TITLE OF POSITION:Senior Director, Operations and Philanthropy – Inuit and First Nations Communities
CONDITIONS:Permanent position

Start date: as soon as possible

Schedule: 37.5 hours per week

REGION:Position is based in Montreal but occasionally requires travel, especially to Inuit and First Nations communities.
SALARY:To be discussed
OTHER ADVANTAGES:Flexible hours, health insurance

Under the leadership of Youth Fusion’s Executive Director, the Senior Director of Operations and Philanthropy – Inuit and First Nations Communities is responsible for planning, implementing and developing our educational programs in Inuit and First Nations communities. They will oversee Youth Fusion’s Indigenous Programming team and ensure that all projects meet the organization’s quality standards.

 Youth Fusion’s Indigenous programming

Youth Fusion is a non-profit organization that promotes staying in school and academic success among young people, especially First Nations, through a comprehensive, culturally adapted intervention model that has been rooted in communities for a decade now.

We are the only organization that is present every day of the week, throughout the school year, in nine northern villages in Nunavik and 13 First Nations communities (Cree, Atikamekw, Innu, Mohawk, Mi’gmaq, Ojibwe), in addition to having a unique partnership with John Abbott College’s Indigenous Student Resource Centre and Dawson College. In the 23 communities where the organization operates, 44 university students are employed (30 hours per week, from September to June) as project coordinators in elementary and secondary schools, implementing an equal number of projects adapted to local realities (leadership and entrepreneurship: school engagement, healthy lifestyles, media, entrepreneurship, community engagement; design: fashion design, environmental design; science and engineering: video game creation, robotics, territorial sciences; and arts: performing arts). These projects reach more than 5,000 at-risk youth each week, representing more than 30,000 hours of work per year directly in schools, in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. Here is a short video that illustrates our model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Dk9LzIA_o

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION OF SENIOR DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS AND PHILANTHROPY – INUIT AND FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES

The Senior Director, Operations and Philanthropy – Inuit and First Nations Communities is responsible for:

Supervision

  • Supervise the assistant directors, who are responsible for implementing projects (supervision and logistics) throughout Quebec, mainly in the regions of Eeyou Istchee-James Bay and Nunavik, and support them in overseeing project managers and coordinators.
  • Supervise the Development Manager, who is responsible for implementing Youth Fusion’s development plan for Indigenous programming.
  • Oversee the evaluation process for Youth Fusion’s Indigenous programming administrative team and with them, define their mandate’s strategic objectives twice a year.
  • Hold regular meetings with the team to plan programming and identify challenges and best practices.
  • Develop, maintain and coordinate operations management tools for the entire programming team in Indigenous communities.
  • Recruit and train the administrative team for programming in First Nations and Inuit communities.
  • Support the evaluation process for coordinators.
  • Working with Development Manager and the Volunteer and Mentors Manager, develop and maintain a network of Indigenous mentors for each of the programs offered.

Administrative

  • Manage the annual budget for programming in Indigenous communities.
  • Monitor all programming-related expenditures in Indigenous communities.
  • Ensure that fee-related invoices are processed (training, events, etc.).
  • Forward invoices related to our partnership agreements to the Accounting department.
  • Update all documents required to keep activities running smoothly (evaluation forms, letters of intent, long and short reports, programming documents, etc.).
  • Develop protocols for implementing projects.
  • Identify standards and best practices and make recommendations to adapt programs to local needs and constraints, while respecting the organization’s values of efficiency and innovation.
  • Ensure constant communication and effective co-operation between Youth Fusion’s various departments and the Indigenous programming team.
  • Represent the Indigenous programming team on Youth Fusion’s Steering Committee.

Partnerships, strategy and development

Support and advise the Executive Director, the President and the Director of Partnerships on any strategic issues related to programming and operations in Youth Fusion’s Indigenous communities.

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with regional partners both public and private, including band councils, school boards, regional governments, etc.
  • Write or revise funding requests and accountability reports to local, public and private partners with the support of the Assistant Directors and the Director of Partnerships.
  • Ensure the annual renewal of funding agreements with local, regional and philanthropic partners.
  • Develop new partnerships in collaboration with the Executive Director, the President and the Director of Partnerships.
  • Implement and update the three-year development plan, organized by province, Nations, communities, schools and potential partners.
  • Supervise pilot projects in Indigenous communities as part of developing Youth Fusion in new provinces.
  • Represent Youth Fusion at events, including giving presentations and media interviews.

Recruitment and training

  • In collaboration with the Director of Human Resources and the Development Manger – Indigenous Communities, the Senior Director of Operations and Philanthropy – First Nations and Inuit Communities, is responsible for updating and publicizing employment opportunities for Indigenous community projects in the Indigenous network and among partners.
  • In collaboration with the Development Manger – Indigenous Communities, the Senior Director of Operations and Philanthropy – First Nations and Inuit Communities, is responsible for deploying a specific strategy to boost recruitment of Indigenous project coordinators, including giving presentations on the role of Youth Fusion’s project coordinator to Indigenous student associations.
  • Supervise the recruitment of the Project Coordinator team for all educational programming in First Nations and Inuit communities. Project coordinators are, for the most part, university students and recent graduates, and their mandate is to implement daily programming in First Nations and Inuit communities.
  • Supervise the recruitment and training of local activity facilitators. Local facilitators are, for the most part, high school students in the Indigenous communities where we offer our programming.
  • Develop and coordinate all aspects of project coordinator training, with the support of the administrative team for Indigenous programming, each September and January.
  • Analyze the results of surveys conducted following the training of project coordinators, and hold a post-mortem.
  • Organize annual training sessions on Indigenous realities for Youth Fusion’s administrative team.

Educational programming and evaluation

  • In collaboration with the Senior Director – Programming, Evaluation and Development, create and develop teaching frameworks for all educational programming exclusive to Indigenous communities.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Director – Programming, Evaluation and Development, indigenize the teaching frameworks of all of Youth Fusion’s educational programming.
  • Update the presentation documents of Youth Fusion’s Indigenous educational programming for schools.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Director – Programming, Evaluation and Development, update and adapt the impact evaluation surveys of educational programming on various determinants of staying in school.

 Communications

  • In partnership with the Senior Director – Public Affairs, Communications and Events, develop Indigenous content for Youth Fusion’s website.
  • Create promotional and communication tools to present Youth Fusion’s Indigenous educational programming to new partners (educational, community or financial).
  • Moderate the group of coordinators on Fusion Connexion.
  • Forward requests for promotional material to the Communications department.

Events

  • Implement event programming for the 10th anniversary of Youth Fusion’s Indigenous programming.
  • Support and contribute to organizing regional events, including the Pigunnaniq Regional Festival and the Regional Leadership Conference, as well as the students participating in Youth Fusion’s provincial events.

 

REQUIREMENTS (possibility of adjusting the job requirements)

Academic:

University degree in management, education or any other related field

Experience:

Experience in human resources management

At least eight years of relevant experience in project management or education

Experience in crisis management and change management

Excellent knowledge of First Nations and Inuit communities

Excellent knowledge of the school environment

Technical knowledge:

Proven experience in Microsoft Office; mastery of word processing, Excel spreadsheets, data management, email software and web browsers

 Skills:

Proven ability to develop and implement successful strategic plans

Problem solving

Ability to work independently

Creative personality

Effective time management and ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities

Leadership, resourcefulness and initiative

Excellent teamwork skills

Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with people from all walks of life

Very well organized and detail-oriented

Other:

Be available to travel, particularly to northern Indigenous communities, two (2) to four (4) times a year for a period of two (2) to three (3) weeks.

 Languages:

French (spoken and written)

English (spoken and written)

Knowledge of Cree, Innu or Inuktitut an asset

 

TO APPLY

Send your application to candidatures@fusionjeunesse.org. Only applicants who meet our needs and criteria will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in Fusion Jeunesse and Robotique FIRST Québec.