Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor

About Ryerson University
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.

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Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services
Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (R.A.S.S.) provides a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture.

The mission of the centre 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.

The Opportunity
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The Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services office is looking to hire talented individuals like yourself to join the team. Reporting to the Program Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services, you will engage and assist Aboriginal students and community members in their interactions with the university. In addition, you will be providing support, education and academic assistance to Aboriginal students and Aboriginal peoples wishing to return to education.

To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume describing how you meet the following required qualifications:

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree, preferably in Social Work; a Masters degree is an asset.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience in the education sector, including academic research, lived experience in the Indigenous community, knowledge of resources in the urban Aboriginal community and resources in the mainstream social service sector required. An equivalent combintation of education and experience may be considered.  
  • Experience in the research of various Indigenous cultural perspectives and backgrounds is an asset in working with diverse Indigenous students.
  • Experience in program delivery, conducting activities for groups of participants with varied cultural perspectives and backgrounds, and in providing support to/with Aboriginal students in an Aboriginal organization.
  • Knowledge and ability to assist students to navigate and understand the structure of the University.
  • Knowledge and ability to assist students in learning self-advocacy.
  • Knowledge of tools that assist in finding and analyzing Aboriginal communities and experiences leading to any issues that affect the student’s academics.
  • Experience in collaborating with diverse university affairs staff and faculty in interventions as they relate to admissions, learning, academic and transition success.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills are required in order to offer advice, support and guidance to current and potential Aboriginal students on issues ranging from inquiries related to admissions, accessing continuing education and Aboriginal community resources, one-on-one counseling, and providing referrals to different university support services.
  • Excellent presentation skills are required to develop and present workshops showcasing Aboriginal specific services, programs, and educational workshops with internal partners and allies.
  • Program experience/delivery of pathways to post-secondary education that engage Aboriginal peoples wishing to return to post-secondary education.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and planning events.
  • Strong analytical and research skills are required to prepare reports focused on student experience, and Indigenous education for internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Candidates may be asked to demonstrate qualifications through occupational testing as a first step in the evaluation process before a face-to-face interview is granted. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of dependability/reliability and a commitment to maintain confidentiality.

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 Indigenous applicants to self-identify in their cover letter. 

How to apply: 
Candidates are required to submit their applications directly through the Ryerson Career Opportunities website.  
The link: https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/public/external_view.cfm?post_id=180655 
Apply online before: Monday August 13, 2018 (4:30pm)