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Senior Indigenous Engagement Advisor

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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 24AC0037
Position Title Senior Indigenous Engagement Advisor
Pclass # S9997
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 assistance in identifying, enhancing and developing programs and services that meet the needs of Indigenous students.
Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Provides academic, financial and cultural support services to Indigenous students that include pre-admission/admission planning and support, education and career planning and transition assistance.
  2. Advises, supports and informs Indigenous students on a wide range of courses, programs, admission information and appropriate support services. Assists in the development of realistic, complete and appropriate educational plans that meet the students’ educational and career goals.
  3. Represents and promotes the College through liaisons with First Nation’s communities and organizations and participation in community events.
  4. Supports proactive planning and development of students for retention/completion.
  5. Maintains good communications and effective working relationships with all stakeholders and acts as a liaison between students and band/tribal/community agencies, College programs and other services.
  6. Supervises and trains staff. Plans, schedules, allocates and prioritizes workload to meet operating requirements and monitors and evaluates performance ensuring requirements are met.
  7. Assists students who have learning challenges by coordinating appropriate support.
  8. Organizes and participates in community-based marketing on behalf of the College. Provides informational workshops on skills training specific to Indigenous learner needs.
  9. Maintains records of duties and activities for learners and provides regular reports with the goal of continuous improvement of student-centered services.
  10. Organizes cultural workshops with the College and Consortium Elders.
  11. Plans, develops and implements Community needs-based programs.
  12. Performs other related duties as required.
Education and Experience
  • Experience and understanding of Indigenous culture, issues, social structure and knowledge of local Indigenous communities.
  • Bachelor’s degree, and over 3 years’ related experience working collaboratively with a variety of Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups and organizations or an equivalent combination of training and/or experience may be substituted for the required qualifications.

Skills and Abilities
  • Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, faculty and other key stakeholders.
  • Ability to work effectively in a politically sensitive environment and to handle potentially delicate situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • In-depth understanding of Indigenous culture, issues and social structure and knowledge of local Indigenous organizations.
  • Knowledge of College’s educational offerings, admissions criteria, sponsorship and other forms of assistance available to Indigenous students.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to practice a learner/community/service centered approach.
  • Ability to supervise, train and motivate staff effectively and to promote a positive and respectful work environment.
  • Strong conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiation skills.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with MS Word and Excel.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of interviewing techniques and procedures.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must be willing to work at both the Downtown and Broadway campuses or off campus to attend events.
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. Downtown
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
First two weeks of September and the first two weeks of January.
Number of Hours per Week 35
Work Schedule - Hours may vary according to the needs of the Department
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:45pm
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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