Cultural Advisor, Campus Housing-Prince George, BC

Cultural Advisor, Campus Housing-Prince George, BC

Job Opportunity at College of New Caledonia

Cultural Advisor, Campus Housing – Prince George, BC

  Full Time Regular Position

This position is accountable to the Campus Housing Manager for overseeing the daily operations at the Aboriginal House and to the Aboriginal Services Manager for the design and implementation of a support system and educational network for Aboriginal students who are making a transition from their home communities to the College of New Caledonia. The Campus Housing Cultural Advisor will work collaboratively with the Director Student Services, Executive Director Aboriginal Education, ARC Aboriginal Cultural Advisor, College Leadership, Student Services Staff, and regional Aboriginal campus staff. The Cultural Advisor will be a community-recognized Elder or Mentor, providing cultural guidance and mentorship to students.
There are no direct staff reports in this position, however, the Cultural Advisor is responsible for providing mentorship and guidance to up to twelve Aboriginal House students and possibly a Residence Advisor. The Cultural Advisor will provide updates to the Campus Housing Manager and regularly attend Campus Housing, Student Services and Aboriginal Services meetings, as well as participate in committees and other meetings as required.
• The Aboriginal House was designed with a true ‘home’ feel. A twelve-bedroom house with a large living room, spacious kitchen, laundry area, study rooms, and beautiful cultural room. This is a unique position and the first of its kind in the province, requiring flexibility, adaptability, and continuous collaboration with the Campus Housing Manager, Aboriginal Services Manager, Executive Director Aboriginal Education, Director of Student Services and College leadership.
• Responsibilities include providing supports to students within the house and ongoing implementation of a life skills program that includes cooking, cleaning, and laundry duties for each student.
• The Cultural Advisor must be available to students when his/her knowledge or attention is required, including on evenings and weekends.
• The incumbent requires skills in human relations, mutual trust, and credibility with both internal/external partners and students.
• The advisor is actively engaged in supporting students by getting familiar with community resources, college staff, services and supports. Understanding systems and processes will enable the advisor to provide effective and timely advice and mentorship to students.
• You will be part of a team actively engaged in contributing to and accomplishing the vision, mission, and goals of the College and in supporting the aspirations and needs of our learners.
• You will promote a positive work atmosphere by interacting and communicating in a professional manner that demonstrates mutual respect with students and colleagues.

 ****This position requires a person of Aboriginal ancestry who also meets all other necessary qualifications.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Relevant post-secondary education in Adult Education, Counselling, or Human Services.
    • Minimum three years’ experience working with Indigenous youth.
    • Previous work within a post-secondary field an asset.
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience considered.
    • Demonstrated commitment to excellent student experience and institutional integrity.
    • General knowledge of personal, social, and educational challenges encountered by post-secondary students.
    • Knowledge of computerized systems appropriate to administrative and operational services, including Word and Excel.
    • Lived knowledge of the kinds of experiences Aboriginal students bring to the College including understanding of history and awareness of walking in two worlds.
    • Understanding and experience working with Aboriginal communities within the region and awareness of First Nations protocols.
    • Demonstrated advocacy, able to problem-solve institutional and community barriers with and for Indigenous students.
    • Current knowledge of post-secondary housing issues and a desire to engage with other housing professionals.
    • Proven ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships both internally and externally.
    • A willingness to learn and ask for help.

This position requires a person of Aboriginal ancestry who also meets all other necessary qualifications.


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