Job Opportunity: SFU Reconciliation Coordinator & Liaison Officer

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SFU Reconciliation Coordinator & Liaison Officer, Job Description

[Posting circulated on behalf of the Indigenous Mentorship Network - Pacific Northwest]

In 2016, Simon Fraser University President Andrew Petter convened SFU’s Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (SFU-ARC) to facilitate and support broad discussions of how the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, specific to post-secondary education, would be addressed at the University. In so doing, SFU committed $9M towards projects that will promote reconciliation within the SFU community.

Over the course of the Fall, 2016, and Spring, 2017, members of the SFU-ARC consulted broadly with the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities both on and off campus and developed a set of calls for action to guide the University in targeting the funds in ways that will support reconciliation efforts over the next three years. The Report and Calls to Action were subsequently presented to President Petter in Coast Salish Ceremony and Tradition in the Fall 2017. Since then a Reconciliation Working Group was established through the direction of President Petter and SFU’s Vice Presidents to implement the “Walk the Path with Us” Report and Calls to Action. 

Position Outline:

  • Reporting to the Director, Office for Aboriginal People, the SFU Reconciliation Coordinator will work closely with the SFU Reconciliation Working Group Team. The successful candidate will also work closely with internal and external partners in our efforts to co-ordinate a wide range of project management activities and initiatives linked to the ARC Report and Calls to Action such as, but not limited to, the following:
  • Apply knowledge of Aboriginal People(s), culture, traditions, issues, and best practices to address reconciliation related challenges and opportunities at SFU
  • Play a lead role in the development and implementation of ARC related initiatives and activities 
  • Play a lead role in liaising activities and coordination of outreach initiatives with SFU, Aboriginal communities, organizations, service providers, and key stakeholders
  • Play a lead role in the development and enhancement of SFU Reconciliation related project driven initiatives, managing and stewarding them along as needed, and in so doing creating an effect reporting and tracking framework
  • Record and create documents and other such materials for reporting purposes on SFU Reconciliation related activities and initiatives on a quarterly and annual basis in consultation and coordination with the ARC Co-Facilitators, the Director of Communications, and the ARC Working Group
  • Must be a self-starter, who is able to work independently and as part of working group(s) tasked with advancing and implementing the ARC Calls for Action
  • Assists in other areas, as needed and directed by the SFU Reconciliation Working Group, the Director - Office for Aboriginal People and relevant others.
  • Coordinate and schedule meetings, take minutes, notes, write reports, memos and produces other such documents, as needed, which will provide a written record of activities and initiatives
  • Schedule, coordinate, and organize events and activities with individuals/groups, as needed 
  • Other related duties as determined

Required Qualifications and Competencies: 

  • An undergraduate degree and/or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered 
  • Minimum 3+ years' related experience working with Aboriginal communities; experience working at a public post-secondary education institution would be considered an asset
  • Excellent working knowledge of Aboriginal People(s), culture, traditions, issues, and reconciliation related challenges, barriers, and opportunities
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Ability to develop and facilitate workshops, programs, and events, as needed
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and presentation skills
  • Financial management and budgeting skills
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive materials and information with tact, diplomacy, and discretion 
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and analytical problem solving skills 
  • Ability to exercise mature and sound judgment
  • Conflict resolution skills would be considered an asset
  • Computer skills: proficient in word processing, developing databases, spreadsheets, PowerPoint documents and web-based applications.
  • References and Criminal Record Check may be required
  • Available for contract work, 35 Hrs./week; minimum 6 months with potential for renewal for the right candidate


  • Hourly rate up to $40/hr., depending on qualifications and experience.

Please forward your resume (max 3 pages) and cover letter (maximum 1 page) to Ashley Fraser at no later than August 9, 2018.

Should you have any queries regarding this opportunity please contact Ron Johnston, Director, Office for Aboriginal People at:

We’d like to thank all candidates who put their names forward to apply for this opportunity, however only short listed candidates will be contacted for further follow-up