Coordinator of Indigenous Student Services

Thompson Rivers University - Williams Lake, BC (30+ days ago)

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Application Restrictions
Open to both Internal and external
Job Type
Support Staff (CUPE)
Posting In effect from
Closing Application Date
Closing date for internal CUPE applicants
Internal CUPE applicants must submit their application by 4pm on the “closing date for internal CUPE applicants” for their Seniority to be recognized. If the position is still open after that date they will be considered alongside external applicants.
Applications will be reviewed commencing the “closing date for internal CUPE applicants” and may continue until the position is filled
Full/Part Time
Full Time
Support Type
Anticipated Start Date
Position End Date (If Applicable)
The Hours of work are subject to change depending upon departmental requirements
The hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 7 hours a day, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Schedule Description
**NOTE: This position is subject to review by the Joint Job Evaluation Committee**
The Coordinator for Indigenous Student Services is the primary representative with regard to the provision of services and supports for Indigenous students at TRU WL; The Coordinator for Indigenous Student Services ensures supports delivered are culturally appropriate, progressive and coordinated and coordinates all activities of the Gathering Place in order to maximize student success.

1. Maintains currency on the standards of excellence in Indigenous student support and provides recommendations to the institution on innovative ways to meet those standards.
2. Coordinates the provision of service for students facing significantly complex circumstances or unusual barriers; acts as an advocate for meeting the needs of Indigenous students.
3. Becomes acquainted with all Indigenous students at TRU WL, monitors their success, and refers at-risk students to the appropriate services available.
4. Provides advice and support regarding recruitment, conversion, and retention activities as they pertain to Indigenous students; collaborates with the Open Learning Facilitator, Academic Advisor, and the Marketing Coordinator to improve student success, and to meet the University strategic plan and department goals.
5. Liaises with/ acts as the primary contact for local Indigenous Nations, First Nations bands, high school First Nations educators, Indigenous community agencies, relevant provincial Indigenous networks and related local and regional Indigenous agencies regarding information and support for Indigenous students; maintains list of internal and external supports and resources.
6. Strengthens community and university partnerships through collaboration on various events and activities to support Indigenous academic student engagement and success.
7. Supports various cultural, educational, and student recruitment activities on-campus and off-campus including local and regional high school events, community resource fairs, First Nations band offices, etc.
8. Liaises with the Office of the Executive Director, Indigenous Education, on matters of mutual interest; assists in planning, promoting and implementing submissions to the Aboriginal Service Plan, includes reporting activities, and strategizing the indigenization of TRU WL.
9. Liaises with the personnel in Cplul’kw’ten on matters of mutual interest regarding the indigenization of TRU WL.
10. Develops, implements and coordinates Indigenous Education initiatives, programs and activities supporting Indigenous Education both in the Gathering Place and in the main campus to promote cultural understanding and overall student success.
11. Organizes and schedules the WL Elder in House program.
12. Acts as a resource to TRU staff and faculty with regard to Indigenous student issues; participates in appropriate internal committees. In collaboration with the Associate Dean and Campus Coordinator, coordinates and implements staff education and activities relating to indigenization for the entire campus.
13. Works with faculty to implement teaching and learning strategies to maximize Indigenous student success.
14. Coordinates the upkeep and supplies inventory of the Gathering Place.

Associate Dean, Williams Lake


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Five years' related experience including:
Two years’ experience with Indigenous communities,
Two years’ experience at a post-secondary institution
One year experience in a leadership role

  • Demonstrated ability to supervise staff members
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, schedule and assign work for a department
  • Demonstrated ability to train and monitor new staff
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to a culturally diverse audience, both verbally and in writing, including strong interviewing, listening and interpreting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to use MS Office and familiarity with relational database softwares
  • Effective research, analytical, problem-solving and planning skills
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Ability to prepare and deliver oral presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to deal diplomatically and effectively with a variety of people and in circumstances where individuals may be under significant stress
  • Discretion in managing and sharing information
  • Intermediate knowledge of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) funding policies
  • Intermediate knowledge of Secwepemc, Chilcotin and Carrier cultures
  • Intermediate knowledge of general band educational policies
  • Valid BC Driver’s License
  • Sitting at desk and computer for long periods of time, general office conditions
  • Travel required
Please Note: If you are selected for interview, External Candidates will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview
The salary for the above position is determined by the Collective Agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 4879, as it presently exists.
Pay Band
CUPE Grade 09 $29.98
Salary rate
This Position is not subject to a 90% start rate for new Employees.
Williams Lake, BC CA (Primary)
# of Hires Needed
Organizational Unit
Thompson Rivers University -> Williams Lake Campus -> Dean, Williams Lake

Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:
Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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