Reporting to the Manager, Student Development, the incumbent will be responsible for the advisement of Aboriginal students utilizing a holistic approach encompassing academic, social and other situations that arise with Aboriginal students. This position will oversee the running of all Aboriginal cultural and social events and the daily monitoring of activities and smooth running of the First Peoples @ Seneca office. The incumbent will sit on a variety of Community governance boards will be required to actively participate and have an informed opinion.
• Responsible for advising of students in a case management, holistic approach; responsible for having a working knowledge of all admission and degree requirements for Seneca programs and referring students to the appropriate agency/program. • Provides culturally-aware academic advice based upon each student’s individual needs; assists with cultural advising of students, ensuring that their cultural needs are met in a manner fitting to their own First Nation traditions; advises Aboriginal prospective students on their transition into post-secondary life. • Central organizer for all events by First Peoples @ Seneca ranging from small events for the Aboriginal students to larger events involving the College and Aboriginal community; responsible for inviting and securing appropriate outside vendors and speakers who will be the primary focus for events. • Ensures all promotion and logistics for programming are handled smoothly by communicating to all College areas/departments dates and times, requesting and coordinating additional services and support required. • Coordination of the Traditional Persons and Elders program, including recruiting and overseeing the work of up to three Elders and Traditional people on campus, booking meeting spaces, coordinating payroll and ensuring the students’ cultural need are met through the program. • Responsible for the smooth functioning of the First Peoples @ Seneca office; liaises with IT department on fulfilling service and equipment requirements, service delivery of the Aboriginal resource library and running the lap top lending program. • Represents the College on a variety of Aboriginal community governance boards and boards such as the Toronto District School Board Aboriginal Community Advisory Council and the Toronto Addictions Committee as a means of maintaining awareness of community resources. • Other duties as assigned.
• Demonstrated competencies attained through a 3 year diploma/degree or equivalent in Aboriginal Studies from a recognized post-secondary educational institution. • Minimum of 5 years progressive work experience with Aboriginal peoples in crisis and have knowledge of culturally sensitive conflict resolution techniques; demonstrated strong knowledge of Aboriginal issues as they relate specifically to post-secondary education. • Must speak an Aboriginal language preferably Ojibwe, Cree or an Iroquian language. • Must be of Aboriginal descent and have experience with Aboriginal culture. • Must be computer literate using MS Office software, experience developing, proofing and editing materials such as letters to students and faculty, marketing materials, information packages. • Well developed organizational, prioritizing and problem-solving skills, with demonstrated initiative in project management. • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentational (written, listening, verbal) skills and ability to interact with the college’s multi-cultural/racial/able staff, clients and public.
Hourly Wage Rate
Payband J: Start rate $34.14, Maximum rate $39.58
Weekly Hours of Work
40 hours (overtime as required). Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
As soon as possible
October 5, 2012 Exnernal
October 12, 2012
Click on “Apply Now” below. Applications must be submitted online by the closing date and must include a covering letter and resume (as one document) in Word or pdf format.
Note: A skills assessment may be administered and proof of degrees, credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their international equivalents will be required at the time of interview.
Seneca College is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, especially aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.