• Indigenous Healing & Wellness Advisor (Part-time)

  • Job Description

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    Employee Group: Part-time
    Faculty/Department: Student Affairs - Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support
    Campus: All Campuses (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan campus)
    Reference Number: 18/PT/65
    Hourly Rate: $30.00 – $60.00
    Start Date: September 2018

    Application Deadline: Open Until Filled


    The Indigenous Healing and Wellness Advisor with the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support is responsible for assisting Indigenous students and potential students to be prepared for and adapt to a new environment, feel empowered to succeed and build relationships, and providing supportive strategies to deal with health and wellness concerns.  A holistic Indigenous counselling approach is achieved by providing Indigenous knowledge and history, recognizing patterns of behavior, and sharing tools and strategies to bridge two worlds and facilitate student success.


    Specific Responsibilities Include:

    • Developing and maintaining appropriate mentoring programs that support the unique needs of Indigenous students.

    • Interviewing individuals to explore personal or social difficulties or vocational/educational decision making, including referring students as appropriate to proper professional help; facilitating discussion/dialogue between students, faculty and administration and connecting students to Indigenous community agencies.

    • Group mentoring as a non-instructional activity.

    • Assisting administration, faculty and staff, in a consultative role in identifying student problems, dealing with student problems, and relationship problems among students.

    • Providing educational/vocational information to students or directing them to available sources.

    • Participating in the orientation of new students to the College to ensure students are aware of the supports available at the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support

    • Teaching about Indigenous political issues and cultural knowledge as assigned.

    • In addition, the Knowledge Keeper may, from time to time, be called upon to contribute to other areas ancillary to the Knowledge Keeper’s role, such as student recruitment and selection, student employment, liaison with community service programs and agencies, professional development and control of supplies and equipment.

    • Performing other related duties as assigned



    • The successful candidate will have a 3-year degree or higher in social work, community services, humanities, social sciences or a related field, along with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in Traditional Indigenous Counselling and healing methodologies including a minimum of 2 years' experience advising and supporting the unique needs of Indigenous youth, preferably in an educational setting (or a relevant combination of education and related work experience).
    • Indigenous community based training in intergenerational trauma, lateral violence, and suicide support/intervention is strongly preferred.
    • Must be familiar with the needs of Indigenous Nations in the surrounding community.
    • Must work with and understand traditional healing methods from many First Nations in Canada.
    • The successful incumbent must be of Indigenous ancestry (i.e. First Nations, Inuit, Metis).
    • Knowledge of and experience with implementation of the TRC is an asset.
    • Excellent communication and human relation skills are essential to interact effectively with the College's multicultural/racial backgrounds and diverse abilities within the student and staff population, as is an understanding of and commitment to equity in education.
    • Ability to be innovative and possesses a team orientated approach is required.
    • The successful candidate will have well developed analysis and facilitation skills.
    • Experience using case management software and information management software (ie. PeopleSoft) is preferred.


    Please apply online: https://careers-sheridancollege.icims.com



    Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process.  At any stage of the hiring process, Human Resources will work with applicants requesting accommodation.


    Note: Copies of educational credentials are requested at the time of an interview. As a condition of employment, Sheridan requires confirmation of educational credentials in the form of an official Canadian transcript or an official evaluation of international credentials which determines Canadian equivalency.


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