COPPUL Indigenous Knowledge Coordinator

  • BC

Website Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL)

Job Description

COPPUL Indigenous Knowledge Coordinator

The Indigenous Knowledge Coordinator position is a three-year part-time, renewable contract and may be filled as a secondment. Indigenous candidates are preferred; Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. A master’s-level degree in library and information science, archives, or museum studies is preferred but other combinations of education and experience will be considered.
Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Indigenous Knowledge Standing Committee, the Coordinator will work to advance COPPUL’s Strategic Directions in the area of Indigenous Knowledge, and coordinate the work of the program. This includes establishing relationships with collaborators in COPPUL libraries and beyond, as well as working with COPPUL staff to establish tasks and timelines, and contributing to on-going program
development. The Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director and the Indigenous Knowledge Standing Committee Chair and Vice-Chair to establish goals and initiatives in this area.


Experience and competency working within Indigenous organizations or with Indigenous knowledge traditions. The Coordinator should have a holistic approach to project work and is responsible for planning and carrying out tasks and assigning responsibilities in collaboration with colleagues, to ensure the project is progressing. The position requires the Coordinator to work in cross-organizational and distributed teams, within academic libraries or archives, and with those who hold community or academic research roles, or a cultural heritage sector role. The Coordinator works and collaborates with a wide range of people, and should have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Projects include event planning, working with vendors to extend access to library resources to northern Indigenous communities, working with other COPPUL colleagues on the Indigenous
Historical Publications Working Group, among others (see the COPPUL website for details).

Preferred Experience

● Experience with program planning
● Experience in organizational and strategic planning
● Experience working with Indigenous languages
● Familiarity with digitization projects and/or digital preservation
● Familiarity with licensing electronic resources and/or working with vendors


● Support, collaborate with, and walk together with the COPPUL Indigenous Knowledge Standing Committee.
● Review and advance the Indigenous Knowledge Standing Committee work plan in keeping with COPPUL’s Strategic Directions in Indigenous Knowledge.
● Assess and continue to develop the First Voices First project with COPPUL vendors.
● Support the work of the Indigenous Historical Publications Working Group and explore opportunities and partnerships for engaging in digital preservation and stewardship projects including building relationships with Indigenous communities whose publications our member libraries may be considering for digital stewardship projects.
● Support the Oskâpêwis Mentorship Group.
● Report to and seek engagement from members via written reports and/or webinars.
● Research and report on other regional/national/international initiatives related to Indigenous Knowledge.
● Outreach to/consultation with members as necessary.
● Contribute planning the Indigenous Knowledge strategic directions, including staffing recommendations.
● Participate in member meetings as necessary (travel may be required).
● Collaborate with COPPUL staff and members as required.

● Meet with other COPPUL Committees and Working Groups to understand how the work of these groups may need to draw on and be improved by COPPUL’s Strategic Directions and planning related to Indigenous Knowledge.

Terms of Appointment and Salary

This is a part-time, three year contract position with the possibility of renewal after three years.

Salary and benefits

The starting salary range is $58,300 – $62,600/annum plus benefits and 9% salary in lieu of pension.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

COPPUL is committed to equity and diversity and seeks to foster the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, ability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as an Indigenous person.

How to Apply:

Please apply by sending a CV and letter of interest to the COPPUL Executive Director at Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates invited for interviews will be required to provide 3 references.

Compensation: $58,300 – $62,600

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