University of Alberta

Indigenous Student Academic and Cultural Support Advisor

Faculty of Law

Competition No.  -    S101935820
Posting Date  -    May 23, 2018
Closing Date  -    Jun 29, 2018
Position Type  -    Part Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $27,265 to $37,375 (pro-rated) per year
Grade  -    09
Hours  -    17.5

This part-time position has an end date of one year from the date of hire and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The schedule for weekly part-time hours is negotiable.  This position could be held in conjunction with another professional practice and/or position.

Reporting to the Vice Dean, the Indigenous Student Advisor is responsible for coordinating activities related to the success of Indigenous Students enrolled in the Faculty of Law.  This position will also assist with the formulation and implementation of initiatives associated with the Faculty and, as appropriate, University response to the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that apply to legal education and career development for lawyers.  


Student Advising:

  • Provides pre-admissions counselling to prospective Indigenous students and counsels current students on academic and non-academic issues.
  • Provides individualized guidance and support to new Indigenous students, including information on academic processes, courses and programs, Faculty and University policies and procedures, and facilitates their acclimatization to legal studies to address potentially systemic problems these students may face.
  • Assists with Indigenous student academic appeals, exam deferrals, student rights, privileges and responsibilities.
  • Acts as a resource person, and provides information on services and supports available for Indigenous students facing academic, personal or financial challenges. The position will make referrals to appropriate services both on and off-campus.
  • Works closely with appropriate individuals to provide accurate information on scholarships, bursaries and awards for Indigenous students in law, develops new initiatives and assists with identifying external sources of financial support available for Indigenous students.
  • Works closely with Law Career Services to provide advice and assistance to Indigenous law students regarding career planning, obtaining law-related summer and part-time employment and obtaining post-graduate articling/transition to practice/alternative employment opportunities.
  • Acts as the advisor for the Indigenous Law Students Association and helps to coordinate the Association’s activities with councils and committees in the Faculty of Law and elsewhere on campus.

Communications and external relations/liaison:

  • Serves as the primary contact in the Faculty of Law for communications with Indigenous students, and works with the Communications Department to develop and implement effective communication strategies, and the design of promotional material (guides, newsletters, announcements, promotional tools, etc.) in order to maximize the efficiency and quality of services offered to Indigenous students and the promotion of the Faculty of Law to prospective Indigenous students.
  • Strengthens connections between the Faculty of Law and Indigenous communities, organizations and the general legal community. Provides assistance to Indigenous students in matters dealing with Bands, organizations, funding agencies and law firms.
  • Represents the Faculty by attending conferences, festivals, trade shows, education and college fairs, visiting schools, and participating in other relationship-building activities at the local and national level.
  • Provides advice on the design, organization, and implementation of specific initiatives, activities and projects including orientation, student socials, speaker series, graduation, mentoring opportunities, academic support opportunities, networking opportunities between alumni and current Indigenous students, etc.
  • Works with Advancement to prepare and implement fundraising strategies to support Indigenous students who intend to study in law school at the University of Alberta.

 Faculty Resource/Support Activities:

  • Assesses and makes recommendations regarding Faculty of Law practices and policies, and coordinates comparative assessments with other law schools in order to assist Faculty administrators in adopting best practices for fostering academic excellence among Indigenous law students enrolled in the Faculty.
  • Conducts research and surveys, coordinates and manages the creation of reports on initiatives, academic support, academic success, awards, events etc., in order to assist in developing measurable objectives, and to synthesize opportunities for optimal decision-making with regard to Indigenous students enrolled in the Faculty.
  • Assists the Faculty in meeting its reconciliation efforts and obligations under human rights and equity legislation, and in removing systemic barriers where they exist for Indigenous students.
  • The incumbent will actively participate in, and provide advice to, Faculty committees as a designated expert in Indigenous culture, protocols and practices, and community realities.
  • Advises the Faculty on creating Indigenous space in the Law School or facilitates access to University resources and spaces, as appropriate.


  • University degree in law from a Canadian university, with practical Indigenous knowledge, including Indigenous legal traditions, with a minimum of three years of experience in legal practice, or in providing academic/cultural support in a higher education or equivalent setting.
  • Thorough understanding of Indigenous cultures and of the reality experienced by Indigenous students and demonstrated experience in working with Indigenous/Aboriginal Communities and/or organizations.
  • In-depth commitment to the advancement of Indigenous people.
  • Deep personal experience with Indigenous cultures, communities, protocols, practices and ways of knowing, cultural sensitivity, tact and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the cultural knowledge and perspective required to connect with Indigenous communities, schools and students; knowledge of Treaty 6 communities is an asset.
  • Knowledge of an Indigenous language in addition to English is an asset.
  • Experience working with students in a post-secondary setting.
  • Optimism about the legal profession and opportunities for Indigenous lawyers.
  • Experience designing educational support programs is an asset.
  • High degree of professionalism, initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Strong organizational skills, analytical skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities in order to respect deadlines.
  • Proven ability to solve problems and envision creative solutions.
  • Computer proficiency in a Windows environment using MS Office applications, social media and Google applications.
  • Strong Financial management, project management, presentation, and communication skills (written, oral and interpersonal).

    How to Apply

    Apply Online

    Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

    We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

    The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.