BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Events Planner

Type: Full-time, ongoing
Opening Date For Accepting Applications: Thursday, July 7, 2022
Resume Review: in process
Position Start Date: as soon as the suitable candidate is available
Salary: Annual Salary Range: $59,876.37 – $70,412.52
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 one full-time, ongoing Events Planner at the Merritt Campus and invites applications from qualified candidates. This will be a support staff position that will commence as soon as a suitable candidate is available.

Job Summary:

The Events Planner is a member of the Enrolment Services Team, who works collaboratively with the Communications Planner; this individual will report to the Manager of Marketing, Communications & Events. The Events Planner is responsible for coordinating and planning NVIT student, employee, and community activities and events for both campuses. This includes but is not limited to responsibilities for learner Orientation and Graduation, employee Welcome Back, Changing of the Seasons, and other events or ceremonies throughout the year.

The Events Planner works closely with the Communications Planner and Manager of Marketing, Communications & Events, as well as all employees across the institute. As a member of the Enrolment Services Team, the individual assists with selected duties of other team members as needed.

Specific Job Responsibilities Include:

  • NVIT’s main contact person for all internal events across the institution.
  • Providing assistance with internal events and meetings such as but not limited to the staff welcome back, staff meetings, external meetings and events on campus, and support for the indigenization committee, wellness committee, SEM, etc. 
  • Planning and hosting NVIT events for both Merritt and Burnaby campuses.
  • Working in collaboration with the Facilities Manager for all external event requests across the institution
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships, sharing NVIT information and materials with community partners, and hosting events and activities both on-campus and off-campus in partnership with First Nation Communities, Indigenous organizations, and educational institutes within the K-12 and post-secondary systems
  • Providing documented, detailed plans and reports on institutional events/activities hosted both on and off-campus
  • Providing input into the NVIT communications and marketing strategic plan
  • Assisting NVIT with all promotional events


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications and/or Tourism and/or Business is preferred plus 2 years of directly related experience; a combination of education and experience may be considered;

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

  • Practice from a holistic, culturally safe and trauma-informed lens;

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

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

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

  • Excellent personable recruitment, sales, and communication skills;

  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, MS publisher)

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication and presentation skills;

  • Self-motivated, independent problem solver with enthusiastic initiative;

  • Able/willing to travel to Merritt/Vancouver Campus and other locations for work purposes;

  • Energy and perseverance required for extensive travel;

  • Valid driver’s license with a driver’s abstract clear of traffic violations; and

  • First Host Certification or willing to obtain.

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.