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Indigenous Education Navigator (4 positions)

Contract Type: 

Office of Aboriginal Education
Competition Number:     17-4059
VIUFA Non-Instructional Educational Advisor
Start:     July 04, 2017
Workload:     35 hours per week
Nanaimo Campus (2 positions)
Cowichan Campus (1 position)
Powell River Campus (1 position)
Employment Group:     VIUFA
Position:     00861
Duties:    The Indigenous Education Navigators are new positions developed to provide outreach to prospective and current students from the regional Indigenous communities. The Navigators will work in the Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement but work extensively in, and with, communities to co-create supportive pathways for Indigenous students. The primary focus of the Navigators will be to enhance opportunities for authentic relationship building and provide in community supportive services and communication to guide Indigenous learners along their educational pathway to VIU, including course and program advising. The Navigators will also provide ongoing support to the students as they move through their programs to completion. The vision for this work is to motivate an organic process where Indigenous students no longer need to learn how to navigate the "system"; but rather, the system will begin to offer supports to fit the person. Given, this context, VIU is seeking highly motivated individuals, passionate about education, who can create seamless transitions for Indigenous learners.

The related duties will include:

    Provide a wide range of information related to VIU's programs and services that will enhance Indigenous student access, success and quality of learning experiences
    Engage Indigenous students through an intrinsic (have lived it) understanding of the history of Indigenous education, as well as contemporary and historical issues
    Reach out to disengaged Indigenous youth and mature adults to promote and encourage access to education and develop individual supportive learning plans
    Work closely with Student Affairs to make appropriate referrals and draw on broad range of expertise including Services for Aboriginal Students and Advising Services
    Join existing community of practice among Education Advisors for shared professional development and ongoing support in the work they do
    Create, deliver and evaluate research-informed support programs and interventions to improve the academic success and retention of Indigenous students at VIU, including collaborative initiatives with communities and/or faculties
    Consult with and make recommendations to administration on issues that affect Indigenous student success and retention
    Develop and maintain effective working relationships across all service and academic programs at VIU
    Use significant independent decision-making while travelling for extended periods of time
    Establish contacts and relationships with high school counselors, agencies and government organizations for the purpose of connecting with Indigenous learners
    Collaborate, participate and initiate with community partners events, celebrations and ceremonies that promote education and success of Indigenous learners
    Involve VIU community, students, Elders, alumni, staff and faculty, to provide opportunities to share their experiences and promote educational programs
    Work with the Aboriginal Mentorship program: Community Cousins, to offer outreach opportunities to local schools and community-based programs providing student voice and leadership in the areas of promoting life-long learning
    Hold space where students can communicate needs and be made aware of existing resources and services that can provide emotional, mental and spiritual support.
     Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities, including, student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.
Required Qualifications:     The knowledge, skills and experience required for this position include:

    A Master's Degree (Social Work, Adult Education, Counselling, Human Services or a relevant MA) from an appropriately accredited institution.
    Knowledge of BC Colleges, institutes, university systems programs and services.
    Lived knowledge of the kinds of experiences Indigenous students bring to the University including understanding of history and awareness of walking in two worlds
    Understanding and experience working with regional Indigenous communities located on Vancouver Island and awareness of local cultural protocol,
    Demonstrated ability to be an advocate, problem-solving institutional and community barriers Indigenous students
    Demonstrated ability to respond to developmental needs of individual Indigenous learners
    Demonstrated ability to seek and analyze data related to access and student needs
    Proficiency with social media tools and working in an online environment.
    Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently and as part of an integrated team.
    Demonstrated awareness of and ability to respond to the transitional needs of prospective students in schools, urban settings and in-community
    Demonstrated excellence in public speaking, group presentations and group facilitation for multiple audiences including peers, Indigenous communities, and prospective students.
    Proficiency with Microsoft Office and intermediate features associated with a Windows computer environment.
    Exceptional verbal and written communication skills including working effectively with students, staff, faculty, Elders, alumni, and Indigenous communities, parents/guardians, community organizations and the public.
    Must be passionate about lifelong learning and providing access to education.
        Selection will be reserved for candidates of Aboriginal ancestry as granted by the Human Rights Tribunal Special Programs pursuant to s. 42(3) of the Human Rights Code.
        By applying to this position with Special Program Status, you are self-identifying as a person of Aboriginal ancestry.
Preferred Qualifications:     Preference will be given to VIU graduates. Familiarity with VIU programs and structure. Experience working in an academic environment and with Indigenous communities. Experience delivering training programs and workshops.
This position is funded by external sources that may not be available in the future.
Please Submit:     CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Copies of transcripts/credentials/qualifications identified on resume
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference
Please indicate in cover letter on which VIU campus you are interested in being located

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period:     June 05, 2017 - June 15, 2017
Note:     Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.

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