Land Based Learning Education Manager

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada
Full Time

Land Based Learning Education Manager

Education Department
Internal Posting Only 



We are seeking a passionate Land Based Learning Education Manager who is organized and looking for an enriching experience to be part of the new school team. The Land-Based Learning Education Manager will be responsible for assisting in facilitating the selection and implementation of a FMFN Culture and Land Based Education model.  This individual must be able to interact with staff at all levels in a fast-paced environment, while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient. This is a full-time contract position reporting directly to the Principal of Elsie Fabian School, located in Fort McKay, AB.  


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assess students’ skills, abilities and learning requirements.
  • Coordinate Training and Professional Development for staff and Community in Land-Based activities.
  • Research and evaluate successful educational models used world-wide and present research and analysis to the Chief and Council and community of Fort McKay.
  • Provide leadership in all matters relating to Land-Based Learning education in Fort McKay First Nation.
  • Ensure that effective and appropriate educational programs are delivered to all students.
  • Incorporate land-based practices, protocols and the relationship to First Nation Peoples identities and ways of life into the school programming.
  • Work in collaboration with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and community members for the delivery of indoor as well as outdoor educational experiences at Fort McKay School, Moose Lake and other Learning Centers.
  • Assist teaching staff with the immersion of the lessons into the Alberta Curriculum.
  • Demonstrate effective organizational skills that result in compliance with all legal, Education Authority mandates and timelines.
  • Provide leadership for the development and review of a multi-year strategic plan for incorporating Land-Based Learning into the Curricular Outcomes, in accordance with FN Education Act and Education Authority Policy.
  • Ensure appropriate involvement of the Education Authority (approval of process and timelines, establishment of Education Authority priorities and outcomes, key results and final Education Authority approval).
  • Report regularly on results achieved and FMFN Education Program improvement plans.
  • Facilitate the planning, development, implementation, review and evaluation of Education Authority policies regarding Land-Based Learning.
  • Provide leadership in the planning, development, implementation, review and evaluation of administrative procedures.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relations with Education Authority.
  • Support Education Authority in performing its role and facilitates the implementation of its role as outlined in FMFN law.
  • Establish effective communication strategies to keep the FMFN Education Program informed of key monitoring reports, student, volunteer and staff successes, local issues and board decisions.
  • Ensure that open, transparent and positive internal and external communications are in place
  • Participate in community affairs in order to enhance and support the FMFN Education Program and promote public education.
  • Establish effective recognition programs and strategies to ensure that the internal and external audiences are aware of student, volunteer, staff and successes.
  • Implement different curricula based on grade level and school subject, choose textbooks and classroom materials.
  • Conduct training workshops for teachers prior to the school year starting to teach them how to implement the chosen curricula.
  • Monitor the teachers' progress toward achieving educational goals.
  • Demonstrate positive and proactive leadership that has the support of the staff with whom the Education Manager works most closely.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Education with experience in Land-Based activities in a school setting
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Ability to work as part of an integrated team to achieve collective goals
  • Results-oriented, self-directed individual who takes initiative
  • Strong technical skills and proficient use of computer software packages including MS Word, Excel, Power Point, internet, database, and social media platforms
  • Extensive Experience working in a First Nations community including knowledge of First Nations culture, traditions and values is considered an asset
  • Ability to speak, read and write Cree and/or Dene considered an asset
  • Clean Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector required
  • Valid class 5 Driver’s License & Clean Driver’s Abstract required
  • Successful candidate will be required to live in (or relocate to) Fort McMurray, Alberta


Fort McKay is committed to the success of its employees and in addition to a competitive compensation structure, we also offer the following:

  • An employer matched Pension Plan
  • Comprehensive Health benefits package with Medical, Dental and Vision coverage
  • On-site Fitness Centre because a healthy work-life balance is important to us!
  • The opportunity to work with a community that is committed to protecting its traditional lands - to learn more about the Moose Lake Plan visit:

The New Elsie Fabian School Teachers will also receive;

  • The highest Teacher Salaries in the region
  • Northern Living Allowance
  • Affordable Teacher Housing


The Elsie Fabian School opened its doors September of 2022 and we are looking for dynamic and passionate Educators who love Northern Living to join the team! The school incorporates both the Dene and Cree Language, culture, and Land-Based Education where students learn about their rich local history. Fort McKay is looking for talented educators who practice and believe that the well-being of the child is at the center of everything; this is the shared practice and belief of the Fort McKay elders, parents and community members.

The foundation of the Elsie Fabian School is engagement in teaching and learning, parents and community, culture and traditions, and a school environment based on the principles of love, responsibility, respect, listening, nurturing, relationships, humility and learning. Join us and be apart of the Fort McKay community - a Nation that is committed to advancing quality education for all First Nations learners by connecting to land and honouring our languages.


The Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN) is composed of over 800 band members, including those of Cree and Dene heritage, with approximately 400 members residing in the hamlet of Fort McKay — a community located approximately 65 km north of Fort McMurray. Fort McKay offers the best of both worlds: remote northern life for the nature lover and proximity to a large city of about 70,000 people with all the amenities you need.

 Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Internal Applicants Only
Please indicate Competition #048-2023

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Qualified candidates are invited to apply with a comprehensive resume detailing qualifications and experience as it relates to the position of interest. *Preference will be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry in any hiring decision, please declare your Indigenous status in your application




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