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Indigenous Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Surrey, British Columbia (CA)
Closing date
Jun 30, 2022

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

KPU offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers.  KPU strives to implement initiatives that will attract, support, engage, and retain KPU’s people and create an environment where all employees see themselves as contributing to student learning.

JOB OVERVIEW: Indigenous Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator

The Indigenous Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for providing recruitment, admissions advising and liaison services to attract well-qualified Indigenous prospective students into undergraduate, trades and preparatory programs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). Build relationships and connections with local Indigenous organizations and First Nations. Participate in the planning and execution of recruiting services and admissions advising sessions in a wide variety of educational, community and professional settings in the Lower Mainland and across Canada. Provide advice and/or information about admissions requirements and procedures, programs, services, careers and more to identified target markets for the purpose of generating inquiries and applications. Actively recruit students through consistent follow-up through the application process, specifically through email, phone calls and campus visits. Act as KPU representative at internal as well as external recruitment and community events, developing rapport with students, parents and key stakeholders by providing prompt and professional service. Actively pursue new initiatives and support the implementation of KPU’s marketing and recruitment strategic plan. Work closely with the Future Students’ Office to align training and institutional recruitment goals.


•    Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of related experience in student recruitment, advising and/or student services or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Experience working as a recruiter in a public university setting is considered an asset.
•    Experience working with Indigenous peoples or in Indigenous communities and paired with knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures.
•    Strong preference given to candidates who identify as an individual with an Indigenous heritage.


•    Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Proven ability to be flexible in speaking and polished presentation style, to small and large groups up to 100+. Proven ability to convey appropriate and diplomatic responses to questions under pressure.
•    Proven ability to represent a post-secondary institution or organization with tact and diplomacy while interacting with people of various ages, backgrounds, cultures and languages.
•    Strong organizational skills, the ability to work as part of an integrated team and the ability to work independently.
•    Demonstrated ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner in a demanding, high stress, fast-paced environment over a sustained period of time.
•    Experience in post-secondary education recruitment activities such as formal presentations at education fairs, trade shows, community and business events
•    Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to advise, guide and provide training to various stakeholders across the University.
•    Ability to relate well to people from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Proven ability to function effectively in a cross-cultural setting.
•    Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.
•    Knowledge of Kwantlen Polytechnic University programs and courses and a demonstrated ability to keep up- to-date with credit and non-credit offerings, university and program admission policies, tuition fees, etc.
•    Ability to exercise a high level of initiative and responsibility, work independently and establish own priorities and meet deadlines.
•    Knowledge of training, education and or job requirements for a wide range of academic, trades and technical careers as well as pathway options to reach educational goals.
•    Strong understanding of the B.C. and other Canadian education systems: graduation, partnerships, and articulated agreements.
•    Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint at an intermediate level.
•    Ability to travel to other campuses and within Canada is required.
•    Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed.
•    Possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required.

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