Coordinator for Decolonial Initiatives and Indigenous Programming
Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie
The deadline to apply is November 30, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie provides teachers with engaging educational resources and a variety of poetic experiences, in French and in English, to inspire their students to read, recite and write poetry. Poets create and present our programs and projects in the classroom, bringing contemporary poetry directly to young people.
We are committed to bringing poetry and poets (of Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds from across Canada/Turtle Island) into the schools and communities of First Nations, Métis and Inuit / Indigenous youth. We would like to partner with Indigenous poets, artists, community and educational groups to ensure that we can better understand their needs, create collaborations with integrity, and offer appropriate programming.
The Indigenous Programming will be developed by Indigenous poets and/or educators. Our aims include creating initial Lesson Plans and other resource materials, visiting classrooms both virtually and in-person, augmenting our online anthology with new selections of Indigenous poetry, in their original languages and in translation, if possible, and highlighting recitations of Indigenous poetry in their original languages at our National Finals.
The person who will coordinate the Decolonial Initiatives and Indigenous Programming will work closely with the French and English program coordinators to organize the activities of Poetry In Voice in the school environment, primarily in schools and communities that identify as Indigenous. The person will also be responsible for promoting our programs and offering them to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, as well identifying how the programs can be adapted to support the needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. This part-time position requires someone with lived Indigenous experience – who identifies as Indigenous and/or who has worked with or in Indigenous communities – and who will provide dynamism and attention to detail to support the team in coordinating its activities.
Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie offers all our activities in French and in English. Our team of five people aspires to excellence in delivering our various activities (recitation contest, poetry journal, Poets In Class program, website management, and others). Each member of the team is working from home.
Tasks and Responsibilities
● Organization of class visits for the Poets in Class program in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and schools (mainly communication by email with poets and teachers);
● Development of the Decolonization Initiatives and Indigenous Programming;
● Networking with Indigenous communities within Canada/Turtle Island (and potentially around the world) to provide external guidance, resources and participation for all our programs;
● Participation in the organization of the annual National Finals and FutureVerse program;
● Participation in the creation and revision of communications, including educational resources, the website, advertising and social networks;
● Participation in the organization of partnerships with festivals and other events, where student reciters take part;
● Development and maintenance of inclusive and collaborative working relationships with the team and anyone else involved.
At Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie, we recognize the value of paid and unpaid work. We encourage applicants who meet some or all of the following competencies to apply:
● Excellent writing skills in either French or English;
● Bilingualism French-English (asset)
● Ability to manage and carry out projects;
● Experience working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, especially in an educational context.
● Comfortable with Acrobat, Word and Excel, basic knowledge of a content management system (CMS) or HTML code, as well as InDesign, Photoshop and social networks;
● Studies in a related field (education, arts or other).
● Lived Indigenous experience – identifying as Indigenous and/or having previous experience working with or in Indigenous communities
● Ability to organize and prioritize tasks;
● Attention to detail;
● Ability to work independently as well as with several people;
● Interest in poetry, a major asset;
● General knowledge of the educational environments of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
Please send a cover letter and your CV to David Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted in English and should take place in early December. Selected candidates will be required to pass a writing and computer skills test.
If you want to be considered for employment equity
Poetry In Voice/ Les voix de la poésie values the contribution made by individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities. We encourage Indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQI2SA+, people who have been incarcerated or institutionalized, and immigrants to apply, among others. We understand that candidates may experience many of these identities simultaneously and that this can nuance and reinforce these experiences in different ways. We are committed to creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve.
If you would like us to consider employment equity in your application, you can indicate this to us. Note that while it is not necessary to explain why you want employment equity to be considered, feel free to describe any relevant experience.