Indigenous Cultural Assistant

Indigenous Cultural Assistant Regular,

Part Time (0.50 FTE)

Location: Dawson Creek, BC

Competition #: 21:066A

Term of App’t: Monday – Friday, 17.5 hours per week

Start date: July 2021

Reporting to: Director of Indigenous Education

Salary: Classification 13, $23,765.14 - $24,500.14 per year, as per the BCGEU Support Collective Agreement. Vacation is prorated and front loaded (approximately 59.50 hours/year). We offer competitive extended health and dental benefits after the completion of 910 hours of employment. Support Collective Agreement includes time off for family illness, personal illness, medical appointments, and other special leaves. Closure during the Christmas Break (Dec 25 – Jan 1) is paid time off.

Description: As the Indigenous Cultural Assistant, you will offer a culturally responsive, holistic, and respectful approach to services to support Indigenous student success. Working closely with the Coordinator of Indigenous Relations & Services and the Indigenous Student Navigators to support both Indigenization and reconciliation learning opportunities with non-Indigenous students and staff.

You will be responsible for coordinating and planning cultural events and activities, with the expectation of connecting with our local Elders, reaching out to various community stakeholders, and arranging for appropriate Nation performers and Elders to provide territorial welcomes, cultural ceremonies and entertainment for events.

The Indigenous Cultural Assistant will lead the cultural connections, resulting in increased engagement with our Indigenous students, ensuring that the students are supported and encouraged for their success and wellness. You will engage students through cultural teachings and contextual Indigenous learning during weekly sessions through story, oral history, demonstration, and experiential learning.

Expected working hours will be between 10:30am – 1:00pm in order to be available to our students. There will be a need to be flexible as the hours may vary, depending if we have an event occurring in the evening.

Qualifications: In order to be considered for this position, you will have successfully completed high school, and have two years of relevant post-secondary education with an additional 3 – 5 years of relevant experience working with Indigenous students, communities, and Elders. You will be required to have a demonstrated experience and cultural training to lead and support traditional and contemporary Indigenous art and activities. These will include teaching and a guiding knowledge of Indigenous art, song, dance, and storytelling.

The successful candidate will have excellent and respectful communication and interpersonal skills with an intercultural understanding of non-verbal communication to manage and respond strategically for event planning and management. You must be able to understand and appreciate cultural diversity among the Indigenous People in Canada, and the college service area, with the service excellence approach with Elders, students and staff that includes the ability to share and provide Indigenous perspective and relevant approach.

As with all of our positions at Northern Lights College, you must be able to maintain a high standard of work in a fast-pace environment with the ability to contribute collaboratively to the team. A current, valid driver’s license is required.

For more information and to apply by the closing date, please go to: Attention: only applications submitted through the Northern Lights College’s employment website (see link above) will be considered. Internal applicants are encouraged to confirm the impact upon their employee status and benefits eligibility before accepting a new position with the College.

Please contact Payroll/Benefits staff at the NLC Regional Office, Dawson Creek, for information and assistance.

Open Date: July 6, 2021

Closing Date: OPEN until filled We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with NLC; however, only those contacted for an interview will be acknowledged.