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Native Ambassador Post-Secondary Initiative (N.A.P.I.) Coordinator, Native Centre, Student and Enrolment Services

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Job ID: 16087

Updated: August 7, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Native Centre within Student and Enrolment Services invites applications for a Native Ambassador Post-Secondary Initiative (N.A.P.I.) Coordinator. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Manager of The Native Centre is responsible for the overall coordination of the N.A.P.I. Ambassador Aboriginal Youth Leadership program and is part of a dynamic team of staff associated with the Native Centre. The Native Ambassador Post-Secondary Program (N.A.P.I.) oversees the coordination of the N.A.P.I. program activity, including the facilitation of leadership training, quality and content of curriculum, and appropriate training and supervision of program staff. The N.A.P.I. program is an Indigenous youth leadership program, which includes three progressive levels of leadership training. The program's part-time student Ambassadors are supervised by the Coordinator. The Ambassador's facilitate thirteen modules of interactive curriculum, designed specifically for Indigenous youth. The program is offered throughout Alberta, BC, and the NWT. The program also offers motivational presentations, participates in Indigenous youth conferences as guest speakers, and occasionally coordinates customized youth summer camps.

The Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the leadership training, overseeing the administrative responsibilities (including a significant number of reports and evaluations), liaising with community stakeholders, and maintaining the quality and integrity of the curriculum and facilitation of program workshops.

Due to the nature of the work, this position may experience occasional irregular work weeks, which will require the ability to be flexible in order to accommodate special events, presentations, and travel that occur outside the regular work day.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Program Development, Delivery and Community-Building

  • Develop and deliver programs that support institutional priorities and strategic objectives of the University of Calgary’s Native Centre and develop strategic ways to organize, deliver and encourage student engagement in a broad spectrum of community events and activities, including:
    • Coordinate the planning of the program, which makes 3000 points of contact with Indigenous youth, each year . This includes scheduling leadership training for local and regional schools, conferences, special workshops and summer camps
    • Oversee curriculum development and evaluation
    • Conduct regular program reviews and work with support from external partners and stakeholders to ensure the appropriate cultural content of the programming
    • Direct involvement with program stakeholder relations, including presenting to and liaising with corporate program sponsors
    • Able to facilitate all levels of youth Leadership Training Sessions, which includes 13 interactive modules
    • Supervise, onboard and mentor 6-8 part-time student staff throughout the fall/winter terms and two full time student staff during summer
    • Provide daily supervision to part-time Program Assistant
    • Evaluate staff and student staff performance
    • Research best practices nationally and internationally and develop and coordinate the planning of regular and ongoing community building social activities for undergraduate students to build a strong sense of community

Assessment, Record Keeping and Policies and Procedures

  • With the support of the Manager, Native Centre, develop and administer appropriate evaluation tools and processes
  • Integrate feedback and provide suggestions for the enhancement of programs and the student experience
  • Maintain accurate and confidential records and makes timely suggestions for any needed changes to existing programming
  • Oversee the compilation of monthly and annual reports
  • Follow university policies and procedures

Communication, Collaboration and Relationship Building

  • Work collaboratively with all members of the Native Centre team
  • Contribute to an office environment which is conducive to open communication and teamwork
  • Promotes student engagement opportunities to the student population to ensure programs have a broad recognition across campus

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A completed undergraduate degree or three year applied degree in a related field as well as three to five years of work experience in a related field is essential
  • Program coordination, supervisory experience, and familiarity with Indigenous youth is a preferred asset
  • Require a high level of competence in workshop facilitation, and excellent, proven communication skills, both written and oral
  • Must be able to operate a University vehicle safely and have a valid Class 5 Alberta Operators license (Non Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) with no current suspensions and fewer than six (6) demerits. A current Driver's Abstract must be provided on request as extensive travel is required
  • Vulnerable Sector Verification is required
  • Excellent program coordination, management and leadership skills
  • Experience with program planning and event coordination (of small and large scale events)
  • Strong knowledge of cross-cultural communication/conflict styles
  • Experience with group facilitation and mentoring required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Dynamic motivational speaking ability
  • Supervisory and team leadership experience
  • Experience in working with youth (ages 13 – 30)
  • Strong background in forging positive community relations and partnerships
  • Knowledge of Indigenous communities and direct work experience with Indigenous programming
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills: Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Experience with and knowledge about utilization of various Social Media platforms
  • Ability to plan for and efficiently manage multiple tasks and priorities under the pressure of tight timelines; ability to handle competing responsibilities and determine priorities
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative team setting as well as in an independent, self-directed environment
  • Display a willingness to understand the University of Calgary, its strategic directions, departments and its leadership and student engagement programs

Application Deadline: August 6, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist / Advisor Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.


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