Dean, Indigenous Learning and Student Success

Position Summary

Cambrian is a college of applied arts and technology located in Greater Sudbury, Ontario. Established in 1967, and funded by the province of Ontario, Cambrian has campuses in Sudbury, Espanola and Little Current.

The Wabnode Centre for Indigenous Services at Cambrian College helps First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students make the successful transition to college and provides them with ongoing support throughout their college years. They currently have over 800 self-identified Indigenous students enrolled, which represents 20 percent of the student population.

As the first college in Ontario to partner with the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Cambrian has received the CICan Silver award for Indigenous Education Excellence 2 years in a row.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Student and Employee Development, the Dean, Indigenous Learning and Student Success is the senior leader in the college for all matters relating to Indigenous engagement.  This individual will have general supervision, leadership and direction over the Wabnode Centre for Indigenous Services as well as responsibility of the implementation of Indigenous-related strategies as outlined in the college’s Indigenous Education Protocol; including establishing the College’s Indigenization Plan. The Dean, will also be part of the Academic Leadership Team.  In fulfilling the responsibilities of the role, the Dean will be informed by both the College’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic plan, as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.



As the ideal candidate you will have exceptional communication, relationship building, diplomacy and interpersonal skills, and you will have a direct, in-depth understanding of the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities. You are well respected and rooted in Ontario’s Indigenous community, and you are known for your political savvy and ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with other key stakeholders both internally and externally. You are a strong, trusted mentor who is comfortable providing support, advocacy and counseling to First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students.


  • A relevant Master’s Degree
  • Minimum 7 years of related experience
  • An understanding of First Nation governance structure and the social, cultural, economic and political aspirations of the First Nation Communities
  • Experience with budget development and control
  • Curriculum development and review, as well as program evaluation experience
  • Experience in Human Resources Management


  • Connections with existing Indigenous/ First Nation Organizations & Associations
  • Strong recruitment and community outreach skills
  • Proven ability to provide strong leadership and mentorship to a diverse team
  • Great respect for diversity and willingness to address cultural differences and politically sensitive issues
  • Excellent diplomacy and communication skills
  • Proven relationship building skills
  • Able to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Proven problem-solving ability and initiative to take on roles as a mentor and peer learning coach
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funding and effectively manage budgetary resources.
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills
  • Strong computer skills

Application Details

If you would like more information, please visit or contact Donna Bilodeau, Senior Consultant, Legacy Bowes Group at (204) 934-8825.

If you believe you can make a strong contribution to this organization as Dean, Indigenous Learning & Student Success, please submit your résumé in confidence to quoting position # 173253.


Cambrian College is committed to creating an accessible, inclusive, and diverse workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, including; women; persons with disabilities; racialized peoples; Indigenous people; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. All who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the College environment are encouraged to apply.

Our policies supporting Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) are available on our website and include the Duty to Accommodate Policy and the Customer Service Policy.

Position Details

Competition #

# 173253


Wabnode Centre for Indigenous Services


Barrydowne (Sudbury)



Reporting To

Associate Vice President, Student and Employee Development

Posting Date

Mar 8, 2019

Closing Date

Until Filled

For more information, please contact:

(204) 934-8825