Indigenous Student Coach

Durham College

  • Oshawa, ON
  • Temporary
  • Full-time
  • 1 day ago
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Indigenous Student Coach supports Indigenous student success by providing holistic supports to potential, current, and at-risk students, referring students to the appropriate college resources, and recommending alternative learning strategies and plans. The incumbent provides these support services to Indigenous learners in order to increase their success rate in completing their academic program requirements. The incumbent may refer students to culturally appropriate community agencies for additional supports assistance related to social and personal matters. The incumbent will develop respectful relationships with First Nations education managers and other sponsoring organizations and collaborate and liase with them to ensure student success. The Indigenous Student Coach engages in recruitment activities by participating in provincial efforts and fostering positive relationships within Indigenous communities by attending community events. In order to maximize services, the incumbent will often work with staff from other departments to plan events and activities.

The incumbent’s role is to increase awareness and understanding of Indigenous Settler relations, and our shared history. This occurs by leading workshops and presentations to faculty, staff and students and community. The incumbent acts in an advisory capacity to faculty in the selection of culturally appropriate learning materials. The position consults with campus community members on diversity and inclusion matters with an effort to promote change, appreciation, and acceptance. The incumbent provides individual student supports through mentorship, and coaches students promoting persistence, increasing retention, and enhancing student success.

Indigenous Student Recruitment:
  • Contributes to the development of funding proposals supporting Indigenous learners in the Durham Region.
  • Visits Indigenous communities to build relationships with Education Managers and Chiefs and Councils and communities
  • Recruits students through the participation in Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP) provincial recruitment initiatives and by representing the College at community events (i.e., Pow Wows, Career Fairs, Education Symposiums, Socials and celebrations etc.).
  • Co-ordinates and plans campus-wide recruitment with student recruitment and admissions.
  • Co-ordinates, liaises, and facilitates campus visits from the Indigenous Education Managers who are required to monitor the academic progress of sponsored students.
  • Advocates on the behalf of sponsored Indigenous students to funding organizations.
  • Assists with the college’s Indigenous student recruitment efforts by participating in on-campus activities such as Open House weekends, new student Orientations, information sessions, and community events
  • Facilitates Indigenous Transitions Programming
  • Is an active member of the Indigenous Student Success Network and provides engagement session for the group.
Indigenous Student Support:
  • Provides individual holistic and culturally relevant student supports through mentorship and coaching Indigenous students to promote persistence, increase retention, and enhance student success and create a sense of community.
  • Provides referrals to campus and community agencies for students experiencing social/personal challenges and academic difficulties in the areas of mental health, affordable housing, childcare, financial planning, etc.
  • Refers students to college resources and campus supports and arranges sessions in the First Peoples Indigenous Centre (FPIC)
  • Plans and co-ordinates the E-mentoring program for Indigenous students
  • Ensures information for Indigenous applicants and students is easily accessible on the College website
  • Plans the student calendar of events (i.e. ceremonies, traditional teachings, celebrations, etc.)
  • Leads a collective effort by campus stakeholders to Indigenize the campus by providing professional development opportunities, celebrations, ceremonies, teachings and activities that are open to the entire campus community
  • Assists and advises students on academic policies
  • Works with students to develop holistic, balanced plans to promote well-being and community engagement
Academic Enrichment:
  • Advises faculty in the review and selection of culturally appropriate learning materials and suitable guest speakers on Indigenous issues
  • Acts as an academic resource in identifying culturally appropriate curriculum
  • Provides guest lectures on related topics, as requested by faculty and support faculty in the development of diversity curriculum.
  • Develops and delivers professional development sessions in partnership with Diversity Services to faculty through Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) and Human Resources
  • Develops and delivers program-specific cultural safety workshops for faculty, students and staff, promoting a culturally safe campus environment
Administration:
  • Assists with special projects such as student surveys and focus groups in order to evaluate services.
  • Conducts programming evaluations with stakeholders.
  • Works with on-campus research teams to conduct research on strategies to support Indigenous students.
  • Participates in the Durham College Indigenous Advisory Circle
  • Co-Chair of the Durham College Indigenization Council
  • Works with College administration to create and revise policies and procedures Respecting Indigenous Rights and freedoms. Changes to policy and procedure will ensure that the entire campus community is respected
  • Supports the Ontario Government’s Indigenous Self-identification Project by offering students an opportunity to self-identify online, or in-person.
  • Participates in various campus committees and working groups to ensure Indigenous viewpoints are considered and that an inclusive approach is taken to decision-making.
  • Participates in community circles/committees and initiatives promoting collaborative approaches to Indigenous wellness, education and service delivery.
QUALIFICATIONS: * Must have a three-year advanced diploma or degree with a specialization in Indigenous Studies.
  • Must have a minimum of two years experience working with Indigenous communities.
  • Must have significant Traditional Knowledge including cultural protocols, traditional governance, Traditional Ways of Knowing; this is attained through years of Elders teachings, participation in ceremony and close community ties and relationships.
  • Must have office administration experience.
  • Knowledge of post-secondary programs and policies is essential.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team members.
  • Ability to work in a virtual environment and provide accessible service delivery remotely
Required Skills

Required Experience

TEMPORARY: February 2021 - August 2021
Salary: Starting Rate: $32.00; Four Year Rate: $37.15 (Payband H)
35 hours per week (1) one hour lunch; Mon – Fri (8:30 am – 4:30 pm; may require weekend/ evening shifts from time to time)

Please note, this role is currently working remotely.
Please apply below by submitting your cover letter and resume to the online portal. Job Competition closes on February 3, 2021. Competition number SS20-27R.

TEMPORARY: February 2021 - August 2021
Salary: Starting Rate: $32.00; Four Year Rate: $37.15 (Payband H)
35 hours per week (1) one hour lunch; Mon – Fri (8:30 am – 4:30 pm; may require weekend/ evening shifts from time to time)

Please note, this role is currently working remotely.
Please apply below by submitting your cover letter and resume to the online portal. Job Competition closes on February 3, 2021. Competition number SS20-27R.

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