Job Number: J0517-0592
Job Title: ABORIGINAL STUDENT SUCCESS COORDINATOR
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Job Category: Support Staff
Closing Date: May 29, 2017
Salary: $30.45/Hour

Lambton College is located on the beautiful homeland that is the traditional territory of the Ojibwe, Potawatomi and Odawa First Nations. Our College offers a unique opportunity to both excel at work and enjoy living in a community that offers a superior quality of life. We are a dynamic and entrepreneurial centre of learning, noted for our commitment to building innovative, public-private partnerships in post-secondary education and providing a quality learner-centred environment. Located in Sarnia, Ontario at the southern tip of Lake Huron in the heart of Bluewater Country, we have been the primary provider of post-secondary education in Lambton County for over 40 years. We have built a reputation as a caring, student-oriented College that provides career focused education in a safe, friendly community with a multitude of social and recreational activities. Recognized nationally as a top research college with over $5 million in funding in 2014, the Applied Research & Innovation department, alongside faculty and students, strives to find innovative solutions to problems that provides economic and social impact. With over 90 full-time programs, Lambton has approximately 3,800 full-time students and an additional 6,000 part-time students.

About the Position:

This is a full-time Support Staff position reporting to the Manager, Aboriginal Education, working 35 hours per week at an hourly rate of $30.45.

NOTE: Aboriginals or First Nations members who are qualified are encouraged to apply and will be given priority consideration.

Specific Accountabilities:

Works with Director and Manager to help achieve enrollment targets by planning, developing, scheduling, and delivering comprehensive and accurate information in various formats including: one-on-one consultations, recruitment activities on and off campus and college events;
Works directly with Education Liaisons in the local First Nations communities to identify needs for students in high school who are considering post-secondary options;
Liaise with Aboriginal communities and identified recruitment opportunities, practicing appropriate cultural protocols for identification of elders and cultural persons, and establishing credible and authentic cultural practices;
Liaise with Aboriginal students encouraging involvement and supporting their learning, with a focus on outreach, transition and academic support programs;
Participate in the research, planning and implementation of programming to support the academic success of students;
Assist with the tracking of success of Aboriginal students that would include coordinating data collection and reporting on results;
Develop workshops to support the success and retention of Aboriginal students. Work with staff and community to promote academic skill development workshops including culturally sensitive topics, Aboriginal rights, identity and life skills;
Attend Aboriginal specific meetings and participate as an effective member of the Aboriginal Education Council;
Provide information on Aboriginal specific Scholarships and Bursaries for students;
Participate in the college wide orientation plan and develop outreach activities to reach Aboriginal learners;
Guides and advises part-time staff and student employees;
Other duties as assigned by Manager.

Qualifications:

Three-year post-secondary diploma in Aboriginal Culture/Education, Business, Marketing, or Social Sciences;
Three years practical experience in an educational environment advising and assisting students;
Experience developing and delivery presentations, workshops, and information sessions;
Broad understanding of First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures;
Knowledge of cultural event organization, elder protocol and medicine wheel teachings and credible and authentic cultural practices;
Knowledge of student success strategies including internal and local services available to students;
Strong understanding of Aboriginal interests and working relationships with various Aboriginal communities;
Embrace and respect Aboriginal teachings and traditional culture including cultural protocols for identification of elders and cultural persons;
Excellent written, verbal, presentation skills in order to communicate with internal and external contacts, students, faculty, and administrative staff;
Set priorities, initiate action, organize multiple tasks and responsibilities to maintain the flow of work and meet deadlines;
Proficient use of Microsoft Office products.

Lambton College is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process. If contacted regarding this competition, please advise the interview coordinator of accommodation measures you may require during our selection process. Information received relating to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

We thank all applicants for their interest and wish to advise that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Lambton College hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. In support of a diverse and inclusive college community, Lambton College welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including aboriginal persons, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities and visible minorities.