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Anishinaabe Student Success and Cultural Social Events Program Coordinator Staff Bargaining Unit


Algoma University

Company: Algoma University
Posting Closes: September 1, 2022
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JOB TITLE : Anishinaabe Student Success and Cultural Social Events Program Coordinator
Staff Bargaining Unit

DEPARTMENT: Anishinaabe Academic Resource Centre (AARC)
POSITION STATUS: Full-time (35 hours/week), one-year temporary OSSTF Support Staff Union
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Manager, Indigenous Community Relations, Training and Development
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Student Assistants, Volunteers

JOB SUMMARY:

Under the direction of the Manager, Indigenous Community Relations, Training and Development, Anishinaabe Academic Resource Centre, the Anishinaabe Student Success and Cultural and Social Events Program Coordinator will develop and facilitate student cultural, social and academic supportive activities as part of an overall and forthcoming Anishinaabe student success and retention strategy

The Coordinator will work collaboratively across departments to engage students with academic and support initiatives to help with the transition to the university. The Coordinator will develop, deliver, and assess a wide range of social and cultural programming and family-oriented events and activities for Anishinaabe students at Algoma University.

The Anishinaabe Academic Resource Centre (AARC) is designed to work closely with Anishinaabe (First Nation, Metis, and Inuit) students and all university faculties and services to develop initiatives that support and benefit Anishinaabe (FNMI) students. The AARC provides culturally appropriate teaching and learning resources across various disciplines, helps to facilitate connections with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, government and other agencies to help encourage and facilitate FNMI opportunities for research, employment, experiential learning, cross cultural learning and leadership. Supported by the Strategic Priorities of Algoma University and our Special Mission, our wholistic approach to student engagement is centered on Anishinaabe student success.

The Coordinator collects and compiles student participation statistical data as requested and required by the Manager Indigenous Community Relations, Training & Development, Anishinaabe Academic Resource Centre for reporting purposes for Algoma University and Postsecondary Education Fund for Aboriginal Learners (PEFAL) funding.

A- Coordination of Cultural and Social Events/Activities/Projects – 50%
B- Anishinaabe Student Success Services/Retention – 30%
C - Shingwauk Anishinaabe Student’s Association
D - Guidance/Support - 10%
E- Administrative/Other Duties – 10%

RESPONSIBILITIES:

A - Coordination of Cultural and Social Events/Activities/Projects

- Develop and execute communication plan for all AARC special events and initiatives, services and projects
- Lead the planning, organization, and implementation of major events (i.e.Pow Wow, Elders Conference, Grade Six Education - - Day, etc.) including organization of volunteers and staff for event support, grant writing and fundraising
- Lead the planning, organization and implementation of weekly events/activities on-campus (Elder in Residence, Soup's On, Full - Moon Ceremony, annual Ghost Feast, Anishinaabe Student Orientation and Welcome Week, etc.)
- Engage with the local Anishinaabe communities and organizations as well as the local district school boards and other planning committees
- Lead the planning and coordination of special events and other symposia in the AARC (e.g. Taking Care of Our Land Symposium, - Anishinaabe Inendamowin Research Symposium, etc.)
Responsible for the logistics and upkeep of the Fire Arbour and Teepee
- Facilitate various seminars and workshops including culturally based restorative practice, mental health first aid, suicide intervention, and topics of general interest for staff, faculty, students and community at large
- Contribute articles and other news stories to the monthly newsletter
- Engage with the local Anishinaabe communities and organizations as well as the local district school boards and other planning committees

