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Indigenous Student Advisor

  • Job ID: SUPP-22/23-148
  • Location: Kingston
  • Deadline: December 2, 2022
  • Job Type: Support
  • Start Date: Immediately 
  • Department: Student Success & Services
  • Positions: 1

Duties

The Indigenous Student Advisor plays a pivotal role in supporting Indigenous students as they make the transition to college life by engaging them in a program designed to address their learning and social needs. Through a student-centered approach these students will be provided with the opportunity to develop discipline and focus related to their program of study. They will be offered support by providing opportunities for them to develop strong academic skills such as time management, effective study habits, exam writing strategies, finance management and self-reflections skills.  As they become more familiar with the college learning environment the incumbent must work to consistently reach out to these learners in order to facilitate their engagement and academic success.  By welcoming Indigenous students to the Wassaabiidaasamose Indigenous Centre and by being available on a daily basis to guide their progress, the Indigenous Advisor will create and maintain a positive learning environment.  On-going social events will be arranged to facilitate their social integration and their engagement with peers and the college community.

The incumbent reports to the Director, Student Success & Services and works closely with the Student Services support team as well as faculty, program coordinators and Student Success Facilitators within St. Lawrence College. 

Qualifications

    Education and Experience:

    A minimum of a 3-year diploma/degree or equivalent in Human Studies/Services (e.g., Behavioural Science or Social Service). Completion of ASIST Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid training. Ability to communicate in a language such as Anishinaabemowin or Kanyen'kéha is an asset.

    A minimum of 3 years of experience with working with Indigenous education authorities, First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and various urban Indigenous communities. Experience in working with education systems and processes that enable student support for marginalized learners with particular emphasis on Indigenous students. Experience dealing with Indigenous education issues, Native organizations, students at risk, school boards, and community organizations. Experience working and communicating across cultures and articulating an Indigenous worldview. Experience with the design/delivery of programs and resources for Indigenous people.

    Other Required Qualifications:

    • Specialized knowledge and a solid understanding of the diverse issues associated with Indigenous learners
    • Highly skilled at organizing events that address specific needs in a non-threatening and empathetic manner
    • Time management, effective communication, and excellent interpersonal skills
    • Knowledge of internal/external resources available to students
    • Data collection and case management skills
    • Time management skills
    • Scheduling and resource management skills
    • Ability to develop agendas and minutes
    • Familiarity with funding, provincial sponsorships
    • Marketing/communications, financial and materials management skills are required along with volunteer and community coordination skills

    Physical/Work Environment Essential Requirements:

    The incumbent may be required to lift between 5 to 20 kg and 11 to 44 lbs. occasionally. The incumbent must have the ability to travel to attend recruitment fairs, high schools, community resource centers for presentations and meetings. The successful incumbent must have the ability to report to the work location.

    Salary & Terms

    • Support Group: Pay Band H
    • Hours per week: 35
    • Start Rate: $33.38/hour
    • Posted Date: November 25, 2022 
    • Closing Date: December 2, 2022 (4:00 p.m.)

    Documents

    How to Prepare your Application for Submission: You will be able to attach only one document to your application. To prepare your application: Combine your cover letter and resume as one document. Save your document in .PDF, .doc, or .docx format using Last Name, First Name as your naming convention. Click on the Apply Here link and complete the application form. Attach your cover letter/resume document to the application form.

    THIS IS A FULL-TIME BARGAINING UNIT POSITION

    This competition will be processed in accordance with College policy, the Academic and Support Staff Collective Agreements. In addition to comparing candidates’ qualifications and experience to the listed technical skills, education, work experience, and personal characteristics (values, attitudes, motivation, and performance), the seniority of Bargaining Unit members will be considered. If the search extends beyond the Bargaining Unit, consideration will be given to accumulated service with the College.

    St. Lawrence College is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace. We encourage and welcome applications from members of the designated groups, including women, racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation and identity.  St. Lawrence College is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process. SLC provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Belonging, Human Resources and Organizational Development at employ@sl.on.ca. To obtain a copy of this position vacancy or any of the position related documents in an alternate format please contact employ@sl.on.ca and our Human Resources Consultants will address your requests for accommodation confidentially.

    This job opportunity is open to both internal and external applicants. Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.