BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Associate Vice President, Students

Type: Full-Time, Ongoing
Opening Date For Accepting Applications: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Resume Review: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Position Start Date: April 1, 2021 (or sooner if successful candidate is available)
Salary: $121,315
Contact: Human Resources
Email: hr@nvit.bc.ca
Phone: 250-378-3308
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 is currently searching for an Associate Vice President, Students at our Merritt campus, and invites applications from qualified individuals for this full-time, exempt, ongoing position.

Position Summary:

The Associate Vice President for Students reports to the President and is responsible for advancing the institution’s strategic goals and priorities related to: ancillary services (including student residence and daycare) student enrolment services; student success centre; communications and marketing; student engagement; institutional research; and serves as the Registrar for the institute. The AVP has overall responsibility for the institution’s strategic enrolment management (SEM) initiatives.

The position is responsible for upholding the Institutional standards and directs prospective and current learner registration and records management, from inquiry and application through to archiving of permanent student records for the Registrar’s office. Through a proactive, consultative, and collaborative process, the position is accountable for designing, implementing, and monitoring systems to control the prospective learner inquiry and learner admissions and registration processes and fulfill required reporting to the Ministry and other external sources. The AVP of Students & Registrar will work closely with the Education Council and the instructional departments for both on and off-campus program delivery. The position directly supervises the Associate Registrars to ensure a highly learner-centered and faculty friendly service approach and seamless mobility for applicants and students.

The Associate Vice President Students & Registrar performs a broad range of difficult and complex senior management activities requiring a high level of independence and sound judgment within a team context with other senior managers and direct reports. As a member of the Leadership Team the position participates in the development of Institute priorities, policies and procedures.

With an institutional mission dedicated to empowering learners, 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.

Position Responsibilities

  • Represent the institute as the senior member at provincial and national communities of practice related to Senior Student Affairs, Communications and Marketing, Registrarial operations, Strategic Enrolment Management and Institutional Research,
  • Perform the role of the registrar as specified in the Colleges and Institutes Act regarding the elections for employee and student representatives on the Board of Governors and Education Council
  • Provide advice in the formulation of academic policy and maintain academic quality standards by ensuring consistent application of academic policy and procedures related to admissions, transfer credit, grade processing, and graduation eligibility
  • Implement academic policies as established by the Institution
  • Lead the development, maintenance and implementation of non-academic and student judicial policies and processes
  • Respond to non-financial internal and external stakeholder reporting requirements (IAPR, Central Data Warehouse, FTE reporting, KPI measures, SEM Benchmark activities, accreditation data requests, etc)
  • Cultivate a culture of student development and advocacy that includes essential student supports in the areas of retention alert, mental, spiritual and physical health services, financial and academic advising, accommodations, tutoring and proficiency support, and student growth and development through campus-wide learner engagement activities.
  • Develop and implement integrated communications, marketing and recruiting strategies that leverage the branding, website, digital and virtual technologies and applications and multiple mediums and platforms to effectively and efficiently advance the institute’ strategic and enrolment goals
  • Lead the Strategic Enrolment Management committee initiatives and planning processes to develop and support a campus-wide shared sense of purpose and responsibility, strategic information-based decision making and planning as well as benchmark reporting
  • Provide leadership and direction to the employees within the Student, Registrar, Communications and Marketing, Institutional Research, and Continuing Studies areas by building effective team-based working environments that encourage both collective and personal productivity, job satisfaction and the professional growth of employees within the departments
  • Responsible for critical Institute communications with internal and external audiences
  • Responsible for executing roles and responsibilities within NVITs Emergency Management response protocol
  • Oversight of contractual arrangements for ancillary service providers and conference organizers, i.e. daycare and shared responsibility of student residence
  • Oversight of campus operations for the NVITV - Burnaby satellite campus
  • Manage access to records to ensure accuracy, security, and integrity of paper and electronic records
  • Ensure compliance with Freedom of Information / Protection of Privacy Act as it applies to student records
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A Graduate degree together with five years’ experience working in the BC public post secondary system preferably in an admissions and registration environment; an alternate combination of education and experience may be accepted;

  • Effective at developing and executing strategic initiatives as well as organizational policy and processes;

  • Exceptional leadership, decision-making and project management competencies

  • Advanced facilitation and presentation skills

  • Skilled in the awareness and use of business technologies and applications

  • A demonstrated commitment to providing employee and learner centred services;

  • Excellent teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills;

  • Skills and experience operating computerized student records information systems e.g. Colleague;

  • Skills and experience in supervision, mentoring, and training systems users;

  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing.

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.