Employment Opportunities

The Survivors’ Secretariat is a Survivor-led, trauma-informed organization dedicated to uncovering, documenting, and sharing the truth about what happened at the Mohawk Institute. We invite Survivors, family members of Survivors, and allies to join us in the important work of truth-telling.

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Full-Time Position

Please submit Cover Letter, and Resume by 11:59PM EST on June 6, 2022. Click Here to Apply Now »

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Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will be a Survivor or Intergenerational Survivor of the Mohawk Institute and/or a member of Six Nations of the Grand River, or a member of one of the First Nations that had their children taken to the Mohawk Institute. They will have leadership/executive experience from working in an Indigenous organization and a deep understanding of the legacy of the Mohawk Institute and Indian Residential Schools. The Executive Director will provide leadership in delivering the mandate of the Secretariat as set out by Survivors.

Key Responsibilities

  • Board Support and development
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources, including the recruitment and retention of Staff, and creating an organizational culture where everyone feels safe, valued, included, and heard
  • Survivor and Community Relations and Communications
  • Sustainability and Development of Programs and Resources
  • Technology and Operations, including the creation of a Data Strategy
  • Foster relationships with Indigenous leadership, and all levels of government

Education And Experience

  • Post-Secondary Degree in Humanities, Public Administration, or another relevant field with several years of senior level management in the non-profit community & human services sector
  • Organizational design and leadership skills with an ability to identify and develop talent through effective coaching, mentoring, and succession planning
  • High level of business and financial acumen
  • High-level strategic thinking and planning skills in designing and developing programs and major projects
  • Strong political acuity
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills, including experience with news media
  • Excellent time management skills, including a proven ability to prioritize workflow amid interruptions, and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous protocols
  • Demonstrated success in managing government and foundation relations, and fundraising
  • Proven experience in providing support to a Board of Directors
  • Knowledge of the Indian Residential School System, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the history of the Mohawk Institute

Location and Compensation

  • The Successful Candidate will be required to work mostly from the Survivors’ Secretariat office located at Six Nations of the Grand River, with some flexibility for remote work
  • The Survivors’ Secretariat will provide a competitive compensation to attract an experienced Candidate
  • Given that the Candidate will be working with older Survivors, proof of COVID vaccination will be requested

Interested Candidates are encouraged to review the full website of the Survivors’ Secretariat and Volume 4 of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

See the full briefing for the Role of Executive Director »

Please submit Cover Letter, and Resume by 11:59PM EST on June 6, 2022

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