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Undergraduate Advisor, Engineering Student Centre, Schulich School of Engineering

Job ID: 23149

Updated: June 10, 2021

Location: Main Campus

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Position Overview

The Engineering Student Centre in the Schulich School of Engineering is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Undergraduate Advisor for approximately 2 years.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Student Services, the Academic Advisor provide individualized facilitation, guidance, and support to both continuing and prospective undergraduate students of the Schulich School of Engineering. 

The Engineering Student Centre serves in excess of 4000 students handling all student affairs related issues from admission to convocation, including the annual student performance review, program placement, award selection, and approval of the convocation list. The School currently admits approximately 900 students to the first-year program and graduates 600+ each year. The students participate in a broad range of academic activities in eight-degree programs. Frequent interaction with a diverse group of internal and external clients will require a high level of discretion, flexibility, and integrity to ensure positive outcomes. 

Student services requires time management skills, there will be multiple concurrent deadlines, and tasks within an environment of heavy workload and continuous change. Teamwork, collaboration, communication, and a supportive attitude are highly prized in this challenging environment. There will be minimal direction on the performance of day-to-day duties. There is an expectation that the incumbent will review his/her own work for errors. Careful attention to detail and accuracy is essential as the consequence of error is high, given that there are potential impacts on various aspects of students academic situations.

This is a regular, full-time position working on campus, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm however some overtime work may be required during peak periods and occasional weekend work.  Availability during the first three weeks of each semester, is critical timing for the position.


Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities(job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Advise continuing and prospective students empathetically and accurately on their academic program requirements, university, and faculty regulations, with issues and alternatives considered according to individual circumstances.
  • Able to resolve a wide range of registration issues for continuing students.
  • Contribute to developing and improving administrative processes and guidelines, including cyclical reporting processes relating to admissions to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Respond effectively to a high volume of virtual, email and in-person inquiries from a wide variety of sources, working together with other Student Advisors to ensure inquiries are addressed in a timely and accurate manner and ensuring full coverage and service to students throughout peak periods.
  • Assist with processing first year transfer student applications for admission, carefully review and verify meeting the admission requirements, analyze and process transfer credits.
  • Admit transfer students into second year major programs. Monitor student progress toward degree completion including all aspects related to academic review (unsuccessful second attempts, probation, requirement to withdraw, grade changes)
  • Draft and send correspondence to advise students of their academic review status and update/maintain records as required.
  • Maintenance of the Engineering Student Centre D2L site. Specific Accountabilities/Tasks may include appropriately advise exchange, varsity, modified, open studies and visiting students of requirements and assist with registration as required.
  • Assist with the process for approving students for graduation ensuring that the graduation list is properly approved and submitted.
  • Advising students in the Combined BSc (Engineering) / BComm Program and coordinating with the Haskayne School of Business on administrative support duties related to the program.
  • Activities related to graduation and convocation, including the APEGA Iron Ring ceremony.
  • Activities related to the annual academic review of students.
  • Preparation for program placement (data inputting, administration, notification) in support of decisions including the process of placement into minors. - Coordination and administration of the following: Academic Turnaround Program (ATP); supplemental exams; deferred exams.
  • Resolve student time conflict issues as required.
  • Activities related to Academic Misconduct and correspondence, tracking, Calendar regulations, appeals, system procedures.
  • Activities related to the reappraisal of grades.
  • Activities related to scheduling/timetabling.
  • Activities related to supporting the Engineering Academic Success Centre correspondence with Learning Assistants (peer tutors), preparation and assistance with Success Seminars / Skills for Success for Engineering program.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Post secondary Diploma or Degree in Business or a related field and three years of directly related experience. Previous experience working with students and advising students, would be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience with student advising and interpersonal skills required for student advising (listening, conflict resolution, diplomacy, patience, empathy), including having to be firm and make tough decisions.
  • Detailed knowledge of engineering program requirements in addition to faculty and university regulations, processes, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of university systems such as PeopleSoft for Student Administration would be a valuable asset and appropriate computer skills (MS Office) are essential.
  • Ability to handle many complex tasks in parallel, while meeting deadlines and maintaining accuracy and quality control.
  • Proven organizational skills with an ability to set priorities and complete multiple tasks within specified timelines in order to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work both independently and as part of a team within a large, complex, dynamic, and sophisticated organization.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, tact, and maturity in handling highly sensitive and confidential information ethically and with discretion.
  • Proven customer service skills to provide timely information to a diverse clientele respectfully and effectively.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to draft clear, concise correspondence, as well as to respond to enquiries with tact, confidentiality, and discretion.
  • Intermediate computer technology for MS Office, Peoplesoft knowledge considered a strong asset, ability to learn new programs quickly and efficiently.

Application Deadline: June 20, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.


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