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Dean’s Assistant, Indigenous Education & Community Engagement

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Vancouver Community College is committed to maintaining a work force that represents the diverse community we serve and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Position Details

Position Information

Posting Number 24AC0036
Position Title Dean’s Assistant, Indigenous Education & Community Engagement
Pclass # S9875
Who We Are
We acknowledge that Vancouver Community College (VCC) is located on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial.

For over 55 years, VCC has been a leader in innovative, experiential post-secondary learning. We’re one of B.C’s top employers and we are proud to inspire students to discover their passions, gain essential skills, and learn what it takes to succeed in a competitive workforce.

At VCC, we respect and celebrate our differences, and are committed to the work of decolonization, accessibility, and inclusivity for all. Be a part of creating an inclusive community that provides equitable opportunities for Indigenous and diverse representation, participation, and success for everyone.

We value lived experience and encourage applications from members of all groups experiencing barriers to equity. Come join the VCC community as we shape the future together.
Position Summary
This position is responsible for providing a wide range of administrative support to the strategic and operational activities of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Assistant acts as an office liaison facilitating collaboration and timely communication flow and follow-up with all College stakeholders.
Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Provides administrative support to the Dean, including scheduling appointments; organizing meetings; preparing and distributing agendas; recording, transcribing and circulating minutes of meetings; preparing confidential documents, reports and presentations; drafting correspondence; and opening, sorting and distributing mail. Provides similar support for the Department, as requested.
  2. Acts as a liaison for the Dean’s office for both internal and external stakeholders. Screens visitors, answers and directs phone calls, responds to enquiries and manages questions and concerns. Liaises with faculty and others who report to the Dean, providing status updates on the progress of delegated work.
  3. Provides first-level support to employees for educational technology (e.g. Moodle, Learning Management Systems, etc.) redirecting questions, as appropriate.
  4. Plans, coordinates and implements all aspects of special projects, functions, events and workshops ensuring a timely and successful completion. Monitors contracts and expenditures and processes invoices as required.
  5. Identifies challenges and provides advice and suggestions to improve operational issues.
  6. Provides administrative support for internal and external committees and organizations in which the Dean assumes major responsibilities. May also support other program leaders including department heads and instructional associates.
  7. Coordinates travel and accommodation arrangements, registrations, conferences, external meetings, Ministry visits, tours and teleconferencing and manages all related tasks.
  8. Manages a wide variety of program specific information. Creates, maintains and updates applicable web content.
  9. Supports and assists with the activities and programs which may be specific to the Department.
  10. Maintains files, reports, reference databases and records related to the Dean’s office.
  11. Works with other Deans’ Assistants as required to coordinate the workflow and provides back up to other Deans’ Assistants or support staff as required.
  12. Researches, identifies and gathers information on a variety of topics in support of strategic and operational activities of the College and prepares research for meetings, reports, briefs, proposals and files as required.
  13. Assists with financial tracking and monitoring and may assist with budget preparation and reporting.
  14. Performs purchasing and receiving function for the Dean’s Office. Prepares requisitions for departmental purchases as required.
  15. Creates, implements and improves existing systems and procedures to increase efficiencies and coordination between collaborating parties.
  16. Ensures the smooth functioning of the Dean’s office in his or her absence, using initiative and good judgment to refer matters requiring immediate attention to the appropriate resource for resolution as required.
  17. Performs other related duties as required.
Education and Experience
  • Experience and understanding of Indigenous culture, issues, social structure and knowledge of local indigenous communities.
  • Completion of 2 years College program(s) such as business management, office administration, accounting, record keeping, or computer courses and over 4 years of related administrative support experience preferably within a unionized post-secondary academic support setting, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Skills and Abilities
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff and the public.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous values, communities and ability to deal with cultural issues sensitively.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the importance of maintaining relationships with Indigenous communities.
  • Effective organizational and time management skills with the ability to prioritize and manage several time-sensitive tasks at any given time.
  • Ability to work effectively in a demanding environment.
  • Superior accuracy and attention to details.
  • Ability to exercise professionalism, sound judgment, discretion, tact and courtesy when handling issues of a difficult, sensitive or confidential nature.
  • Ability to maintain strict adherence to the requirement for confidentiality.
  • Excellent customer service skills. Personable, patient and able to deal with a variety of people and personalities. Ability to listen, problem-solve and respond clearly and concisely to inquiries.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge of English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation as well as the ability to accurately draft, proof-read and edit documents.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand the context of issues and exercise initiative and sound judgement regarding action required.
  • Demonstrated ability to record and transcribe meeting minutes with speed and accuracy.
  • Knowledge of the mechanics of board/committee functions.
  • Advanced computer skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, FAST and Outlook. Minimum 55 wpm.
  • Proficiency with educational technology (e.g. Moodle, Learning Management Systems, Wordpress, Cognos and SharePoint).
  • Ability to use content management systems for Web publishing and Desktop publishing (Adobe Acrobat Professional, InDesign).
  • Ability to conduct research and compose non-routine correspondence and reports.
  • General knowledge of accounting principles and practices and the ability to accurately calculate mathematical figures.
  • Experience developing and implementing records management systems.
Salary Range - Prorated based on FTE
Paygrade 24 – $2012.87 – $2360.44 bi-weekly
Posting Detail Information

Employment Group Support Staff (CUPE)
Type of Position Permanent
Employment Type Full Time
Primary Location - This position may require you to work at all VCC locations. Broadway
Is this posting only for internal applicants?
Desired Start Date - May be subject to change 04/02/2024
Position End Date - For Temporary Positions
Vacation Blackout Dates
Number of Hours per Week 35
Work Schedule - Hours may vary according to the needs of the Department
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:45 pm
Eligible for Fortnight Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Vancouver Community College is committed to maintaining a work force that represents the diverse community we serve and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply.
Posting Open Date 03/09/2024
Posting Close Date 04/11/2024
Is this a pooled posting? No

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Applicant Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents