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Coordinator II – Library Indigenous Initiatives

Position Details

Position Information

Posting Number 23FA0079
Title Coordinator II – Library Indigenous Initiatives
Pclass # F9847
Area Library Public Services
Job Summary
Who We Are

We acknowledge that Vancouver Community College (VCC) is located on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial.

For over 55 years, VCC has been a leader in innovative, experiential post-secondary learning. We’re one of B.C’s top employers and we are proud to inspire students to discover their passions, gain essential skills, and learn what it takes to succeed in a competitive workforce.

At VCC, we respect and celebrate our differences, and are committed to the work of decolonization, accessibility, and inclusivity for all. Be a part of creating an inclusive community that provides equitable opportunities for Indigenous and diverse representation, participation, and success for everyone.

We value lived experience and encourage applications from members of all groups experiencing barriers to equity. Come join the VCC community as we shape the future together.
  1. This position is responsible for providing leadership and coordination for projects and services related to Library Indigenous Initiatives. The Coordinator is responsible for the planning and development, oversight and direction, training and implementation of ongoing projects and services. The Coordinator is a member of the faculty librarian team and works in collaboration and cooperation with the team in the approval and implementation of project proposals/charters, policy initiatives and planning priorities.
  2. This position is a faculty position and is therefore covered by the Collective Agreement between the College and the Vancouver Community College Faculty Association.
  3. The position shall be evaluated during the incumbent’s probationary year and the incumbent ill have a Performance Appraisal conducted thereafter in accordance with procedures set under the Collective Agreement.
  4. The specific responsibilities listed below are not intended to be a complete and definitive listing. The incumbent is expected to use their discretion and initiative to deal with situations as they arise and to assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned. Additionally, some of the duties may be delegated to individuals within the department.

Job Duties/Responsibilities
  1. Leads the planning and development of projects that decolonize and Indigenize the Library.
  2. Advances the values and goals outlined the College’s Strategic Innovation Plan, Academic Plan, and any other planning documents.
  3. Plans and develops services in accordance with library and industry standards.
  4. Participates in ongoing review of services.
  5. Collaborates with the Department Head, Library Public Services to advise and assist the Director, Library and Learning Centre in departmental budgeting.
  6. Provides leadership in a changing library environment by advancing new information technologies and library service standards.

  1. Develops and maintains relationships with relevant Indigenous programs, services and initiatives throughout the College, as well as with relevant student, employee and community groups.
  2. Builds relationships and consults with stakeholders.
  3. Serves as a resource and support for Indigenous research methodologies and traditional knowledge.
  4. Serves as a resource and facilitator for Library employees providing support for Indigenous teaching and learning, and to College and Library instructors seeking to decolonize and Indigenize their Library-related instruction and assessment.
  5. Participates in communities of practice related to decolonizing, Indigenizing, and disrupting colonialism.

  1. Coordinates and provides leadership for projects and services related to the area. Collaborates with coordinators and others on shared projects.
  2. Communicates significant developments in projects to the faculty librarian team. When developments require a change in overall direction/prioritization in a project, brings a recommendation to the faculty librarian team for decision.
  3. Trains and provides direction to library staff assigned to projects and services. Communicates any concerns related to performance of duties to the library employee’s supervisor.
  4. Prepares, submits and monitors budget and expenditures related to projects.
  5. Collaborates with relevant coordinators, supervisors and staff to ensure backup and coverage during absences.
  6. Writes and revises job duties and responsibilities as needed.
  7. Oversees development and maintenance of guidelines and written procedures. Works closely with relevant coordinators, supervisors and staff to ensure workflow processes are efficient, relevant and documented.
  8. Promotes effective communication between all Library and Learning Centre personnel.
  9. Provides updates to the Library and Learning Centre Management Group as needed.

  1. Participates in College-wide committees, events and projects.
  2. Maintains currency through monitoring of professional literature, attendance at workshops and conferences, and participation in relevant communities.
  3. Supported by the College, takes training required for emerging work.
  4. Performs other duties as assigned.

Area Hiring Criteria
Education and Experience

  • Lived experience of Indigenous cultures, histories and knowledges and non-traditional knowledge systems, complemented by community connections and familiarity with the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), sə̓ lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) preferred; as well as Indigenous communities and organizations across British Columbia, (preferred), and/or Canada.
  • Experience working and building relationships with Indigenous people and communities.
  • Combination of experience, skills and knowledge of Indigenous knowledge system(s), decolonization, inter-generational trauma and the importantance of positive self-concept in education.
  • Completion of a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from an accredited school of Library and Information Science or an approved (ALA/CLA) equivalent.

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous literature and issues related to Indigenizing and decolonizing higher education and libraries.
  • Ability to teach information literacy from an indigenous perspective.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the relationship between traditional knowledge and intellectual property, research ethics in indigenous communities, and inter-generational trauma-informed practice.
  • Recent professional experience in a college, institute or university library or related library setting.
  • Experience in coordination of library services in a college environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate judgment, diplomacy, and sensitivity in challenging conversations.
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated skill in planning and delivering instruction.
  • Ability to adapt to change.
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both oral and written.

Salary Range - Prorated based on FTE $52.40 - $83.97/hour. Staring salary will be determined by education, experience and placement criteria as outlined in the VCCFA Collective Agreement.
Posting Detail Information

Employment Group Faculty
Type of Position Temporary
Employment Type Part Time
Primary Location - This position may require you to work at all VCC locations. Broadway
Is this posting only for internal applicants? No
Desired Start Date - May be subject to change 01/01/2024
Position End Date - If temporary
Additional Notes for Applicants
Posting Open Date 10/26/2023
Posting Close Date 01/21/2024
Is this a pooled posting? No

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Applicant Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents