this work for the larger organization
  • Participate in the divisional management team meetings and planning processes as required
  • Steward Indigenous knowledges, Banff Centre values, and Right Relations. With these values, nurture a healthy organization-wide commitment to cultural competence, continuous learning, improvement, collaboration, and stewardship of all of our resources
  • Provide creative and strategic leadership, vision, and program direction through expertise, experience, and Indigenous knowledges

The Role (con’t)

Leadership and Influence (con’t)

  • Provide inspiration and mentorship to a team in a unionized environment that achieves its goals and objectives within an environment of collaboration, communication, and innovation, and within human resource policies and procedures
  • Encourage a positive, respectful, and professional workplace characterized by a commitment to learning and creativity and by high levels of personal fulfillment
  • Have a sound knowledge of the Banff Centre Collective Agreement
  • Promote the continuing development of an organizational climate that encourages creativity, innovation, and risk-taking, which rewards individuals for productivity and quality improvement
  • Contribute to the overall success of the Banff Centre by participating in internal committees and conversations as required

Employee Engagement

  • Consistently communicate for awareness, dialogue, understanding, and commitment to ILMP
  • Create a working and learning environment where faculty, employees, students, and guests feel welcome, supported, and safe from harassment and discrimination
  • Strive to maintain the organization’s reputation and demonstrate high ethical standards that allow employees to feel pride and loyalty working for the Banff Centre
  • Genuinely connect with peers and employees to demonstrate that they are truly valued within the organization
  • Keep the team informed, calm, and focused on productive work, as appropriate
  • Support direct reports and plan team vacation time to ensure their time off is enjoyed and tracked appropriately
  • Ensure difficult conversations occur when there are team conflicts to restore the team to a healthy work and learning environment
  • Provide the management support and leadership necessary for the overall implementation and execution of Banff Centre’s safety policies and practices within their areas of responsibility to ensure the safety of participants, faculty, staff, advisors, elders, and consultants


  • Bring an Indigenous lens and leadership focus to Banff Centre operations, programs, and gatherings as they work collaboratively with teams across the organization and when participating on assigned committees or project teams.
  • Commit to the organization’s strategic direction and priorities and utilize Banff Centre policies and procedures in all activities
  • Support Senior Leadership’s organization-wide plans and decisions and lead a team to operationalize them
  • Maintain confidentiality as appropriate


  • Lead specific projects, as identified in yearly reviews with the Vice President
  • Represent the Vice President at meetings when required occasionally
  • Accept other duties as assigned as required by the departmental goals and within the scope of this job


  • University degree with minimum 10 years of leadership experience working with First Nations communities, as well as experience in diversity and equity as they relate to human resources, student experience and the workplace
  • Administrative leadership experience with past responsibility for budgets and reports
  • Lived experience of Indigenous worldviews, cultures and values, and superior understanding of diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis knowledge systems
  • Direct community engagement experience with thew proven ability to create plans and programs that respect community values
  • Proven experience with, and credibility in, the post-secondary or learning institution sector and within Indigenous communities, with a specific focus on applied research, capacity building, teaching, program design and development
  • Demonstrated knowledge and practice of cross-cultural capacity-building at the community level
  • Knowledge and experience implementing the Truth & Reconciliation recommendations and other relevant Federal and Provincial reports, programs, and grant opportunities that impact the Banff Centre as well as Indigenous peoples and communities
  • Experience leading a team and creating a trusting, respectful work environment within a unionized workplace
  • Published thought leadership on topics relevant to the field of Indigenous Leadership

Candidate Qualities And Attributes

  • Has an in-depth understanding of Indigenous histories and intergenerational trauma; ability to adapt appropriately and respectfully to diverse participants and backgrounds
  • Brings an understanding of their own nation and cultures– especially in the context of being a good leader
  • Understands and supports the values inherent in the ILMP vision and program design
  • Has the ability and willingness to share Indigenous knowledges and remain open to learning from others’ perspectives
  • Is focused on leading change and creating public value in relation to cultural competence and decolozation
  • Leads with tact, diplomacy, and calm-confidence
  • Demonstrates a participatory leadership style by nature but is aware of the need for different ways of leading in different situations
  • Comfort with leading multi-stakeholder projects and/or programs, including an in-depth knowledge of learning experiences, materials, and technologies
  • Brings exceptional communication skills, both written and spoken, while being comfortable making presentations and facilitating conversations
  • Is flexible, open-minded, curious, and has an appetite for learning
  • Has an interest in how arts and leadership complement one another and an interest in how Indigenous perspectives and practices benefit leaders and communities
  • Comfortable with technology for presentations and administrative responsibilities (e.g., budget, booking meetings, online program design and delivery)
  • Understands that joy and meaning are critical elements to a successful and healthy workplace

Compensation And Work Arrangements

A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home is expected until in-person restrictions are lifted and the Centre is reopened.

To Apply

For more details or to further explore this important strategic leadership opportunity, please contact:

Laurie Sterritt • Partner Brad Evoy • Consultant
Leaders International Leaders International
Telephone : 1-778-838-4569 Telephone: 1-343-254-0256
[email protected] [email protected]

To apply, please submit a Cover Letter and Resume directly to Leaders International outlining your interest, qualifications, and experience. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for this opportunity.

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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