Aboriginal Awareness Centre Coordinator

Term: August 2022- April 2023

Type: Contract

Hours: 30 hours/week

Pay: $20.00/hour, bi-weekly

The Aboriginal Awareness Centre Coordinator is the manager of the Aboriginal Awareness Centre at the Lakehead University Student Union and is responsible for its day-to-day operations. They are responsible for delivering the Centre’s mandate, providing service, developing and implementing programs, and supporting students and the Lakehead University community.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and facilitate the day-to-day operations of the centre

  • Provide support, referral, and crisis intervention for individuals with respect to Indigenous issues.

  • Advocate and lobby within the university and Thunder Bay community in order to raise awareness of Indigenous issues.

  • Supervise volunteers and staff of the centre, including hiring, training, and termination of centre staff.

  • Plan, develop, and implement the development of educational campaigns related to Indigenous issues.

  • Plan, develop and implement events for social connections of students. 

  • Promote the centre, its services, and all campaigns both within the university and the community at-large.

  • Manage the centre’s budget and ensure that all expenditures are within it.

  • Apply for appropriate funding and grants in order to augment the campaigns and programming of the centre.

  • Prepare and offer presentations on varying issues related to the mandate of the centre to interested groups both on and off campus, including by locating relevant speakers or presenters.

  • Develop and manage the centre resource library by locating books, articles, pamphlets, magazines, DVDs, and other media relevant to centre.  Assist patrons in locating appropriate resources.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with Lakehead University student services and related departments such as Indigenous Initiatives and Indigenous Programs.

  • Organize and chair meetings of the Aboriginal Programming Committee.

  • Submit regular reports to the LUSU Board of Directors.

  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Priority will be given to applicants who self identify as Indigenous from the student population;

  • Familiarity with and passionate about the mandate of the Aboriginal Awareness Centre;

  • Demonstrates professionalism, strong communication skills, and leadership;

  • An understanding of and willingness to learn about current issues regarding challenges faced by First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

  • Experience in engaging, recruiting, and coordinating volunteers;

  • Experience on social justice campaigns including those relating to the Indigenous community is an asset, as is knowledge of anti-oppressive practices;

  • Ability to work independently or cooperatively with others;

  • Digital skills, including but not limited to Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Instagram, and Canva.

LUSU and the Aboriginal Awareness Centre are committed to the principles of employment equity. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome; in particular, applications are encouraged from Indigenous people, women, racialized people, Disabled people, and Queer and Trans people. International students are also encouraged to apply.

Email: Julianna Cronk, Vice President Advocacy at vpa@lusu.ca. Include a cover letter and resume.

Please use the subject line “Application: Aboriginal Awareness Coordinator”

MySuccess job bank reference: 24958

Application Deadline: Friday July 22, 2022 at 4:30 PM ET

Interview Dates: July 28 and July 29, 2022 

Please take advantage of the Resume and Cover Letter review services offered through the Lakehead Career Zone. Go to mysuccess.lakeheadu.ca to make an appointment.



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