The Opportunity

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Mount Saint Vincent University will partner with members of Mi'kmaw and Indigenous communities/organizations and the tourism industry to, via the Kinu (inclusive of/us/everyone) Tourism Project Pan-Atlantic Initiative, to create a sustainable Indigenous Cohort Tourism Education Program that will incorporate Two-Eyed Seeing and contributes to a diverse and robust tourism workforce, which is essential to economic recovery post pandemic in the Atlantic Region.

The project specific objectives are to:

  • Identify facilitators and barriers to the development of Indigenous Tourism Entrepreneurs;
  • Improve Indigenous student access to post-secondary education by highlighting and reducing barriers to accessing education;
  • Create and strengthen networks between MSVU faculty, Indigenous communities, and tourism professionals;
  • Diversify and grow tourism labor force, which in turn addresses issues related to a labor shortage in the Tourism industry; and
  • Increase Indigenous engagement in post-secondary experiences and scholarship by building society's awareness around Indigenous worldviews and ways of knowing Canada's true history and connection to the environment.

Classification: 1 Year Full-time Term Contract Position (Renewable)
Start Date: ASAP

Application Process:

Applications should include a cover letter and resume.

To apply for this position, forward your application to MSVU Tourism and Business Faculty Applicants

[email protected]

Attention: Dr. Peter Mombourquette, Department Chair, Professor of Business Administration and Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Review of applications will begin May 8, 2023.

What you'll do


  • Work with The Kinu Program Executive Team to recruit and interview program hires such as the Indigenous Education Consultant and Coop students.
  • In cooperation with co-leads, conduct research, produce reports and make recommendations to indigenize policies within program
  • Assist in evaluating curriculum programs and recommend ways to add Indigenous content to curriculum
  • In cooperation with the program coordinator, complete required paperwork such as ethics application, letters of consent and photo/video release forms to conduct interviews/surveys with community members and industry professionals about facilitators and barriers to a thriving Atlantic Indigenous Tourism Industry.
  • In co-operation with program coordinator, plan and coordinate all community engagement and relationship building initiatives
  • In co-operation with project leads, attend and lead all community visits
  • In cooperation with project co-leads, prepare new funding proposals.
  • In cooperation with the administrative liaison, fulfill requirements of current funders such as government reports, databases, expenses, etc.
  • In cooperation with the administrative liaison, plan, administer and control budgets for programs, equipment and support services
  • Participate in policy development by preparing reports and briefs for Executive team, and working groups
  • In cooperation with co-leads and business and tourism administrative staff, hire and provide training for professional and non-professional staff.
  • Recruit students for The Kinu Program
  • In cooperation with co-leads and program coordinator, develop and implement a recruitment, orientation and promotional plans for the Kinu Program
  • In cooperation with co-leads, complete proposals for additional funding

What you'll need


  • Indigenous identification would be considered a strong asset
  • Extensive cultural knowledge and experience living/working in Indigenous communities
  • Undergraduate degree in Tourism, Business or Education required, graduate degree would be considered an asset
  • Several years of experience in a related occupation, such as project management, education, community, tourism and or business
  • Extensive experience working with Indigenous community members, Elders and Knowledge Holders
  • Research experience including experience in leading research projects including the generation of new data, analysis tools, ethical protocols and public engagement would be considered a strong asset
  • Writing experience including report writing, recommendations and analysis
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Problem solving skills including the ability to work with multiple stakeholders

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