Reporting to the Manager, Aboriginal Liaison Services, the Aboriginal Liaison Specialist is responsible for implementing and providing services, resources and activities designed to increase the retention rate of Aboriginal students and facilitate in the recruitment of Aboriginal Students. This position will support the students and activities of the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre in order to promote student academic and personal success. Major areas of responsibility include student advising and facilitating such programs as the Prospective Aboriginal Youth (PAY) Program, peer mentoring, elder services and aboriginal awareness. All Centre staff are responsible for establishing and supporting a warm, friendly and welcoming environment for all students and staff, as well as visitors to the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre.
One of Alberta’s Top Employers for an eighth consecutive year, NAIT offers a wealth of personal and family health and well-being benefits, training and development opportunities to support the professional growth of our staff, access to recreational and leisure facilities, a welcoming and inclusive environment unrivaled in engagement and dynamism, and co-workers who are collaborative, respectful and supportive.
Student support. Offer advising to students at all points of the student life cycle. Initial student interactions will focus on making the student feel welcome and comfortable within the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre and NAIT. The goal is to provide support services to assist students in promoting individual growth and managing educational and personal concerns.
Coordinate Prospective Aboriginal Youth (PAY) Program
Foster community and engagement including the coordination and promotion of peer mentoring, elder services, aboriginal cultural awareness programs.
Student recruitment. In collaboration with Student Recruitment, initiate, coordinate and participate in organized presentations, tours and special events, both on and off campus to professionally promote NAIT and NAIT's Aboriginal support services and programs.
Administration duties including coverage of the welcome desk in the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre when required.
Skills & Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of NAIT’s academic processes, programs and services.
Well-developed research skills
Cultural competency, especially knowledge of and experience working in the Aboriginal community
Knowledge of student-related computer applications (Ex. Student portal)
Knowledge of record-keeping practices, electronic and manual
Highly developed interpersonal communication skills
Highly developed written communication skills
Organizational and scheduling skills
Related degree such as Native Studies or similar.
Two to five years direct involvement with front-line educational advising, employment counseling, assessment and case management, career advising and/or placement.
Preference will be given to candidates with direct experience working with the Aboriginal community as well as significant knowledge of Aboriginal culture and language
Equivalencies may be considered.
Physically able to lift and carry supplies as required.
Valid Driver’s License
- NOTE: This position may occasionally be required to work unconventional hours in order to accommodate special situations. Occasional overnight travel and limited weekend work may be required.
$2,043.15 - $2,687.20 bi-weekly with a comprehensive benefit program. (Classification – Admin Officer I)
This position is covered by the AUPE Collective Agreement.
Thank you for your application however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from World Education Services or the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - http://work.alberta.ca/immigration/international-qualifications-assessment-service.html