Indigenous Career Specialist

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Indigenous Career Specialist

Job Information
Author NorquestHR
Date September 29, 2020
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company NorQuest College
Salary $27.61 to $35.88 - Per Hour
Location Edmonton, AB
Category Education / Teaching - K-12 and other training
Contact Information
[email protected]


NorQuest College employees are difference makers in the work we do for our college and community. We transform lives together. We work together in the spirit of Wahkotowin (togetherness) in good relations—Miyo Wahkotowin.

Reporting to the Alberta Indigenous Construction Career Centre (AICCC) Manager, the Indigenous Career Specialist provides responsive employment and career development support and services to Indigenous job-seekers seeking employment in the construction sector.  The key function of the Indigenous Career Specialist is to assist Indigenous job-seekers to gain employment within the construction industry and/or to assist Indigenous clientele with developing job-readiness skills.  This role is responsible for liaising between industry employers, Indigenous organizations and communities, NorQuest College inter-departments, various levels of government and other stakeholders The role requires a high-degree of skill in case management, ranging from providing intake assessments to individual education/career planning and follow-up supports during the pre- employment stage with Indigenous job seekers.  The Indigenous Career Specialist position requires demonstrable capacity to manage complex workloads within an Indigenous environment while maintaining a high degree of diplomacy, while also ensuring excellent communication and relationship building with clientele and stakeholders to ensure successful recruitment and retention between employer and employee. This position may require multiple cross-referrals with urban, Metis, or on/off First Nation participants and their sponsors/ funding agents and a working knowledge of Indigenous organizations is required.



  • Review and maintain up-to-date files in the database and assigned caseloads to ensure on-going case management and tracking of supports provided to Indigenous job seekers.
  • Provide assessments to assist clients in obtaining certification as they transition to employment.
  • Ensure accurate assessments relevant to each Indigenous job seeker’s particular environment and provide appropriate cross-referrals to community resources.
  • Responsible for follow-up supports during the initial employment stage with employee and employer.


  • Deliver initial assessment to determine eligibility for employment training and support
  • Understanding of multiple standardized assessment tools: Indigenous Fusion Assessment, various literacy assessments, TOWES, Read Forward, etc. designed to provide valid information on skills, interests, knowledge, literacy /comprehension levels
  • Ability to utilize effective communication and interview skills to ensure accurate interpretation  of client-specific factors (challenges, barriers, supports, observations) influencing employability.
  • Knowledge of city of Edmonton Indigenous community resources, their mandates and eligibility criteria for Indigenous demographic groups.
  • Knowledge of financial aid resources and procedures for Indigenous peoples.


  • Work with clients to determine needs and eligibility for AICCC supports and services (intake assessment).
  • Review client database to determine eligibility for AICCC employment services (ie. client funding limit allocation, PPE allocation limits)
  • Based on client eligibility, book construction safety training and certification with NQ-approved contracted service providers.
  • Book/reserve computers within the AICCC for clients and provide resume and job-search support.


  • Undergraduate Degree in Native Studies, education, business, psychology and/ or related experience in an employment program, construction industry or educational institution:  combination of equivalencies may be considered.
  • Must have direct knowledge and/or experience in the construction
  • Minimum five years’ experience working within the Indigenous environment, preferably with knowledge/experience of multiple sectors (education, economic development, community services, leadership, etc.).
  • Computer literacy: excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word and Outlook), electronic database systems, PowerPoint presentations.
  • Specialized knowledge, specifically related to Indigenous approaches, research, and Indigenous environments.
  • Demonstrated capacity for attention to detail and program administration.
  • Knowledge of historic and ongoing influences and barriers affecting employment of Indigenous peoples.
  • Experience working with a broad cross-section of Indigenous community organizations and/or Indigenous stakeholders.

SALARY: $27.61 to $35.88 per hour. Salary will be commensurate based on education and experience. This is a casual position ending December 31, 2020.


CLOSING DATE: October 12, 2020

TO APPLY: If you meet the requirements of this position and wish to apply, please continue to and upload your resume and cover letter combined as one document

NOTE: Only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted within 28 days.

NorQuest College helps students unlock their potential and realize their dreams. We are Challenge Positive and embrace every situation as an opportunity. As the Edmonton region’s community college, we play an integral role in Alberta’s education system. NorQuest College offers a vibrant, inclusive, diverse, and student-centred learning environment that transforms lives and strengthens communities. We are nationally recognized leaders in health, community studies, and business post-secondary career programs, as well as foundational, intercultural, and language training. We are proud to offer our employees meaningful work, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits program, and a commitment to a positive work/life balance.

NorQuest College is committed to being an employer of choice for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people in Canada by leading, supporting, and being an ally to Indigenous people through the institution’s work toward decolonization, reconciliation, and Indigenization. We encourage applications from First Nation, Metis, and Inuit peoples to support the College in its efforts to work towards these goals and to build a better future for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. NorQuest College is committed to recruiting and retaining Indigenous people to ensure we are leading, supporting, and moving forward in a good way.

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