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Employment Opportunity

Educational Counsellor, Academic Advising

Student Affairs
Competition Number: 13-4089
Appointment Type: Temporary Full-time
Start/End: As soon as possible up to January 31, 2014
  Leave Replacement: Appointment end date may be extended or end early dependent on return of incumbent.
Workload: 35 hours per week
Employment Group: VIUFA
Position: 00211
Location: Nanaimo Campus
  The University's Academic Advising Centre works primarily with prospective applicants, applicants and enrolled students in years one and two. The Centre provides a full range of supports, including orientation, academic success strategies, career development, educational planning, program and course selection and student progress assessment and problem solving.
Duties: Assist students to clarify career and academic goals and develop suitable educational plans. Provide accurate information about VIU to prospective and current students, including appropriate courses or programs to meet identified career/program objectives. Identify students at academic risk and evaluate individual student progress toward established goals and follow up with timely and purposeful intervention. Interact effectively and with sensitivity to students across the VIU student population, including Aboriginal, international, traditional, mature students, students with disabilities and students from all demographics. 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 support programs and interventions to improve the academic success of VIU students, including collaborative initiatives with specific programs and/of faculties. Develop and facilitate group presentations and educational events. Consult with and make recommendations to administration on issues that affect student success and retention. Exemplify professionalism and a high standard of ethical behaviour. Develop and maintain effective working relationships and contribute to the effective functioning of the Academic Advising team.
  Successful 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.

Required Qualifications: Master's Degree (Student Personnel, Social Work, Adult Education, Counselling or similarly relevant field) from an appropriately accredited institution. Minimum two years demonstrated experience with relevant student program planning, student development, and the organization, implementation and evaluation of student related initiatives. 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.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in a post-secondary institution. Familiarity with BC Colleges, Institutes and University systems, programs, services, policies and procedures. Experience developing or delivering learner support programs in a variety of modalities. Valid Class 5 Driver's Licence and have a confirmed satisfactory driving record (as specified in Vancouver Island University Policies and Procedures).
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: October 22, 2013 - October 30, 2013
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.