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Student Life - Indigenous Cultural Advisor - UOIT14-70

Competition Number: UOIT14-70

Faculty or Department: Student Experience Centre – Student Life

Number of Positions: 1

Position Title: Indigenous Cultural Advisor

Appointment Type: Full-time Continuing

Level: Professional Level 1 (provisional rating)

Posting Date: March 28, 2014

Closing Date: April 7, 2014


Job summary: 

The Indigenous Cultural Advisor promotes the academic, personal and professional development of Indigenous students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.  Reporting to the Director, Student Experience, this position is responsible for providing counselling for Indigenous students as well as contributing to broader programming that enhances awareness and understanding of Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing.   

The Indigenous Cultural Advisor works in close collaboration with students, student groups, faculty and staff across the university to develop, deliver and assess the effectiveness of programs and services that support success among Indigenous students. The Advisor is also responsible for liaising and building relationships with Indigenous communities, school boards and colleagues at other post-secondary institutions to promote increased participation and success among Indigenous learners.   


1.   Student Advising  

      In support of their transition to university life, provides advice and assistance to Indigenous students in a manner that respects and honours their identity and culture; and promotes their persistence and success. This includes:

•     Advising students to identify their academic strengths and areas of development, and creating individualized programs to develop students’ academic and professional skills, including leadership, career decision making, learning strategies, holistic well-being and life skills development;

  • Engaging the Indigenous student community in positive and proactive ways to build community and cultivate a sense of belonging;
  • Working with colleagues and partners on campus and in the community to ensure a coordinated and seamless approach to student support for Indigenous students;
  • Contributing to the development and delivery of proactive programming to meet the emerging needs of Indigenous learners, such as workshops, discussion groups and other community initiatives;
  • Assessing student needs and referring students where appropriate to campus services, local social service organizations, health professionals and dedicated Indigenous community-based resources; and
  • Maintaining student files and tracking usage for reporting purposes (e.g., Aboriginal Student Success Fund, Targeted Initiatives Funding, etc.).

2.    Program Planning and Community Outreach

Provides strategic leadership, mentorship and support for staff, faculty, students and the broader community to enhance their understanding of Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing; and celebrate Indigenous identity, culture, heritage and languages.  This includes:

  • Developing and facilitating outcomes-based educational programs and events to raise awareness  and enhance understanding of Indigenous histories and cultures;
  • Cultivating positive relationships with academic partners, student groups and service units to define, integrate and assess programming and curriculum designed to promote a broader recognition of Indigenous ways of knowing, the inclusion of culturally-meaningful learning resources and research and pedagogical techniques that meet the specific needs of Indigenous learners;
  • Keeping abreast of current developments and emerging trends in student affairs through active participation in conferences and workshops, professional organizations and research/literature (e.g. CACUSS National Aboriginal Student Services Association and NASPA Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community);
  • Representing UOIT on institutional, Durham Region and provincial committees to build capacity and share knowledge about Indigenous ways of knowing; and
  • Representing UOIT at Indigenous community events and collaborating with the community in efforts to increase the number of Indigenous learners accessing and completing post-secondary education.

3. Communication

Facilitates the flow of information between Student Life, campus and community partners and students to ensure timely and consistent messaging.  This includes:

  • Co-ordinating and supporting UOIT’s Indigenous Education Advisory Circle (IEAC), including planning and organizing meetings, preparing agendas and taking minutes and ensuring that issues and action items are documented and followed up on;
  • Maintaining and updating information on the IEAC, including terms of reference, membership, meeting minutes and contact information; and
  • Working with colleagues to develop and update print and web content, promotional and informational materials about programs and opportunities for student engagement.

4.  Assessment

Formulates programmatic and activity-based learning outcomes and metrics to measure student learning and development and to demonstrate program effectiveness and success by:

  • Working with the IEAC, colleagues and campus partners to articulate program outcomes for and assessing progress toward those outcomes;
  • Engaging students, faculty, and student affairs professionals in collaborative assessment, both informal and formal;
  • Evaluating and reporting on initiatives to determine whether efforts are meeting the students’ needs and generating the desired outcomes to make evidence-based decisions on future programming; and
  • Maintaining records and data to be used in program evaluation.


Required Skills:  

  • Demonstrated ability to apply and evaluate literature, research, institutional data and theoretical frameworks to establish evidence and outcomes-based programs and services;
  • Ability to effectively advise, delegate, lead, motivate, supervise and coach student staff and volunteers;
  • Ability to develop collaborative working relationship with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Integrity and the ability to maintain confidential information;
  • Ability to monitor financial resources including planning and monitoring program budgets;
  • Demonstrated  facilitation skills;
  • Ability to communicate with  diverse communities and promote inclusion;
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment;
  • Demonstrated initiative, organizational and time management skills;
  • Strong judgement, flexibility and adaptability;
  • Excellent computer skills including: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Internet applications and proficiency in the use of social media platforms for research, networking and communications; and
  • Ability to travel to and work out of 2 locations.


  • An undergraduate degree with preference given to candidates with successful completion of a Native Counselling Training Program; and
  • Masters level degree in Applied Psychology (Counselling, Rehabilitation) or Social Work.  Registration with the College of Psychologists Ontario is an asset.


  • Knowledge of learning pedagogy and formal training and/or education in the following areas: adult education, curriculum development, student development, and assessment in student affairs;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultural perspectives, world views and community contexts;
  • Experience in planning and implementing culturally effective and appropriate programs and events;
  • Knowledge of First Nations and Aboriginal communities, organizations, programs and services within and/or outside of Durham Region;
  • Minimum of 2 to 4 years of experience in student advising and program development and delivery with a focus on working directly with Indigenous students in a post-secondary environment;
  • Priority consideration given to applicants of Aboriginal ancestry (e.g., First Nation, Inuit or Metis) with experience working in Aboriginal cultures and environments; and
  • Must be willing to work evening and weekends to attend or oversee Student Life events and programs.
  • Working knowledge of Aboriginal Language, traditions and culture is an asset;

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to quoting competition UOIT14-70 and their name in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until April 7, 2014 or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Those selected for an interview will be required to do a presentation as part of the process.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

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