The Program Manager, Indigenous Initiatives is responsible for developing, delivering and assessing academic advising services, programs and projects for Aboriginal students in the Faculty of Forestry (FOF) in order to strengthen the recruitment, academic success, personal development and retention of undergraduate and graduate students. The incumbent also works with community members, faculty and students to execute the program of work listed in the Faculty of Forestry Strategic Plan Core Strategic Area 1 Great People and Core Strategic Area 4 – Indigenous Engagement.
Major responsibilities include: leading the delivery of programs, including participating in planning in close consultation with academic leadership and student groups; assessing and evaluating current offerings and redesigning current programs and opportunities; linking and facilitating initiatives across campus, and with community partners; advising on developing and delivering discipline-specific initiatives that are fully integrated into course and/or program curricula; identifying current gaps in services and programs, and developing solutions; and recommending appropriate means of stakeholder engagement. This position was established specifically to increase enrollment and retention of qualified Aboriginal students in the faculty; to strengthen connections and develop external partnerships with Indigenous communities in British Columbia, and to widen opportunities for all students to learn about Indigenous perspectives and cultures. The position contributes directly to the development of policy and priority of the unit and is also aligned in accordance with the UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan.
The Program Manager, Indigenous Initiatives jointly reports to the Associate Dean, Academic and the Dean of Faculty of Forestry. The incumbent closely works with the Director of Student Services Undergraduate and the Director of Student Services Graduate Students to provide advisory services for students in their programs. When needed, the incumbent also works with the Director of Special Projects for select strategic initiatives, and the Assistant Dean, Development for fundraising projects. The incumbent will interact closely with other UBC Faculties and departments, UBC staff units, and community partner organizations.
Primary responsibilities fall within the following major areas:
3) Community Engagement and
4) Strategic Initiatives
The incumbent develops, coordinates and implements educational services geared to maintaining or improving student success, retention, and well-being in the FOF.
– Advises Indigenous students in the FOF about university opportunities and resources, as appropriate
– Works closely with individual students to ensure access to appropriate resources (tutoring, counseling, financial, third-party sponsorship, etc.)
– Evaluates the needs of Indigenous students for services and programs
– Strategically participates in the development and delivery of academic and social activities for students
– Identifies Indigenous students in personal or academic crises, and advises on available options and support services both on and off-campus
– Performs annual review of student performance, with a focus on Indigenous students
– Works with staff to develop and implement orientation programs aimed at promoting Indigenous student transition and success
– Develops, implements and evaluates programs and services to encourage Indigenous students’ academic success and learning experiences
– Assists in awards distribution for Indigenous students, both undergraduate and graduate, in the FOF
– Advises students in the development of their career goals, and provides referrals to campus resources and external contacts for further support
The incumbent represents UBC FOF in various setting, requiring a high degree of cultural sensitivity and appreciation
– Develops, implements and oversees an effective strategy for the recruitment and admission of Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students
– Contributes to the success of UBC’s Indigenous recruitment strategy through participation in education/ career fairs, recruitment and outreach events, and outreach to high school and college counselors
– Responds to queries from prospective students, high school and college counsellors
– Coordinates FOF participation in provincial and national organizations for Indigenous students
– Conducts domestic recruitment drives, working closely with external partners in Aboriginal communities, high schools, and transfer institutions
– Actively works for the successful transition of students from the Langara Aboriginal Transfer Program
– Coordinates campus visits of prospective Indigenous students
– Directly manages the operations of the bi-annual Field Days for Aboriginal youth at the FOF’s Research Forests, including management of the budget, staff and volunteers, recruitment of participants, and communication with previous participants to seek to successfully apply to UBC Forestry
– Creates and supports laddering programs at regional colleges and technical schools
3) Community Engagement
The incumbent develops and maintains relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations. These relationships are vital to increase recruitment and support of Indigenous students in the FOF, as well as to increase the amount of research being undertaken in collaboration with Indigenous partners.
– Works with external and community partner schools and organizations to promote UBC FOF engagement programs to Indigenous youth in Grades 8-12
– Identifies and addresses opportunities and issues related to Indigenous communities, and integrates that learning into the Faculty’s teaching, research and service
– Leads and coordinates meetings and projects with the FOF’s First Nations Council of Advisors
– Develops and maintains relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations to facilitate engagement with the FOF, as well as foster relationships between current Indigenous students and prospective students
– Develops and maintains mentorship programs between graduate students who work with Indigenous communities and undergraduate students in the FOF to assist undergraduates in learning ways of conducting research with Indigenous communities that involved much more than simply data collection.
