Headwater Learning Solutions (HLS)

Headwater Learning Solutions (HLS) has over 40 years of experience working in communities across the United States and Canada, including Indigenous Nations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. By partnering with diverse stakeholders, we build sustainable solutions that help prepare youth to be confident and competent in an ever-evolving environment. Our mission is to facilitate exceptional learning and achievement by delivering customized education solutions through partnerships and an interdisciplinary network of specialists.

The Initiative

Aligned with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action, the goal of Headwater Learning Solutions’ Indigenous Education Initiative is to improve educational outcomes for on-reserve, Indigenous youth on a national scale. Through multiple customized projects, the Initiative seeks to positively impact 1,000 Indigenous children directly by 2025 and to inform public policy on how on-reserve K-12 educational needs can be best addressed.

About the Role

The primary responsibility of the Educational Consultant is to implement customized projects to support schools and education systems in Indigenous communities achieve their vision. In this work, the Educational Consultant reports to the Director of Research & Innovation. This is a term position starting right away until June 30, 2024, with the possibility for extension. The successful consultant can be contracted as a consultant or as an employee. This position will be paid based on years of experience and education, unless otherwise negotiated.

The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the mission, vision and guiding principles of HLS and honour the values of HLS partners.
  • Form deep and collaborative working relationships with all team members.
  • Collaboratively create a culture of social entrepreneurship, continuous learning, and innovation.
  • Support and mentor education teams to shift practice.
  • Effectively execute operational plans with confidence, expertise, and sensitivity.

The successful candidate must also demonstrate a high level of competency in all areas of the Teacher Quality Standard. In addition, this role also requires proficiency in the following functional competencies:

  • Fostering and Developing Effective Relationships—Consultants are expected to ground their work in partnership and build positive working relationships with members of the organization and local community. They are developing and maintaining authentic, positive relationships, both inside and outside the organization. The work of HLS is grounded in partnership and building and maintaining relationships as a daily practice.
  • Learning and Growth—Consultants are investing time and energy into understanding the evolving nature of the role and developing the skills, behaviours, procedures, and perspectives as needed. A commitment to ongoing critical reflection of one’s work continues to grow one’s practice.
  • Demonstrating a Professional and Technical Body of Knowledge—Consultant’s work is rooted in integrity and professionalism, creating trusting and successful working relationships through consistently demonstrating reliability in job performance, competency as a trusted partner and value alignment of work within communities.
  • Adhering to Legal Framework and Policies—Consultant demonstrates an understanding of and adherence to the legal frameworks and policies that provide the foundations for the education system and respective professional associations standards in their work location.
  • Creativity/Innovation—Identifying and evaluating unique ways to improve program effectiveness, generating useful new ideas, approaches, or techniques.
  • Initiative—Demonstrating resilience and persistence through challenges.

Highlights of Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Educational Consultant include, but are not limited to:

Onsite Community Engagement:

  • Form deep and collaborative working relationships with all team members.
  • Delivering professional learning for K-12 staff and school leadership.
  • Collaboratively create a culture of social entrepreneurship, continuous learning, and innovation.
  • Support and mentor education teams to shift practices.
  • Collaborating with school leadership.
  • Working directly with students as required.
  • Effectively execute operational plans with confidence, expertise, and sensitivity.

HLS Office/Remote Work:

  • Documenting community visits.
  • Writing reports.
  • Contributing to project design and development.
  • Developing professional learning workshop.
  • Generating coaching and mentoring materials.
  • Contributing to planning and operation meetings.
  • Managing project expenses and travel arrangements.
  • Completing duties as requested by the Director of Research & Innovation.

The successful candidate will be required to commit to fulfilling the work location responsibilities associated with this role, including regular travel, typically up to three weeks per month in community, where direct collaboration with project partners is necessary. When not engaged in travel, this position offers flexibility to work from home with some occasional office work required in Calgary AB. (i.e. training).

The role requires agility and responsiveness to changes in the design and delivery of project components. Work hours may also extend into the early morning and/or evening, as needed for planning, preparation, and travel arrangements.


  • A Bachelor of Education Degree.
  • 5+ years of teaching experience and valid teaching certificate.
  • Experience delivering professional learning, coaching, and instructional design.
  • Ability to learn quickly and adopt new systems, processes, and technologies.
  • Ability to influence change and deliver on outcomes.
  • Ability to build strong rapport and relationships with students and partners.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead diverse groups and work with internal and external team members.
  • Capacity to mentor and train staff as projects expand in scope.
  • Strong reporting and written communication skills.
  • Effective time management.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Experience within Indigenous education considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated successful leadership experience considered an asset.
  • Class 5 Drivers Licence
  • Clear Criminal Background and Vulnerable Sectors Check.

How to Apply

To apply through ADP Workforce Now, click the apply now button below. Please apply by November 22, 2023 to be considered for the role, we will continue to accept applications until the role is filled however it is not guaranteed your resume will be reviewed after the apply by date closes.

  • A resume that demonstrates your skills and experience
  • A cover letter that highlights how your skills and experience align with the Headwater Learning Solutions philosophy and mission in your cover letter. Share what connects you to our meaningful work and express your aspirations for personal career growth.

We appreciate the interest and effort of all candidates in exploring opportunities with the Headwater Learning Group. However, please be aware that we will only contact those selected for an interview.

Headwater Learning Solutions is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. Headwater Learning also acknowledges traditional lands across Canada where our work takes place and where our team members call home.

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