Oshkabiwis-Education Liaison


Oshkabiwis-Education Liaison

Renfrew County District School Board
Location: Eganville, Ontario
Posted: November 10th 2022
Deadline: November 25th, 2022
Salary: $61,000 per year

Renfrew County is located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley in Eastern Ontario and stretches from the outskirts of Canada's capital. The district covers an area that reaches to Deep River in the north-west, Arnprior in the east and the edges of Algonquin Park in the south.

We educate 9,400 students in 28 schools and are the third largest employer in Renfrew County.  At the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB), we celebrate the unique contributions of each individual. We cultivate an environment that values imagination and innovation. We guide and support our students as they consider the evolving opportunities of the 21st century and discover their own pathways to success. As a member of the RCDSB team, you will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment.

The Renfrew County District School Board is currently recruiting for an
Oshkabiwis-Education Liaison. This is a full-time position working 35 hours per week, 10.5 months of the year.

We require an employee who will function as an advocate for the students and families of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and surrounding areas. They will work as part of a team to support the physical, mental, and academic success of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students at Opeongo High School.

The Oshkabiwis-Education Liaison will support First Nations, Inuit, Métis students by:

  • Acting as first point of contact to receive students;
  • Building positive and productive relationships with students, families and communities;
  • Affirming the identities and cultures of students;
  • Acting as a mentor and an advisor and playing an essential role as an advocate for each learner with teachers, other school staff and families;
  • Working with a range of stakeholders to support learning and engagement with culturally responsive approaches;
  • Developing plans during breaks in regular programming for participating students, whenever needed;
  • Tracking and monitoring academic achievement and well-being (i.e., engagement in school activities, attendance, credit accumulation, suspension and expulsion);
  • Creating space for students to voice their experiences to enable the school to establish trusting relationships and responsive services;
  • Collaborating with the education department at Pikwakanagan as well as the Indigenous education team for RCDSB;
  • Supporting transitions for students in collaboration with the Indigenous graduation coaches (from community to school, between elementary and secondary, and to post-secondary pathways);
  • Sharing practices, information and making referrals to board and community resources and programs to help improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit student achievement;
  • Encouraging positive peer support networks, life skills, and wellness while promoting youth leadership, cultural pride, belonging, and community involvement;
  • Identifying student-specific barriers, and strategize how to help students overcome these barriers;
  • Providing on-site leadership and support for the tutor to First Nations students, in partnership with the education manager at Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation; and
  • Providing flexible, mobile and accessible supports.
  • Post-secondary education in Indigenous studies or related discipline, plus one year of experience, or alternatively a secondary school diploma along with a combination of equivalent and relevant experience as determined by the employer;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous traditional teachings, perspectives, values and history, and an awareness of local Indigenous community resources;
  • Ability to connect students and families to resources, both within the education system and in the community;
  • Experience working with youth in an advocacy, supportive or mentorship role;
  • Attend required meetings and functions (e.g. graduation) as directed by supervisor;
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written);
  • Ability to use computers, software, email and internet;
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills;
  • Able to work cooperatively with an inter-disciplinary team;
  • Tact, discretion and a professional level of confidentiality;
  • A high degree of initiative, self-direction and reliability;
  • Maintain a life-work balance; and
  • Access to transportation is required as travel between communities is a component of work.
Additional Information

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Closing: November 25, 2022 at 12:00pm.

We actively encourage applications from members of groups who have historically and/or currently experience marginalization and/or barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, and all other Indigenous people
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions
  • Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination based on race, ancestry, ethnicity, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible disabilities.

We recognize that many of the identities listed above do not exist in a single form and are often intersecting with multiple identities, which can be complex and create unique experiences for applicants. We value the contributions that each person brings, and are committed to creating and maintaining an environment where everyone can participate fully, thrive, and reach their full potential.

Hiring will follow the requirements outlined in RCDSB administrative procedures.

Applications should consist of a cover letter, one-page concise resume and references that may be contacted.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. All other applicants are thanked for their interest.

All offers of employment are conditional upon receipt of a current vulnerable sector screening and educational qualifications acceptable to the district.

Please advise human resources (hrdept@rcdsb.on.ca) prior to the closing date if you require accommodation at any time throughout the application process so the appropriate arrangements can be made.

The Renfrew County District School Board is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in our employment practices.

Contact Information
Human Resources
Renfrew County District School Board
Eganville, Ontario, Canada

Website: www.rcdsb.on.ca
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