Assistant Superintendent of Indigenous Education, Durham CDSB
The Durham Catholic District School Board encompasses the area from Pickering to Oshawa and extends north to Beaverton. Governed by eight publicly elected Catholic trustees, the Board is renowned for providing a faith-centered and inclusive Catholic education to over 21,000 students in 38 elementary schools and 7 secondary schools. The Board also provides comprehensive continuing and alternative education programs through Archbishop Anthony Meagher Catholic Continuing Education Centres and Father Don MacLellan Catholic Secondary School.
Striving to celebrate and nurture the God-given talents of each student as we serve with excellence in the light of Christ, the Board is seeking an exemplary and innovative Catholic leader to join their Senior Administrative Team in the position of Assistant Superintendent of Indigenous Education.
The Assistant Superintendent of Indigenous Education will work closely with the Board’s Senior Administrative Team including the Superintendent responsible for Indigenous Education, the DCDSB Indigenous Education Team, school board staff, Indigenous Education Circle, and community partners to coordinate and provide leadership in all aspects of Indigenous Education throughout the Board.
Guided by the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Ministry of Education requirements and directives, and the DCDSB’s commitment to “Walk the Path Together”, the Assistant Superintendent will be dedicated to:
• Improving Indigenous student well-being Supporting Educators:
• Increasing the number of Indigenous teaching and non-teaching staff in school boards.
• Increasing satisfaction among educators on Indigenous focused professional development and resources.
Engagement and Awareness Building:
- Engaging the Indigenous Education Circle, the Student Indigenous Education Circle and community partners to support the rebuilding of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through trust, understanding and respect and to seek their input on matters related to Indigenous Education.
- Overseeing educational opportunities to improve the knowledge of all students and educators on the histories, cultures, traditions, perspectives and contributions of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples.
- Increasing understanding of the Legacy of Residential Schools to ensure that staff and students develop a shared understanding of Indigenous histories and address the overt and systemic racism that Indigenous people continue to face.
- Celebrating and promoting Indigenous languages and cultures.
- Infusing Indigenous perspectives in all curriculums.
- Closing gaps and removing barriers faced by Indigenous students and communities.
- Increase participation of Indigenous parents in education.
Using Data to Support Student Achievement:
- Increasing graduation rates of Indigenous students.
- Improving student Achievement.
- Increasing the percentage of Indigenous students meeting provincial standards on province-wide assessments in reading, writing and mathematics.
The position will require successful candidates to:
- Possess and model a strong commitment to Catholic Education.
- Have a demonstrated track record of positive and effective faith-based instructional leadership for improvement on student well-being, faith formation and achievement.
- Demonstrate commitment to Indigenous Education and the full realization of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
- Model a proactive approach to eliminating systemic barriers in education and creating working and learning environments that are free from discrimination of any kind.
- Work in collaboration with the Senior Administrative Team in implementing Multi- Year Strategic Plans.
- Work successfully with principals, educators, support staff, community partners, families, and students in an environment of trust.
- Be self-directed and have exemplary time management and organizational skills.
- Successfully promote and lead innovation and change management.
- Effectively participate as a member of the leadership team in labour and employee relations.
- Possess a system-level perspective and be knowledgeable regarding Board operations.
- Manage system budgets with due diligence to ensure fiscal accountability.
- Have good working knowledge of the Education Act, education related legislation/regulations/PPM and current best practices in the field of education administration.
- Have a capacity and desire for personal growth and professional development.
Qualifications and Skills Required:
- Supervisory Officer Qualifications as specified by the Ministry of Education (completed or in progress).
- Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers.
- Religious Education Additional Qualifications Program – Specialist.
- Superior interpersonal skills, exhibiting confidentiality, diplomacy, compassion, conflict resolution skills and issue-based problem-solving techniques.
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation and computer skills.
- Exemplary organizational skills and the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong work ethic and initiative.
- Must have a valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle and be able to travel.
Method of Application:
Candidates wishing to be considered for this position must submit the following:
- Cover Letter.
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
- A brief (one page) statement of your Philosophy of Catholic Education.
- A copy of the Ontario Supervisory Officers Certificate (or proof of enrolment).
- Three (3) professional references and the authorization/consent to contact them.
- Pastoral Reference for a Leadership position (available at www.dcdsb.ca under Career Opportunities).
Written applications will be received by electronic mail, not later than Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. in strict confidence to:
Tracy Barill, Director of Education Email: email@example.com
Durham Catholic District School Board 650 Rossland Road West
Oshawa, ON L1J 7C4
Please note that a condition of employment is the completion of a criminal background check with vulnerable sector, satisfactory to the Board.
The Durham Catholic District School Board believes that fostering an inclusive, anti- racist and equitable culture is a moral imperative. Helping the diverse students we serve in reaching their full potential, and, ensuring that every member of this community is valued, are foundational pillars at our Catholic School Board. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals that are traditionally underrepresented and under recruited in our workforce.
Pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act, 2005 (AODA), if you require accommodations at any time throughout the application process, please contact Brenda Rocha at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the closing date so appropriate arrangements can be made.