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Position: Indigenous Education Program Advisor (IEPA)
Institution: University of British Columbia
Department: Indigenous Teacher Educ. Prog
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Duties: The primary responsibility of the Indigenous Education Program Advisor (IEPA) is to provide advising for current and prospective students of the Faculty of Education's Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) and graduating teacher candidates. It involves recruitment, admissions, course selection, academic advising, career advising, ensuring accurate information regarding required academic courses, coordinating outreach events, workshops, and training sessions, and research to verify course appropriateness for oncampus and field centre cohort groups. Advising duties are carried out in communication and collaboration with field centre coordinators (faculty positions), staff, and partner groups
Requirements: Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of one to two years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong knowledge of post-secondary admission requirements, advising services, and other resources for Indigenous students is expected
   
Text: Job ID: 32701 Location: Vancouver - Point Grey Campus Employment Group: Management&Professional (AAPS) Job Category: Student Management Classification Title: Student Management, Level A Business Title: Indigenous Education Program Advisor (IEPA) VP/Faculty: Faculty of Education Department: Indigenous Teacher Educ. Prog. Salary Range: $52,103.00 (minimum) - $62,548.00 (midpoint) - $75,055.00 (maximum) Full/Part Time: Full-Time Ongoing: Yes Desired Start Date: 2019/03/18 Funding Type: Budget Funded Closing Date: 2019/02/28 Available Openings: 1 Return to Previous Page Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience. Job Summary As permitted by Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the position is specifically open to Aboriginal persons. Candidates for the position may be required to prove ancestry to qualify. The primary responsibility of the Indigenous Education Program Advisor (IEPA) is to provide advising for current and prospective students of the Faculty of Education's Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) and graduating teacher candidates. It involves recruitment, admissions, course selection, academic advising, career advising, ensuring accurate information regarding required academic courses, coordinating outreach events, workshops, and training sessions, and research to verify course appropriateness for on-campus and field centre cohort groups. Advising duties are carried out in communication and collaboration with field centre coordinators (faculty positions), staff, and partner groups. The incumbent is expected to be digitally literate with a good understanding of digital pedagogies in order to better support the students. In addition to academic program advising, the IEPA will be responsible for cultural and mentoring activities that ensure NITEP's holistic approach to student support and development. This may include creating opportunities and space for the inclusion of traditions, customs, and protocols in program activities while respecting the diversity of Indigenous knowledge systems. There are approximately 120 students in the NITEP program, who are part of on-campus and off-campus community-based programming taking undergraduate coursework in partner faculties and institutions, as well as teacher education coursework in UBC's Faculty of Education. Organizational Status The IEPA reports to the Assistant Director, NITEP, administratively, and works closely with Associate Dean, Indigenous Education/Director, NITEP. The IEPA interacts regularly with field centre Coordinators (faculty positions), program staff, and instructors in order to support the recruitment, success, professional development, and retention of teacher candidates. The IEPA represents NITEP on teams, committees, and working groups internal and external to the Faculty of Education. The IEPA assists in hiring and training student employees. Work Performed Primary responsibilities are focused on the following areas: (1) Academic Advising; (2) Student Retention and Development including mentoring for the profession and providing cultural support; (3) Recruitment; (4) Other education projects. (1) Academic Advising (~70%) As an advisor, the IEPA develops, coordinates and implements educational services geared to achieving, maintaining, or improving student success, retention, and well-being. This includes guiding students through decisions regarding degree and career planning in the Faculty of Education. 1. Advises NITEP students from Year 1 through to graduation, including field centre students. In the case field centre students, communication and collaboration occurs with Field Centre Coordinators (faculty positions). 2. Investigates and resolves complex issues relating to registration, transfer credits, and other discrepancies in student records. 3. Interprets and advise on University and Faculty of Education policies and procedures as they apply to individual student programs. 4. Identifies and advises on available academic options and personal support services, including referrals to appropriate campus and community units. Liaises with UBC student services professionals, registrar's office, financial aid, Centre for Accessibility, community partners, student sponsors and other agencies (e.g., housing, daycare) to support and engage NITEP students. 5. Evaluates student requests for academic concession and provide appropriate advice, action, and follow-up. 6. Acts as Teacher Education Office (TEO) liaison for NITEP students. 7. Reviews and communicates with all NITEP students, including field centres, programming planning guides at midpoint and end of each term and provide year-end progress reports. 8. Meets or communicates regularly with field centre coordinators. Visits each field centre once a year to provide face-to-face student advising. 9. Advises students to develop a holistic view of academic and career plans in order to balance academic, professional, social and personal demands. Raises students' awareness of opportunities to develop career plans. (2) Student Retention & Development The IEPA will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing student-oriented events that contribute to student development in the NITEP program and achieve, maintain, or improve student success and retention (e.g. mentoring, tutoring, transitions program, NITEP orientation, mental health and wellness program). 1. Evaluates effectiveness of programs, services, and workshops for student impact, retention, and academic success. 2. Designs and develops workshops and special events to address general advising information. 3. Works collaboratively with the Assistant Director and relevant field centre coordinators to organize student orientation activities (Imagine Day, NITEP Gathering). Mentoring for the Profession: 1. Coordinates, plans, communicates, and delivers activities for a mentoring program for students from years 1 through 4, including support for activities in field centres. 