Job Posting

Academic Advisor, Learning Focus

Temporary Full Time

Institution: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology



Deadline: October 31, 2022

Posted: August 24, 2022

NOTE: This is a temporary position ending on or before February 16, 2024

Do you have a passion for supporting students with disability or protected grounds accommodations to fulfil their academic goals? We are looking for an Academic Advisor in focused on learning advising to support NAIT’s diverse group of prospective and current students.

At NAIT, we use a holistic developmental approach to advising and learning outcomes to help guide our services. The Advisor will use helping techniques and activities to help students explore their options, make educational plans and decisions, and integrate their academic, life, and personal aspirations. The Advisor will be a dedicated and motivated helping professional who has a high level of intercultural competence and is comfortable working with students from diverse backgrounds. The Advisor will develop a sound knowledge of relevant NAIT internal resources and policies, as well as a strong understanding of disability and protected ground accommodations, including government resources and policies.

All Advisors in Transition Services are Academic Advisors first. This means helping students with decision-making, planning to meet admissions and program requirements, and meeting their career and life aspirations. We have Advisors in three areas of focus: Career Advising: help students learn to prepare tools for job search; Learning Advising: identify barriers to learning, including but not limited to disability, and appropriate supports; and International Advising: give appropriate immigration advice and supports relating to applicable IRCC policies. This position we are recruiting to is specific to Learning Advising.

This position requires considerable contact with students through one-on-one sessions, group settings, or workshops. Advisors are expected to possess or be willing to develop comprehensive knowledge about academic programs, funding options, internal and external agencies, policies, procedures, and student support services within the scope of their responsibilities. Advisors independently and thoroughly interpret student needs and provide individualized, student-centered service, as well as create and facilitate outcomes-based group workshops. Advisors actively contribute to the continuing development of the advising function.

Key Responsibilities:

Facilitate outcome-based advising sessions and workshops
Help students develop accommodation plans, make recommendations, and navigate related policies and procedures
Help students (prospective, current, alumni) create an action plan through discussion and/or activities related to session outcomes
Develop a comprehensive scope of knowledge about NAIT programs and services to assist students with navigating NAIT processes such as application and admission, program transfer, withdrawals, add/drop, self-enrollment, etc.
Provide feedback to students regarding their approach to achieving session outcomes
Assist students in navigating electronic and other resources to increase self-agency
Actively contribute to the development of advising practices and business processes
Collaborate with programs and services at NAIT to facilitate positive student experiences
Maintain timely and accurate student records
Provide appropriate referrals (internal or external)

Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of student-centered learning theories
Communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, and conflict resolutions skills
Ability to work collaboratively
Ability to handle inquiries with respect, confidence, and tact
Skills in PeopleSoft Student Administration (and Microsoft Office Suite applications


Bachelor’s Degree
3-5 years of related advising experience; PADRA membership preferred or must be willing to join

Remuneration: $2,145.03 - $2,845.16 bi-weekly, plus a comprehensive benefits package. (Classification - Student Advisor II

This position is covered by the AUPE (Alberta Union of Provincial Employees) Collective Agreement.

Please submit a resume and Cover Letter to be considered for this opportunity. Apply online today at

About NAIT

At NAIT, people matter.

We’re proud to have been named one of Alberta’s Top Employers for 11 consecutive years. Developing an engaging, supportive and rewarding work culture is something we take seriously. We know that people are our biggest asset – they are what makes NAIT a great place to work.

At NAIT, you are part of a community that makes a difference in the lives of students, staff and industry clients and partners. The NAIT culture reflects our shared values of respect, collaboration, celebration, creativity and accountability. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and are a proud partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and Pride at Work Canada.

What we offer

We’ve created a benefits package that focuses on health and wellness, professional and personal growth, recognition and work-life balance.

NAIT is a flexible workplace and depending on the nature of your role, you may request flexible work arrangements with respect to where and when you work, including being on-campus full-time, working off-site, or a combination of the two.

Employees also have access to excellent vacation time, paid time off between Christmas and New Year's, a strong recognition program, learning opportunities, 2 annual all-staff professional development days and so much more.

Health and safety

NAIT continues to encourage everyone coming to our campuses to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get their booster shots as soon as they are eligible. Vaccination against COVID-19 remains the best way to prevent severe illness and death, and third doses can boost immunity to improve protection and limit spread.

Additional requirements

Applicants with education credentials earned outside of Canada who have not had them previously assessed should have their credentials evaluated by World Education Services or the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)


NAIT is an inclusive employer and strives to hire a diverse workforce. If you are contacted by us regarding a job opportunity, please don’t hesitate to advise if you require any accommodation during the selection process. Please contact us via email at

We thank you for your application however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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