B - Anishinaabe Student Success Services/Retention

- Develop and maintain relationships with SASA, AUSU, SET/SKG, Children of Shingwauk Alumni, other programs, and University staff/faculty/admin to ensure that Anishinaabe students have a positive experience at Algoma University
- Supporting academic orientation and advising for First Nation Social Services Administrators (NDEG.FNSSAC) and CERT.FNSPCD students
- Supporting academic orientation and advising for additional certificate programs that may be developed or transferred under the AARC portfolio
- Respond to incoming inquiries in the AARC directing to appropriate resources as necessary
- Works collaboratively with AARC staff and Student Success Central
- Establish and coordinate a student leadership program, including peer tutoring and peer mentorship approach to student success, provide student leadership training in a variety of subject areas
- Establish access to computer labs and other resources for Anishinaabe students across the University
- Establish and maintain the Community Culture and Support Program (Elders In Residence, and Knowledge Keepers) including Elders in the Classroom, and the regular review of program policy, processes and services across the university.
- Establish a multidisciplinary Anishinaabe specific resource repository for the purpose of supporting students and faculty for academic and other use including videos, e-books, articles, games, land-based and experiential learning resources, cultural teaching and learning resources, etc.
- Plan and coordinate the Anishinaabe graduation ceremony
Plan, develop, and implement a "transition to the workplace" program for Anishinaabe students
- Engage Anishinaabe alumni to support current Anishinaabe student success by organizing networking and mentoring opportunities

C -Shingwauk Anishinaabe Student’s Association (SASA) Guidance/Support
- Serves as the primary staff resource and provides support and guidance to the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students Association (SASA) at Algoma University
- Plan and design regular and ongoing Anishinaabe student events/activities throughout the year in collaboration with Shingwauk Anishinaabe Student Association (SASA) Executive
- Assist with the planning, organization, and implementation of major SASA events (Christmas Party/SASA retreat - purchase gifts/gift cards, gift mail-outs, book caterers, meeting rooms, guest rooms, food options, and administrative support)
Student Hiring
- Ensure SASA executive adhere to SASA constitution and committee requests
- Support SASA Electoral process: advise as CRO and assist with election results
- Assist with SASA executive schedules, bios, and photos usually twice a year (new executives on board)
- Provide relevant updates to SASA from various committees that coordinator participates in.

D - Administrative/Other Duties
- Maintain participation records of all AARC and SASA events/activities, with an evaluation and report for each
- Supervision of student staff, volunteers and placement students
- Responsible for tracking of receipts and provides recommendations for program/events/activities spending
- Assist the Manager with Anishinaabe student service related activities as required

WORKING CONDITIONS:

- Physical Effort
Moderate physical effort required event set-up
Occasional heavy lifting of boxes and promotional materials for events and groceries for SASA lounge

- Physical Environment
Minimal exposure to unpleasant/disagreeable conditions

- Sensory Attention
Moderate need for detailed/precise work to be completed while accommodating interruptions

- Mental Stress
Moderate Need for schedule flexibility/irregular hours including evenings and weekends as required for events, meetings, etc.
Sensitivity for students with various emotional, personal, and social issues/ concerns/ needs
Crisis intervention and sensitivity for students with various cultural and language issues/barriers

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum of an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution is required.
Experience working in a university environment required
Minimum of two years' experience working with Anishinaabe (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) communities and/or students in a culturally safe environment required
Certified to facilitate MHFA, suicide intervention and restorative practice with Anishinaabe (FNMI) populations required
Possess a strong background and knowledge of Anishinaabe (First Nation, Metis and Inuit) organizations required
Lived experience with Anishinaabe culture and communities, with demonstrated knowledge of Anishinaabe (First Nation, Metis and Inuit) ways of knowing, understanding and being is required
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to work both in a team and independently
Ability to multitask in a dynamic environment
Proven ability to organize and coordinate events
Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Must be available to work evenings and weekends, work schedule flexibility is required
Valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle is preferred
Proficient in MS Office/G-Suite programs including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, database administration, etc.
Experience with the supervision of students and volunteers

Please submit a resume and cover letter (combined PDF) to people.culture@algomau.ca no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022.


Algoma University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity within our community and is an equal opportunity employer. The university invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our Institution, including equity deserving groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment (Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQQIPA+ persons).

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by Algoma University throughout the recruitment, selection, and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by Algoma University throughout the recruitment, selection, and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to provide a Police Vulnerable Sector Check as a condition of employment.



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