Keewaytinook Okimakanak Regional SchoolNet Program Administrator

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Keewaytinook Okimakanak Regional SchoolNet Program Administrator


The Regional SchoolNet Program Administrator will report to Keewaytinook Okimakanak‚Äôs Executive Director and the K-Net Services Coordinator. The Regional SchoolNet Program Administrator will be primarily responsible for overseeing and implementing the Industry Canada SchoolNet Initiative for o­ntario Region. The Program Administrator will act as the leader of this project, and he or she will be responsible for providing direct services to First Nations schools throughout the province. The Program Administrator will conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, implement and evaluate the Regional SchoolNet Project work plan, research and negotiate cost effective and efficient contracts for bulk purchasing computers and high speed internet service for schools, and report regularly to Industry Canada regarding status, progress and challenges. The project contract runs until March 2004 with the possibility of extension beyond this date.

The successful candidate will posses an appropriate combination of post secondary education and technology experience and a working knowledge of o­ntario First Nations and our geography. The candidate will also have experience as a part of or as the leader of a technology project, exhibiting the ability to work independently or as part of a team. Due to the need to travel the candidate will also have the flexibility to travel throughout o­ntario and possess a valid driver's license.

Duties and Responsibilities

develop and oversee the implementation of the Regional SchoolNet Initiative work plan, including managing the budget and the Help Desk;
  • conduct a technical and connectivity needs assessment in all o­ntario First Nations schools;
  • promote the Regional SchoolNet project and ensure that all First Nations Schools in o­ntario are aware of the available services;
  • refer First Nations School representatives to the Help Desk and maintain a record of referrals and challenges;
  • research and negotiate the most cost-effective manner for the bulk purchase of computer equipment and for the provision of internet needs;
  • collect relevant data and monitor the o­ngoing effectiveness of the Regional SchoolNet project and ensure that First Nations schools' needs are being met;
  • identify best practices in technical and connectivity activities and programs, and share relevant information with all First Nations schools and with the Regional SchoolNet National Office;
  • meet the requirements of Industry Canada and ensure that a comprehensive evaluation of the BC Regional SchoolNet Project is undertaken regularly, and specifically at the end of the two year funding period described in the funding proposal;
  • report monthly to the National SchoolNet Program o­n activities in o­ntario First Nations schools o­n connectivity, hardware, etc as laid out in the contract;
  • undertake other activities and services as required to guarantee the success of the Regional SchoolNet Project.
  • Requirements

    The position will require an individual with the following knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics:

    • post-secondary education in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
    • experience as team leader or senior project participant in a major computer project;
    • experience working in computer technology and an ability to describe technology in layman's terms;
    • ability to work independently and as part of a team;
    • results oriented;
    • appreciation and respect for First Nations education strategies and the effective use of ICTs in educational environments;
    • flexibility to travel to First Nations schools throughout o­ntario;
    • possession of a valid driver's license;
    • Criminal Record's Check clearance;
    • knowledge of o­ntario First Nations communities and schools an asset.

    The office hours will generally be between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm with a o­ne-hour break for lunch. Some flexibility may be required for evening or weekend meetings. The office we be located in o­ne of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak offices (Sioux Lookout, Balmertown, Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, North Spirit Lake or Poplar Hill) o­ntario.

    Please send your resume and cover letter to the attention of

    Brian Beaton
    K-Net Services Coordinator
    Box 1439, Sioux Lookout, o­n, P8T 1B9
    Tel: 807-737-1135 or toll-free 877-737-KNET (5638)

    Fax: 807-737-1720E-mail: (please type "Regional SchoolNet Program Administrator Application" o­n the Subject line of your e-mail)

    Deadline for application: December 13, 2002

    Only those who are shortlisted will be notified