Indigenous Programming and Curriculum Coordinator, University of Toronto Scarborough

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Indigenous Programming and Curriculum Coordinator (Term Position)
Doris McCarthy Gallery and Department of Sociology
University of Toronto Scarborough

About us:

The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is a place of energy, enthusiasm and passion. Our commitment to inclusive excellence attracts the brightest learners, scholars and employees from around the globe. Our success has been made possible by the opportunity given to us by our Indigenous hosts to operate on their territory, and we cherish our continuing partnerships with these communities. The University of Toronto Scarborough is an exciting accessible campus with unlimited potential. Join us on our journey.

The Doris McCarthy Gallery (DMG) is a professional public art gallery within the University of Toronto Scarborough that advances artistic innovation, critical thinking, and cultural exchange through engagement with contemporary art. The Gallery initiates and facilitates education, research, and experiential learning. DMG engages with the University of Toronto community and the wider public of Scarborough and the eastern Greater Toronto Area through its exhibitions and related programming that includes residencies and mentorship opportunities. The Gallery is growing, and making accessible its collection for the purposes of research, teaching, and exhibition, while contributing toward a more just and equitable world.

The Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Scarborough consist of award-winning faculty who combine active and productive research programs with teaching innovation and excellence. Many of the Faculty’s expertise extend well beyond Canada to cover all regions of the globe. All our programs focus on teaching the core skills of critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis, and excellence in writing. We also recognize the benefits of co-operative education and offer co-op programs closely aligned with various fields of studies. The programs are designed to intrigue and satisfy students’ curiosity, to nourish their mind, and to equip students to become effective citizens of the global community.

Your opportunity:

Working in collaboration with the DMG team and the Department of Sociology, this unique position will create, promote, and facilitate gallery and classroom programming that is informed by Indigenous ways of knowing. DMG exhibitions, permanent collection, and the Department of Sociology’s pedagogical and curriculum innovations will frame the central activities of this position. This includes the ongoing expansion of experiential learning opportunities, as well as the building of relationships within the campus community and beyond.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Conceptualizing, organizing, and executing program activities
  • Consulting with instructors, administrators, and student groups on the development of tailored programming needs
  • Advising instructors on strategies for developing and delivering curriculum
  • Facilitating and developing content for instructional and educational workshops and seminars
  • Developing outreach strategies that promote programs to students and the broader community and promoting events and programs to target audiences
  • Fostering cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external contacts

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master‚Äôs Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Minimum three (3) years related experience in instructional/curriculum design and/or developing resources to promote Indigenous knowledge translation or anti-colonial approaches to teaching and learning, with some experience in an art gallery or museum
  • Experience working within diverse Indigenous communities with strong knowledge of Indigenous worldviews and values
  • The incumbent must be highly knowledgeable about the legacy and ongoing impacts of colonialism and have the ability to apply the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Final Report and Calls to Action within an educational context
  • Must be knowledgeable of cultural protocols to appropriately engage and foster respectful, reciprocal, ongoing relationships with local Elders, Knowledge Keepers, internal/external Indigenous communities
  • The incumbent must have a passion for supporting instructors of diverse backgrounds across the humanities, social science and science disciplines; sensitivity to the professional development challenges and support needs of educators at all career stages and all levels of experience in working with anti-colonial practices
  • Must demonstrate strong personal initiative; tact and good judgment and ability to successfully meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with excellent facilitation and presentation skills are required
  • Strong consultative decision-making skills; strong organizational skills; proven project management skills; and an ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must have strong computer skills, including a high degree of functionality in the use of all Microsoft Office applications
  • Must show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term ‚ÄúIndigenous‚ÄĚ in this search, which forms part of the U of T Responses to Canada‚Äôs Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First nations, Metis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people
  • Knowledge and interest in contemporary art
  • Knowledge of the art industry (i.e. Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Arts Foundation)
  • Technical certifications in Adobe, Microsoft

This is a TERM position to November 2023. The pay scale group and hiring zone is: $71,842 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $91,875. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

POSTING CLOSE: October 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

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For more information, contact:
Human Resource Services
1265 Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

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