BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Events & Communication Officer

Type: Full-time, ongoing
Opening Date For Accepting Applications: Friday, March 25, 2022
Resume Review: Friday, April 8, 2022
Position Start Date: as soon as the suitable candidate is found
Salary: Annual Salary Range: $49,880.63 - $59,690.77
Contact: Human Resources
Email: hr@nvit.ca
Phone: 250-378-3317
Address: NVIT
4155 Belshaw St.
Merritt, BC, V1K 1R1

NVIT is BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute. As a leader in Indigenous post-secondary education and a fully accredited member of BC's post-secondary education system, we provide a comprehensive range of programs up to the degree level at our campuses in Merritt and Burnaby. NVIT also delivers programs online and in Indigenous communities throughout British Columbia. Join a growing and innovative institution committed to making a difference in Indigenous education and communities. With an institutional mission to empower learners by strengthening voice and identity through education, NVIT employees honour an atmosphere embedded in Indigenous culture and traditions while cultivating an environment founded on learner centred principles that promote student recruitment, engagement and achievement.

Job Description:

NVIT anticipates a need for a full-time, ongoing position of Events & Communication Officer at the Merritt Campus and invites applications from qualified candidates. This position starts as soon as the suitable candidate is available.

Job Summary:

The Events & Communication Officer is based at the Merritt campus and is a member of the Enrolment Services Team. Reporting to the Associate Registrar – Recruitment to Learner, the Events & Communication Officer is responsible for maintaining the NVIT website, various social media platforms, producing public relations and coordinating institutional events and student life activities. Other responsibilities include effectively communicating on-campus events and drafting news releases highlighting the NVIT to the internal and external NVIT community. The Events & Communications Officer is NVIT’s main contact person for NVIT’s contracted communication services.


The Events & Communications Officer works extremely closely with the NVIT Burnaby based Recruitment, Marketing & Events Officer. As a member of the Enrolment Services Team, the individual assists with selected duties of other team members.


Specific Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Website maintenance including content, currency and accuracy;
  • Leveraging NVIT’s branding, communications and public relations strategies and initiatives through various social media platforms and integrated efforts;
  • Communicating to the internal and external NVIT community about on-campus events, activities and news;
  • Preparing and distributing newsletters, podcasts and/or blogs;
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships and sharing NVIT information and materials with community partners including, but not limited to, First Nation Communities, Indigenous organizations, and educational institutes within the K-12 and post-secondary systems;
  • Planning and coordinating NVIT events including graduation, student orientation, awards ceremony, Long Night Against Procrastination, NVIT career fair and other annual events;
  • Collaborating with NVIT’s Student Society, Student Housing Manager, and Success Center Manager to identify opportunities and design initiatives intended to highly engage students in the NVIT experience;
  • Preparing an annual event plan outlining a variety of student life activities;
  • Coordinating the planning and execution of NVIT’s social media, and public relations
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business/Tourism and/or English plus 2 years directly related experience

  • Understanding of Canada’s history and the devastating impacts on Indigenous peoples and Indigenous ways of being and knowing.

  • Promotion of holistic wellness and trauma-informed practice.

  • Ability to adapt to a fluid work environment (ex. the response to COVID-19).

  • Knowledge of and appreciation for Indigenous languages and cultures, and preferably Indigenous lived experiences

  • The ability to infuse culture into all aspects of the position, ensuring NVIT’s communications and events initiatives are relevant, engaging and holistic.

  • Advanced skills using the Microsoft Office suite of applications (MS Publisher, Word, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • A demonstrated commitment to quality service to students and the public.

  • Excellent time management, organizational, marketing and communication skills

  • Ability to communicate and provide services effectively using virtual platforms (Microsoft Teams etc.).

  • Proven ability to work independently, take initiative, identify service and system improvements through a systems-based lens, to be logical and maintain confidentiality, and capacity to initiate action on matters relating to the Enrolment Services division.

  • A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to consistent, high quality, student-centered service.

  • Highly self-motivated, a constructive thinker with demonstrated logic and reasoning skills.

  • Proven ability to build collaborative working relationships to achieve outcomes in the best interest of students and NVIT.

  • Proven ability to model professional, ethical, and collaborative behaviours.

  • Ability to work well independently and under pressure.

  • Able/willing to travel to Merritt/Burnaby Campus and other locations for work purposes.

  • Valid driver’s license.

As an Indigenous centre for excellence, NVIT inspires learners to strengthen community.

NVIT gives high priority to Aboriginal candidates. All applicants should be experienced in working with Aboriginal people.