Indigenous Support Manager

Faculty of Law

Competition No.  -    A101943348D1
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Reporting to the Vice Dean, the Indigenous Support Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of initiatives, programs and services to facilitate the success of Indigenous students enrolled in the Faculty of Law through engagement and strategic partnerships with Indigenous communities and external Indigenous organizations.  The incumbent provides advice to the Dean, Vice Dean, faculty and staff in Law on engagement with Indigenous communities and elders.  The incumbent budgets for Indigenous initiatives and events, and actively seeks funding partnerships, overseeing the submission of applications for funding to enhance Indigenous student initiatives and cultural support.  This position is responsible for developing and implementing Indigenous student recruitment and retention strategies, delivering academic support (including support for academic and post-graduate success) and providing cultural support services. This position also provides one-on-one counselling and advice to prospective and current Indigenous Law students. The incumbent must be a practicing lawyer, preferably with ties to the Alberta legal community, to manage the extensive networking and engagement with the general and Indigenous legal community and Indigenous communities required to be effective in this role.  This position leads the formulation and implementation of initiatives associated with the Faculty of Law as set out in the Five Year Indigenous Initiatives Plan and, as appropriate, the University response to the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that apply to legal education and career development for lawyers.  The incumbent also works with faculty members in Law to provide direction and oversight to curriculum refinement undertaken by the Faculty.

Duties:

Initiatives Development and Support 

Works collaboratively with staff in Law and groups inside and outside the University to develop and initiate programs and services to facilitate the success of Indigenous students enrolled in Faculty of Law undergraduate and graduate programs:

  • Leverages extensive contacts with Indigenous organizations and elders as well as leaders in the external Indigenous legal community to ensure success of Indigenous student initiatives and support services.
  • Conducts research on Indigenous student academic initiatives and programs in other Law schools and evaluates for best practices and policies for possible adoption at the University of Alberta.
  • Contributes to the expansion of programs for Indigenous students, developing and implementing new programs and seeking funding through the preparation and submission of funding applications and proposals to Government and external funding agencies.
  • Leads the formulation and implementation of initiatives associated with the response to the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that apply to legal education and career development for lawyers.
  • Works with faculty members in Law to provide direction and oversight to curriculum refinement undertaken by the Faculty.
  • Reports annually on the progress and success of initiatives, including accomplishments and challenges.

 Community Engagement and Cultural Support

  • Works collaboratively with staff in Law and groups inside and outside the University to develop and initiate programs and services to facilitate the success of Indigenous students enrolled in Faculty of Law undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Leverages extensive contacts with Indigenous organizations and elders as well as leaders in the external Indigenous legal community to ensure success of Indigenous student initiatives and support services.
  • Conducts research on Indigenous student academic initiatives and programs in other Law schools and evaluates for best practices and policies for possible adoption at the University of Alberta.  Also conducts surveys on programming initiated by incumbent to assist in developing measurable objectives for use in admissions and recruitment.
  • Contributes to the expansion of programs for Indigenous students, developing and implementing new programs and seeking funding through the preparation and submission of funding applications and proposals to Government and external funding agencies.
  • Leads the formulation and implementation of initiatives associated with the response to the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that apply to legal education and career development for lawyers.
  • Works with faculty members in Law to provide direction and oversight to curriculum refinement undertaken by the Faculty.
  • Reports annually on the progress and success of initiatives, including accomplishments and challenges.

 Student Advising and Support

  • Provides pre-admissions counselling to prospective Indigenous Law students and guidance to new Indigenous students on academic processes, Law programs and courses, and Faculty and University policies and procedures.
  • Counsels current Indigenous Law students on University and Law-specific programs and services available to Indigenous students, including individualized support to facilitate acclimatization to legal studies and address systemic barriers.
  • Coordinates with Career Services to develop initiatives to facilitate Indigenous Law student career planning, including liaison with external law firms and other organizations regarding summer, part-time and post-graduate articling opportunities.
  • Advises the Indigenous Law Students’ Association (ILSA) on coordination of the Association’s student activities and activities involving external Indigenous organizations and leaders in the Indigenous Legal community.  Facilitates success of the annual Indigenous Speakers Series, an important five-day event on a subject matter relevant to Indigenous Peoples and Law with a different legal theme and related topics each year.

Qualifications

  • The incumbent must have a law degree with practical Indigenous knowledge, including Indigenous legal traditions and connections to the Indigenous legal community
  • Minimum three years of experience in legal practice or in the development of programs and initiatives to support Indigenous students
  • 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
  • Deep personal experience with Indigenous cultures, communities, protocols, practices and ways of knowing
  • Extensive experience in Indigenous consultation and engagement
  • Thorough understanding of the reality experienced by Indigenous law students and competency in counselling and mentoring students to facilitate success
  • High degree of professionalism, initiative and the ability to work independently
  • Fluency in an Indigenous language is an asset

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and has a salary range of $61,391 to $102,355. Please note, this position is part time (0.5 FTE) and salary will be pro-rated and commensurate with experience. 

Applications should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names of three references.

How to Apply

Apply Online

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

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. 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.