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Aboriginal Student Advisor

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Position Title Aboriginal Student Advisor Posting Number 00425SA Location New Westminster Campus Grade or Pay Level S - Pay Level 14 Salary Range $45,813/year (with increments to a max of $51,497/year) Position Type Support Staff - Regular Posting Type Internal/External Regular/Temporary Regular Employment Type Full Time Posting Category Staff Start Date 02/18/2019 End Date Day of the Week Mondays to Fridays Shift 8:30am to 4:30pm Work Arrangements
This regular full-time (35 hours per week) position is available starting February 18, 2019. Regular hours of work are Monday to Friday, 830am to 430pm.

Occasional work arrangements at our Anvil Office Tower and Coquitlam campuses will be required, as will occasional evening and/or weekend work
What Douglas Offers
DO what you love. Be good at it. That's how Douglas College defines a great career. It's a philosophy that resonates through our classrooms, our offices and our boardrooms. It inspires our students and drives us to make Douglas College one of BC's Top Employers. We love what we do. And we're looking for passionate, motivated people to join us in making one of Canada's best colleges even better.
The Role
The Aboriginal Student Advisor provides support services for prospective and enrolled Aboriginal students to assist them in making successful transitions into, through and beyond their programs of study. This includes liaison, recruitment, orientation, advising, retention and event planning and provides exceptional client-centered service consistently to all stakeholder groups.


1. Provides information and assistance to prospective and new students.
a. works with Aboriginal students to identify and evaluate their educational opportunities.
b. identifies services to meet specific educational and vocational needs of Aboriginal students and prospective students and assists students in identifying and evaluating their academic goals and avenues to achieve them.
c. acts as an advocate for Aboriginal students in the College Appeal processes.
d. communicates with, initiates and maintains contact with appropriate community groups, professional organizations, government agencies and Aboriginal organizations.
e. works closely with the Office for New Students to provide:
i. outreach services to Aboriginal organizations, and institutions (e.g. career fairs, recruitment events, etc.), by making presentations to individuals, small and large groups and from education fair booths, on Douglas College programs and courses.
ii. new student orientation activities, events and services for Aboriginal Students.
f. works closely with Aboriginal Bands to facilitate prospective student access to College programs and courses.
g. works with the Finance Department to ensure confirmation of external sponsorships.

2. Provides support to current students to assist them to be educationally successful.
a. develops new student orientation materials and delivers a variety of orientation information to individuals and/or groups.
b. advises students about the content and structure of post-secondary programs.
c. assists students in the development of educational plans including choosing a program of study and/or clarifying educational goals, guiding the student through this decision-making process.
d. provides students with information about alternatives, limitations and possible consequences of academic decisions (e.g. adding, dropping and withdrawing from courses; change of program; major and/or transfer institution).
e. assists students, at their request to monitor and evaluate their educational progress.
f. supports, develops, plans, implements and/or coordinates and then evaluates events and activities that support Aboriginal students in their persistence and success at Douglas College.
g. provides advice, encouragement and assistance to help students be successful in their programs of study:
i. refers students to other departments, agencies, institutions and services.
ii. refers students to available on-and off-campus resources to meet individual needs
1. makes appropriate referrals to students perceived as at-risk.
2. facilitates student access to community and government resources (housing, childcare, social services, etc.) as appropriate to support students' persistence at the college.
h. in consultation with the Aboriginal Services Coordinator, supports students in accessing additional financial support in emergency situations.
i. notifies and collaborates with office of Student Support and Conduct when students of concern are identified.

3. Maintains the day-to-day operation of Aboriginal student services offered at the College.
a. develops, assigns and supervises and evaluates the activities of practicum students and student assistants assigned to the area.
b. produces and revises materials for use in the area.
c. ensures the necessary supplies and provisions are provided in the area.
d. maintains interview and activity records for information and data collection.
e. provides information to Student Affairs and Services regarding improvement to access of assistance for Aboriginal students.
f. may act as departmental contact for community Aboriginal groups or initiatives including local Aboriginal Bands or school districts.
g. supports interviews and selection of student employees, develops work schedule and provides guidance.
h. in consultation with the Aboriginal Student Coordinator, develops a schedule of Elder in Residence visits and assists the Elder in providing culturally appropriate programming for students.

4. Performs other related duties.
a. participates in departmental and college-wide committees, meetings and programs.
b. participates in external committees and meetings.
c. signs for supplies at the bookstore.
To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need
• A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.
• Working knowledge of and/or experience in advising and programming for students in the post-secondary educational system with a minimum of one year experience in a similar position.
• Experience in supporting Aboriginal learners and/or communities.
• An excellent and thorough understanding of Aboriginal history, customs, culture, issues, values and belief systems.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including ability to speak in a manner considered culturally appropriate to small/large groups in formal and informal settings and prepare written materials for presentations, reports or general distribution.
• A demonstrated ability to:
o exercise a high level of initiative, establish own priorities, and meet project deadlines with minimal supervision;
o to review and evaluate activities and events that are designed to meet target population needs;
o deliver public presentations, host information sessions, answer questions and promote a post-secondary educational institution effectively;
o use MS Office, electronic mail, internet and database applications at an intermediate level.
• Demonstrated to work independently and as part of a student services team.
• Ability to work evenings and complete out of town assignments that necessitate a flexible work schedule.
Link to Full Position Profile Diversity Statement
Douglas College is committed to being a workplace that is free of discrimination, that values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 02/01/2019 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant
Interested applicants must ensure that a resume and cover letter are submitted and received online by.

Please ensure your resume clearly explains how you meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position for which you are applying.

Qualified internal applicants shall be given first consideration in filling this position.

All candidates selected for interview will need to bring original certificates and diplomas of educational credentials noted on their resume.
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Posted: February 11, 2019
Closes: April 12, 2019
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