Executive Director

Office of the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming and Research)

Competition No.  -    A103144606
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Office of the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming and Research) is seeking an Executive Director for the "Building Capacity for Community-led Indigenous Language Revitalization in Canada" project.

In this community-led, participatory, five-year project, the University of Alberta will leverage its long history of community engagement and partnerships with diverse stakeholders—including Indigenous communities, organizations, and educational institutions, other universities, and grassroots organizations—to provide strategic support to Indigenous Nations and/or communities to successfully carry out their own language revitalization efforts through the coming generations. Underpinning this project is an explicit recognition that Indigenous Nations have sovereignty over their language and their language preservation and revitalization goals, programs, and data. 

Reporting to the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming and Research), the Executive Director will manage the overall implementation of the project and communicate the progress and outcomes to the different stakeholders. The Executive Director will also monitor the activities, outputs, and timelines to ensure project objectives are met in a timely and cost-effective manner. The Executive Director will also report on project milestone completion rates and challenges to the Steering Committee, and prepare the progress and final reports for community partnership and project partners. The Executive Director will liaise effectively between all parties involved in the Project including senior leadership across the University, and with external communities, to ensure that project objectives are met. 


Project Management

  • Coordinates priorities and activities of all initiatives connected with the Project
  • Identifies and tracks Project milestones
  • Ensures timely and accurate reporting for all grants associated with the Project
  • Works closely with initiative directors to build and maintain working relationships with advisory group members and partners
  • Develops operational procedures and practices
  • Recommends and initiates change or resolutions as necessary to ensure ongoing management, success and integrity of the Project
  • Ensures adherence to University of Alberta policies, processes, and procedures in project administration.


  • Develops and maintains robust and productive relationships with key stakeholders in the Project, including University leadership, faculty participants, and other internal stakeholders, and external participants and stakeholders that include diverse community partners
  • Stewards relationships with all stakeholders and partners towards successful and productive completion of project goals.


  • Chairs the Project Steering Committee
  • Supports and coordinates the Project Internal Leadership Council and the Project External Advisory Council.

 Human Resources

  • Supervises the Project’s Evaluation Program Manager, Coordinator, Education and Evaluation, Research Coordinator and CILLDI Program Manager/Project Coordinator (dual report to Director of CILLDI)
  • Runs reports in Peoplesoft; gathers and prepares information and documentation for project reporting as needed.

 Finance Administration

  • Responsible for responsible stewardship of the ~$12M project budget
  • Monitors all project accounts to ensure optimal and appropriate use of funds, and liaises with relevant units regarding problems related to the project accounts
  • Works with the Senior Financial Officer to ensure funds in all project accounts are managed and spent in accordance with project objectives and University policy, and to ensure appropriate and efficient administration of project funds.


  • Ensures timely and regular reporting of progress towards project milestones to the Steering Committee, the Internal Leadership Council, and the Project External Advisory Council
  • Organizes quarterly and annual review meetings with funder
  • Ensures all written reporting requirements to the funder are met.


  • This is an Indigenous-specific position. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people are encouraged to apply, along with Indigenous people from any geographical region.
  • Master’s (minimum) or doctoral degree in a related field; equivalent combinations of education and experience would be considered
  • Minimum of two years of relevant project direction and administration work experience, preferably with rural and Indigenous communities, organizations, and educational institutions
  • Deep personal experience with Indigenous cultures, communities, protocols, practices and ways of knowing
  • Extensive experience in Indigenous consultation and engagement
  • Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate Indigenous community connection
  • Preference will be given to an Indigenous language speaker
  • Experience and proficiency in building and maintaining relationships with a broad and diverse range of stakeholders and project participants, including strong skill in diplomacy, is a necessity
  • Knowledge of administrative structures, policies and procedures within the University of Alberta, as well as University of Alberta systems
  • Written and oral communication skills, organizational and interpersonal skills in order to provide advice and direction
  • Facilitation, negotiation and problem solving skills, and ability to handle challenging employee and student situations involving human resources, financial or other situations
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, problem-solve, act decisively and exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment on a wide range of issues within a complex environment
  • Financial management, analysis and reporting skills
  • Proven computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Applications; experience with Peoplesoft considered an asset.

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.