University of Alberta

Where the Rivers Meet Program Coordinator

Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

Competition No.  -    S106339830
Posting Date  -    Aug 07, 2019
Closing Date  -    Sep 04, 2019
Position Type  -    Part Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $30,255 to $41,091 (pro-rated) per year
Grade  -    08
Hours  -    21

This position has an end date of August 31, 2021 with the possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

A confluence (where two rivers meet) is a place that is sacred among Indigenous people. It is a place where elders and knowledge keepers come to reconnect with the land, replenish their knowledge, and a place where we bring youth to help them connect with the creator. We hope to show Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Indigenous youth that they are welcome and that they have community to go to that honours who they are as a whole person: mind, body, emotion, and spirit.

Where the Rivers Meet is a program that is grounded in ceremony and the celebration of two-spirit people and their multiple identities. In order to keep the program in alignment with its ceremonial roots the core mandates are as follows: inter-community healing, responsible stewardship, and responsibility to the teachings of the land.

Reporting to the iSMSS Manager of Programs and Services, the Where the Rivers Meet Coordinator is responsible for the planning, coordination, and delivery of the Where the Rivers Meet (WTRM) program in K-12 schools, community organizations, (Edmonton/Calgary) and rural indigenous communities across Alberta, as well as facilitating the assessment process related to WTRM programming. The WTRM Program Coordinator will also plan, coordinate, and deliver workshops for staff and students on campus, at other post-secondary institutions, and for other community groups.


  • Ensures the program delivery is pedagogically sound, age-appropriate, culturally relevant, and professionally facilitated and delivered to students.

  • Provides peer-to-peer education for youth both within the school system and through other community connections (group homes, drop-in centers, etc.).

  • Responds to booking requests and assesses environmental impacts.

  • Consults with local community members (such as GSA, teachers, administrators, etc.).

  • Facilitates workshop sessions that include LGBTQ+ terminology, pronouns, the impact of homophobia/transphobia, colonial history, the ways to support two-spirit/LGBTQ+ Indigenous youth and working professionals

  • Provide follow up support for workshop participants after completed sessions.

  • Recruits, selects, trains and mentors student and youth workshop presenters and panelists

  • Networks at outreach/community events to recruit volunteers and advertise program.

  • Attends bi-weekly iSMSS staff meetings.

  • Ensure effective program evaluation, tracking, and reporting as required by funders.

  • Prepares, copies, and coordinates materials and evaluation forms for presentations. Ensures completion of surveys for programs, completes data entry of survey results.

  • Tracks session data.

  • Arranges school/classroom and necessary equipment bookings by liaising with appropriate personnel.

  • Makes travel arrangements and enters travel expense claims, as necessary.

  • Reviewing and recommending program website updates with content.

  • General office duties (mail, photocopying, answering e-mail, etc.)

  • Participates and provides support for iSMSS events such as Pride Week, Mayor’s Pride Brunch, etc.  

  • Advises iSMSS staff in conjunction with the Elders Advisory Council on indigenous protocols and best practises


  • Experience working with Indigenous Two-Spirit sexual and gender minority youth and/or vulnerable youth populations in a classroom or community-based setting is required.

  • Familiarity and demonstrated experience working with Indigenous communities;comprehensive understanding of Indigenous cultures, values, and teachings to provide cultural support system to Indigenous youth.

  • Minimum High School Diploma; University degree, especially in Education, is an asset. Other combinations of education/experience will be considered.

  • Computer proficiency with MAC, MS Office, Powerpoint, Excel, Survey Monkey software, Google applications.

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent presentation, and time management skills.

  • Ability to effectively organize priorities, problem solve and work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Self-reliant, organized, and highly motivated.

  • Police information and vulnerable sector check required.

  • Class 5 driver's license with access to a vehicle.

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.