The Alberta Mentoring Partnership
The Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP, the Partnership) envisions an Alberta where mentoring relationships help young people thrive. The AMP is comprised of community agencies, government ministries, government-funded organizations and community members whose goal is to raise the profile of mentoring in Alberta for the purpose of improving the lives of young people.
Since its creation in 2008, AMP has received support and funding from the Government of Alberta and significant in-kind contributions have also been made by government and non-government members. The Partnership is currently co-chaired by representatives of the Ministries of Education and Children’s Services and Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area.
About the Indigenous Engagement Lead
The Indigenous Engagement Lead is a part of the AMP’s Provincial Coordination Team (PCT) and reports to the Community Engagement and Communications Lead.
This role is responsible for increasing expanding AMP’s partner engagement network and activities with Indigenous organizations, Elders and Knowledge Keepers – including:
- Building awareness with organizations, agencies, schools and stakeholders to promote and support mentoring for Indigenous children and youth;
- Engaging with stakeholders to develop meaningful connections, networks and resources for stakeholders, and the AMP, to meet the mentoring needs of Indigenous communities; and
- Supporting agencies as they develop and/or improve mentoring programs to include mentoring practices that are rooted in Indigenous ways of knowing and being, in order to better meet the cultural, spiritual, mental and physical needs of Indigenous children and youth.
This is a one year, part-time contract, with the possibility of extension, that is funded by AMP’s fiscal agent (Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area).
Responsibilities for this role include:
Indigenous Community Engagement and Relationship Management
- Support the completion of an environmental scan to identify existing resources, needs and gaps in mentoring opportunities for Indigenous children and youth.
- Analyze existing stakeholders and identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen and expand AMP’s partnerships and networks to promote and support mentoring for Indigenous children and youth.
- Work with the Community Engagement and Communications Lead to develop an approach for engaging and collaborating with Indigenous organizations, Elders and Knowledge Keepers.
- Establish and build relationships with Indigenous communities and Indigenous organizations to ensure ongoing support and collaboration in serving the unique mentoring needs of Indigenous children and youth.
- Engage with Indigenous organizations, Elders and Knowledge Keepers using the following knowledge and skills:
- Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, customs, beliefs and teachings;
- Understanding of current and emerging issues of importance to Indigenous people and communities;
- Understanding of cultural differences and how they impact wellness approaches for Indigenous children and youth; and
- Understanding of Indigenous protocols and experience facilitating and/or assisting in cultural training/ceremonies.
- Lead, manage and deliver initiatives to increase the recruitment of Indigenous mentors and raise the profile of mentoring for Indigenous children and youth in Alberta, including:
- Developing initiative work plans;
- Managing vendor contracts and relationships for the initiative; and
- Completing applications for grant funding and subsequent reporting to funders to fulfil grant requirements.
- Work with community partners to create resources and host events and training opportunities that meet the needs and expectations of Indigenous communities.
- Act as the Mentoring Ambassador for AMP:
- Seek out opportunities to grow awareness of, and support for, Indigenous youth mentoring initiatives.
- Bring Indigenous mentoring considerations and perspectives to mentoring ‘communities of practice’.
- Connect with corporate partners to facilitate relationships with mentoring agencies and support mentoring for Indigenous children and youth.
Communications and Marketing
- Develop an Indigenous communications strategy for AMP’s communications plan.
- Develop communication materials and plan, coordinate and deliver marketing and awareness campaigns for Indigenous communities, children and youth.
Subject Matter Expertise
- Contribute to AMP’s strategic and operational planning, based on knowledge of Indigenous mentoring opportunities and engagement with Indigenous organizations and communities.
- Assist with the identification of traditional and cultural indicators data/measures for AMP impact evaluations (completed by external party) and support efforts for continuous improvement of AMP’s internal operations and strategic approaches.
- Respond to non-technical stakeholder questions related to mentoring opportunities for Indigenous youth
Minimum Role Qualifications
- Education: Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis on Indigenous studies, social/community work and/or education
- Seven or more years’ experience with:
- Youth development
- Indigenous community engagement and facilitation
- Indigenous network / partnership development
- Managing multiple and diverse stakeholder relationships
- Experience facilitating multi-stakeholder groups and events (virtual and in-person modalities)
- Five or more years’ experience with:
- Indigenous stakeholder engagement plan development and implementation
- Planning and delivering marketing campaigns for Indigenous communities
- Technical - Has proven awareness and knowledge base for information management systems and databases. Utilizes social media and other technologies to build networks and platforms like podcasts, webinars, and video conferencing to stay connected to remote contacts.
- Hours of work: Able to work flexible hours. Organization operates with a 37.5 hour work week and at a 0.6 FTE status would be 22.5 hours per week.
- Transportation – Valid Driver’s license and access to a vehicle. Ability to travel within Alberta.