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CURRICULUM WRITER

The OFIFC is an award winning leader in culture-based management providing innovative research, policy, training and community development to 29 Friendship Centres and other urban Indigenous service providers across Ontario. Located in downtown Toronto, the OFIFC engages all levels of government and mainstream agencies.

OFIFC is a purpose-driven organisation which offers unique and challenging work. A rewarding and enriching career awaits if you are skilled at critical thinking, building relationships, take personal accountability for getting things done and enjoy working as part of a team to collaboratively solve problems.

Responsibilities:

To plan, design, develop, and ensure the effectiveness of curricula and supportive resources that integrate Indigenous teaching and learning approaches, according to the OFIFCs pedagogical framework and in support of the Original Peoples Learning Centre (OPLC).

A job description is below.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in Indigenous Education, or another relevant discipline;
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in course design and curriculum development;
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities;
  • Instructional experience is an asset;
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to design curriculum that reflects Indigenous pedagogies and worldviews, and ability to train others;
  • Strong grasp of postsecondary program standards as well as familiarity with regulations affecting curriculum design;
  • Understanding of issues impacting Indigenous learners and ability to implement engaging, trauma-informed approaches; and
  • Strong knowledge of in-person, blended, and online delivery models.
  • Criminal Reference Clearance (CPIC) and Vulnerable Sector Clearance are requirements of the employment offer.

Supervision:

Employed by the OFIFC, responsible to the policies and directions as determined by the Board of Directors and under the direct supervision of the Executive Director or designate. Daily supervision is designated to the Training Director.

KNOWLEDGE

Core Competencies:

  • Culture
  • Takes personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of OFIFC's Neha (bundle) including foundational teachings and organisational practices in both professional conduct and work-related

  • Accountability - Takes personal ownership and responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work

  • Critical Thinking - Applies systematic, logical reasoning when addressing problems or situations in order to arrive at an appropriate solution or

  • Building
Relationships and Strategic Partnerships - Builds, develops and sustains business relationships/strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial, reciprocal and grounded in trust and It is recognizing we are all interdependent and working towards the common good of the organization.

  • Results Orientation - Accomplishes established goals, delivers the outcomes required and achieves the It includes the efficient and effective use of all resources (time, financial, people and technology).
  • Teamwork
and Collaboration - Works collaboratively with others and addresses conflict in a win-win productive This includes a mindset of sharing with others whether it is knowledge, recognition, information and skills. Working towards a common purpose for the good of OFIFC and the communities of people it serves.
  • Communication - Effectively delivers information in a transparent, honest and clear It includes actively listening, comprehending and responding appropriately when interacting with people. It is about being respectful when expressing opinions and points of view.

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Creative/Innovative
  • Time Management
  • Collaborative Team Player

REASON

Work Environment:

Works in a safe and suitable office environment exposed to high-level computer use often faced with tight simultaneous deadlines.

Working Hours:

Overtime required during peak periods and when workload necessitates. The job may require occasional provincial travel (e.g. to FC) and/or regular local travel (e.g. committee meetings or workshops). Travel timing is flexible and planned in advance.

ACTION

Scope:

To design curricula and develop resources supporting Indigenous teaching and learning approaches that align with OFIFC's Long-Range Strategic Plan.

Key Contacts/Relationships:

Internal

Primarily communicates with the Training Director and OPLC Development Coordinator, and regularly communicates with the Training workgroup, Researchers, Program Support, and Policy Analysts for the purposes of exchanging and sharing information, integrating, and collaborating.

External

Communicates with Friendship Centres, Elders and Knowledge Keepers, academic institutions, Centres for Teaching and Learning, Indigenous organizations, and learners for purposes of sharing information, feedback and collaborating.

Key Responsibilities:

Curriculum Design (65%)

  • Designs, writes and develops curriculum and supportive resources for postsecondary programs, courses that support the aims of the OFIFC and OPLC;
  • Develops curriculum that is adaptable for in-person, blended and online delivery methods;
  • Incorporates Indigenous cultural concepts related to lifelong learning, experiential learning, and online learning;
  • Collaboratively designs assessment models, learning objectives, and evaluation approaches that reflect Indigenous cultural contexts;
  • Reviews existing curriculum to ensure that programs and initiatives meet intended objectives, standards, and reflect Indigenous community needs;
  • Supports the development and accreditation of the OPLC;
  • Reviews provincial quality assurance standards and supports organizational alignment;
  • Conducts research and engages with Elders and Friendship Centres on curriculum design; and
  • Incorporates a variety of teaching methods in curriculum design that accommodate learner needs, prioritize a trauma-informed lens, and promote learner engagement.

Support and Collaboration (30%):

  • Works in partnership with key OFIFC personnel in the review, evaluation, revision, and enhancement of existing and future curricula;
  • Works collaboratively with all OFIFC workgroups to identify Indigenous learner and Friendship Centre needs as well as develop appropriate resources, tools, modules, processes, and practices;
  • Identifies resources and develops workshop opportunities that support skill development related to Indigenous teaching and learning approaches;
  • Supports development of assessments and grading tools that reflect Indigenous pedagogical approaches;
  • Builds relationships with Indigenous pedagogy and curriculum design teams at postsecondary institutions; and
  • Collects resources that support teaching and learning with Indigenous communities.

Other (5%):

  • Maintains and upgrades professional skills;
  • Promotes a healthy, safe work environment; and,
  • Performs other duties, related to the position, as assigned by the Executive Director or designate.

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