Indigenous Engagement Coordinator

Date Posted: 07/21/2022
Req ID: 25297
Faculty/Division: VP & Provost
Department: Hart House
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Position Number: 00051432


This search aligns with the University’s commitment to strategically and of proactively promote diversity among our community members. Recognizing that Indigenous, Black and other Racialized communities have experienced inequities that have developed historically and are ongoing, we strongly welcome and encourage candidates from those communities to apply.




About us:

About Us – Hart House

Hart House is a centre for experiential education outside the classroom at the University of Toronto. Since it opened in 1919, Hart House functions as a place where students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the broader community connect with each other and the world. Through an array of co-curricular programming in the arts, dialogue and wellness, Hart House works with local and international partners to foster community and to create innovative learning opportunities for students. Hart House operates from a historic facility on the St. George campus, as well as a 150-acre farm in Caledon, Ontario, offering a wide range of services through a social enterprise model that generates revenue to support its student-focused programming on all three University of Toronto campuses.

Warden’s Office, Strategic Initiatives

The Warden’s Office drives the strategic direction of Hart House, ensuring responsible and responsive governance, creating and maintaining partnerships and collaborations, overseeing all of the business and program activities of the House, and representing Hart House to the broader University of Toronto community and beyond. We work within the Hart House Strategic Plan to drive activity around 5 core commitments:
1. Foster a climate of inclusivity and belonging in our spaces and programs
2. Encourage students to explore who they are and who they aspire to be through the arts, dialogue and wellness
3. Offer students rich experiential learning opportunities
4, Deepen student engagement with local and global communities and issues
5. Steward Hart House resources and relationships carefully and creatively to meet the challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow.

Within the Warden’s Office, Strategic Initiatives provides critical support to the Hart House Strategic Plan through leadership on implementation strategy, assessment, leading multi-partnered dialogue -based programming, grant development, accessibility and related projects. We collaborate closely with all of the departments within Hart House, and work to foster supportive and mutually beneficial relationships within our organization, the campus community and beyond.

Your opportunity:

Reporting to the Director, Strategic Initiatives, the incumbent will provide critical contributions to a number of important initiatives geared towards enhancing the experience for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students through Hart House, including, developing opportunities that reflect Indigenous students interests and engagement, and build cultural competency for non-Indigenous students, the reimagining of the Hart House Farm as a space for land-based opportunities, Indigenous knowledge sharing and ceremony, healing, restoration, and community building; projects that look at the colonial infrastructure of the Hart House building on St. George campus; learning and development projects that contribute to building an inclusive culture for staff and students; and more generally, providing Indigenous leadership and perspective through contributions to the Hart House Leadership team. The successful candidate will specifically focus on developing and delivering outreach and engagement activities, developing and executing project planning activities, and community engagement and consultation efforts.

Your responsibilities will include:


  • Building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and partners of strategic importance
  • Developing and implementing community engagement strategies and plans
  • Coordinating tasks for projects and other strategicinitiatives with stakeholders
  • Exchanging information at formal department and/or program committee meetings
  • Drafting and editing training content
  • Writing project-specific proposals and briefings
  • Conceptualizing, organizing and executing event activities
  • Facilitating educational workshops and seminars


Essential Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's Degree or an acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Minimum four years related experience working with Indigenous communities/agencies and peoples in an educational or community development role.
  • Experience working within Indigenous communities with strong knowledge of Indigenous world views, culture 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.
  • Minimum two years in a student life programming role preferably in a post-secondary setting.
  • Experience working with non-Indigenous Students and community around development of understanding of Indigenous perspectives
  • Demonstrated experience working with anti-racist and intercultural frameworks
  • Experience working with student, campus and community partners and cultivating partnerships.
  • Strong knowledge of the diverse Indigenous traditions, values and cultural protocols; along with an understanding of services andresources available in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Knowledge of educational issues/barriers (e.g. educational history, funding access) and wider community concerns (i.e. housing, family concerns, economic).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to create, compose, edit written materials.
  • Excellent presentation, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Excellent planning and project management skills.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, creativity, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to exercise patience, and to demonstrate tact, judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team environment in a busy, deadline-oriented workplace.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a highly diverse University community and to organize, motivate and work constructively and cooperatively with a variety of campus and community groups
  • Awareness of campus systems and organizations, andthe University’s policies and procedures as they relate to student life.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 Suite including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Teams. A good degree of social media experience is required.

Assets (Nonessential):


  • Aptitude in an Indigenous Language.

To be successful in this role you will be:


  • Diplomatic
  • Insightful
  • Motivated self-learner
  • Organized
  • Resourceful
  • Self-directed
  • Team player



Closing Date: 08/11/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW 
Appointment Type: Budget - Term This is a one (1) year Term role ending August 2023, with the possibility of renewal.
Schedule: Full-Time. Regular daytime schedule. Overtime on weekdays. Occasional overtime on weekends.
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 12 -- $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. 
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial
Recruiter: Anita Chooraman

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

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