The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) is an independent society led by a strong and diverse board of over 100 First Nations community representatives. FNESC is committed to improving education for all First Nations students in BC. FNESC works in partnership with the First Nations School Association (FNSA), and the Indigenous Adult Higher Learning Association (IAHLA), as well as other partner organizations.
Since its establishment in 1992, FNESC has worked to communicate the priorities of BC First Nations to the federal and provincial governments and to support First Nations communities in working together to advance education issues. Communications, research, partnership-building and advocacy are all central to FNESC’s activities.
We are currently recruiting for a Regional Principal to join our team and play a key role in our commitment to improve education for all First Nations students in BC.
The Regional Principal is responsible for working with First Nations schools that are engaged in the First Nations Schools Professional Growth Process (PGP). This work includes providing senior level leadership, mentoring, training and support to First Nations school principals to promote effective leadership for learning in First Nations schools. As part of the Instructional Services team, the Regional Principal will help identify and implement strategies to increase success and development of students in First Nations schools.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Principal is responsible for supporting schools that are engaged in the First Nations Schools Professional Growth Process (PGP). This work involves the following duties and activities:
• Travel regularly to participating schools to work with First Nations school principals in implementing the PGP, promoting educational leadership, advancing supervision for learning practices in First Nations schools, and leading effective supervision of and professional development for teachers.
• On-site and remote mentoring of principals to facilitate effective and ongoing classroom observations and assisting principals in providing constructive feedback and supervision to assist teachers in developing their skills.
• Supporting professional growth plans for educators participating in the PGP, including coaching, supervising and training.
• Facilitating feedback from schools and assisting with annual reviews of the project, and regularly liaising between schools and the FNSA to support the ongoing successful development and implementation of the PGP.
Training and Professional Development Management
• Participate in, develop, and lead relevant professional development opportunities;
• Pro-actively share all relevant information and experiences with First Nations school principals and teachers to ensure that professional development opportunities are of broad benefit to schools.
Strategic Project Management & Development
• Participate in the management and development of the PGP, including working collegially with the Specialist of Instructional Services, other Regional Principals, and other FNESC staff as appropriate to manage the ongoing growth of the project.
The position will require an individual with the following knowledge, skills and personal characteristics:
Required Education and Experience
• A Degree in Education and TRB certification;
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a teacher and/or principal in a First Nations school
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience in the provision of direct service in the First Nations
• education system and understanding of First Nations issues in British Columbia; and,
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience managing, directing and leading employees or programs.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Comprehensive understanding of First Nations education issues and First Nations issues in
• Knowledge of current standards, trends, issues, best practices, philosophy and techniques in education;
• Advanced critical thinking, organizational and problem solving skills;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to discuss educational techniques.
This is a full time position. The Employee shall perform his/her duties at such places and during such times as may be reasonably necessary. Extensive frequent travel is required throughout the province of BC.
Regionally based within the province of British Columbia, includes work from home and extensive travel.