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Blackfoot Language Adult Immersion Program Coordinator - Casual

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Job Title Blackfoot Language Adult Immersion Program Coordinator - Casual
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Position Details
The Department of Indigenous Studies is seeking a Blackfoot Language Adult Immersion Program Coordinator, subject to budgetary approval. This is a part-time, 0.4 FTE AUPE casual position (14 hours per week). Hiring salary being $31.34 to $35.49 per hour.

Background

We are expanding our Blackfoot language curriculum as part of our commitment to develop degree and diploma programs in the Blackfoot language in response to TRC Call to Action 16. A key aspect of this new curriculum is the creation of adult immersion programming to complement the existing class-based language courses. The immersion programming will follow the general principles of the successful Master/Mentor-Apprentice Program approach. The MAP approach pairs a more fluent speaker (the Master/Mentor speaker) with a less fluent speaker (the Apprentice) for intensive one-on-one language work focussed on oral fluency in natural settings and daily activities in the community. For more information see the FPCC’s MAP program page, toolkit and Handbook.

Position description

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Blackfoot language program director and the Blackfoot language instructors to develop and coordinate the adult immersion program. This includes:

  • Consultation with Elders and community members about appropriate ways to adapt the MAP approach to the Blackfoot language context.
  • Immersion course and program proposal development.
  • Arranging and coordinating training for MAP team members.
  • Identifying, coaching and supervising MAP teams.
  • Working both on campus and in the community.

Position Qualifications
We are looking for someone with a strong interest in and commitment to Blackfoot Language Revitalization, preferrably with experience in the area of language teaching and learning, adult immersion, curriculum and program development. Knowledge of the Blackfoot language is an asset. Familiarity with the MAP approach is an asset, but not required. The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Education or Indigenous Studies, complemented by further postgraduate certification or relevant work experience. We are looking for someone with an interest in investigating successful adult Blackfoot second language teaching and learning methods at the post-secondary level that bridge the academic and community settings, and a willingness to collaborate with colleagues, students and community members in developing innovative new courses and programming. Excellent communication, organization and administrative skills are a must.

What we offer

You will work in the Department of Indigenous Studies. We are strongly committed to promoting and supporting the sustainability of the Blackfoot language. This position offers the exciting opportunity to contribute to Blackfoot language sustainability by helping develop and run promising new approaches to adult Blackfoot language immersion. You will work with a small but dedicated team of committed individuals to help make this a reality. You will be supported by faculty members with expertise in Blackfoot language, second-language teaching methods, resource development, and curriculum building.

Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. Founded in 1967 on traditional Blackfoot land, it is a place where student engagement in learning, creative activities, and research takes place every day. With campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary, uLethbridge offers more than 150 undergraduate and 60 graduate programs to more than 8,500 students in the faculties of Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, the Schools of Liberal Education and Graduate Studies, and the Dhillon School of Business.
The University of Lethbridge recognizes that diversity enriches our campus and our community and is fundamental to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. The university as a whole embraces equity as a core value to be truly inclusive of the communities of which we are a part, and this requires ongoing intentional and systemic action. Through recruitment and support of individuals who further enhance our diversity, the University strives to create a diverse and inclusive community where students, faculty and staff feel welcome, are treated equitably, and can thrive. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

Application deadline

The position is open until filled, but applications will be reviewed beginning on February 1, 2024.

For more information

For enquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Inge Genee, Blackfoot language program director, Department of Indigenous Studies. Email: inge.genee@uleth.ca. Phone: 403-330-2992.

For enquiries about the Department, please contact Dr. Paul McKenzie-Jones, Chair, Department of Indigenous Studies. Email: paul.mckenziejones@uleth.ca.

Starting Salary Range (at 1.0 FTE) Hiring Range indicated in Position Details
Full Salary Range (at 1.0 FTE)
Campus Lethbridge
Employment Group AUPE
Position Category
Posting Detail Information

Open Date 12/22/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Desired Start Date 03/01/2024
Position End Date (if temporary) 06/30/2026
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment Equity
The University of Lethbridge invites applications from all qualified candidates; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

The University of Lethbridge is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, including through all aspects of the hiring process. If you require support during the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at human.resources@uleth.ca so that accommodations can be put in place to support you. All private information received in relation to your request for support will be kept confidential, only information required to facilitate the accommodation will be shared with the selection committee.

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. References
  2. Additional Documents