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Indigenous Student Engagement Strategist

Continuous Full-Time


Calgary, Alberta

Deadline: 2021-08-06

Posted: 2021-07-21

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Indigenous Student Engagement Strategist to support our team and Learners with the college's Iniikokaan Centre, a “Buffalo Lodge” for all Nations which is the central access point and gathering space for culturally-respectful relationships to support Indigenous success.

Reporting to the Manager, Iniikokaan Centre, the incumbent is responsible for all aspects of Indigenous student success and retention predominately as they relate to factors outside the classroom. This unique opportunity will draw applications from peoples who are passionate about reducing barriers for Indigenous learners within the post-secondary environment. This position is responsible for event planning and management, programming and community collaboration to reduce duplication and enhance service offerings for Indigenous students.

Existing knowledge of Calgary-based resources, organizations and community-based resources are an asset. Good-standing relationships and reputation among Treaty 7 First Nations and Metis Nation of Alberta will support a strong application. Critical attention to detail, strategic planning, events management and business acumen/reporting are essential to the role’s success. The incumbent will have a strong working knowledge and ability to consult on traditional protocol and Indigenous ways of doing, being and knowing while managing a large portfolio of concurrent projects.

Bow Valley College is the largest and fastest growing Comprehensive Community College in Alberta. We have locations across southern Alberta helping over 17,000 learners each year. Our mission is to contribute to the vitality of communities and strength of the economy through innovative adult education programs and services which equip students for successful living, lifelong learning, and employment in a global knowledge-based environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
-Bachelor’s Degree
-4-6 years directly related experience
-Experience in the administration of operational budgets
-Knowledge of Alberta, other Canadian and International education systems
-Demonstrated knowledge of and appreciation for the diversity of cultural traditions and spiritual practices of First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples
-Extensive experience working with and within Indigenous communities, in roles including community development and/or partnership building
-Substantial knowledge of Indigenous experiences in Canada, and particularly in educational setting
-An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

Preferred Qualifications:
-5-7 years of directly related experience
-Extensive existing relationships within Southern Alberta including the City of Calgary and agencies that support or are Indigenous focused.
-Formal education in event planning, project management, student support services
-Excellent leadership track record and ability
-Experience in the administration of operational budgets.
-Strong knowledge of marketing, communications, event management
-Strong knowledge of learner transition programs
-Strong project and team management/supervisory skills
-Good ability to manage resources and generate revenue
-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, employees and students
-A knowledge of admissions, registration and financial aid in a public post-secondary setting is an asset

Full details available via the link provided.