Job Posting

Educational Advisor

Permanent, Full-time

Institution: Vancouver Island University


Nanaimo, BC

Deadline: February 15, 2023

Posted: January 6, 2023

MATTER HERE. Work at Vancouver Island University. Situated on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, VIU is a comprehensive teaching university with 13,000 students across four campuses. VIU proudly fosters student success and strong community connections by providing access to a wide range of programs, from academic undergraduate and master’s to industry-responsive trades and vocational training. We invite applications for the permanent, full-time role of Educational Advisor.
About the Department:
The University's Academic Advising Centre works primarily with applicants and enrolled students in their first few years of study. The Centre provides a full range of supports, including academic success strategies, career development, educational planning, program and course selection, and student progress assessment and problem-solving. The Advising Centre works collaboratively with Recruitment, Admissions, Student Affairs areas, and numerous academic partners to support the institutional academic plan.
*Assist students to clarify career and academic goals and develop suitable educational plans.
*Provide accurate information about VIU to students, including appropriate courses or programs to meet identified career/program objectives.
*Support students of academic concern and evaluate individual student progress toward established goals and follow up with timely and purposeful intervention.
*Interact effectively and sensitively with students across VIU's diverse student population.
*Enhance quality of student life on and off campus by collaborating in the planning, development, and implementation of services and supports to foster student wellness, success, and retention.
*Create, deliver, and evaluate research-informed support programs and interventions to improve the academic success of VIU students, including collaborative initiatives with specific programs and/or faculties.
*Develop and facilitate group presentations and educational events. Consult with and make recommendations to the administration on issues that affect student success and retention.
*Exemplify professionalism and a high standard of ethical behaviour.
*Develop and maintain effective working relationships.
*Foster a collegial and respectful working atmosphere, actively contributing to the high functioning of the Educational Advising team.
Beyond one on one and group contact with students, successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the development of new initiatives and projects to support student success. Candidates will participate in a wide range of activities, including, student support; institutional, faculty, and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.
Qualifications & Skills:
A Master's Degree (Student Personnel, Social Work, Adult Education, Counselling or similarly relevant field) from an appropriately accredited institution and a minimum of two to five years demonstrated experience with relevant student program planning, student development, and the organization, implementation and evaluation of student related initiatives is required. Additional skill requirements include:
*Knowledge of developmental academic advising philosophy as well as career development theory and counselling practices.
*Demonstrated awareness of and ability to respond to the developmental needs of a diverse student population.
*Demonstrated excellence in communication with diverse clients/student and with peers.
*Demonstrated excellence in public speaking, group presentations and group facilitation.
*Demonstrated proficiency with technology relevant to the position.
Salary & Benefits
VIU is pleased to offer employees a comprehensive benefit plan; ample paid holiday time; professional development opportunities and a desirable pension plan that takes the worry out of retirement. As part of the VIU campus community, our employees work with supportive colleagues within an encouraging environment and are provided with the tools and training that promote learning and development. The perks of VIU employment are multiple, and include well-being initiatives and services, strategic discounts, and flexible work opportunities. Salary is commensurate with skill and experience, within the range $76,016 - $98,007.
To Apply:
VIU has been named one of BC’s top employers for the last three years. If this this the next step in your career, view the full position profile and apply online by 15-Feb-2023. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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