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Coordinator, Indigenous Student Transition And Engagement

Job ID25-3A-11-AB-5C-9F
CompanyKwantlen Polytechnic University
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Date Posted2023-11-15
Posted Until2023-12-15
Job TypeFull-time
Job CategoryEducation
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.


We invite candidates to apply who self-identify as Indigenous and who can demonstrate through lived experience the knowledge of Indigenous culture, traditions and values.

As the Coordinator, Indigenous Student Transition and Engagement, you will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of specialized culturally relevant programming that supports the transition and engagement of a diverse Indigenous student population at KPU. You will work directly with Indigenous students to provide guidance and advice, fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion, coordinate on campus and virtual programming that supports Indigenous student recruitment, transition, persistence and retention. In addition, you will coordinate and lead a variety of student events and provide leadership to a team of paid and volunteer Indigenous peers. The Coordinator coordinates the work of the Elders in Residence, overseeing scheduling and logistical support ensuring the wellbeing of the Elders while on campus.

This is a permanent full-time position with a hybrid work schedule, within the Indigenous Leadership office.


Undergraduate Degree in a relevant discipline plus a minimum of three years related experience.
Minimum two years' supervisory experience including staff training and development.
Minimum two years' experience recruiting, coordinating and leading volunteer teams.
Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


Must identify as an individual with Indigenous (First Nation, Metis or Inuit) heritage.
Must possess a strong understanding of Indigenous culture, history and experiences in Canada.
Demonstrated understanding of student engagement principles; remains current with best practices to enhance the student experience .
Demonstrated experience with event programing, organizing and implementation of activities and events, - Experience with various social media applications.
Ability to exercise a high level of initiative, responsibility and attention to detail.
Excellent organizational skills; including the ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with, and provide exceptional customer service to, all internal and external stakeholders.
Must be able to work independently and as a team player.
Experience managing event budgets of $5,000 or greater.
General knowledge of University policies and procedures.
Must be able to work on multiple campuses and must be able to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and weekends.
Travel is required; possession of a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle is needed.
Must be able to lift and carry materials in the range of 30 to 50 lbs.

Salary Information

Annual salary increases are based on hours worked and anniversary dates

Please note: As per the KPU-BCGEU Collective Agreement, qualified internal applicants within the BCGEU bargaining unit are given first consideration in filling this position. Internal applicants must apply by 11:59pm on the internal closing date in order to be considered as an internal applicant. Internal applications received after the closing date will be considered as an external applicant.

About Kwantlen Polytechnic University

With a mission to transform lives and empower positive change, KPU employees work collaboratively to inspire our students, our communities and one another. Our success is driven by the dedication and passion of the people who work here and we strive to attract, develop, reward and retain our employees.

Note to Applicants:
Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from equity deserving groups and diverse experiences including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Start DateDecember 15, 2023
Salary$59,859.00 - $66,815.00
OtherKPU is committed to the TRC's Calls to Action

The name 'Kwantlen' comes from the Kwantlen First Nation in whose traditional territory the university is located. The word 'Kwantlen' means Tireless Runner and is reflected in the university's motto: "through tireless effort, knowledge, and understanding." The University's five campuses are located on the traditional and ancestral territories of the q'ʷɑ:n'ƛ'ən' (Kwantlen), xʷməθkwəy'əm (Musqueam), q'ic'əy' (Katzie), SEMYOME (Semiahmoo), s''əwaθən (Tsawwassen), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), and kʷikʷəƛ'əm (Kwikwetlem) Peoples.

The search for the current position is part of KPU's commitment to advancing reconciliation through a new portfolio under the leadership of a new Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Leadership, Innovation, and Partnership and the release of the xéʔelɬ Pathways to Systemic Transformation, an action plan that will provide a pathway to addressing systemic change.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.
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A resume
A cover letter - Please make sure to indicate whether you self-identify as Indigenous, including First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples of Canada in the cover letter to be considered for this position.
If there are any barriers that you are experiencing or an accommodation that we can provide to support you through the application process, please reach out to us at