1.0 Indigenous Student Engagement Coach (Grades 7-10)

Durham District School Board
Whitby, Ontario, Canada


Applications are invited for the following position commencing September 2024

This is a seconded position reviewed annually up to FIVE years and in alignment with the DDSB Secondment policy.

Indigenous Student Engagement Coach (Grades 7-10)

As a member of the Indigenous Education team, the Indigenous Student Engagement Coach will provide school-based support for self-identified Indigenous students. The individual will support school and system Indigenous student engagement opportunities and the academic success of Indigenous students in alignment with the key objectives of the Indigenous Education Policy and Procedure.

This position reports to the System Lead: Indigenous Education and Outdoor Environmental Education


The successful candidate will:

  • Establish, organize and support Indigenous student groups in elementary schools throughout the DDSB
  • Monitor and support elementary Indigenous student achievement in collaboration with the Indigenous Facilitators and in-school teams.
  • Support transition programs and plans for Indigenous students in grades 7 - 10 for secondary school; this may include working with classroom teachers, Pathway Counsellor, secondary Indigenous coaches and facilitators.
  • Organize, plan and support district-wide Indigenous student engagement initiatives throughout the school year.
  • Co-plan, organize and support Indigenous family events throughout the school year supported by the Indigenous Education Advisory Circle and Indigenous Education System Lead.
  • Support teachers in the creation of classroom communities that foster relationships, belonging and mattering and prioritize instructional practices as outlined in the Indigenous Education Procedure.
  • Demonstrate collaborative decision making and collective critical thinking within a team including the Indigenous Education Facilitator.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous Education Department in programming and planning inter-departmental and system professional development opportunities for staff that:
  • Include and prioritize Indigenous voices (authors, artists, scholars, etc.);
  • Are free of harmful stereotypes and narratives;
  • Accurately represent Indigenous contributions both past and present, Treaties, residential schools, accurate histories and the ongoing colonization;
  • Ensure Indigenous expertise and knowledge systems as equal and on par with Eurocentric knowledge;
  • Expose students to learning-centred around current issues involving Indigenous Rights


  • Ontario Teacher's Certificate in good standing
  • Indigenous ancestry, lived experiences and community connections preferred
  • Skills in consultative and collaborative processes and relationship building skills
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrating experience in accurately representing Indigenous contributions both past and present, Treaties, residential schools, accurate histories and the ongoing colonization within the creation of learning resources
  • Proven skills with technology

Questions regarding the position may be made through email to Dawn White, System Lead: Indigenous Education and Outdoor Environmental Education dawn.white@ddsb.ca

The DDSB is committed to:

Providing learning and working environments, services and workplaces that are welcoming, respectful, safe, inclusive, equitable, accessible, and free from discrimination meeting its legal requirements under the Human Rights Code to accommodate Human Rights Code related needs and to proactively identify, address and prevent potential discrimination and harassment.

The DDSB will implement fair, consistent and transparent hiring procedures, and practices to attract, recruit and retain a qualified and diverse workforce that:

  • Reflects the diverse communities the DDSB serves and of Ontario.
  • Has the knowledge, skills, attributes and lived and other experiences to best support students and to effectively respond to the diverse identities, strengths, needs and experiences of the DDSB communities.

To support these commitments, the DDSB will adhere to teacher hiring qualifications and requirements and, when selecting and evaluating qualified applicants, will also consider:

  • Applicants’ additional work and other experiences, skills, backgrounds and lived experiences that respond to local needs and support the best possible program.
  • Hiring staff from under-represented groups to better reflect the diverse communities the DDSB serves.

The DDSB is committed to inclusion in the recruitment and hiring of qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our region. We encourage submissions from candidates who represent the various dimensions of diversity. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.