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Aboriginal Student Advisor

College of New Caledonia

Reporting to the Manager, Aboriginal Resource Centre, this position provides support services to the Aboriginal students at the Prince George Campus for the purpose of supporting the College’s objective of attracting, retaining and enabling the success of Aboriginal students.




Team Engagement & Professional Conduct

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 and communities
Promote a positive work atmosphere and communicating in a professional manner that demonstrates mutual respect with students and colleagues.
Facilitate and encourage a supportive and culturally-sensitive atmosphere at the College
Actively engage with other student service areas and departments to remain current with the information relevant to Aboriginal student success.


Student Support

  • Help students to understand the complete requirements of their program(s) of interest, including admission requirements and prerequisites, and to develop an academic plan to facilitate the completion of that program
  • Assist students in registering for classes.
  • Assist students in setting educational goals and make decisions that are personally meaningful.
  • Encourage students to develop self-planning and networking through the use of available College and community resources.
  • Discuss Aboriginal students’ goals, career choices, alternative training as well as general financial aid information.
  • Act as a resource to students by listening and addressing their concerns, referring as required
  • Support Aboriginal students in dealing with personal, family, relationship, stress and financial issues and referring to mental health and wellness support when appropriate
  • Creatively and proactively engage Aboriginal students.
  • Provide support to Aboriginal students in making the transition from their home communities to the College and city.
  • Act as an Aboriginal role model for students and potential students.
  • Assist with identifying sources of funding for education purposes specific to Aboriginal students’ needs and resources
  • Be sensitive to the appropriate time and need to refer to elders, counsellors and other appropriate resources those students who are experiencing personal/social conflicts and educational/career indecision that cannot be resolved through advice giving.


Participate in various recruitment activities including visiting First Nation communities (reserves). This could involve travel in British Columbia.

Reporting & Data Analysis

Develop and maintain a system to measure and evaluate Aboriginal student success
Be able to collect and analyse student data, prepare reports and make recommendations that will address the academic, social, emotional and cultural needs of Aboriginal learners

Advocacy & Community Relations

Advocate on behalf of Aboriginal students within the College, with Aboriginal organizations, government agencies and other institutions where appropriate.
Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with the local Aboriginal community which includes Aboriginal education workers and counsellors and other related agencies.


Coordinate and organize workshops and/or conferences for the department, including culturally appropriate workshops and activities and advertise these events
Complete administrative tasks as related to record keeping.
Evaluate advance course credit and assess certificate and diploma completion requirements; then forwards recommendations to the Registrar
Provide information on skills requirements and suggest appropriate counselling, testing, career exploration, and possible job visitations
Other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor


  • Minimum of two years’ post-secondary education in the field of education or social sciences or a related field
  • Experience in a related field with preference for five years’ experience in a post-secondary setting and working with Aboriginal adult learners required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal cultures, including the Métis and local First Nations
  • Knowledge of social issues in Aboriginal communities, especially those issues that directly impact Aboriginal students
  • Understanding of and commitment to the philosophy of adult education and customer service, especially in regard to culturally appropriate services
  • Understanding of Aboriginal philosophy of education
  • Strong skills in working with routine and non-routine office procedures and systems
  • Proven ability to work positively with a very demanding workload, changing priorities, and continuous interruptions and to coordinate activities with the work of the Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) team
  • Ability to work independently and meet extremely demanding work schedules and deadlines, over which the incumbent has little or no control
  • Demonstrated understanding of the BC post-secondary system and information specific to Aboriginal learners
  • Proven ability to maintain positive working relationships internally and externally.
  • Superior interpersonal skills including the ability to contribute positively to a team oriented work environment
  • High degree of sensitivity to both verbal and non-verbal cues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Proficient in appropriate technological resources including the following computer application areas: Word-processing; E-mail, Internet and Web based research
  • Colleague experience preferred
  • Drivers’ license


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: For further detail on this position or to apply, visit this opportunity at ( . You will receive a reply email to acknowledge receipt of your application.

For information on other employment opportunities with the College, please check our website at:

We would like to thank all candidates in advance for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. CNC embraces the principles of employment equity.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $56,363.00 /year


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