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Indigenous Outreach Coordinator

by Western University

Reference #: 28483
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Dec 01, 2022
Experience: 2 Years
Education: University Degree
Western University

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35
Salary Grade: 13

Please note, this position is grant funded.

About Western

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and
brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence
expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad
worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Since 1878, The Western
Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural
growth in order to better serve our communities.

About Us

The Faculty of Engineering is dedicated to the advancement of learning through teaching and research and to
the discovery and application of knowledge in selected engineering disciplines. It seeks to develop people with
talents and skills who will provide internationally significant leadership to serve the interests of society. The
mission of the Outreach and Recruitment unit in the Office of the Dean is to connect the external community to
engineering and recruitment the best and the brightest to engineering.


The Indigenous Outreach Coordinator will collaborate to provide support for the development, expansion and
implementation of programs and events focused on increasing awareness and knowledge of engineering to
Indigenous youth in STEM, with a focus on high school programming, and the overall goal to increase
enrolment of Indigenous students to the undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Engineering. The role will
develop strategies to extend the outreach to Indigenous students in undergraduate programs at Western
University and other post-secondary institutions as well as working with Indigenous professionals to increase
the enrolment of Indigenous students in Western Engineering graduate programs. The role will assist with the
design and development of classroom programming, coordinate the delivery and evaluation of the
programming within the partner school boards, as well as support the day-to-day administrative and logistical
functions of the program. The Coordinator will act as a first point of contact for all internal and external inquiries
related to the outreach programs, and will ensure that the necessary support, information, documentation and
resources are available for the successful implementation of events, workshops and program initiatives related
to this population. The role will be instrumental in initiating new forms of engagement for Indigenous outreach,
participate in the development and expansion of outreach programs, identify and act on opportunities to
increase awareness of engagement programs, coordinate outreach activities, and deliver programming for
prospective Indigenous students, working with community partners to leverage their reach to further the goals
and impact of these programs.


- Bachelor’s Degree; in Education, Engineering, or Science preferred

- 2 years' experience teaching in an in-person and virtual classroom setting
- Experience working with Indigenous youth and Indigenous communities with a focus on education
- Experience coordinating Indigenous student and/or youth events and programs
- Experience maintaining and developing new community partners including teachers, schools and other
- Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit in
Canada) with lived experience
- Experience developing and implementing programming related to the Ontario Science and Mathematics
Curriculum preferred
- Experience working in a University setting is an asset

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Thorough understanding of Indigenous post-secondary student educational needs, policies, issues, and
implications in Canada
- A deep understanding of local Indigenous communities, organizations, and cultural protocols and practices
is an asset
- Strong understanding of Indigenous histories, traditions and cultures
- Familiarity with social media and technology platforms relevant to engaging Indigenous students
- Knowledge of post-secondary programs, protocols and processes related to admissions with familiarity with
Indigenous Student Services and Indigenous admission practices across the post-secondary sector
- Ability to plan and manage events of various sizes; familiarity with large scale events an asset
- Project management skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines and perform well under pressure
- Ability to effectively present information, and conduct training sessions and workshops
- Ability to act on new information and effectively contribute in a changing environment
- Communication skills with an ability to clearly express ideas in an objective manner, complete detailed
analytics and reports and adapt communication style to suit the situation and audience
- Ability to understand Indigenous student and community needs and expectations and provide excellent
service to directly and indirectly satisfy expectations
- Detail-oriented with an ability to function and process information with high levels of accuracy
- A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation and conflict resolution skills
- Ability to multi-task and maintain an organized and effective personal work environment
- Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the University’s events and activities
- Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite and with Content Management Systems (such as
- Must have own transportation with ability to travel between Western Engineering and local
schools/community partners; Valid Class G driver’s license required
Interested applicants are asked to visit for further information and to apply online referencing job #28483 by 11:59PM on January 8, 2023.

Background Checks

Please note, successful applicants will be required to produce a current, clean driving abstract, as well as
a current vulnerable sector record check from a police service prior to commencing employment.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity
and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible
minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any
gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you
require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

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