Aboriginal Outreach and Recruitment Officer

About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit www.ryerson.ca, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

About Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS)

Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) is a department within the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI). RASS provides a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture.

The role of our office is to provide specialized services for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students on campus and to develop a mutually productive relationship between Ryerson and the Aboriginal Community. To learn more about Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (R.A.S.S.) visit https://www.ryerson.ca/aboriginal/ or through our social channels: @RyersonAboriginal on Facebook, @RU_Aboriginal on Twitter, @RASS_Peers on Twitter, and @ru_aboriginal on Instagram.

The Opportunity

We are looking for an Aboriginal Outreach and Recruitment Officer to join Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services! The Aboriginal Outreach and Recruitment Officer engages and advises prospective Aboriginal students, parents, caregivers and counsellors regarding Ryerson programs, admissions, policies and procedures.  The role also collaborates as necessary to review applications, evaluate education credentials and work alongside Admissions, and makes recommendations for final decisions to admit or refuse students. The role also creates a positive and favorable impression of Ryerson by performing administrative, public relations, and presentation duties and creates outreach and recruitment programming including representing Ryerson on and off-campus, to effectively market the university and attract Aboriginal peoples to its programs.


  • Develops, coordinates and participates in Aboriginal recruitment and outreach activities and represents Ryerson during these activities both in-person and virtually online.
  • Develops, coordinates and conducts and/or participates in liaison events or programming both in-person and virtually online including but not limited to:  A.P.S.I.P. (Aboriginal Post Secondary Information program), Counsellor Information Days, Discover Ryerson Days, Open Houses, Applicant Events, Online Chats, special events, etc.
  • Advises on Ryerson’s application and admissions programs, services and facilities.
  • Develops and leads Aboriginal outreach initiatives.
  • Provides administrative and analytical support to recruitment strategy.
  • Develops and conducts campus tours (both indoor and outdoor).
  • Conducts research and data analysis and develops statistical and other reports.
  • Travel off campus is required to visit education fairs, University fairs, provincial/regional Dialogues/Dialogue conferences, events, communities, etc. Travel expenses are covered by the Department.
  • Performs other duties/special projects as required.

Work Location:

This role will work from home while Ryerson is operating on an essential services model due to COVID-19, until further notice. At that point, the role will then be required to work on campus.


  • Candidates must self-identify as Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit or Metis Peoples, or Indigenous peoples of North America, preferably with a strong commitment to and knowledge of Indigenous knowledges and methodologies and experience in collaborating with Indigenous students, organizations and communities.
  • Successful completion of a post-secondary degree program or 4 years of specialized training is required to develop the ability to organize, analyze, and synthesize complex information and concepts.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of related experience is required, preferably in a post-secondary educational environment developing and conducting aboriginal student outreach programming and recruitment.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience in developing, coordinating and conducting presentations, events, and tours; advising students on admissions criteria and process; and effectively working with a variety of clients required.
  • Experience researching, compiling, data analysis, and presenting statistical and other reports and both analytical and research writing is preferred.
  • Traditional gifts including an understanding and experience of the grandparent teachings.
  • Knowledge of educational issues/barriers faced by Aboriginal students/youth and adult learners (i.e. social, political, economic, Aboriginal educational history, Treaty rights, existing educational funding systems, Bill C-31 and Indigenous Affairs.
  • Knowledge of educational funding systems, particularly First Nations, Metis and Intuit funding, OSAP funding, etc.
  • Knowledge of the Aboriginal community and proven ability to utilize Aboriginal world views, teachings, traditions and protocols.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; commitment to client service; and ability to develop and maintain relationships with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders.
  • Exemplary level of professionalism; organizational and administration skills; and attention to detail.
  • Strong public speaking/public relations skills; and oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced proficiency in using computers and the web; Google Workspace (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Gmail); MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); presentation, word processing, spreadsheet and calendar management software; student information systems (RAMSS is an asset); and social media channels.
  • Financial and budgeting skills are an asset.
  • Valid Driver’s License in good standing and clean driver’s abstract and a clear Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) may be required.

The Perks

There is something for everyone! Employees are eligible for many benefits, services and discounts that Ryerson has to offer: 

Additional Information

Position Number(s): 10001642

Reports To: Aboriginal Program Manager

Vacancy Type: FTCE

Employee Group: OPSEU 

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: Not Applicable

Hours of Work: 36.25

Grade and Step: 12

Salary Scale: $69,886.34 - $88,529.94 (Hiring Salary   Range: $69,886.34 - $76,366.71)

Application Close Date: May 25, 2021

Additional Notes:

  • Applicants who do not meet all of the posted qualifications may, upon the University’s sole discretion, be considered to fill a vacancy on an underfill basis.

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead  for support during the selection process.

As part of the selection process, candidates may be required to complete an occupational assessment.  
Applications will only be accepted online through Ryerson's careersite.

Please watch a message from Ryerson's Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion for more information on our commitment to equity here.

Important Notice Re: Job Postings during COVID-19

Following the advice of government and health authorities to slow the spread of COVID-19, all employees have been equipped to work from home until further notice.  New employees will also work from home with the exception of those who have been deemed 'essential' and are required to be on campus.  All recruiting activities including interviews and onboarding are being conducted virtually.  

While we are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all applicants, due to the situation regarding COVID-19, please be advised that Ryerson University ("Ryerson") reserves the right to pause a job competition at any stage in the process. Applicants will be notified in the event that the job competition process in which they are participating is suspended or paused. We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times. Thank you for your interest in Ryerson University.