4) Strategic Initiatives
The incumbent champions the FOF’s identified strategic goals and initiatives to increase the number of Indigenous students in the Faculty; support the Indigenous students enrolled in the Faculty; ensure the FOF’s curricula accurately represents and includes Indigenous cultures, histories and systems of knowledge; ensure the FOF’s research is relevant to the needs and concerns of partner Indigenous communities; and explore the use of alternative learning opportunities.
– Develops and manages the annual budget for the FOF’s Indigenous Initiatives program
– Provides expert advice to faculty and community partners on developing and delivering curricular supports that are fully integrated into course and/or program curricula, and directly serve course and program learning objectives.
– Participates fully in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives to advance the shared goals outlined in Faculty’s and UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan for the recruitment, retention, and success of Indigenous students
– Contributes to the implementation of the Faculty’s and UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan in collaboration with the FOF’s First Nations Council of Advisors, Enrollment Services, FNHL, and other units on campus
– Works with Indigenous student services staff in other faculties, FOF advising staff and faculty members, and Enrollment Services professionals to ensure advice given to Indigenous students is accurate and meets their needs.
– Works to produce, collect and analyze data for the purpose of developing evidence-based practices in support of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, as it relates to the FOF
– Works in collaboration with communications and advising staff in FOF and FNHL to develop, implement and maintain an effective strategy of communication with stakeholders, including Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and community groups.
– Represents FOF on relevant university committees and at public functions, providing perspectives from both faculty and Indigenous student services as appropriate
– Develops and leads special projects
This position works with considerable autonomy under the general direction of the Dean and the Associate Dean, Academics. Work is reviewed based on achievements of the Faculty’s goals and objectives.
This position is responsible for the hiring, management, evaluation and termination of work-study students, coop students, volunteers and contract positions with graduate students and post-doctoral researchers engaged in the delivery of the FOF’s Indigenous Initiatives programming.
Consequence of error/judgement
The incumbent works independently, with initiative and considerable autonomy. This position exercises significant judgment in establishing priorities, carrying tasks through to completion, and making decisions based on a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the strategic goals, policies, and procedures of UBC and the FOF. The incumbent’s decisions will have a direct impact on the quality of student experiences, program offerings and the success of the Indigenous Strategic Plan in the FOF. The incumbent must exercise tact and diplomacy in interacting with students, staff, alumni, and faculty from UBC; staff at Indigenous community organizations, and prospective students. Full understanding and respect for the principles of confidentiality is essential. Errors in judgment or the disclosure of confidential information could have public consequences, affecting the student and the reputations of the FOF and UBC.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Master’s degree preferred Minimum of three to four years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working within an Indigenous context, and demonstrating an understanding of Indigenous cultures and issues, preferably within British Columbia and Canada. Demonstrated effectiveness in advising and working with Indigenous students and/ or communities. Well-established networks with Canadian Aboriginal communities are an asset. Knowledge of Aboriginal cultures and issues, preferably within British Columbia or Canada.
Demonstrated knowledge of the secondary and post-secondary education systems in BC and Canada, including the relationships between colleges, Aboriginal institutions, technical institutions, and universities. Understanding of science and FOF curricula and the challenges they can pose for Indigenous students. Knowledge of UBC admissions criteria, services, and resources for Indigenous students. Understanding of UBC policies and guidelines, resources and support services, academic requirements for students in FOF, and a thorough knowledge of Indigenous student issues. Demonstrated experience in development and delivery programs and curricula, ideally in a post-secondary environment. Experience designing and delivering educational workshops and information sessions. Demonstrated knowledge of research ethics and administering evaluative tools and analyzing data. Demonstrated ability to develop the capacity of others to engage in new activities, methods or approaches.
Excellent organizational and administrative skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate well to people from a variety of backgrounds. Ability to take initiative, work independently and within a team environment, and to exercise tact, discretion, and judgment. Demonstrated ability to anticipate issues that are not readily apparent, and to be proactive in developing solutions. Ability to masterfully gather and analyze information. Ability to make thoughtful, informed decisions; handle stress within a multi-faceted work environment, and meet challenges with resourcefulness. Demonstrated ability to engage in and resolve ongoing, sensitive or emotionally charged issues and/or disputes. Computer skills and willingness to learn to use new systems and programs as required. Effective oral and written communication, administrative, interpersonal, strategic planning and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a cross-cultural setting.
Must hold a valid B.C. driver’s license, have access to a vehicle and be willing to travel by road, air, and boat.
How to apply
Applications should include a cover letter & CV and should be submitted by March 4, 2020.
Go to the posting directly on the UBC Staff Careers Website and follow the instructions once clicking the “Apply Now” button.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.