2. Evaluates mentoring activities throughout the year and reports out to NITEP team and coordinators. 3. Engages with alumni to develop local and regional mentoring opportunities for students. E.g. student placements, guest speaking, workshop delivery, one evening workshop/speaker event per term during Winter session for students in Years 1-4 Transitions Program: 1. Solicits and compiles feedback from current students and field centre coordinators to develop a supportive and relevant transitions program. 2. Coordinates, plans and delivers activities for transitions program for students from years 1 through to graduation, including support for activities in field centres. 3. Evaluates transitions activities throughout year. NITEP Mental Health, Wellness Program, and Cultural Programming: 1. Solicits feedback from students for activities and events that would support their well-being using a holistic framework. 2. Meets regularly with Assistant Director and student wellness peers (weekly meeting). 3. Plans and coordinates activities for Wellness Wednesday activities on campus. 4. Plans, organizes, and hosts 2 to 3 NITEP wellness activities per year for student that support cultural, emotional, social well-being (e.g., speaker, resource person, workshop, online information sharing, Elder engagement). 5. Supports Assistant Director and wellness peers to deliver the mental health and wellness program. 6. Supports the coordination of wellness activities with field centres. (3) Recruitment 1. Participates in the development of and implements local and regional recruitment strategy in consultation with Director and Assistant Director of NITEP. 2. Develops communication and promotional materials for the program. 3. Presents local recruitment plans at NITEP team/coordinator meeting in August in collaboration with Assistant Director. 4. Represents NITEP at local and regional recruitment events, including i) Musqueam Career Fair; ii) Kwantlen Polytechnic University; iii) FNESC; iv) Strengthening Connections visits; v) Native Education Centre; vi) local high school. These advising interactions require in-depth knowledge of NITEP, preparing for the teaching profession and the Faculty of Education's admissions procedures, policies, and services. 5. Advises on inquiries dealing with potential transfer credits. 6. Handles program inquiries as required by the Assistant Director. (4) Other Projects Awards: 1. Disseminates and supports annual student awards information for eligible NITEP students (including TEO awards, university and provincial scholarships, FNHL awards). 2. Solicits and compiles nominations for eligible NITEP student awards. 3. Supports Assistant Director of NITEP in adjudication of student awards. 4. Supports and attends annual awards ceremony. 5. Organizes and supports awards and scholarship orientations, specifically within NITEP and engages with field centres (within or outside of coursework), including a focus on scholarships such as Inspire, Irving K Barber, New Relationship Trust. 6. Prepares communication for newsletters/website and other publications that highlights award winner(s). As required by the Associate Dean, Indigenous Education/Director NITEP, and Assistant Director, NITEP, the incumbent also: 1. Supports the organization of monthly student lunches and student gatherings/initiatives. 2. Organizes community-based events that foster partnerships at local and provincial levels. 3. Represents NITEP at NITEP sponsored events. Examples include i) NITEP at university sponsored workshops; ii) Indigenous recruitment and retention symposium; iii) Build relationships with external partners and communities (e.g., Musqueam First Nation, Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Aboriginal Day); and iv) NITEP sponsored events (e.g. Aboriginal Math Symposium, speaker series, Aboriginal literacy symposium, education events). Supervision Received Administratively reports to Assistant Director, NITEP, and works under the general direction of the Associate Dean, Indigenous Education/Director, NITEP. Works in collaboration with field centre coordinators and NITEP team as assigned. Supervision Given The IEPA may provide guidance and direction to the Program Administrative Support, Program Financial Support, and student staff. Consequence of Error/Judgement A wide latitude of decision making is required. Work is reviewed in terms of effectiveness of services provided and conformity with the University/Faculty policies and guidelines. Consequence of error is high and poor judgement and/or lack of cultural sensitivity would compromise the integrity of the program as well as jeopardize the reputation of the program, Faculty of Education, and UBC. Misrepresentation of the University and Faculty policies could cause students serious difficulty in attaining their educational objectives. Advising decisions directly affect the quality of students' experience. Poor recruitment efforts or initiatives would contribute to inefficient operation and low quality service being provided, which would affect the recruitment and retention of students. Errors in decision making have a negative effect on the ability of NITEP to carry out their program and service responsibilities, and can additionally impact students' academic standing and/or educational experiences. Qualifications Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. A Bachelor of Education degree is preferred. Minimum of one to two years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Advising experience at the post-secondary level preferred. Knowledge of BC and other Canadian secondary school curricula is an asset. Knowledge of UBC systems in an asset. Strong knowledge of post-secondary admission requirements, advising services, and other resources for Indigenous students is expected. Preference will be given to candidates who have the following experience and knowledge : - Working with Indigenous peoples or in Indigenous communities and have an understanding of Indigenous cultures. - Experience working both independently and in a team environment. - Ability to communicate (written and verbal) clearly and effectively with students, colleagues, and external community members. - Ability to plan and facilitate workshops, seminars and meetings. - Digital literacy and understanding of and experience digital pedagogies, blended learning, and flexible delivery models. - Willingness and ability to engage in public speaking. - Interpersonal, administrative, and organizational skills. - Ability to take initiative, and develop alternative solutions - Ability to make thoughtful, informed, and thorough decisions, using reason when dealing with emotional topics and student emergencies. - Enthusiasm and capacity for continuous learning and development. - Ability to travel (a valid BC driver's license and vehicle is an asset. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. . Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Return to Previous Page
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