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Access to Post-Sec Project Manager

Posted: July 22, 2021

The Role

Division: PSE/Education and Lifelong Learning
Reports To: Associate Director – Métis Education Foundation and Post-Secondary Education

Reporting to the Associate Director – Métis Education Foundation and Post-Secondary Education, the Access to Post-Sec Manager (APSM) will work closely with Edmonton Catholic and Edmonton Public schools in developing promising practices to establish a successful Access To Post-Sec Program.

The first year of the project will involve the manager working with Graduation Coaches who have established chosen career paths with Métis students and provide additional support to Métis students in successfully transitioning them to post-secondary. The manager will work to develop practices that removes barriers to future success and will facilitate career planning activities. The manager will also develop a mentorship model as an additional support connecting high school students with existing students who are part of the Rupertsland Student Association (RMSA) or Rupertsland Alumni Association (RAA). Year one will involve working with a cohort of Métis students who are in grade 12. The manager will work closely with the cohort of students to ensure their transition to higher education is a success.

In year two, the program will expand by recruiting an additional facilitator to expand this program to Métis students across the province in which there is a high population of Métis students in grade 12. The manager will identify these schools/districts and build relationships and connections during year one.

Duties include bringing students to open houses, helping with the application process, visiting different campuses, matching the student up with a mentor who is in the same education program/career path as the student.

The focus of this role is the development and implementation of career strategies to improve a student’s transition into the workplace and into related post-secondary programs.

The incumbent works to ensure smooth transitions of high school students to a career or academic path and introduces a range of options. The job works to develop connections with students to be proactive in their future paths.

To Fit the Role

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with students to learn about specific career options requiring additional education;
  • Provide support in transitioning to post-secondary institutes;
  • Guide students through the application process and receive assistance with funding and scholarship applications;
  • Partner with organizations and local businesses to facilitate career opportunities;
  • Plan and collaborate on the development of programs with a team that includes administrators, teachers, advisors, counselors, social workers and/or any other relevant service providers.

Decision Making

  • Determine appropriate student needs based on the educational goal assessment.
  • Coordinate, develop and maintain relationships with health professionals who conduct client assessments and recommend tools and assistive devices/technology to help students reach their educational goals and action plans. Follow up to ensure action plan is progressing.

Location

MTE office location / remote work

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE

  • Knowledge of student-centered advising and counselling techniques.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of current trends in post-secondary learning and accommodations.
  • Ethical behaviour, practice and confidentiality are expected to be a priority.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn post-secondary application requirements, processes, and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and ability to learn and use RLI software.
  • Knowledge of human behaviours and performance is required to identify and respond appropriately to non-disclosed disabilities. Perceptive of clients’ strengths, abilities and challenges.
  • Métis cultural competencies: ability to work with diverse student cohorts.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of post-secondary learning environments including faculties, processes, services and community resources.
  • Knowledge of challenges, barriers, social and economic factors facing Métis individuals.
  • Knowledge of education programs/institutions and occupational requirements.
  • Understanding of applicable privacy legislation, such as FOIP and PIPA.

SKILLS

  • Skills in service orientation, active listening, critical thinking.
  • Comfortable, confident, and competent in managing high volumes, line management, and have the ability to process information quickly.
  • High awareness of Indigenous learners and the challenges and barriers associated with Indigenous learners.
  • Ability in problem identification, reasoning, and divert students requiring expertise advise within the postsecondary institutions or in the community.
  • Superior organizational and time management skills with the ability to make complex decisions under pressure while effectively and efficiently managing and prioritizing multiple tasks to meet deadlines within a demanding, fast-paced, and often stressful work environment.
  • Excellent analytic and solution-seeking skills with superior attention to details.
  • Excellent project management skills with the proven ability to manage large and small projects on budget and within a set time frame.
  • Capacity to interpret and explain policies and procedures to students, schools, post-secondary institutions, prospective applicants, and the Métis community.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with academic and administrative partner units.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree or diploma in native studies, career counseling, education or related area, plus three years of directly related experience;
  • Knowledge of Métis culture; fluency in Cree/Michif is an asset;
  • Knowledge of program development best practices, particularly in the area of employment and vocational programming;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft programs including Excel, Outlook and databases;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with youth, adults, elders and members of the community;
  • Ability to communicate cultural information to teachers and translate educational information to parents and extended families

Complexities (the variety of work performed and the difficulty of the work)

  • Work with students who may have disabilities, language and cultural differences, or other special needs that may affect their educational goals.
  • Some knowledge of academic programming, student services, academic administration policies and processes to provide accurate, useful information to students is preferable.
  • Ability to build collaborative working relationships.
  • Communication, interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict resolutions skills.
  • Ability to provide high quality customer service through a variety of modalities.
  • Technical, analytical, critical thinking and data entry skills.
  • Computer dexterity.
  • Sitting for long periods of time.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high-level of emotional intelligence.
  • Demonstrated ability to be professional and tactful in highly sensitive situations often involving highly confidential information regarding students and staff.
  • Advocacy on behalf of students with post-secondary institutions, and community agencies.
  • Finding appropriate community resources to advise and/or refer students.

Communication Skills

  • Excellent listening, verbal, and written skills to effectively document and provide information to students, staff, and external agencies.
  • Ability to multitask, with excellent verbal communication, written communication, and organizational skills.
  • Superior interpersonal skills with the proven ability to build/maintain strategic relationships, interact professionally, knowledgeably, comfortably, positively and respectfully with diverse individuals / stakeholders with a broad range of credentials, abilities and literacy/language levels.
  • Work effectively with students, staff, educators, instructors, educational institutions, proponents, and agencies.
  • Ability to develop and deliver professional presentation(s) in diverse formal and informal settings.
  • Ability to advocate for students both internally and with external agencies and institutions.

Application Deadline

July 27, 2021 4:30 p.m

Application Procedure

To apply, please send your letter of intent, resume and cover letter to employment@rupertsland.org by 4:30 p.m. July 27, 2021, quoting –Access to Post Sec Project Manager’ in your email subject line.

Rupertsland Institute thanks all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.