Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
Educ. Programming, Level C
Indigenous Midwifery Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine
$40.33 (minimum) - $48.42 (midpoint) - $58.11 (maximum)
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The Midwifery Indigenous Coordinator provides consultation, process design, facilitation, programming, and resource development services to the UBC Midwifery programs focused on Indigenous engagement and educational initiatives. The position provides Indigenous-centered mentoring, support and trauma-informed problem resolution support for Indigenous midwifery students. The position is responsible for planning, designing, facilitating, documenting, implementing and evaluating professional development programs, consultation services, and educational resources to UBC Midwifery programs faculty, staff, and students. The work of the Midwifery Indigenous Coordinator supports and aligns stakeholder teaching and learning needs with university-wide strategic priorities outlined in Place and Promise, specifically, Indigenous engagement, intercultural learning, and student engagement.
The UBC Midwifery program is the only entry-level midwifery education program in British Columbia, graduating approximately 20 students a year from its bachelor's degree program. In the years 2005 to 2012, almost no Indigenous students were admitted into the bachelor's degree program. An increase started in 2015 with Indigenous admissions ranging from 10-15% in the years 2015 through 2018 and averaging 11.7% during that period. The 2016 Canadian Census estimated that 6.6% of British Columbian residents identified as Indigenous. Twenty percent (20%) of the students admitted for fall 2020 identified as Indigenous.
Provide consulting services for members of the UBC Midwifery teaching and learning community and external clients for integrating Indigenous content in courses, strategies and approaches to enable productive conversations around socially contentious issues, process design, facilitation, assessment of learning, program evaluation, educational leadership, and related topics.
Research, design, facilitate, evaluate and document processes (actions and events with Indigenous students, midwifery faculty, staff and others working with the UBC Midwifery Program) in order to accomplish short and long-term teaching and learning related goals for initiatives to improve Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning at UBC. A process may consist of anything from a single workshop to a large, multi-phase initiative (for example, a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund/TLEF project).
Prepare long term plans in consultation with the UBC Midwifery faculty and staff for the development and delivery of educational programming on topics related to supportive classroom and campus climate in alignment with university-wide strategic initiatives for Indigenous Engagement, Inclusion, and Student Wellness in Teaching and Learning.
Conduct needs assessments and consultations with faculty and community partners (including Faculty Advisory on Classroom Climate and Musqueam Advisory) to develop, implement, and assess Indigenous Initiatives' programs and resources.
Develop and facilitate face-to-face, online and blended workshops and communities of practice for members of the UBC Midwifery teaching community and other interested parties in Indigenous initiatives, classroom and campus climate, and other relevant professional development topics.
Collaborate with Indigenous Initiatives staff in program planning and program evaluation.
Liaise with and provide design and facilitation expertise and recommendations to members of the UBC Midwifery teaching community and other interested parties.
Represent UBC Midwifery teaching and learning interests through provincial, national and international associations and liaisons. Disseminate research, practice and ideas at local, national and international conferences; present papers for publication and collaborate with colleagues in developing proposals to do this.
Ensure compliance of Midwifery educational programming with National Aboriginal Council of Midwives core values and strategic directions, governmental regulations and international governance.
Respond to confidential needs and requests of individual Midwifery students, Midwifery faculty and staff concerning Indigenous teaching, learning and life at UBC.
Works independently with general direction from the Midwifery Program Director in consultation with the Midwifery Bachelor's Degree Lead, the Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program Lead, the Continuing Professional Development Lead and the Student Services Manager.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Errors in judgment may have negative consequences for the quality of learning and life for Midwifery students at UBC. Midwifery teaching and learning at UBC may suffer. Errors in judgement may also result in the inefficient use of resources, and/or poor relations among educational developers, staff or individuals participating in facilitated processes. They may damage the reputation of the University and the Midwifery Program.
The Indigenous Student Coordinator must exercise a high level of professionalism and judgment when dealing with various units and departments, as well as with non-UBC colleagues. Failure to follow best practices and exercise sound judgment could result in significant resource and reputation costs to the Midwifery Program, and could possibly have a negative impact on future internal and external partnerships.
This position also requires familiarity with communication and consultation processes and protocols in working with Indigenous faculty, staff, students, and community members. A lack of familiarity with the issues for Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning could result in dysfunctional or ineffective understandings and approaches, which could perpetuate problematic situations and negatively impact students, work colleagues, and others.
Master's degree in Education. Minimum of six years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Registration or prior experience as a registered midwife in Canada. Member of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives. Experience in design, development and facilitation of processes and educational programs or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in facilitating group processes both face-to-face and online. Experience in teaching face-to-face and using online and multimedia technologies. Experience developing strategic engagement processes and developing strategic plans is an asset. Demonstrated teaching skills. Demonstrated process design and facilitation skills. Effective oral and written communication, and interpersonal, planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment. Knowledge of University policies and procedures is an asset. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to think strategically and exercise diplomacy, tact, and discretion. Demonstrated ability to conduct respectful consultation and collaboration with communities, including the Musqueam Nation.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.