Indigenous Heritage Engagement Specialist

Know HistoryFull TimeOttawa, ON

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About Know History

Established in 2011, Know History has quickly gained a reputation for professionalism, innovation, and exceptional customer service. We provide historical services – which means that we help individuals and organizations capture many of the unique stories that make up our past, inform our present, and inspire the future.

Many of our services are designed to benefit Indigenous Peoples and communities by acknowledging the vitality of oral history, the authority of Traditional Knowledge, the power of cultural resources, the importance of self-government, and the contextualization of colonial sources. With offices in Ottawa and Calgary, and team members located throughout the country, we have had the privilege of working alongside Indigenous Nations, all levels of government, communities, museums, filmmakers, policymakers, and individuals.


About the Position

Know History is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Indigenous Heritage Engagement Specialist who will create new and maintain existing relationships and connections with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit clients, elders and knowledge holders, key stakeholders, and community members. You will design and execute research plans for small and large projects that require in-person and virtual community consultation, including engagement strategies, Traditional Knowledge Studies, and Oral History interviews. You have excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience working collaboratively with communities in order to gain an understanding of their histories, TK, and cultural resources.


The successful candidate is a people person who is proactive and resourceful, client-focused, organized, able to multi-task, and a great listener. You bring a professional and positive manner to all of your interactions.


This is a full-time position with options for flexible hours and the option to work in either our Calgary or Ottawa office. We also offer comprehensive health and dental benefits, ample paid time off, and state-of-the-art equipment, resources, and facilities to make it easier for team members to pursue their passion.


Responsibilities & Duties

· Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and community members

· Collecting cultural heritage knowledge through interviews, mapping, and meetings

· Creating and executing strategic plans to help facilitate community involvement

· Planning and developing communications strategies

· Planning and hosting events such as open houses and town halls

· Building out project plans for a variety of fieldwork projects that have a community engagement component

· Working within budgets and managing competing timelines and deliverables

· Collaborating with other departments to execute project schedules


Preferred Skills & Qualifications

· 4 years of engagement experience with Indigenous communities

· Ability to analyse collected data for a variety of deliverables, including engagement strategies, historical research reports, and interpretive products

· Strong writing, communications, and public presentation skills

· Proven ability to build trust and encourage community members to participate in change-making activities in their communities

· Strong organizational skills and ability to work on several projects simultaneously

· Absolute professionalism when dealing with clients to represent the company in a positive light

· Ability to work under tight deadlines with minimal supervision

· Degree in History, Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, or similar related discipline.


Position Details:

· Hours: Full-time

· Compensation: $80, 000 per year dependent on experience, with paid vacation, paid sick leave, and health and dental benefits

· Travel required: 5-10 fieldwork projects per year of varying lengths (3-14 days)

· Location: Calgary or Ottawa


How to Apply:

If you are interested in joining Know History’s team for this role, please send your resume by November 4th, 2022. If you have any questions or require accessibility or cultural accommodations, at any point in the application process, send us an email and we’ll work with you to make sure your needs are met.

Know History is committed to providing equal employment opportunities. We know that, in order to understand our collective history, we need to prioritize Indigenous and diverse voices across all aspects of our organization. We strongly encourage candidates to apply and self-identify as Indigenous, members of racialized communities and visible minorities, people with disabilities, or members of the Two Spirit (2S) & LGBTQIA+ communities.