University of Waterloo

Senior Educational Developer, Indigenous Knowledges and Anti-racist Pedagogies

Requisition ID 2021-6496
Job Category
Academic Services
Centre for Teaching Excellence
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$81,811 - $102,263


The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) aims to foster teaching excellence, innovation, and inquiry by supporting instructor development, promoting a community around teaching, and nurturing a culture of teaching and learning at Waterloo.

As part of its Impact Theme on Strengthening Sustainable and Diverse Communities, the University of
Waterloo is committed to promoting and supporting Indigenous initiatives and a culture of equity, diversity and inclusivity for all.

The Senior Educational Developer, Indigenous Knowledges and Anti-racist Pedagogies plays a key role in advancing CTE’s strategic priority to model, promote, and guide inclusive and respectful educational and workplace practices, particularly those focused on Indigenization, decolonization, and anti-racism.

To address these University and Centre goals, the Senior Educational Developer, Indigenous Knowledges and Anti-racist Pedagogies is responsible for three main activities: 1) provide oversight and facilitative support for departmental and Faculty-wide Indigenization, Anti-racism, and Decolonization efforts in curriculum and pedagogy, 2) oversee discipline-specific consultation and facilitation by Educational Developers, and 3) contribute to initiatives both internally and externally related to the Indigenization, decolonization, inclusivity, and reconciliation work of the Centre.To enhance the effectiveness of this activity, the ideal candidate will meet the articulated qualifications
below and will be an Indigenous person (First Nations Status or Non-Status, Métis, and/or Inuit). Lived
experience in an Indigenous community or communities is an asset.

The selection process for this particular position will follow the provisions for a special program as
described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission in order to address the underrepresentation of
individuals from equity-deserving groups. Improving the representation, participation, and engagement of equity-deserving groups within our community is a key objective of Waterloo’s Strategic Plan 2020- 2025. As such, this position is open only to Indigenous persons (First Nations Status or Non-Status, Métis, and/or Inuit).


Program/Service Management and Facilitation

• Manages the development, delivery, and evaluation of programs and services designed to promote
and address Indigenization and Anti-racism efforts within courses and student supervision practices
across the institution (e.g., workshop series, prioritization processes for course transformation
support and consultation)
• Collaborates with and advises the SED, Curriculum and Quality Enhancement on strategies and
processes for promoting and documenting department or Faculty-level efforts in Indigenization,
decolonization, and reconciliation (e.g., program review and Quality Assurance Process report
requirements, retreat facilitation)
• Facilitates initiatives and programs and engages in individual consultations
• Leads efforts to build capacity among CTE and adjacent Academic Support Unit staff to undertake
teaching-related work in Indigenization, decolonization, inclusivity, and reconciliation at Waterloo

Institutional Initiatives and Strategic Directions

• Contributes to the planning, development, and implementation of institutional strategic initiatives
regarding the Indigenization and Anti-racist efforts in undergraduate and graduate teaching and
• Contributes to the development and implementation of CTE’s strategic plan and provides leadership
on departmental strategic priorities 
• Contributes to the Centre’s thought leadership in higher education Indigenous or Anti-oppressive
pedagogies and educational development as appropriate

Supervision and Partnerships

• Oversees the work of the Educational Developer(s), Indigenous Knowledges and Pedagogies and
Educational Developer, Anti-racist and Culturally Responsive Pedagogies 
• Works closely with the CTE SEDs in their respective areas to embed Indigenous ways of knowing
and anti-racist, culturally-responsive pedagogies
• Develops and manages partnerships with relevant academic support units and university leaders
(e.g., Indigenous Initiatives, SSO, WISC, local communities and Elders) 
• Takes (co)leadership roles on relevant institution-wide committees
• Helps develop and implement the departmental approach to Indigenous and Anti-racism staff
recruitment, professional development, and retention

Engagement in Research, Teaching, and External Initiatives

• Engages in research and/or makes scholarly contributions in their own relevant area within the
broad field of higher education
• Represents the university on provincial, national, and/or international projects related to teaching,
learning, or educational development with Indigenous and/or decolonial frameworks as needed
• Participates actively in relevant professional associations and conferences to reinforce and promote
Waterloo’s leadership position and profile in pedagogical innovations and in the field of educational
• Seeks opportunities to teach and/or provide academic supervision where appropriate

Relationships with Community

• Connects with student- and faculty-facing counterparts in Waterloo’s Faculties and at the Affiliated
and Federated Institutions (AFIWs)
• Practices culturally appropriate ways of engaging Indigenous communities on behalf of CTE and the
University of Waterloo
• Consults with students, Elders, community partners, and other appropriate colleagues  to gather
input in best ways to create safe and respectful spaces for Indigenous, Black, and Racialized
learners and teachers to gain knowledge and practice cultural ways of knowing
• Maintains a continuous and close relationship with Indigenous Initiatives Office and Equity Office  
• Networks with the wider Indigenous and Anti-racist educational developer community


• Master’s degree with PhD preferred; equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
• The successful candidate will be First Nations, Metis, or Inuit with lived experience of Indigenous
world views, cultures and values and strong ties to First Nations, Metis and/or Inuit communities
• Knowledgeable of cultural protocols to appropriately engage and foster respectful, reciprocal,
ongoing relationships with local (including urban) First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in a large,
decentralized and complex university or similar institution
• Significant knowledge of, and demonstrated commitment to education/learning with First Nations,
Metis and/or Inuit communities and an appreciation and respect for the diversity of Indigenous
• 3-5 years of experience in the educational development or similar field (ideally in both individual and
curriculum consultation roles)
• 2-3 years’ experience in a managerial/leadership role in an academic or similar setting is strongly
• Experience teaching in higher education in any discipline is an asset
• Experience with long-term individual, departmental, and/or institution-wide change management
• Knowledge of Indigenous approaches to education, Indigenous world views, anti-oppressive and
culturally-responsive pedagogies, decolonization theories and practices, the Truth and
Reconciliation Calls to Action, and the importance of relationality/ community
• Understanding of local Indigenous contexts, and awareness of local Black, and otherwise racialized
people’s contexts  
• Demonstrated knowledge of theories and practices used in educational development, including
curriculum development processes and tools, and awareness of emerging issues and areas of focus
in the field
• Demonstrated abilities with field-appropriate methods to assess needs, programs, services, and
organizational operations and with quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
• Solid managerial/leadership skills within an academic environment, including proven skill in
relationship management and achieving results using a collaborative approach
• Demonstrated success in contributing to change efforts while showing respect for and sensitivity to
academic and disciplinary norms
• Excellent verbal, written, presentation communication, and facilitation skills
• Demonstrated high level of organization and ability to manage high volumes of activity and change
• Proven analytical, systems and strategic thinking, and project management

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQIA+.


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


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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